TRACC (trauma response and crisis care) for Movements is project responding to trauma in social movements: providing community care, triage trauma and crisis response on the frontlines, & healer training and education to support activists and social movements. We believe that we are in a sociopolitical moment which multiplies the impact of trauma and burnout for activists and community organizers. We see this as equivalent to a public health crisis and one that we, in TRACC4Movements, as healing care providers, have a responsibility to respond to in an organized, ethical and coordinated way.
We believe through supporting the education and training of healing practitioners in social movement trauma and healing response we can build a network of mass mobilizable healers around the country (and includes membership into Canada and Latin America) which can support social movements in their local contexts and respond to crisis needs for healing locally, regionally and nationally alongside pre-existings communities of movement and movement care.
We believe through working in collaboration with healing providers and communities we can support a continuation and deepening of the healing, wellness and care of movements in this moment and beyond.
TRACC4Movements engages in our work in BIPOC/QTPOC-centering framework through our practices, our training content and our leadership. We are deeply invested in complicating the pre-existing narratives around mental health, wellness, and approaches to healing eminating from dominant Western contexts to engage decolonizing and anti-oppressive holistic approaches to healing.
TRACC4MOVEMENTS' STORY IN THE LARGER ECOSYSTEM OF HEALING IN MOVEMENT LINEAGES:
TRACC is a BIPOC/QTPOC led and organized project - holding a space of humility in our orientations and navigation of this work of healing in movements, knowing there are many deep lineages of wisdom and knowledge that bring us together into this work. We honor and lift up all manifestations of this work that supports and engages healing on the frontlines of movements. We are a collective of emotional-spiritual-embodied healers with a deep belief in the practice of continual co-teaching and co-learning in community with each other to become more adept practitioners in healing care.
We honor all that work that has come before us and intentionally do not want to duplicate an existing continuum of work or care. As such, in the four years since the initial visioning of TRACC (in 2016) we have worked intentionally and in conversation with other individuals, communities, and organizations that hold roles in and adjacent to movements and movement care to make sure we have clarified and honed in on our specific role.
We believe we can bridge a base of knowledge and practice for a network of healing practitioners, coming from wisdom in their fields of practice, but limited training on how to translate that care to support movements and trauma in movements. We believe that this baseline education continuum can support providers showing up more ethically, and well-equipped to support the good work already happening within the movement healing ecosystem. It also supports us build a continuum of practitioners in our network who can activate around the other two arms of our mission - community trauma education and trauma care/crisis response.
We want to acknowledge and bow to the wisdom of healing work in movements coming from various lineages of healing in movements. One very distinct and critical representation of that collective wisdom and lineage was named and expanded upon in 2007 by Cara Page and Kindred Southern Justice Healing Collective as Healing Justice stating, “healing justice...identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.”
We do not want to duplicate the good work existing in and deeply engaged in movement. Many of us who are part of this network and organizing this project are engaged in our own contexts supporting and providing trauma healing work in movement space in our own contexts - through a variety of lenses, frameworks and lineages of healing.
TRACC4Movements’ mission is threefold: to provide an entrypoint for healing practitioner education on movement trauma and healing, to support (activist and marginalized) communities requesting trauma education, and provide crisis care on the frontlines of movement (when specifically asked to support the need by the community). And entering in to provide that support through the lens and framework of movement trauma and trauma care as we understand it - working alongside and engaging existing communities and continuums of care in those places and spaces.
Additionally, we acknowledge, as an education, mobilization and healer community-building continuum that centers the wisdom and teachings of QTBIPOC practitioners, that whatever lineage we may have been trained in and whatever learning community has nurtured the wisdom that brings us into this moment - whether healing justice or our distinct Indigenous and ancestral practices, or even specific education in western methodologies - we also hold the molecules of wisdom and tools of our ancestors in our bones, in our DNA, and in our collective memory of healing. We hope to continue to authentically speak into and out of that in the work that we do and in the ways that we partner and collaborate with others doing their own good work within the ecosystem of movement healing work.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF WISDOM TEACHERS, ORGANIZATIONS AND WORK THAT HAVE INSPIRED OUR OWN:
Healing Provider Training, Trauma-Integration Organizing Training, Community Education, TRACC Teams Formation
Movement Trauma Response Teams, Post-Trauma Community Support for Activists
Local Community Support for Trauma, Burnout, & Movement Healing Support
Based Out of Chicago
TRACC4Movements is a National Project