9 episodes

This way of life is a war against our bodies. The air polluting our lungs, our breast milk filled with toxins, and our mental angst driving us to suicide. Proposed health cuts increase our general precarity in relation to a failing health system, a health system that fundamentally furthers our objectification and dependency on capital. Therefore the steps we make to gain and share skills and develop subterranean practices of care can return some of the agency we’ve lost to the professionalization of medicine and the profitable mystery that is our bodies.
As we think about expanding our capacity, we don’t want to just “fill in the gaps” of public health infrastructure. We need to slowly break our dependence on these institutions in all the ways that we can and also look for ways to use them to our advantage. We think this happens through sharing knowledge and skills, an emphasis on preventative care, and finding ways to manipulate existing structures to allow us to move forward on this path of autonomy. We believe in the utter necessity of revolution, of the development of material lines of power. Questions of care and health autonomy are pivotal to that progression.
From the Greek solidarity clinics to the Zapatistas “healthcare from below” to Black Panther Clinics and GynPunks, there is inspiration for this path all around us. We begin by finding each other. This podcast will be a step in that journey.

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    • Alternative Health
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

This way of life is a war against our bodies. The air polluting our lungs, our breast milk filled with toxins, and our mental angst driving us to suicide. Proposed health cuts increase our general precarity in relation to a failing health system, a health system that fundamentally furthers our objectification and dependency on capital. Therefore the steps we make to gain and share skills and develop subterranean practices of care can return some of the agency we’ve lost to the professionalization of medicine and the profitable mystery that is our bodies.
As we think about expanding our capacity, we don’t want to just “fill in the gaps” of public health infrastructure. We need to slowly break our dependence on these institutions in all the ways that we can and also look for ways to use them to our advantage. We think this happens through sharing knowledge and skills, an emphasis on preventative care, and finding ways to manipulate existing structures to allow us to move forward on this path of autonomy. We believe in the utter necessity of revolution, of the development of material lines of power. Questions of care and health autonomy are pivotal to that progression.
From the Greek solidarity clinics to the Zapatistas “healthcare from below” to Black Panther Clinics and GynPunks, there is inspiration for this path all around us. We begin by finding each other. This podcast will be a step in that journey.

    Episode 8: Episode 8: No Borders, Migrant Housing Squats, and the Commons in Greece

    Episode 8: Episode 8: No Borders, Migrant Housing Squats, and the Commons in Greece

    In this interview, Haris discusses the state’s attack on the Idomeni border camp, the forced relocation of migrants to state run detention centers in the periphery of the city exposing individuals to the most toxic conditions, and efforts by Thessaloniki anti-authoritarian struggles to work with migrants to recuperate housing within the city center itself. Haris also distinguishes squatting in Thessaloniki versus Athens’ Exarchia district. He concludes by discussing the churches and Syriza’s demolition of migrant housing located on church property. We continue the conversation exploring how Greek anti-authoritarian encounters with migrant networks transformed understandings around the commons. In particular, not only creating safe spaces offering all the basic amenities, but spaces of trust and deepening social relations. We then discuss the future of migrant housing squats and self-run camps, the corruption of the refugee aid industry, and the emergence so called “internal” borders within the Greek state restricting movement for migrants refusing to claim asylum within island detention centers.


    Intro/Outro Song:
    Killah P — Zoria


    Health Autonomy is brought to you by mask.fm, a podcast network by Mask Magazine. To support this show and others, visit our Patreon. This episode was edited by Joe Kujawa.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 7: Episode 7: How to Unite and Unionize With Your Clinic Coworkers: A Win in an LGBT Clinic

    Episode 7: Episode 7: How to Unite and Unionize With Your Clinic Coworkers: A Win in an LGBT Clinic

    Overworked? Underpaid? And still get heat from the bosses that you should be doing more with less cause you’re serving the most vulnerable? Even clinics and nonprofits claiming the most progressive intentions inherit some of the most exploitative practices against their workers. In this episode, we speak with a healthcare worker who linked up with her fellow docs, nurses, and administrators to resist union busting tactics by their bosses and promote fairer conditions in an LGBT clinic. We also talk with our guest about how she got involved with social justice work before entering medical school and where she is now following the dramatic unionizing effort.


    Health Autonomy is brought to you by mask.fm, a podcast network by Mask Magazine. To support this show and others, visit our Patreon. This episode was edited by Joe Kujawa.


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    • 46 min
    Episode 6: Prison Abolition and Migrant Justice in Germany: An Interview with Gefangenen Info

    Episode 6: Prison Abolition and Migrant Justice in Germany: An Interview with Gefangenen Info

    The physical and psychological impact of incarceration in Germany is shocking, resulting in suicides and other sequelae. In this interview with an editor of the Gefangenen Info, we learn about the prison abolition struggle in Germany and how German activists are joining with migrant collectives to create mutual aid networks, political actions, and other strategies in response.


    Health Autonomy is brought to you by mask.fm, a podcast network by Mask Magazine. To support this show and others, visit our Patreon. This episode was edited by Joe Kujawa.


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    • 33 min
    Episode 5: Reproductive Rights, Mental Health and Collective Liberation

    Episode 5: Reproductive Rights, Mental Health and Collective Liberation

    A conversation about reproductive health with Chloe.



    "A lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 'DIY abortion.' One reason is that the left has ceded the abortion and reproductive rights debates to a more liberal movement. A big slogan of the liberal pro choice movement is 'we won't go back to doing DIY abortions,' but this has inadvertently encouraged a medicalization and institutionalization of abortion."



    Links

    https://themastproject.wordpress.com/
    http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(17)30475-4/fulltext
    https://www.aclu.org/other/whats-wrong-fetal-rights
    https://www.listennotes.com/e/7a66b23064f84979aafc93784e3f7152/iii-b-kvelertak-ii-fetal-protection-laws-and-the-consequences-of-health-injustice/


    Health Autonomy is brought to you by mask.fm, a podcast network by Mask Magazine. To support this show and others, visit our Patreon. This episode was edited by Joe Kujawa.


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    • 41 min
    Episode 4: The complexities of mental health

    Episode 4: The complexities of mental health

    Mental health affects millions of people – 1 in 5 Americans according to some estimates, with half of them not receiving any treatment. Part of the problem might be that we see the mind as orderly and contained, when really the mind seems to be characterized by disorder. Some indigenous cultures view 'insane' as synonymous with shamanic capabilities. Kids are medicated because they can't sit in class, even though stillness is antithetical to the imaginative, dynamic, reactive world children inhabit.


    In this episode, Frank and Babak talk to their friend and comrade Leijia about personal experiences of mental health, and how considerations of mental health can increase our collective capacity.


    Closing Poem:
    We All Conspire by Mario Benedetti


    Reference links:
    We are all very anxious


    Health Autonomy is brought to you by mask.fm, a podcast network by Mask Magazine. To support this show and others, visit our Patreon. This episode was edited by Joe Kujawa.


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    • 41 min
    Episode 3: Understanding Wellness Culture with a Revolutionary Context

    Episode 3: Understanding Wellness Culture with a Revolutionary Context

    Health Autonomy is brought to you by **mask.fm, a podcast network from Mask Magazine. To support this show and others, visit our Patreon.



    Woodbine


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    This episode was produced by Joe Kujawa & Yvette Hall in Brooklyn, NY.


    Reference links:
    When Wellness is a Dirty Word
    The Wellness Syndrom
    Life Hacks of the Poor and Aimless
    How Wellness Became an Epidemic
    Class Combat
    Self as Other: Reflections on Selfcare


    Closing Poem "Karma" by award winning poet, Dominique Christina


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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

kunoichi_chicky ,

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So refreshing to discover health “professionals” with similar politics, worldview, work and goals ✌️✌️ solidarity!!

ReggieGoblin ,

Thank you

This podcast has really influenced my perspective and I’ve found inspiration in it. Have been sharing with all my friends that do care work. Thanks!

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