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At the Liberation Acupuncture workshop in June 2018, POCA’s Movement Building Circle (MBC) led an afternoon of inquiries into movement building in the context of community acupuncture. These sessions--with video links below--allowed us to learn how folks have been implementing movement building practices in their spaces and to
There are many ways our clinics work to ally ourselves with local community organizations, campaigns and efforts. Fortifying local movements through offering organizers and directly impacted people a place to rest, find some relief from emotional and physical pain is one service we can provide. Such direct service
Health and Acupuncture for the People Can you give to support grassroots hurricane relief in Puerto Rico? Help POCA raise $1500 for volunteer run acupuncture clinics
The crisis that is still unfolding in Puerto Rico may have started with two historically devastating hurricanes, but over six months later,
There are currently more black men in prison in the United States than were enslaved in 1850.
One in nine people currently incarcerated are serving life sentences.
One in five incarcerated people are locked up for a drug offense.
Each year in prison takes 2
POCA’s Movement Building Circle wants to share models of the ways our clinics are supporting movements for social, racial, and economic justice. We hope to build upon the activism that’s already happening and expand our reach, impact, and connection to grassroots movements led by directly-impacted
This is a guest post by James Shelton of POCA Tech's Cohort 1.
For my capstone project at POCA Tech, Cohort 2 student Kate Kampmann and I created a series of images honoring 7 people whose life's work contributed greatly to what we now term Liberation Acupuncture. These
Keynote – Welcome to the Resistance
Welcome to St. Pete. First of all, I want to acknowledge that this land that we are currently occupying, along with the rest of the Tampa Bay region, was once the home of the Tocobaga people. Nobody is really sure how
Like so many people I know and encounter through my work as a punk, I have been feeling uneasy and anxious for many months leading up to the election. Post-election it’s been much harder to keep my worries under wraps. One of the ways I’ve
Since the early days of starting up POCA Tech, Skip has been periodically reminding me of a quote, “In any classroom, the teacher always learns more than the students.” I’ve never been able to successfully track down the source, but at this point I know
A guest post from Caroline Picker of Providence Community Acupuncture
Dear Prospective Acupuncture Student--
So you want to be a community acupuncturist. That's great! In this time of mounting violence, destruction of any minimal social safety net that previously existed, and ongoing
How is POCA Tech's Liberation Acupuncture program different than a TCM program or a 5 Element program?
The Liberation Acupuncture program is focused on training people who will serve marginalized people by making acupuncture available to them on their own terms. The focus is on praxis, on
Thank you all for coming.
I'd like to acknowledge that we're on the traditional territory of the Miwok people, and I'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone who made it possible for us to be here, including the people who built these buildings and
In the tradition of the Little Red Book(s), another award-winning community acupuncture ‘zine is upon us.
Our friend and comrade Greg Jones from St. Pete CA has created
“A Radical History of Acupuncture in America”
Collapse, Liberation, and the Power of Words
As is our custom in POCA, I’d like to start by acknowledging that this is the traditional home of the Narragansett people, and that we’re visitors here.
Please read this press release.
Please read “Why Liberation Acupuncture?” Keyword: social.
No, really, why? Wasn’t community acupuncture enough?
Good question. Most people found the community acupuncture model after Skip
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