"pattrice jones sets the stage to begin healing the trauma associated with not just resisting oppression and injustice, but having to experience it. She offers real steps toward recognizing and correcting the problems facing humans, our planet and our animal relations. This book is a light in the dark for those of us who have dared to challenge the status quo."
Jeffrey "Free" Luers, Imprisoned Eco-Activist
"pattrice jones has her finger on the pulse of the real America . . . a country teeming with homeless shelters, alcohol and drug rehab centers, rape crisis hotlines, battered women's shelters, prisons, law enforcement agents, and soldiers. A nation whose citizens are compelled to organize movements to protect human, environmental, and animal rights. Aftershock is a manual for the many wounded souls seeking to survive such trauma and to participate in the struggle for a more just society."
Mickey Z., author of The Seven Deadly Spins and 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know About
"It is no small bit of wisdom when one recognizes that troubled people cannot heal a troubled world. May this book serve as a valuable aid and first step in the healing process for many dedicated activists."
Marjorie Spiegel, author of The Dreaded Comparison and Executive Director of The Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness (IDEA)
Aftershock is about the real war against terror -- the struggle for a world in which nobody lives in fear of atrocities perpetrated by human beings. Every day, people who push against violence and injustice or pull for peace and freedom must face their own fears. Many activists also must struggle with "aftershock," the physical and emotional reverberations of frightening, horrifying, or otherwise traumatizing experiences endured in the course of their activism.
This book is for aftershocked activists and their allies, as well as for people and organizations that practice high-risk activism. It includes practical tips for individuals, organizations, and communities, as well as information about how traumatic events affect our bodies and abilities.
Aftershock explores the culture of trauma that people have created through our violent exploitation of the Earth, other animals, and one another. As long as we continue to perpetrate such violations, we will never fully heal our own traumatic injuries. This book, therefore, is for survivors of all kinds of trauma, for therapists who treat trauma, and for anyone who hopes to reduce the amount of terror in the world.
Now available from Lantern Books.
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Part I: Geography
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Chapter 1: Our Animal Emotions
Our Bodies, Our Selves
Chapter 2: High-Risk Activists
Who We Are
What Has Been Done to Us
What We Have Seen
What We Need
Part II: Geology
Chapter 3: Aftershock
Special Features of Aftershock
Chapter 4: Rescue
Memory and Mourning
Chapter 5: Action against Fracture
Tips for Activists
Tips for Allies
Tips for Organizations
Tips for Movements
Tips for Counselors and Therapists
Tips for Communities
Part III: Ecology
Chapter 6: Trauma Culture
Causes and Consequences
Chapter 7: Truth Against Terror
Animals Are Us
We Are in and of the World
We Are Not Alone
Excerpts and reviews coming to this space soon.