This document is meant to help you take some precaution and map how you plan on acting, engaging, or abstaining from action in November. Remember: each of us has a different risk model, meaning that we each know best what we can or can’t handle, have capacity for, or expertise on. Your safety plan should serve you and people you care about. Not having some of the items of this list does not reflect a lack of preparation — you can best assess. A recommended way to use this list is to make a copy, share with friends, and check the things you feel/have, and then make a plan to get anything missing.
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One of the amazing things about activists is that we often deliberately expose ourselves to brutality when we believe it necessary. What is sometimes equally surprising is how little we know about the psychological effects of this violence. We need to prepare ourselves and learn how to support each other through the physical and emotional consequences of trauma.
Fireweed Collective offers mental health education and mutual aid through a Healing Justice lens. They help support the emotional wellness of all people, and center the needs of those most marginalized by our society. Their work seeks to disrupt the harm of systems of abuse and oppression, often reproduced by the mental health system.
This handout explains how reevaluating our approach to our own mental, emotional and physical health can play a large part in enabling our activism to become more sustainable, and thereby help us to avoid burning out, and so continue our resistance.
In an action, in any potentially tense of dangerous situation, we need to be able to stay calm, to feel our fear without letting it overrun us or turn into panic. Grounding is a technique that can help us stay both alert and relaxed when all hell is breaking loose around us.
Cyberwomen is a digital security curriculum with a holistic and gender perspective, aimed at offering trainers with tools to provide in-person learning experiences to human rights defenders and journalists working in high-risk environments. The guide is geared towards both professional trainers and those who want to learn how to train others on their digital protection, and include gender considerations as they do so.
Escuela para Defensoras En Derechos Humanos y Ambientales Benita Galeana A.C contribuir a la formación de defensoras en derechos humanos y ambientales con capacidad de autodeterminación de su cuerpo y sus territorios, y la autogestión para mejorar su calidad de vida y un equilibrio en las relaciones de poder.
This brief explores how those involved in human rights work might practice self-care both individually and collectively.
This webinar details the experiences of women’s rights and feminist activists with individual and collective self-care.