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Cultivating groovy inner peace & adventurous spirit while studying Chinese Medicine, the mountains, and me.

Whom Will We Honor?

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Today is Memorial Day, and I’ve always felt really conflicted about (ethnocentric) American holidays. Memorial Day is typically remembering [“our”] soldiers who have died while serving this country, and while I would like to empathize and honor many who have passed while serving in the armed forces, because all lives are important and meaningful,  I’d like to honor those who are serving our country in integrative, multifaceted anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-sexist ways, daily, including Southerners On New Ground (SONG), Cakalak Thunder, Girls Rock Camp, Yoga for Queers & Misfits, and many more. So many people have died while serving to keep the true spirit of democracy alive and have been joined together through solidarity & mutual aid in the struggle, and many of them go unnamed, unseen, silenced or ignored.
Here are just a few:
Laverne Cox
Janet Mock
Dean Spade

RIP Trayvon Martin

RIP Jordan Davis

RIP Shaqur McNair

RIP Keith Vidal

RIP Chuy Huerta

RIP Renisha McBride

RIP Jon Ferrell.
RIP Gilbert A. Barber
RIP Sandi Smith
RIP Dr. James Waller
RIP Bill Sampson
RIP Cesar Cauce
RIP Dr. Michael Nathan
RIP Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
RIP Malcolm Little [El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcom X]
RIP Franklin Eugene McCain

David Richmond

Joseph McNeil

Ezell Blair, Jr. [Jibreel Khazan]

Rodney King

Angela Davis

and many, many, many more. I humbly honor you.

We all have a responsibility for the world we live in, the communities we build and protect, and our duties of keeping those within our communities accountable are paramount.
Peace, community building & sustaining never came from dropping bombs…



Author: Joy Rosa

I am happy to be a new member of the Portland community. Looking to radically transform alternative healthcare modalities by making acupuncture & herbal remedies affordable & comprehensive holistic care to a broader community. I am very excited to continue learning more about Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine during my residency in Rose City. I began my journey with Chinese Medicine over 6 years ago, as a patient with acute injuries. Upon graduating, I took a position at the Women's Health Educational Consultants, based out of Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. I also began working at a small acupuncture clinic in Greensboro, NC, where I delved into the nurturing and healing properties of herbs & acupuncture while tending to the Chinese herbal pharmacy, and managing the clinic for over two years. Taking an active role in one's own health & well being is very important to me, and extremely necessary to educate and empower ourselves so that we may enable broader community health & wellness. Other activities that bolster my well-being include crafting, communing in nature, collecting vinyl records, and jamming out with Greensboro's radical southern-styled-samba core,Cakalak Thunder, whenever I can.

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