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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

 

Join Us to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Dear fellow POCA people,

It seems like every day there is a new brutal blow to our collective humanity.  Like many of you, we are feeling so much rage, grief, and heartache as many of our communities and the most marginalized among us continue to face


What Tools Do Our Clinics Have? Fundraising for the Florence Project

In July, 2018, in response to the news of children being separated from their families at the border, 8 POCA clinics successfully raised over $5,000 for the Florence Project.  The Florence Project (FIRRP) is a legal aid and social service organization in Arizona that, among other things, provides free legal services


Don't Stop Believing: Why CAP Supports POCA's Membership Drive

At the Community Acupuncture Project in West Seattle, we can’t, don’t and won’t  stop believing in POCA! Since our inception in 2009, we’ve been a part of the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) which grew into our national coop, the People&rsquo


The Acupuncture Profession has 99 problems, but NADA ain’t one of them.

The most common question I get when promoting New Hampshire’s new ADS law is: “does acupuncture only treat addiction..”

Wait...what?

Last year, I advocated for a law.  It became the biggest acupuncture media campaign in New Hampshire’s


Videos from Liberation Acupuncture in Portland, OR 2018

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


Incarceration & Access to Care: One Clinic's Story

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


Time to Make Friends!

(outside of the acupuncture profession)

That’s the theme of our upcoming June 1-2 workshop in PDX.  It’s all about relationship-building, reaching out, and cultivating partnerships and alliances among like-minded people and organizations -- who are often more friendly to community acupuncture than


Support Puerto Rico!

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,


How Do We Get Where We Need To Go: Movement Building's First Webinar + Clinic Assessments

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


Movement Building in the Context of Community Acupuncture

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


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


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.

Why?!?

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