Notes on Refuge

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Broadcast Room – April 4, 2020

[Douglas Rushkoff is speaking with Helena Norberg-Hodge on the Team Human podcast. Max Morris has been listening to this and other audio while preparing food in the kitchen and organizing to get her needs met for the day. The supportive neurological impact is measurable and — though she can almost never do this — she picks up the guitar and plays something. And sings something! This is astonishing and delightful, as so many encounters with caring community can be. Thank you to Douglas Rushkoff, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Team Human for the very real neurological repair (and morale boost).]

[Max sings with frayed, snapped, & yet functional guitar strings…]

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, Oooo
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, Oooo

This needs to be a cheerier song.

[Chord change — something like A minor changed to A major, amidst continuing intermittent dissonance.]

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, Oooo

[Max gets up to stop the podcast player. She stabs a finger toward the screen and says, “That… is really awesome.” She means the Team Human podcast and the wonderful people who appear in it. She sits down and starts playing (!) the guitar again. Tuneful dissonance. Max sings…]

Team Human is awe-some. (It is!)
Team Human is awesome. Awesome.
(…that’s a little better.)

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals…

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals…

[Max speaks while vamping guitar strings:]

Thank you to Douglas Rushkoff and Team Human, which you should search for if you use Medium.com or Twitter.com… or almost any podcast platform.

[http://twitter.com/@Rushkoff
http://twitter.com/@TeamHumanShow
https://medium.com/@Rushkoff
https://medium.com/Team-Human
https://patreon.com/TeamHuman
http://TeamHuman.FM]

[Guitar continues, and Max sings:]

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you, thank you
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you
Neurons, I love you. Ooooo…

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals, Oooo

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
They’ll give you healthy crisp
 and happy little vegetables
(… vegetables… vegetables…)

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
(No wonder you can’t finish the song…)
(… are we doing something wrong?…)

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals

[Max turns off the camera.]

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“Wash off your pesticides with pharmaceuticals…”

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[singing with the layered echoes of the Internet A/V signal]

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals

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Azine shared the following. Please find direct links to her posts at Intuitive.pub/text, at the top of the page:   Coming up…   Broadcast Room – April 4, 2020 Intuitive Public Radio

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Old Problems, Newfound Hopes.
AZINE STEENBERGEN·SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020
‘ Can anyone give me an example of a country’s government that isnt now more cruel than usual to refugees, to Indigenous peoples, to houseless people, to disabled people, to the very young& the very old, to the working class and the financially destitute?
  That isnt using this time to push laws and changes that otherwise its people would have opposed by the thousands? Like privacy breaches, authoritarian coups, attacks on rights of minorities, or killing people; by state gun violence, desk murderers, or simply lack of care (with fulfilling the basics like food aid and medical care) and defunding into death…
  If you cant find a single country without these fatal responses, then please consider that government is part of the problem.
  Have you noticed the increase in mutual aid, the human instinct of looking out for each other, and how phenomenal it is? How many lives have been saved by solidarity, in these times and in ages past?
  What if we just continued to live that way?
  I hope that then more problems will be solved, up until the moment we dissolve the kyriarchy, and then in the era beyond.
  Wouldnt that be wonderful?
  (Title because this has always been my stance, but I amidst the draconian rules and catastrophes, I am seeing more and more people with newfound hopes and vision for better world) ‘
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Images: https://www.facebook.com/azine.steenbergen/posts/2775341445913897 🌿

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By IndigenousAction.org, published on March 19, 2020; Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto.

Aime Lilithe Graves published this on Telegram and it’s been traveling from channel to channel. Find these original messages at t.me/s/IntuitivePublicRadio/5365.

Please visit IndigenousAction.org to read their page and support their work. Excerpts…

Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto
http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto

Thank you for visiting IndigenousAction.org to read their full page and support the work they’re doing. You can follow more related links from our messages at t.me/s/IntuitivePublicRadio/5365 and Intuitive.pub/text for April 4, 2020. 

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I meant to read excerpts from the above link, but — as happens at times — the energy in my body said that reading it all out loud was the best way for me to absorb it effectively.

Often, I only get the first reading. I’m glad I read this.

Thank you Aime Lilithe for posting it.

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http://www.indigenousaction.org/about-2/
http://www.indigenousaction.org/shop/

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COVID-19 and Psychosocial Disabilities

I am reading my highlighted excerpts from the Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities published by Tina Minkowitz on March 26, 2020 at Mad In America dot com. Please find the whole text at this Mad In America link, which we’ve included in our episode notes at Intuitive.pub/Notes, Intuitive.pub/Radio, and Intuitive.pub/Text.

Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities
Tina Minkowitz, Esq.
March 26, 2020, Mad In America dot com
‘ Meanwhile, the community of people with lived experience of psychosocial disability or psychiatry has been connecting in all the ways we can, especially online, to provide peer support and share information. Our love, creativity, and solidarity are needed now more than ever and show us our strength in the midst of crisis.
  Regional and international organizations have come together in this global pandemic to issue a joint statement making recommendations to governments on how to respect and ensure the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities who are among the groups that are more vulnerable to human rights violations as well as infection with and severity of the illness.
  The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry has dedicated a webpage to this joint statement, with downloadable versions in English and Spanish. Other translations will be added as available.
  The complete statement in English, composed jointly by the groups listed, is below.
  -Tina Minkowitz ‘
 . . . ‘ We, persons with psychosocial disabilities from regional and international organizations across the world, are concerned about the vulnerability of persons with psychosocial disabilities to COVID-19 infection and deaths. “Persons with psychosocial disabilities” refers to a historically discriminated and marginalised group that includes users and ex-users of psychiatry, victims-survivors of psychiatric violence, mad people, voice-hearers, and people with psychosocial diversity.
  People with psychosocial disabilities may be at increased risk of contracting coronavirus as a result of:
  their being placed and/or deprived of their liberty in psychiatric units and institutions, social care institutions, vagrancy homes, unregulated and informal ‘shelters’, jails, prisons, and correctional facilities, where they are unable to exercise social distancing as per their will and preferences;
  the inherent risk of infection in these environments, exacerbated by their being overcrowded and unsanitary, and places where ill-treatment tends to occur;
  barriers in accessing health information, including lack of information in plain language and communication support;
  barriers in implementing preventive hygiene measures due to poverty, unequal access to resources within households and homelessness;
  mistreatment and abuse;
  lack of social support networks and inclusive communities; and
  the systemic discrimination against persons with psychosocial disabilities, especially of women, children, older persons, LGBTQIA+ persons, indigenous persons, persons of diverse race, colour, descent, caste, national or ethnic origin, persons of different religious affiliations, persons with other disabilities, and other groups otherwise facing multiple and intersectional discrimination.
  People with psychosocial disabilities may also be at increased risk of developing more severe symptoms and dying due to:
  poor nutrition, healthcare and sanitary conditions in psychiatric units and institutions, social care institutions, group homes and prisons;
  weakened immune systems due to poor nutrition, neglect, institutionalization, and homelessness, including in children and older persons with psychosocial disabilities;
  long-term consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence and abuse, particularly against women with psychosocial disabilities;
  reluctance to access the health system due to experiences of discrimination, dismissiveness, neglect, violence, and traumatization in that system;
  underlying health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension caused or exacerbated by psychiatric drugs, often administered against people’s will or under coerced consent; and
  barriers in accessing healthcare and lack of health insurance coverage.
  States have the responsibility under international law to respect and ensure the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities on an equal basis with others. This responsibility is heightened during a national and global emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The vulnerabilities highlighted during the pandemic as a result of structural discrimination, discriminatory legislation, and practices of exclusion and violence both in communities and in medical and social care settings, must be taken into account and remedied both during the emergency and afterwards.
  We remind states that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires states to abolish involuntary admissions and treatment in mental health settings and to release those detained and treated against their will under such regimes. This obligation is not suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, as discriminatory detention is never justified, nor is the administration of mind-altering treatments against a person’s will.
  We call on national and local governments to implement the following measures:
  Institutional Settings
  Drastically reduce the number of people in psychiatric units and institutions, and institute a moratorium on involuntary admissions. Ensure that no one is compelled to remain in such settings against their will, where they are at greater risk of infection, more severe illness, and death.
  Urgently implement sanitary and preventive measures to avoid infections in psychiatric units and institutions, social care institutions and group homes, including environmental cleaning and disinfection, air circulation, regular hand hygiene and free access to sanitary supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and paper towels. People should not have to go to a centralised place to get sanitary supplies. Staff must be required to comply with all sanitary and preventive measures.
  Stop the use of seclusion, restraints, non-consensual medication, and any restriction on using the lavatories in psychiatric units and institutions. In addition to being contrary to people’s dignity and integrity, these practices inevitably generate unsanitary conditions and cause severe stress and physical deterioration, resulting in weakened immunity.
  Provide people in psychiatric units, institutions and group homes with access to the latest information about COVID-19, and enable them to keep in touch with their friends and family. People should not be banned from leaving their rooms or having contact with the outside world as a way to prevent infections. While preventive measures to avoid infections from visitors are needed, blanket policies barring visitors are disproportional and can expose people to further abuse and neglect. Alternative means of keeping in contact, such as telephone and Internet, must be allowed without restriction.
  Drastically reduce the population in jails, prisons, and correctional facilities, including by releasing those who are in pre-trial, imprisoned for non-violent offences, or scheduled to be released soon, including persons with psychosocial disabilities on an equal basis as others.
  Ensure in each and every case that people deprived of their liberty and those in congregate settings are tested in a timely manner, given their differential vulnerability, and that all such settings implement proper sanitary and preventive measures. When an outbreak occurs in an institutional setting, those affected must be moved to competent healthcare facilities, and the rest should be removed from the infectious environment. Any quarantine efforts must not result in persons being put into more restrictive environments, such as solitary confinement.
  Non-discrimination
  Ensure that persons with psychosocial disabilities have equal access to testing, healthcare and public information related to COVID-19. Quality healthcare should be provided to those infected without discrimination of any kind, and regardless of health insurance coverage. Persons with psychosocial disabilities should not be diverted from mainstream hospitals to psychiatric units and institutions for treatment, where healthcare for COVID-19 is often of a lower standard.
  Public restrictions based on public health, and actions of law enforcement and security personnel, must not discriminate in any way against persons with psychosocial disabilities. Psychiatric coercive measures must not be used as any part of the response to COVID-19. Human rights standards and mechanisms offering protection to persons deprived of their liberty and those in congregate settings, including those in psychiatric units and institutions, must remain in effect and not be reduced as part of emergency measures.
  No one should be compelled to take psychiatric drugs or other treatments that inflict suffering and that compromise their health or immune systems. Compulsory treatment orders must be lifted, and no new ones introduced, as required by international law.
  Ensure persons with psychosocial disabilities are not discriminated against in accessing the temporary measures implemented by governments to ensure the continuity of services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including education and social protection programs.
  Community Support
  Ensure continued access to support for people experiencing distress or unusual states of consciousness during the COVID-19 outbreak, including through call-in and online psychosocial support and peer support, based on respect for individual will and preferences.
  Step up efforts to develop a wide range of community-based services that respond to the needs of persons with psychosocial disabilities and respect people’s autonomy, choices, dignity, and privacy, including peer support and other alternatives to conventional mental health services.
  Guarantee voluntary access to psychiatric drugs during the COVID-19 outbreak for those who want them, and offer support to anyone who wants to come off their medication or experience home-based withdrawal.
  Prepare and encourage communities to be supportive of one another in an inclusive way, including of persons with psychosocial disabilities, during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is especially important since mandatory quarantine, home confinement and information overload may result in heightened states of distress.
  Provide practical support, such as support with obtaining food and supplies, for people with psychosocial disabilities who may be unable to leave their homes due to quarantine or experience difficulty with leaving home during this period of heightened concerns about contamination.
  Consider flexible mechanisms to authorize people with psychosocial disabilities to be able to leave their homes during mandatory quarantines, for short periods and in a safe way, when they experience particular difficulty with home confinement.
  Adopt additional financial measures to support people with psychosocial disabilities who may need to self-isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly those who live in poverty, or are unemployed or self-employed.
  Encourage media to report responsibly and accurately about the COVID-19 outbreak and the general population to exercise critical thinking and judgment when reading and sharing information on social media platforms.
  Vulnerable Groups
  Provide access to domestic violence information and services to support people, including children, experiencing abuse and violence at home. People with psychosocial disabilities, of any age, may experience increased risk of abuse and violence during home quarantine or home isolation.
  Conduct community outreach activities to identify and rescue persons with psychosocial disabilities deprived of their liberty or ill-treated at home or within communities, including by shackling and pasung* and provide adequate support to them in a manner that respects their human rights.
  Ensure access by homeless people, including those with psychosocial disabilities, to preventive measures against COVID-19 infection, such as access to well-supplied and clean sanitation facilities, as well as testing and treatment, without discrimination, and in a manner that respects their human rights. Governments must ensure that people with psychosocial disabilities who are homeless during the period of social isolation are not mistreated by authorities and provided with water, food, and shelter on equal basis with others.
  Guarantee the continued provision of harm reduction services, such as needle and syringe programs and opioid substitution therapy, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among drug users.
  Participation
  Consult and actively involve persons with psychosocial disabilities and their representative organizations in the state response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  Involve persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the independent monitoring of institutional settings. ‘
Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities
Tina Minkowitz, Esq.
March 26, 2020
https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/03/statement-covid19-persons-psychosocial-disabilities

I’ve just read my highlighted excerpts from the Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities published by Tina Minkowitz on March 26, 2020 at Mad In America dot com. Please find the whole text at this Mad In America link, which we’ve included in our episode notes at Intuitive.pub/Notes, Intuitive.pub/Radio, and Intuitive.pub/Text.

Survive eleven months (April 18, 2019; March 18, 2020)

When I try to tell you what happened, my ability to verbalize drops away. When I try to tell you what happened, I even forget completely what I was going to say.
  This is a way the body protects itself when it has been traumatized. But this body is healing, and it has been practicing…”

Survive eleven months (April 18, 2019; March 18, 2020)  read more…

Contributor invitation: Restoring resilience in communities experiencing trauma

Are you a trauma survivor who seems to suddenly or repeatedly become a scapegoat to others when your pain threshold is crossed?

If you have had this experience, please accept my invitation to be part of our public radio conversation in order to create solidarity, understanding, and greater community safety for trauma survivors who cannot talk about it on the radio or participate openly.

Needs:
*Short discussions using phone calls or Zoom video calls. (More options listed below.)
*Recordings will be made using speakerphone on phone calls, unless we have the option of making a clearer recording (with Zoom).
*Stabilizing conversations addressing challenging topics, showing up with our best support, kindness, and patience for one another.

Questions:
*In what ways is the “novel coronavirus” situation creating more resources for trauma survivors than we had before?
*In what ways is the “novel coronavirus” situation creating more obstacles for trauma survivors than we had before?
*Where do we need increased awareness of the effects of trauma in our daily lives, right now?

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Content will be published to Intuitive Public Radio and shared within some hours or days after our conversation. (Due to current adversity, time frames are not exact. Let’s stay in touch so that I can let you know when your segments go up.)

You can send me a private message or ask me questions by emailing max@intuitive.pub or messaging via https://Intuitive.pub/helpline. You can find out more about me on this page: https://Intuitive.social/hello/Max. Please send me additional or repeat messages if you need to in order to get my attention, and my apologies for anything I may miss. I am striving through physical difficulties to create safety and public community resources that can help myself and others.

My previous post with additional context can be found here: https://intuitive.social/2020/03/20/contributors-needed-can-you-help.

This can get better for me and for all of us. Caring participants are greatly appreciated. You have my permission to copy and paste this message to share with others — with my gratitude.

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Invitation

…to browse our updated Telegram channel directory, which is now a lot more like browsing a website than it ever has been before. https://Intuitive.community/Telegram/view

This contains huge archives of survivor-led initiatives and knowledgebase content our members have compiled with their lives on the line. We are building a good community library for you. Please visit us and make gentle friends with those you meet along the way.

PS. Wondrous appreciation for everyone in Telegram messenger development. Thank you for creating something so beautifully usable for us and ours. We couldn’t find anything else that worked, then this. You are superheroes.

Air #NotesOnRefuge • IPR •••

Who picked the very most challenging problem she could get her paws on? THIS gal.

A few weeks back on t.me/NotesOnRefuge we discussed collaborative infrastructure for survivors of severe environmental conditions — illnesses, traumas, & extreme adversity. From that episode:

We are continuing that conversation this morning — with audio recorded since then. If you’d like to contribute, we’ll be adding audio all day. You can leave us messages via Telegram in t.me/NotesOnRefuge or from the Anchor FM app on your smartphone at anchor.fm/NotesOnRefuge in order to participate “live on the air.”

We are alive, and we are intent on the subject of AIR.

Here is the beginning of our episode, which we will be updating all day.

Follow this podcast at anchor.fm/NotesOnRefuge from your desktop or mobile device.

We’ll see u there. <3

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If you don’t know where else to turn, well, we didn’t either. So we made some spacetime.

Please make some space — and time — to nourish yourself and connect with us on Telegram.

We are raising up the very conversations we all most need
in the terrible violence, chaos, meaning,
& possibility of our present age.

thanks for doing this work with us.

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#NotesOnRefuge • IPR •••

Mago commented on this video and until I saw her comment I did not remember recording it. I just watched it. I was able to watch it again and I don’t remember any of it.

But I think I made a few clear points.

I think I should do more of something with this, and need to figure out what that is.

Grateful for inputs.