POCA Tv videos tagged social justice


Poked, Punked, and PRN-ed

What does community acupuncture have to do with education? POCA patient member Michelle Cox describes how her journey as an educator was impacted by becoming a patient at Providence Community Acupuncture, and the larger POCA-sphere. The fractal in action!

Nancy on Reception, Social Justice, and Bias (1)

Nancy of MAS leads a POCAfest breakout session on the front desk. This is a wide-ranging conversation that would be useful for training receptionists and punks alike in a CA clinic.

Prick Prod & Provoke blog entries tagged social justice


Ancestors of Liberation Acupuncture! In Postcards!

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

Doing Something Useful (Beyond Our Usual Usefulness!)

There was a recent discussion on Facebook and now within the POCA forums among some POCA members regarding ways of participating in a National General Strike Day on February 17th.  Some clinics are planning on being closed, others will be open and donating some or all of the

A Long History of Cooperation

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

The Practice of Cooperation: Presentation by Dr. Andrew Zitcer

The Practice of Cooperation: How Co-ops Can Transform Social and Economic Relations Andrew Zitcer Drexel University awzitcer@gmail.com POCA Tech 11-4-2016 DRAFT NOT FOR PUBLICATION; PLEASE CONTACT AUTHOR BEFORE DISTRIBUTING OR CITING

Good afternoon. Thank you so much for having me here today.

POCA as a Knowledge Commons: POCAfest Keynote

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 who clean them and care for them

Healing my grief through Community Acupuncture

I went to a funeral in Florida this month. It was for my best friend Jenny’s mother, Diane.  It was important for me to go because Jenny died over 5 years ago and I couldn’t attend her funeral. 

Florida is a difficult

The Making of a Revolutionary -- Keynote by Greg Jones

Before we get started, I’d like to acknowledge that we are on occupied territory of the Cherokee Nation.

Our clinics are pretty special places. No matter where in the world we are located they are places where people from many different backgrounds, socio-economic classes, and

Fat Shaming, Capitalism, Professional Ethics & Community Acupuncture: An Introduction

Recently the punks at GCA wrote a blog post about weight loss and community acupuncture which got some interesting feedback from around the internet. Inspired by this, we (Lisa R and Lisa B) are working on a series of posts exploring issues around weight loss, fatphobia, capitalism, and acupuncture.

POCAfest Keynote: Dangerous Potential

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

POCA Tech Accreditation is Sexy

Dear POCA comrades,

If you need a reminder of why Community Acupuncture is important, please check out this article from Reuters titled “Arthritis may boost the risk of poverty, generally for women.”

“Women who developed arthritis were 51 percent more likely to fall

NCCAOM's Ethics, Structural Violence, and Our Petition

When I first heard that the NCCAOM had put out a call for public comment on their code of ethics, I thought, I should write something. I tried but almost immediately gave up. I thought, where do I even start??? But it kept nagging at me. And so I

‘A Radical History of Acupuncture in America’ - The next CA ‘zine

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”

and offers it up for immediate download

We Get Mail - Sliding Scale

Here’s a recent email from a soon-to-be patient who wants to do the right thing, but is confused by the sliding scale:

“I'm interested in becoming a (patient) member but have a question about the sliding scale for the membership fee. Is there

Mid-Membership Drive Special Edition

Sharon is the fiance of a long-time friend of mine, Bill. During their visit to New Hampshire a few months ago, Sharon mentioned in passing her experience with Flor Espinosa, a village acupuncturist in rural Nicaragua. It was like she dropped a precious gift on my messy dining table.

Mental Health Stigma & Community Acupuncture

Mental health challenges affect many of us. As many as 1 in 5 Canadians have been given a diagnosis or label relating to mental health (CMHA), and over the course of their lifetime 1 in 4 Canadians “will have at least one anxiety disorder” (Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada). But it

Beloved Community and the Spring Membership Drive

Community is an essential aspect of my life, a realization brought home recently by my mother’s death. My mother was a solitary person, an individualist, who feared exposure: she kept to herself. She was fond of animals, and though she was a nurse, people simply made her

Liberation Acupuncture Q & A

Wait, what?!?

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

We Are So Lucky, Post #3

You have been hearing a lot from me lately about POCA Tech’s Sustainers, in part because POCA Tech needs to raise money and so we need to keep talking about it, but also because I just think the whole thing is so cool. The more I learn

What I'm Learning in Acupuncture School

Making an acupuncture school is an intriguing experience when you’ve been accused of “dumbing down” the profession as often as we have. Seriously -- it’s not what I expected. Even though I didn’t know what to expect, this is definitely something

Why We Belong to POCA

People need community and human connection and while the physical community is slowing shrinking the online community grows.  I've been told that the average person spends 1 hours each day on Facebook.  Even though people are not physically seeing each other as much, we as humans still

POCAFest Fall 2014 Keynote: Sustainability for the Next Generation

POCAfest Fall 2014 Keynote: Sustainability for the Next Generation

Before I begin, I’d like to continue a tradition started by Lisa Baird and acknowledge that this is the traditional territory of the Santee people, and that we’re visitors here.


The Caste System of Healthy

by Jade Fang

Listening to another incredible keynote speaker. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world today. And my mind is filled with how is this relevant for POCA.

The text of the speech isn't available online yet but here is a

Membership Drive Post #6: the View from the Shady Lady

A week ago Thursday I attended the second-ever meeting (my first) of the Cully Boulevard Business Alliance, at the Shady Lady Tavern at the five-way intersection of Cully Blvd, NE 60th Ave, and NE Prescott St. If you look on a map that shows the incidence of crime in

Poked, Punked, and PRN-ed: New Free Video!

Sometimes I wish I could make an animated, sci-fi version of the history of POCA and the fractal (because I am a big geek, which you probably knew; but that would entail me being able to draw, which I have to tell you, I can't). But if I could, 

A few words of support..

A few words of support..

This blog is in response to comments on this blog http://www.migrainesavvy.com/acupuncture-for-migraines.html by Holly Hazen.

On behalf of acupuncturists, I am sorry about the harshness and fearful overreaction displayed in the comments about your blog. 

Picking My Head Up and Looking at the Big Picture


Sometimes it's exhilarating to look up, to feel connected, and to realize we are not alone, we are all working together and helping each other.


I love POCA.


I love the community it's created

Acupunking in the Tomato Capital of Canada

This weekend I packed my needles and a sleeping bag and joined a crew of migrant justice activists driving south from Guelph to Leamington Ontario for Leamington’s first-ever migrant workers’ health fair. Leamington, home of the Heinz factory, is the tomato capital of Canada, and has

A Response To Will Morris

Dear Will,

This post is to respond to your recent Acupunture Today piece entitled Cultural Competency in East Asian Medicine: Perspective as a Tool. 

I want to encourage you to follow your own advice and continue to “pursue

Waking Up - A Journey through Acupuncture in America

“How many patients a week do you have?” I still remember the question. It was 1998 or thereabouts, and I was in the back seat of a beat up acupunk’s car with a couple of other recent grads, heading to a CEU seminar. 

We Got Our Needle! It's a Good Time to Think about Disparities!

Thank you to everyone, near and far, who helped raise money for NE Portland to get needled via the Portland Acupuncture Project. (Check out the long list of individual contributors on the Project's website -- isn't that cool? More than half of them are WCA comrades.) This Saturday at 10