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New Boston chapter

New Boston chapter

Postby thewayigroove » May 14, 2016 10:33 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping to re-start the Boston chapter of Icarus. I wanted to know if anyone is still on here that's interested (and hoping that we could connect if that's the case), or if anyone has any info about the last group, and kind of what went on/what you did/general advice/info?
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby unraveled » May 14, 2016 11:14 pm

I was involved in running the last two incarnations of Boston Icarus when we started as an occupy Boston workgroup at the beginning of 2012 and to my knowledge has been defunct again since fall 2014. During that period the group existed as a support group, a community to help each other through difficult times, and an activist group- with nearly all members being connected with various anarchist or socialist activist groups around Boston. The 2009 incarnation from my understanding operated more as a social group and reading group. In 2012-2014 we had one or two members from the 2009 incarnation.
one reason there is not a Boston "Icarus" is because of the demand that any local group using the Icarus name follow guidelines that we did not wish to follow. To my knowledge, on the radical mental health front currently in Boston, there continues to be a strong coming off meds community run by Laura Delano (mad in America) and there is a hearing voices group in Cambridge that I am not sure how it is faring. I would be happy to message with you more.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby kmh79 » Jun 17, 2016 11:13 pm

When/ where would we meet? I could do any night.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby Flamingo » Nov 06, 2016 10:00 pm

I am very interested in a Boston chapter. Any others?
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby baffo32 » Nov 13, 2016 12:19 am

Hi, I am interested in a group. I would love to hear of other sibling groups in the area that are still active, and I would be glad to meet somebody on this topic.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby yellowrose » Nov 13, 2016 12:31 am

I am interested in the link between anarchism, socialism and coming off medication (my undergrad degree is in social sciences). Presumably one follows a political ideology because one believes in its principles. By my understanding that is not how coming off medication works. At university in 2004-7 I gorged on Foucault and Lacan and felt confident that once I got off medication I would have righted some social ill if only for myself. However my intellectual ideas did not match with my lived experience and despite not ideologically agreeing with medication I felt, in the end I needed it.

I have been part of the Icarus online community for 5 years and Will Hall is my occasional process work therapist. However despite repeated attempts to come off medication I have not succeeded.

I am concerned that the idea of 'coming off meds' is being linked with some of sort of political and ideological program. What I am asking is... what about the people who are socialists and anarchists but who find they can't easily or succesfully wean off medication? Are they shamed for not fitting the ideological model?

I understand that psychiatry is very definitely a tool of oppression and part or oppressive political structures, i really get that. That does not always mean that 'coming off meds' is the right choice for every individual even if they do espouse radical political views.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby baffo32 » Nov 13, 2016 9:09 am

yellowrose I think you may have misposted by accident; this is a thread about the Boston area
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby baffo32 » Nov 26, 2016 12:19 pm

I found that the Democracy Center in Cambridge lists an Icarus Project event happening Saturdays at 11 am.

I came by last week, but nobody was there, so I spent the time reading up on the Icarus Project. I emailed the Democracy Center to see what was up, and they replied they would check in with the organizer.

I came by today, but the door was locked =( I left another e-mail with the Democracy Center.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby Tempulgate » Nov 26, 2016 1:10 pm

Hi baffo,

That sounds so frustrating, the locked door and no other responses to your post. Did you try pming any of the other posters on this thread? Just trying to help...Hang in there, you'll find what you need in time...

Take care, T

Ps Is there a HV meeting? Don't know if that would suit you, but maybe another avenue to try.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby baffo32 » Dec 10, 2016 1:12 pm

Icarus Project Boston is responsive on Facebook :)

Icarus Project meetings are happening 11am to 1pm every Saturday at the Democracy Center. Nobody's been coming right now, but I will now be there most weekends as long as the space is open, if anybody wants to talk or organize something larger.

I've heard there's a local HV group, but I haven't been able to find it yet, or if it still meets.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby sdott » Jan 21, 2017 3:18 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm just posting to update that we do have an active Boston chapter of the Icarus Project currently meeting.
We're meeting at 45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, every Saturday from 11am-1pm, if anyone's interested.
I think Baffo is our newest member, who has been a great help getting the Project motivated in a right way

Hope to see you there, feel free to message me with any questions
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby kittenforever » Mar 10, 2017 11:08 pm

I am wondering about the format the group is taking nowadays. Previously we had an activist group every other week and peer support every other week. In light of recent political events I would be especially interested in getting involved in activism again, however I don't know if Icarus Boston does that anymore, I also don't know how it is organized. I found myself frustrated previously that often at the activist meetings there were only one or two people there and nobody had planned anything. I don't have enough activist experience myself to lead an activist event or meeting, so would only feel comfortable contributing if someone who does have experience had some sort of plan. If activism is not taking place though I might still be interested in getting involved again, can someone in the current group at the Democracy Center please let me know what has been occurring at meetings? Thank you. Also this does not affect me personally but the Democracy Center is not wheelchair accessible and a group like this should definitely be accessible, although I know how difficult it can be to find low cost accessible space in Boston.
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Re: New Boston chapter

Postby NickF » Apr 06, 2018 5:39 am

I was looking around new hampshire only to find out the place I may be staying is far east enough that I could get to a boston chapter meeting pretty easily. Is this still going on?
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