A note to my therapist about Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot

  (*mild spoiler alert*) I guess I wrote this for myself but I was writing to you. I just finished watching two seasons of a TV show called Mr. Robot that’s about a group of weirdo anarchist hackers fighting the Evil Corp in modern day New York City. It was … Continue reading

Struggling Against Gentrification in Brooklyn

This is a paper that me and three of my fellow social work students wrote for our Clinical Practice Lab class in the Spring of 2014. I think it turned out really well even if it was a little rushed. We’re all still at Hunter, battling the forces of evil, … Continue reading

Cultural and Ethnic Identity in My Family of Origin

I took a family therapy class this summer and we had to write a paper about where we came from, our families of origin. This is what I wrote. It’s pretty rough but I’m glad I wrote down the basics and the heart of things for me. There was an … Continue reading

The Power of Individual and Collective Narratives

(written for a Prescott College online class in 2012) With all of the different stories to choose from and conflicting roles and narratives, without a strong foundation of identity coming from community or family or nation or history, it is easy to feel the self fragmenting into so many channels … Continue reading

Some International Lessons From the Current Housing Crisis in Spain

  I wrote this paper for an International Policy class at the Silberman School of Social Work in the Summer of 2015. Given the commitment to social justice at my school, I was expecting that in the class we would engage with the history of US and European colonialism and the debt … Continue reading

Tearing Apart the DSM-5 in Social Work School

  This was the final paper for my Summer “Human Behavior 3” class at the Silberman School of Social Work. HB3 is a required class which is basically a crash course in understanding and using the DSM-5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). In Human Behavior 1 and … Continue reading

Silberman Student Profile

My social work school puts out a quarterly newsletter and I’m this quarter’s profiled student! Check it out here. I’m really honored because my school is full of really amazing people and projects. It feels good to be appreciated.      

The Spiritual Gift of Madness

In a couple weeks I’m speaking on a panel called: New Mad Pride Movement: “Schizophrenics” and “Bipolars” as the New Spiritual Vanguard? at the Left Forum with Seth Farber who wrote the book The Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement. John … Continue reading

People’s DSM Project

Friends: I have a to take a class for Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College this summer called “Human Behavior 3” which is basically a bunch of students having to memorize the DSM-V. I’ve been putting off learning the DSM for many years (see this essay I wrote … Continue reading

Stepping Back From a Leadership Position at Icarus

It’s official, it feels like a huge deal! I’m grateful that we’ve all made it this long. What a journey. http://theicarusproject.net/content/sascha-branches-out-icarus-project  

Connecting the Dots: Disability Incarcerated

“Is it surprising” asked Michel Foucault, “that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons”? Thus begins, Disability Incarcerated, a recent book about the intersection between disability justice activism and the Prison Industrial Complex. It is the first book of its kind, recently published, and it is actively … Continue reading

Speaking at the Disability Incarcerated Symposium and Gathering

Here’s the presentation I gave this afternoon in Berkeley. The woman who spoke before me, Ella Callow, was from the National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families, and she spoke with brutal clarity about the history of “Indian Schools,” the shameful history of white settler colonialism in the US, … Continue reading

Radio Interview in Spanish with Sascha from Santiago, Chile

This interview was conducted by Marcelo Eduardo Sanhueza Vallejos in the living room of Roberto Ernesto Gajardo Gutierrez in the middle of the summer in Santiago, Chile, January 2015. It was the day before the Alternatives to Psychiatry conference which you can read more about here. In this interview I … Continue reading

Race, Social Welfare Policy, and The Icarus Project

  Race, Social Welfare Policy, and The Icarus Project Sascha A. DuBrul Social Work Policy I Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work   Abstract: In this paper I will define the structure and operation of racism in general, the differences in the meaning of institutional or structural racism, overt … Continue reading

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Reading this book was a really powerful experience for me, it both filled me with rage and made me feel connected to the growing political movement that is challenging the racism and brutality of mass incarceration. It gave me the tools to critique the criminal justice system and put it … Continue reading

Los Creativamente Inadaptados – A Story From the Alternatives to Psychiatry Movement in Chile/Argentina 2015

      I. Brutal History and it’s Contemporary Ghosts “Imagine that you and all your friends were participating in a revolution.” says Ricardo as we walk the late night streets of Santiago, Chile at the height of summer. It’s the year 2015, it’s hot out, even at night time, … Continue reading

A Visit to An Old Social Psychology Warrior

This is Alfredo Moffatt, the last living disciple of Enrique Pichon-Rivière, Argentinian founder of “Social Psychology” which grew from the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. We made a pilgrimage to his school today and he welcomed us with open arms. He invited jus into his room and we drank white wine mixed … Continue reading

Fireworks Are a Celebration of the Beginning of the World

At midnight I was breaking bread and drinking wine with a group of radical veterans who’ve been living in a small shantytown in La Plaza de Mayo since 2008, in protest of not receiving their benefits after fighting in the Falklands war back in 1982*. I was just biking through … Continue reading

happy new year, trembling with the joy of exhaustion

I just had the most incredible day and there are so many layers to it that it’s intimidating to even try and start to describe it. I was brought to tears half a dozen times listening to people’s stories and watching the tender way people interact with one another here … Continue reading

Late Night Bridge Building Between Worlds

You wake up in a strange room on the other side of the world, with artifacts of your life and clues and reminders of why you’re here. There’s a small box connecting you to thousands of people in a way that eerily would sound like science fiction if you tried … Continue reading

The Ghost of Christmas Past

(I wrote this exactly 10 years ago and posted it on the Icarus Project forums.) Submitted by scatter on Fri, 12/24/2004 – 12:00am HOW I STARTED BELIEVING IN GHOSTS Sometimes I wander around my hometown all lonely and lovesick and surrounded by ghosts, stuck with this awful longing in my … Continue reading

Caminando al Borde de la Locura

I. Tenía 18 años la primera vez que me encerraron en el psiquiátrico. La policía me encontró caminando por los rieles del metro de la ciudad de Nueva York y estaba convencido de que el mundo estaba a punto de terminar y que me estaban pasando en vivo, en hora … Continue reading

Strategies and Issues For Developing “Mad Maps” Into a Clinical Anti-Oppressive Tool

I wrote this paper for social work school in the Fall of 2014. It was an attempt to synthesize a lot of information and use it in the service of our emerging Mad Maps work.   This is not an official Icarus Project document, it’s my own attempts to make … Continue reading

Born to Die, An Intro Epilogue

Here’s a video from a Choking Victim reunion show in Tompkins Square Park and the epilogue to my book Maps to the Other Side. Epilogue One Spring morning, two years after I wrote Sellout Story, I was walking down Avenue B and ran into my old friend Scott Sturgeon. As … Continue reading

Apple Pie and Police State (punk rock/critical mass video)

Chris Ryan made this video a few years back – a mash up of a Choking Victim reunion show and a Critical Mass ride…

When oppression is the pathogen: The participatory development of socially just mental health practice.

It’s amazing how relevant my MSW program is to my work with The Icarus Project right now. I’m writing a paper for my Clinical Practice Lab class and reading this incredibly relevant and useful article to the Mad Maps project which has consumed much of my creative energy for the last year. … Continue reading

Reflections on Race, Gentrification, and Social Work

(This is a paper i wrote for school last semester when I was living in bed stuy. we have now been displaced to flatbush, and the story is getting even deeper) Reflections on Race, Gentrification, and Social Work Inspired by Watching Do the Right Thing in 2014 Sascha A. DuBrul … Continue reading