In this issue: articles; awards; an art show; ceus and more
Sticking Together, November 2019
Welcome New Members!
The October membership drive welcomed 139 new members and raised over $9,000.
Check out Shelby's post for a breakdown of the clinics that participated.
Art of Liberation Acupuncture by Elizabeth Ropp
Photo (right to left): Korben, James, and Roppy with James’s original drawings of Mutulu Shakur and Master Tung.
James Shelton, POCA Tech graduate and Acu-punk, has an exhibit of his original work “Art of Liberation Acupuncture”, at AS220 in Providence, RI. It is on display through November 30th.
The exhibit created an opportunity for some POCA members to meet up. Korben Perry joined us after his Saturday morning shift at Kindred Community Acupuncture in Pawtucket, RI.
Acupuncture treatments are a part of the exhibit. My husband Eric and I had great treatments from James. We loved being surrounded by the Ancestors of Liberation Acupuncture.
POCA Tech Fundraising
POCA Tech relies on our friends and families to fulfill its mission to recruit and train students to provide acupuncture to underserved communities through the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture Cooperative (POCA), and to establish an academic foundation for the practice of Liberation Acupuncture.
Tuition does not cover all POCA Tech’s costs.
Do you shop at Amazon or Kroeger/Fred Meyer? They’ll give POCA Tech a small percentage of your purchases. Here’s how:
Jean-Paul Thuot wrote an article called “A Case for Community Acupuncture." When asked for the inspiration behind it, he said:“Having recently become a board member of the province's association (ATCMA-BC), I became aware that I was in a position to try and change some minds around CA, starting with the board itself. I wrote this in the hopes of convincing my colleagues first, and the profession second, that not only did CA have a valid place within our profession, we could actually be of benefit to the profession as a whole. I understand the anger and frustration directed at the profession from the CA world, but I don't think it's a very effective way of making the kinds of changes we see need to be made, thus I tried to write a balanced case for CA.”
POCA Tech instructor, David Lesseps, got a nice mention in "Bendiciones by God and Tiny Needles."He did some teaching in Juarez, Mexico with Ryan Bemis's project Flores de Juarez, a Community Health Project.
From the press release: “We appreciate the generosity of the Arthur Getz Trust. Our mission has always been to make acupuncture affordable so people can get as much acupuncture as they want, to achieve whatever health goals they may have, and use it in a way that works best for them. This includes supporting people in recovery from substance use disorder. For several years now we have worked in partnership with the Farnum Center and with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery. This funding will support patients seeking treatment directly at our shop.” says Executive Director Andy Wegman.