Our favorite content from September 2018!

“The telling of the stories, the raising of the voices, does its own political work and reveals things that we may have known at some level but have never been able to see so plainly: the connection between policy — the desire to control women’s bodies via restricting and policing their reproductive autonomy — and the personal treatment of individual women.” When the Muzzle Comes Off from The Cut.

Learn this acronym: DARVO – Deny the behavior, attack the accuser, and reverse the roles of victim and offender.

Trauma survivors often don’t need more awareness. They need to feel safe and secure in spite of what their awareness is telling them.”

“Fat activism isn’t about making people feel better about themselves,” Pausé says. “It’s about not being denied your civil rights and not dying because a doctor misdiagnoses you.” Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong from HuffPo.

What the Experts Want Us to Know About Public Health. “Of the $1 trillion in federal spending, only 1 percent is on public health — an infrastructure that saves lives” and that can “reduce suffering and improve community well-being and vitality.”

We surely see this in our work! “Post-traumatic stress disorder gets more attention, but post-traumatic growth is much more common.”

“But when empathy is experienced as radical connection it can take us to places that challenge our worldviews and our sense of self – places where the pain of separation, oppression and trauma are felt more deeply than any transcendent experience. These places are uncomfortable, but they also act as crucibles for self-growth and for reaching out to others without any sense of paternalism or privilege.”

As the US barrels ever faster to a majority-minority population, it is more crucial than ever to figure out how we can foster shared public spaces that are inclusive for people of all backgrounds and expand our “imagined community” on a wide scale. By desegregating the main places where humans interact—communities, schools, and ultimately workplaces—white people may be less likely to identify their peers of color as “not belonging” in shared spaces.

“I think of social infrastructure as being just as real as the infrastructure for water, food, energy, or transit. It is the material substratum that supports social life. The idea is that the social life we experience doesn’t exist in a vacuum; there’s a context for it. It can be supported or undermined by the places where we spend time.”

Does where you live affect how long you live? Spoiler alert: yes. Input your info and see how your neighborhood compares to local and national averages.

“When affluent white parents are making these decisions about parenting, they could consider in some way at least how their decisions will affect not only their kid, but other kids.” How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism.

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