Transformative Justice and Healing (part 3/3)

Featuring Kelly Park, Andy Su, and Jaden Fields

How can the ideas of transformative justice be applied to the medical industrial complex (MIC) to bring healing to oppressed peoples? In the last two episodes, we discuss ways the MIC prioritizes profit over healing and actively harms people. This episode, we invite our friend Jaden Fields to share his work in navigating the MIC while grounded in transformative justice. He runs an HIV education and empowerment program for trans people of color, cofounded a social support space for trans masculine folks, and advocates for approaches to eating disorders that are trans-inclusive and anti-racist.

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A People’s History of Outer Space

by Kelly Park

A digital illustration of a figure looks out through a window into a dark sky filled with stars. The window appears to be made of several layers, each signifying a different interpretation of outer space, that must be cut through to reveal the galaxies. Artwork by Iris Jong: http://www.irisjong.com/

With the release of the newest installment of the Star Trek franchise, we turn our gaze once again towards space, the final frontier. Outer space has played host to many opposing forces throughout our history, with different institutions claiming ownership at different times. How can these narratives help inform a more liberatory version of the universe in which everyone, not just the privileged few, can live long and prosper?

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Learning (In)Humanity

by Kelly Park
An illustrated figure styled as a doctor in a lab coat holds a clipboard. A pair of real, photographed eyes peers out from the doctor's glasses. The image background is composed of medical textbook excerpts with "high-yield" phrases erased and replaced by lines from Scantron answer sheets. Illustration by Melody Yenn.

An illustrated figure styled as a doctor in a lab coat holds a clipboard. A pair of real, photographed eyes peers out from the doctor’s glasses. The image background is composed of medical textbook excerpts with “high-yield” phrases erased and replaced by lines from Scantron answer sheets. Illustration by Melody Yenn.

Preaching empathy in medical school is profoundly ineffective when detached from lessons of social justice. If students can be trusted to dissect human bodies, they should be challenged to critically examine their relationships to structural inequality.

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