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RebPsych, inspired by Gerald P. López, is here. Rebellious Psychiatry: Where Mental Health Meets Social Justice

RebPsych, inspired by Gerald P. López, is here. Rebellious Psychiatry: Where Mental Health Meets Social Justice

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Rebellious Psychiatry: Where Mental Health Meets Social Justice

The inaugural RebPsych conference will bring together students, mental health professionals, community activists, consumers, and others to explore the intersection of mental health and social justice. RebPsych is inspired by  RebLaw, the annual Yale Law School conference that began in 1994 shortly after the publication of the eponymous work Rebellious Lawyering (1992) authored by Gerald P. Lopez, a law professor and clinician who, in working with diverse, underserved client populations, inspired a generation of lawyers to rethink how best to serve individuals who are disempowered and undocumented.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hosted by Yale Department of Psychiatry
Linsly-Chittenden Hall
63 High Street, New Haven, CT

This event is free and open to the public!

The inaugural RebPsych conference will bring together students, mental health professionals, community activists, consumers, and others to explore the intersection of mental health and social justice. Modeled on the Rebellious Lawyering conference, which is inspired by lawyer and law professor Gerald P. López and his writings on representing underrepresented and underserved client communities and hosted by Yale Law School, the conference will provide a platform for participants to build partnerships and discuss strategies for social change. We recognize that mental health professionals have long been engaged with social causes, from global mental health initiatives to the recovery movement. However, the mental health professions must also grapple with our participation in individual and structural oppression, such as Guantanamo interrogations, racial disparities in psychiatric diagnosis, and the pathologizing of LGBTQ communities. We hope that the conference will foster a frank conversation about our responsibility to pursue justice and challenge established hierarchies of privilege and power.

RebPsych is eager to receive proposals from a diverse array of people, including (but not limited to) activists, artists, community organizers, consumers, health professionals, students, scholars, and writers. We are especially interested in hearing from individuals who have made activism a crucial part of their work. The conference welcomes traditional academic presentations, panels, debates, discussions of activist work, artistic projects, archival and museum initiatives, and performances that address mental health and social justice.

Keynote Speaker: The Bertram H. Roberts Memorial Lecture

Mindy Fullilove, MD
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, will present the Bertram H. Roberts Memorial Lecture. She is Professor of Urban Policy and Health in the Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program, Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement. Her research has focused on health in poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. From her research, she has published Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. Her most recent book is Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities (2013), which highlights the potential for urban planning and design to repair cities, reconnect communities, and improve residents’ collective well-being.

RebPsych registration information is here.




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The Law Offices of Tsui H. Yee, PC, in New York City, is hiring

March 8, 2017 9:44 pm

The Law Offices of Tsui H. Yee, PC, in New York City, is hiring.

Law clerk / intern position, 15 to 20 hours a week.

This is an immigration law practice that is expanding in these tumultuous times.

And yes, Tsui is a Rebellious Lawyering alum from UCLA School of Law.  You can and will learn here.

Click here to check out just some of Tsui Yee’s accomplishments.

Send your resume and writing sample to Tsui Yee here.

February 28, 2017 10:03 pm


ILRC offers a very handy guide – to keep at all times.

Be calm, informed, and prepared.

Please distribute the ILRC Guide: PLAN DE PROTECCIÓN FAMILIAR — TRANQUILOS, INFORMADO.  plan-de-proteccion-familiar


Read the ILRC flyer at: https://www.ilrc.org/plan-de-proteccion-familiar 


February 26, 2017 8:38 pm



“It is still a federal offense to possess marijuana, and federal law controls for immigration.”  – ILRC


From the ILRC:

“What to do: Legal Self-Defense for Noncitizens

• Don’t use marijuana until you are a U.S. citizen. Don’t work in a marijuana shop.

• If you have a real medical need and there is no good substitute for medical marijuana, get legal counsel.

• Never leave the house carrying marijuana, a medical marijuana card, paraphernalia (like a pipe), or accessories like marijuana T-shirts or stickers. Don’t have photos or text about you and marijuana on your phone, Facebook, or anywhere else.

• Most important, never admit to any immigration or border official that you ever have used or possessed marijuana, unless you have expert legal advice that this is OK. If a federal official asks you about marijuana, say that you don’t want to talk to them and you want to speak to a lawyer. You have the right to remain silent. Stay strong – once you admit it, you can’t take it back. If you did admit this to a federal officer, get legal help quickly.”

Download ILRC flyer here:
ILRC link is here: https://www.ilrc.org/community-flyers-marijuana


Volunteer at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY)

February 6, 2017 9:56 pm

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Volunteer at the Arab American Association of New York as a

Citizenship Practice Tutor

Women’s Advocacy Assistant

ESOL Teacher

Go to the volunteer page of AAANY here.

“Our mission is to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability. ”

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The Best New York Dog Adoption Shelters

February 6, 2017 9:51 pm

The Best New York Dog Adoption Shelters

Dogs help us more than we help them. Consider adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating.



Click here for Animal Haven

“Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area [New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut], and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.  Founded in 1967, we operate an animal shelter in Manhattan. We also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.”



Click here for Mighty Mutts

“We are an all-volunteer, no-kill organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the strays of New York City. Each day, thousands of stray dogs and cats are forced to live in our city’s streets and alleyways, crawling about these desolate areas for refuge. Alone, starving, and in desperate need of veterinary care, these poor creatures struggle day by day for their very lives. Most are not spayed or neutered and will go on to bring many other puppies / kittens into their harsh world.  Mighty Mutts is driven to help change all of this.”

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The Tanya Project

February 5, 2017 9:14 pm

The Tanya Project provides free lawyers to help our clients win health insurance appeals, obtain/retain Medicaid/Medicare, draft end-of- life documents, and avoid discrimination on the basis of their cancer status and/or cancer history. Clients with other legal needs are referred to free/low cost legal service providers, or the Tanya Project’s trained Oncology Attorney Referral Panel.

The Tanya Project was founded by Michele Magar, Rebellious Lawyer.
Download The Tanya Project flyer here:



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Courtesy and Copyright artist Pipilotti Rist, Pixel Forest.



Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP)

February 2, 2017 10:12 pm

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) provides birth control, STI testing & treatment, transgender care, PrEP, PEP and abortion in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

These are courageous people providing essential services in the most hostile environment.

They are risking their lives to help our most vulnerable people.

Make a donation, large or small.  Even $25 lets them know we care that they care.  Show your support!

See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-great-plains#sthash.ZjkK0bsL.dpuf

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Volunteer at Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) in Connecticut

February 1, 2017 9:48 pm

IRIS is a non-sectarian, independent nonprofit refugee resettlement agency that has welcomed more than 5,000 refugees to Connecticut since its founding in 1982.”

“Founded in 1982, IRIS has undergone dramatic growth and transformation over the past 34 years, but its goal has remained constant: to provide a new haven to refugees and other immigrants from around the world. Throughout its history, IRIS has helped refugees from all over the world, but the numbers and nationalities of clients have fluctuated. Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians arrived in the 1980s and early 90s, former Yugoslavians (Bosnians, Croatians, and Serbians) in the 1990s, Cuban rafters in 1995, Kurds in 1996, Kosovar Albanians in 1998, Sudanese (Lost Boys) in 2001, Liberians in 2004, Afghans and Iraqis began to arrive in 2007 and in 2015, IRIS began to receive Syrian families, seeking refuge from one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history.”

Click here to Volunteer at IRIS:

Jennifer Camper’s Ramadan

January 31, 2017 8:36 pm

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Above is from Jennifer Camper’s Juicy Mother, a superlative anthology.  Courtesy of Jennifer Camper.  Copyright Jennifer Camper.

Read Ramadan in Juicy Mother. Buy  Juicy Mother here.

Visit Jennifer Camper’s website here.


Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist living in Brooklyn, New York. saturdaysnatch.jpg

Her art examines life from a perspective that is irreverent, female, queer, and mongrel (Lebanese American). Her work often explores gender, race, class, and politics, as well as sexuality, mermaids, and robots. She’s also a teacher, a cartoon editor, and the creator of the Queers & Comics Conference.

Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ, a graphic novella following the adventures of three women living in abandoned subway tunnels. She also edited two Juicy Mother comics anthologies. Her cartoons and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, and have been exhibited internationally.

Cartoon Editor 
Women’s Review of Books 2006 – present
Editor  Queer Pin-Ups a card deck featuring art by 54 cartoonists. Northwest Press, 2015

Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, editor and contributor, Manic D Press, 2007
(Lambda Literary Award Finalist)
A comix anthology.
Juicy Mother 1: Celebration, editor and contributor, Soft Skull Press, 2005
Lambda Literary Award Finalist)
A comix anthology.subGURLZ, Cleis Press, 1999
(Lambda Literary Award Finalist)
The adventures of three twisted women living in abandoned subway tunnels.

Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, Laugh Lines Press, 1994
A collection of Camper cartoons.

Ms. Magazine, The Advocate, Out, Bitch, Mizna, Barra (Lebanon), Women’s Review of Books, The World, Girlfriends, QW, Curve, On Our Backs, Outweek, Bad Attitude, Sorority, Girl Jock, The Nose, Hysteria, etc.
Qu33r, No Straight Lines, The Letter Q, The Great Women Cartoonists, Three, Glamazonia, Dead High Yearbook, Dyke Strippers, Boy Trouble, Gay Comix Anthology, A Century of Women Cartoonists, From Girls to Grrrlz, Women’s Glib, Women’s Glibber, Silverleaf Anthology of Women’s Humor, Lesbian Culture, Here Come the Brides, What Is this Thing Called Sex?, Ex-Lover Weird Shit, Sexual Harassment: Women Speak Out, etc.
The Village Voice, Funny Times, Sojourner, LGNY (NYC), Lesbian News (L.A.), Philadelphia Gay News, Bay Times (S.F.), Nightlines (Chicago), The Washington Blade (D.C.), Gay Community News (Boston), Southern Voice (Atlanta), Lavender (Mpls.), Perspective (Alaska), In Step (Milwaukee), Twist (Seattle), Gay & Lesbian Times (San Diego), Our Own (Virginia), etc.
comic books
Three, Gay Comix, Wimmin’s Comix, World War 3, Young Lust, Real Girl, Strip AIDS USA, Cease Fire, Choices, Dykes Delight (UK), BubbleGun (Czech), etc.
selected exhibitions
Solo Shows
2013    Words and Pictures,  AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012    COMIX, AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Group Shows
2015    WonderWomen, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Mpls, MN
2015    Busts AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2010    Fi Taharrok: Jouzourona wa Mostaqbalona, Högkvarteret, Stockholm, Sweden
2010    World War 3 Illustrated, The Soho Gallery for Digital Art, NYC
2009    Comics Worlds and the World of Comics, Kyoto Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan
2006    No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics, Cartoon Art Museum, SF, CA
2005    Wear Me Out, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, CA
2003    Ladyfest, Manchester, England
2000    Picturing the Modern Amazon, The New Museum, NYC
1999    Women Cartoonists, Bluestockings, NYC
1994    Bad Girls, The New Museum, NYC
1994    Festival International de le Ban Dessinée, Sierre, Switzerland
1992    San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
1992    Triplex Gallery, NYC
1991    The New School of Social Research, NYC
1995    Queer Cartoons, A Different Light, NYC
1990    The Cartoon Show, Lesbian & Gay Community Center, NYC
Classes, Lectures, Workshops
School of Visual Arts, New York University, Laguardia High School TEDx Talk, Queens Museum of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Rutgers University, Fine Arts Work Center, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, Al-Noor School, AWAAM, Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Public Library, Hetrick-Martin Institute, etc.