Discussion circle on collective care and well-being

This month for our monthly gathering we invite you to our
Workshop at the 3rd Annual Rebel! Rebuild! Rewild! Action Camp
Saturday, June 4th at Anishnabe territory, North of Ottawa

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Pushed by the fast-paced society, too often we’re trying to be as efficient as possible while working towards social change. Another protest, an extra meeting and, why not one more conference at lunch time. We fight for social justice… until we break down.

Unfortunately we don’t always take enough time to create welcoming organizing spaces for ourselves and for others, to reflect on how we organize and lead our struggles, and how we can do so without pushing ourselves and each other towards burn-outs, to talk about our emotions, our feelings and our needs, and to highlight the importance and the political aspects of emotional work. Too often, we do not take the time to question our limits and the emotional involvement that is intrinsic to activist work. We tend to stretch ourselves thin and to not take time to care for one another.

Emotional labour (active listening, acting as confidants, confidentiality, support work, mediation, defusing tensions, worrying about people being comfortable in new spaces) is almost invariably seen as being within the realm of “emotions” and arbitrarily disconnected from the political, *and therefore erased from our work*. However, it is integral to sustainable collective action and movements that cease to reproduce systemic oppressions and violence that structure our lives.

This workshop will be a space to reflect on collective well-being, emotional labour and self-care, to share stories, ideas and practices to create accountable and sustainable communities. It will be a moment to think about our needs surrounding these issues, and to take charge of the strategies that are already in place or could be implemented regarding collective well-being and self-care.

Acquiring tools and actively engaging with ideas about self-care and collective well-being are powerful ways to contribute to creating social justice.

♥ & rage
Politics & Care
Facilitated by Rushdia Mehreen and Anne Goldenberg

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