The one in which we talk to Sus Sunhee Volz again because we just loved so much of what she has to say. Sus was in our studio about a month ago chatting with us about climate change and mental health. When we were doing some research for that session, we came upon an article Sus wrote in the-trouble.com entitled, It Begins with the Land. You might ask, “What begins with the land?” Well – capitalism for one thing. As Sus states in the article “…land grabs have always been its opening shot.” Sus articulated issues around climate justice and other oppressions so compellingly in this article that we just had to have her in to talk to us some more.
Sus is part of LILAC Philly (Local Initiative Local Action)- democratically developing socialist campaigns concerning housing, public education, racial justice, and criminal justice.
The session in which we learn about the first annual Requiem and Remembrance Day on March 8, 2020 (every 2nd Sunday in March). Founder Helene Byrne discusses her vision for an annual National Sing-In Against Gun Violence. This day will: 1) create a day of unity and healing through music, 2) provide Americans the opportunity to express sadness about gun violence, 3) offer solace, support, and solidarity to bereaved, and pay tribute to those we’ve lost, and 4) unite various groups to amplify support and the demand for change. Music has power.
Shrinks After Hours – drinking champagne as we get clearer and clearer vision for 2020. Join Dr. Holly Sawyer of Life First Therapy, LLC, Allison Gibbs, LCSW of Therapy Concierge along with the Shrinks on Third, Julie Mayer and Cindy Ariel as we ring in the New Year together and offer our heartfelt words to each other and to you.
The session in which we talk to Zakia Williams about a relatively new organization working with Black men and positive mental health. Zakia is the Client Liaison for Black Men Heal, a nonprofit organization providing access to mental health treatment, psychoeducation, and community resources to Men of Color. The team at BMH, which also includes Founder Tasnim Sulaiman and co-Founder Kevana Nixon have worked out a strong model to offer support and mental health treatment specifically for Black men.
The session in which we discuss a creative program called Songs in the Key of Free, which challenges mass incarceration and shows solidarity with incarcerated people by partnering with artists inside prison. Founded by community arts activist, August Tarrier, Songs in the Key of Free amplifies the voices of prisoners through songwriting and music. The program addresses the wounds inflicted by the carceral state.
You can also learn more about another of August’s initiatives that we mention in the podcast, called The Super Heroes project, at augusttarrier.com/superheroes-project
The session in which Sus Sunhee Volz helps us sort out issues surrounding Climate Change and mental health. Natural disasters caused by climate crises deeply affect the mental health of survivors and eyewitnesses. They, and many others, also endure the fears, anxiety, hopelessness, and powerlessness that sometimes comes with learning about the real effects of climate change on our planet and our lives. Anecdotally, some climate activists report feeling less isolated and a greater sense of empowerment and hope.
The Shrinks After Hours tackle the subject of dating! Allison has the most personal recent dating experience but that doesn’t stop the others from chiming in for a lively conversation about a hot topic.
The session in which we have a heart to heart talk with student activist Ariel Weinbaum about her evolving activism and the issues that matter most to her and many of her peers. Ariel is a youth climate activist with the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led movement that we also talked about in a previous episode (An Army of Youth). Sunrise advocates for political action on climate change.
The session in which we talk about one of our personal favorite nonprofits working to empower women and girls. Dining for Women is a global giving circle that promotes gender equity around the world through member education and the power of collective giving.
Both of us attend monthly potluck dinner chapter meetings in our respective neighborhoods. We get together with like-minded women to share food, learn about the monthly grantees, and then donate what we might have spent dining out. The funds raised go to featured and sustained grantees, and to support the overall mission of the organization. Finding a chapter near you or starting your own is easy.
The session in which we speak with David Bennion, a practicing immigration attorney. David founded the Free Migration Project in 2016 to represent immigrant clients in their legal proceedings, provide legal support and training to organizers and advocates, engage in public education and outreach, litigate in the public interest, and advocate for fair and open immigration laws. David coordinates the legal effort for the Shut Down Berks Coaltion’s grassroots campaign to shut down the Family Detention Center in Berks County, PA. David has provided legal support to a number of undocumented activists participating in organized protest. He continues to engage in public deportation defense work and to provide support to grassroots groups through the Free Migration Project.