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Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies

by Pattrice Jones Lantern Books
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Pbk 264 pages
AU$33.99 NZ$34.77
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Aftershock is about the real war against terror—the struggle for a world in which nobody lives in fear of atrocities perpetrated by human beings. Every day, people who push against violence and injustice or pull for peace and freedom must face their own fears. Many activists also must struggle with ''aftershock,'' the physical and emotional reverberations of frightening, horrifying, or otherwise traumatizing experiences endured in the course of their activism.

This book is for aftershocked activists and their allies, as well as for people and organizations that practice high-risk activism. It includes practical tips for individuals, organizations, and communities, as well as information about how traumatic events affect our bodies and abilities.

Aftershock explores the culture of trauma that people have created through our violent exploitation of the Earth, other animals, and one another. As long as we continue to perpetrate such violations, we will never fully heal our own traumatic injuries. This book, therefore, is for survivors of all kinds of trauma, for therapists who treat trauma, and for anyone who hopes to reduce the amount of terror in the world.

''pattrice jones sets the stage to begin healing the trauma associated with not just resisting oppression and injustice, but having to experience it. She offers real steps toward recognizing and correcting the problems facing humans, our planet and our animal relations. This book is a light in the dark for those of us who have dared to challenge the status quo.''—Jeffrey ''Free'' Luers, Imprisoned Eco-Activist

''pattrice jones has her finger on the pulse of the real America . . . a country teeming with homeless shelters, alcohol and drug rehab centers, rape crisis hotlines, battered women's shelters, prisons, law enforcement agents, and soldiers. Aftershock is a manual for the many wounded souls seeking to survive such trauma and to participate in the struggle for a more just society.''—Mickey Z., author of The Seven Deadly Spins and 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know

''Listen to pattrice. pattrice jones is one of the most important new voices in the animal liberation movement.''—Josh Harper, SHAC7
Pattrice Jones stopped eating meat in 1976 at the age of 15 and flung herself into the new movement for gay liberation. As an activist in a variety of movements since then, she has organized rent strikes, kiss-ins, and an assortment of unlikely coalitions. As a psychotherapist, she studied and worked to repair the repercussions of many kinds of trauma, including sexual and domestic violence. As a college instructor she has taught courses in psychology, public speaking, and social change. She speaks and writes about the links among racism, sexism, speciesism, class exploitation, and environmental despoilation from an ecofeminist perspective. Her essay Mothers with Monkeywrenches: Feminist Imperatives and the ALF appears in Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?. She lives in rural Maryland, where she helps operate the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center and teaches at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.