There are 3 Volumes in this Artful Anti Oppression Toolkit.
This is Volume 2 What does Artful Anti-Oppression mean anyway”?
Anti-oppression refers to all the ways an individual, community, institution or system actively prevents, challenges and ends oppression against other people. It means taking a stand against and addressing the ways that oppressed peoples are prevented access to crucial resources let alone choices. It means addressing violence, abuse of power, and the ways people are manipulated, limited, controlled, silenced, incarcerated and erased. It is widely understood that oppression in all its forms can cause mental, emotional, physical and spiritual trauma to people, communities and ecologies. Trauma can cause deep, devastating and sometimes irreparable damage, particularly when it is rooted in harms passed through many generations. This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others! The arts can be such a powerful and transformative way to learn about, express and practice Anti-Op-pression. The arts can allow people to explore themselves, express their feelings, share their stories and communicate in ways that are multidimensional (not just text based).