In this issue: poca live; membership drive; clinic for sale; Arizona ADS law; clinic birthday and more
Sticking Together, April 2021
Upcoming POCA Live on May 4th
Join Zelda Edmunds (POCAtech graduate living in Detroit) and Shanell Rodriguez (acupunk at Boise Acupuncture Co-op) on May 4th 7:30 p.m. EST for a discussion about imagining safer clinic communities where we will explore alternatives to calling the police.
The event will be recorded for folks to watch if they are not able to join us live - although the recording will not include the break-out room portion of the event.
This POCA/live! event is free, but donations to POCA or your local Defund/Abolition movement are encouraged! Register here. Some suggested readings are on this Forum post.
POCA's May Membership Drive
Here's why we're running a membership drive in May. We need your short videos made on your cellphone about why you love community acupuncture and why you are member of POCA. Send a video to Kelsey: [email protected]
There is additional information on how to here. Find our newest Membership Drive Toolkit here.
If you haven't renewed your membership, please do it now. You'll feel good and we'll appreciate it.
Kitchen Table Chat
On March 16th, POCA hosted the first Kitchen Table event and about a dozen people came. The POCA Kitchen Table is a casual gathering on zoom without an agenda. All are invited to connect and spend time with POCA colleagues and comrades. There are plans for future virtual gatherings; keep an eye on the Forums.
What’s your clinic’s news? Share it with [email protected] and I’ll put it in a future issue.
Clinic for Sale: Corvallis Community Acupuncture
“I adore my clinic, but I need to move on for personal reasons, as soon as possible. The clinic is healthy and thriving, going strong for over ten years, so it would be tragic if it has to shut down! There's a wonderful life here for a punk who wants to serve a grateful community.
Several punks and punklings have visited, looked at the financials, and acknowledged that it's great, but for various reasons it hasn't clicked yet. I'm trying to cast the net as wide as possible among POCA folks to get this opportunity to the right person. I'm very highly motivated to get the clinic into good hands. The price, terms, everything is SUPER NEGOTIABLE. Seriously! All offers will be considered! I will provide as much training and support as necessary, will make a crazy good deal and basically will do whatever it takes to get a punk matched up with this beautiful gem of a clinic.
I'm available any time to discuss, answer questions, share financial records, etc. My cell is 503-853-0097 and my email is [email protected]"
You’ve probably noticed an uptick in POCA’s social media presence this past month. Kelsey (Oakland Acupuncture Project) writes “we are hoping to use POCA’s social media to help promote your clinics. If you have a post you want amplified please just send a direct message to POCAcooperative on instagram and it will be reposted. If your clinic is planning to do a special during the membership drive please reach out and let us know what the special is as we would love to spread that message.”
Kelsey is also looking for social media collaborators. If you would like to volunteer to help create content, brainstorm, or help schedule content email her at [email protected] She thinks that it would only be about 2-4 hours a month.
In her 2018 film The People’s Detox, Jenna Bliss uses documentary storytelling to explore the history of a revolutionary drug clinic run by the Young Lords in New York City in the 1970s that profoundly transformed contemporary notions of health and care.