July 2019

Hello friends, comrades, and community partners~

We are in the thick of summer and while calendars are getting filled up with events and responsibilities we also hope that you are able to take time to slow down too. We realize that taking a pause can be challenging when there is so much struggle and pain in the world and in our local communities. From the deteriorating crisis at the southern border to the pro-policing and austerity strategies put into place by city government; but the struggle has always been real for so many. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants and we have much to learn.

"Caring for myself is not self indulgence. It is self preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" ~ Audre Lorde

Empathy Riot joined a massive anti-fascist coalition in opposition against a far-right Proud Boys rally on June 29th. One of our core organizers was quoted for an article in Truth Out. You can read more about that here: Massive Anti-Fascist Coalition Rebuffs Far-Right Proud Boys in Portland


Our monthly Provider Support Groups are still on a summer break. We will reconvene in the fall at a new location!


We are seeing a surge in struggle across disciplines in the mental health field. We believe another world is possible. That starts with building community and supporting each other to feel more optimistic about the movement for justice and the important role we can play in all of this. Radical mental health is about interconnectedness, diversity, embodied expertise, options and politics.

Join us on JULY 21 for a community potluck picnic! You can RSVP on our facebook event page!

Bring friends, family, food, games, or just bring yourself! We are excited to continue building community specifically around radical mental health perspectives!

CNC coalition is hosting a workshop day on building community safety and exploring all the alternatives to policing. There are still some logistics being confirmed so please stay tuned on the CNC facebook page- or on Empathy Riot's page.

Saturday, July 27th.
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This booklet was written for people who use drugs by Harm Reduction Coalition. We acknowledge that some
people who use drugs face challenges when seeking health care. Our goal is to provide a practical guide for people who use drugs. Service providers and peers can use this booklet as a tool for starting honest conversations with people who use drugs about healthcare. Click on the link below to check out this great resource!

Quality HealthCare is Your Right!

"The defense of self and of loved ones in the community is something everyone should have access to and be empowered to participate in. This is particularly true for marginalized communities who experience violence. Right now there is an intensity of state and institutional violence, including violence enacted by those who act as the state's private militia such as white supremacists, transphobes, homophobes and fascists."

About the class:
Class is taught to the ability of those present.

There is shower, laundry and sauna access.
To protect yourself, those in class, the equipment and matt, please wear gym clothes (clothes only for the gym that are cleaned and washed after each use). Clothes with no buttons, zippers or pins ect).
No shoes are worn on the mat.
Kids are welcome. There is no child care but there is semi-supervised space to play.

Who is Empathy Riot!?

Empathy Riot started out as Mental Health Providers Unite! in response to the 2016 presidential election results. As our affinity group has evolved over the last few years it has become clear that our work is not explicitly focused on uniting mental health providers. We are a core group of several people imagining a new radical world that has both love and intensity. For us, empathy riot means holding the complexity of compassion and chaos. This allows us to organize specifically around a radical perspective of Mental Health.

Empathy is about growing, creatively connecting, and healing.
Riot is about disrupting, interrupting, and challenging.

We invite you to like Empathy Riot's new public community page!

We will continue our grassroots organizing and community collaborations. We look forward to new opportunities to cultivate connections with other radical mental health providers and to challenge the status quo in mainstream Mental Health.

In solidarity,
Kirk, Karen, Nicci, Leah, Anna, and Carissa

Please connect with us on Instagram too!

Amidst the larger political struggles, stressors, and fears, we know you are working hard to support your clients. We may feel exhausted, numb, or like we can never do enough. These and other symptoms, affect us collectively.

Let's meet these challenges together!