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Bull Dozed Gsu Community Forum


Explores the impact of development induced displacement/gentrification on African American communities

Explores the impact of development induced displacement/gentrification on African American communities

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  • 1. Bull-dozed Innovative Strategies for Addressing the Mental Health Consequences of Gentrification Vanessa Jackson, LCSW Lionel Scott, Ph.D. Georgia State University Community Forum 2008
  • 2. A stick on its own is easily broken but if you put sticks in a bundle that bundle becomes very strong, so strong that you cannot break it. A spirit on its own can be easily broken. But bundled together we will not break. That is our power and our strength. Malawian Proverb
  • 3. Four Healing Questions 1) What happened to you ( your people)? 2) How does what happened to you (or your people) affect you now? 3) How, in spite of what happened, have you(your people)been able to triumph? 4) What do you (your people)need to heal? Many thanks to Pemina Yelllow Bird for the three original questions and to Makungu Akinyela for the addition of question three.
  • 4. W Happened to Us hat
  • 5. Springfield, Illinois
  • 6. Atlanta, Georgia
  • 7. “ W A eed and Seed Com unity: m The Key Question is w is being w ho eeded and w is being seeded? ho
  • 8. Senior Center Across the Street from the Federal Prison
  • 9. Thom asville Heights Public Housing Com plex slated for closure in 2008 (no relocation plan in place). To the east of the com plex is a HUGE landfill.
  • 10. Howdoes w happened to us affect us hat now?
  • 11. What is root shock? Root shock is the traumatic stress reaction to the destruction of all or part of one’s emotional ecosystem.  This metaphor is taken from botany.  Plants suffer from root shock when they are relocated from one place to another.  The loss of the familiar soil–with its particular texture and balance of nutrients–and the inevitable damage to the root system cause the plant injury or early death.
  • 12. M ental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity A Supplem to M ent ental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001) Am ajor finding of the supplem is that racial and ethnic ent m inorities bear a greater burden from unm health needs and et thus suffer a greater loss to their overall health and productivity. Racism and discrim ination adversely affect health and they place m inorities at ris k for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. W hether racism and discrim ination can by them selves cause these disorders is less clear, yet deserves research attention.
  • 13. Speak Out/Brainstorm Based on your experiences and/or observations, how has developm induced displacem and econom ent ent ic under-developm of targeted (read: Black) ent com unities negatively im m pacted the mental health of residents (displaced and remaining)?
  • 14. “This is a catastrophe! W know that you ho s are in the m iddle of a catastrophe? This is like Katrina w ithout the water.” M indy Thom pson Fullilove Discussion w NPU-V Residents follow a w ith ing indshield tour of the com unity m
  • 15. Recurrent Them in Com unity W Survivors of Developm es m ith ent Induced Displacem ent •Anger /Rage •Fear/Anxiety •Grief •Invisibility •Despair • orthlessness W •Challenge Sustaining Hope
  • 16. “ e have lost our w W isdom.” Com ent from a Photo Voice participant as she m reflected on the mass relocation/dislocation of elders in the com unity due to gentrification m
  • 17. Fiscal Trauma While this concept of poverty as traum requires further study, it is a useful a m etaphor to utilize in dialogues w low age earning individuals because ith -w it appropriately captures the life-threatening and sham inducing e experiences that result from inadequate incom and resources. e When fiscal traum is explored in clinical settings, individuals often report a feelings of anxiety and panic, depression, despair, hopelessness, fear, anger, rage, a sense of w orthlessness and lowself-esteem These feeling . can often persist after econom stabilization has been achieved. It is ic useful for clinicians to explore w im hat pact econom lack has on an ic individual’ sense of self, their relationships w fam and friends, their s ith ily view about econom and career possibilities and their relationship w s ic ith their com unity. m Clinical conversations should also include a discussion of external factors (social, econom political, geographical) that im ic, pact the individual’s access to necessary resources.
  • 18. How in spite of w happened, have w , hat e been able to triumph?
  • 19. Lo ve Is Our Blo o dline Love is profoundly political. Our deepest revolution w ill com we hen w understand this truth. Only love can give e us the strength to go forw in the m ard idst of heartbreak and m isery. Only love can give us the pow to er reconcile, to redeem the pow to reneww , er eary spirits and save lost souls. The transform ative pow of love is er the foundation of all m eaningful social change. W ithout love our lives are without m eaning. Love is the heart of the m atter. W hen all else has fallen aw love sustains. ay, bell hooks, Salvation: Black People and Love
  • 20. The Center for Black W en’ W om s ellness founded by the Black W en’ Health Project in om s Collaboration w Com unity m bers in 1988. ith m em Operating as an independent organization since 1996
  • 21. NPU-V Me ntal He alth Co llabo rative The M ental Health Collaborative w form in 2006 to as ed address the com plex m ental health consequences of fam ily and com unity dislocation due to gentrification on m Neighborhood Planning Unit V w hich includes Adair Park, Capitol Hom M es, echanicsville, Peoplestow Pittsburgh and n, Sum erhill neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. W are m e com itted to w m orking collaboratively to ensure that the individuals and fam ilies receive culturally appropriate m ental health resources to assist them in dealing w forced ith relocation and the loss of m ultigenerational relationships due to gentrification. The M ental Health Collaborative is represented by the Adinkra sym Eban w bol hich means love, safety, and security. This sym reflects the com itm of collaborative partners to bol m ent create safe, loving and secure com unities for newand m
  • 22. The Dirty Truth The Dirty Truth Cam paign represents a group of residents of Neighborhood Planning Unit-V (neighborhoods in Atlanta near Turner Field) and partner organizations w w an end to the trash, ho ant construction debris and vacant properties that are plaguing the com unity. m In 2006, approxim ately 20 residents of NPU-V used a process called Photovoice (see w w w to take pictures, tell stories, and ) reach policym akers about the issues that concern them the m ost. The them that kept resurfacing w the im e as pact of the built environm on ent residents' quality of life. Our technical assistance request to The Neighborhood Data Advisory Group revealed that there are 1296 vacant or unoccupied properties in NPU-V, representing 42% of all properties.
  • 23. Relational View of Healing o Emphasizes the importance of community to individual well-being . Individual healing was not possible without consideration of extended social relationships. oBlack healers grounded their work in notions of spiritual power, human relationships and community resourcefulness, thus addressing a wider range of healing needs than slaveholders considered legitimate.
  • 24. Healing Principles for African Americans • Privileges the experiences/stories of the person. •Based on an understanding of the historical, economic, social, political context of the person. •Honors the spiritual traditions of the person. •Fosters connections with family and the wider community. •Creates space for the expression of grief and anger that has been historically denied to African American people. •Creates space for recovery and celebration of resilience and creativity stories. •Expands the concept of healing space beyond
  • 25. W Do W Need To Heal? hat e
  • 26. It is important for us to ground our political m ovem ents in an understanding of history because the forces of oppression that have so effectively silenced and separated us benefit from our ignorance regarding past abuses and successes. Vanessa Jackson In Our Ow Voice: African-Am n erican Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in M ental Health System s
  • 27. Promising Interventions • Self Help Groups • Com unity Listening Circles m •Conflict Resolution skills to address the m istrust that can tear organizations apart and block the exchange of inform ation.
  • 28. Proposed Projects for 2008 • Com university m •Movie Night com unity gathering m •Ropheka Com unity Café (literacy and discussion group m • Black Top Circus Improv Worshop • Com unity M m ental Health clinic at Dunbar Center in collaboration w Georgia State University ith • CBW Healthy Body/Healthy Spirit Education/Support Group (body W image and emotional eating) • Continue Dirty Truth Campaign
  • 29. Group Discussion/Brainstorm How can the GSU community best support the NPU-V community? Consider individual and institutional interventions and collaborations. What are some interdisciplinary projects that might be beneficial to the NPU-V community?
  • 30. Guardians of Our Own Health “The experience left me with many convictions, none stronger than believing that significant change in relation to issues of health is most likely to come about when those most affected are empowered to take action. I also learned the flipside of this equation- that unless those affected by illness take leadership, especially those in poor neighborhoods, then they will never receive the resources they deserve. There is no choice but to take leadership and action. America Bracho Latino Health Access