MadnessAndOppressionGuide.pdf


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Table of Contents
What are Mad Maps?................................................................................................................... 1
How to use this guide ................................................................................................................. 2
Section I: Identifying oppression
What is oppression? .................................................................................................................. 5
What does oppression feel like? ............................................................................................ 6
In what ways do you experience oppression? ................................................................... 8
Do you experience daily microaggressions?.................................................................... 15
Section 2: Impact of oppression
Does oppression affect how you feel?............................................................................... 18
Does oppression affect how you behave?........................................................................ 19
How does oppression impact your mental, emotional and physical health?......... 20
How does your body react to microaggressions?........................................................... 21
How does oppression affect the way you perceive yourself? .................................... 22
What are some social consequences of oppression that you experience? ........... 24
Section 3: Coping with oppression
How do you cope with the impact of oppression?........................................................... 29
How do you navigate triggering situations?...................................................................... 33
How can people help you? How can we help each other?............................................ 35
Section 4: Transforming our communities
Where can we begin to address oppression in our communities?............................ 38
What steps can your community take to mitigate oppression? ................................ 40
Epilogue:
Creating your mad map .......................................................................................................... 44