Since 2000, I have been involved in left activist movements of various types. In 2001, I attended... more
Since 2000, I have been involved in left activist movements of various types. In 2001, I attended ZMI and had a wonderful experience. The majority of my focus has been on human rights work and opposition to U.S. imperialism in its various guises. I agree with the view put forth in the book Liberating Theory, that oppressions in various arenas, be they the economic system, the state, patriarchy, racism, etc., interact with one another and cannot be reduced to one root oppression. I consider myself a revolutionary, but I believe in working to improve conditions in the present as we move toward visions of better systems. Thus, I believe in reform now, in the service of revolution, with appropriate vision to guide activism. Overlapping with my activism, I am training to become a clinical psychologist and am currently in a doctoral program. I want to integrate my clinical work with my activist ideals, particularly by treating victims of psychological and physical torture. Since some in my field took the "side of the executioners," using their talent and training to design and facilitate torture, I feel compelled to use my abilities to alleviate the suffering that has been inflicted by those who chose to service state ends instead. I am very interested in activist vision and strategy and am looking to network with other activists and learn effective techniques for social change. I am a ParEcon advocate, and I want to help bring about a Participatory Society. I look forward to working with all of you.