A little about the project, a little about you...

A few years back, the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community
(soon to be the Wildflower Alliance! Click here for more on our name change coming up!) updated our mission statement and included this sentence at the end:
"Essential to our work is recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, transphobia and psychiatric oppression."

Nothing about our mission statement or values is meant to be just words posted on a wall or website and then forgotten. We are committed to continuing to explore and vision what that sentence means, and how we can bring it to life. As a part of that effort, we are now taking a look at the holidays we most recognize.

At present, the majority of holidays that are most prominently recognized by US society are based in a version of history that prioritizes the needs, practices, and culture of white people of Christian faith and European backgrounds. And, that leaning gives us a piece of the picture, but often leaves a lot out, too. For example, what is the real history of Thanksgiving? (Click here for an exploration of Thanksgiving and what it means, especially for indigenous groups [also commonly referred to as Native Americans or American Indians] in the US) Or Columbus day? How does recognition of those holidays fit (or not fit) with a commitment to social justice and undoing systemic oppression?

And what about national days and weeks of recognition? For example, last year, while the country celebrated National Suicide Prevention Month, we pushed back and reclaimed the month as 'Alternatives to Suicide' based on the many issues of psychiatric oppression wrapped up in the suicide prevention industry. (Click here for exploration of some of the issues with suicide prevention.)

Now, in an effort to take a deeper look, and make sure that we are being intentional about what we do and don't celebrate, we are asking you for your take on what days, weeks, and months we should raise up.

Please use the attached survey to tell us a little bit about who you are, and then let us know what days, weeks, and months you think we should put our energy into recognizing (or not recognizing), and how best to do that!

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* 1. What geographical area are you from?

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* 2. How do you identify? (Check all that apply)

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* 3. Do you have any specific suggestions of days, weeks, and/or months that we should recognize?

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