Sunday November 8th-Beating Burnout: Sustaining Ourselves, Sustaining our Movements

Sunday November 8th 1pm-5pm

Have stress or anxiety related to your racial justice, economic justice, queer justice, animal rights, environmental justice, educational justice, or other activism resulted in such severe impacts on your emotional or physical health that you have wondered whether you needed to walk away from your activist work, at least temporarily? If so, you might be like the 50 to 60% of activists who have experienced activist burnout—a condition some people have argued is the most formidable barrier to the success of social justice movements. In this workshop we will discuss the most common causes, symptoms, and consequences of burnout, both to individual activists and to the movements in which they participate. But we will also share strategies for self-care and community-care—strategies that can bolster our effectiveness as activists and help sustain our movements for social justice.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dallas Rising, long-time animal rights activist with experience in organizing, direct action, and coaching activists, and Paul Gorski, a long-time racial justice and economic justice activist and professor of social justice and human rights who has been studying social justice activist burnout and its impact on social justice movements for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University.

* This event is supported in part by a grant from The Pollination Project and both Dallas and Paul serve on the Council of Sustainable Activism with In Defense of Animals.

* If you have accesibility needs of any kind, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accomodate them. (facilitators can be contacted through facebook or e-mail and a MARS Collective member can relay the message to the facilitators)