Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: February 20, 2008, 6:25 AM
The Rock Dove Collective is a radical community health exchange working to address the need for accessible and anti-oppressive health care in our communities. We coordinate a network of health practitioners who provide physical, mental, sexual, emotional, social and spiritual care from a progressive perspective on well-being. We are a collective of anarchist and radical individuals who support de-centralized and non-oppressive forms and sources of health, we see this as both a daily necessity and a revolutionary strategy.
Many of our practitioners accept mutual aid in exchange for their services; the Rock Dove Collective strongly encourages this and believes that incorporating mutual aid into more instances in our lives will help to set the foundation for a freer and more just world.
We want to live in a healthy environment.
We want to live in a non-toxic and anti-violent society in which our mental, emotional and spiritual needs are attended to with the same diligence as our physical ones. We regard health and well-being holistically; we know that there is a profound relationship between our ability to understand, impact, and transform our bodily systems and our ability to do the same with our broader social structures.
We want to build a liberatory practice.
We believe that leading a liberating way of life is indispensable to creating a truly revolutionary outcome. Because we know that how we act is as crucial as the ideals we hold, we share a commitment to using and creating anti-oppressive, anti-hierarchical, horizontal means of achieving our ends both individually and collectively.
We want sustainable freedom from our dependency on institutions and individuals that exploit, neglect, and degrade us physically, emotionally, socially and financially.
We believe that maintaining a commitment to self-care and to mutual aid is necessary if we are to have a significant effect on our society. We aim to serve as a support network for those working for change within authoritarian structures and those striving to work outside it. We take responsibility for cultivating our own well-being, as well as the well-being of our brothers and sisters in struggle, and of our global community.
We want good holistic health care to be made accessible to all people.
We believe that every human being, regardless of his or her ethnicity, culture, nationality, economic class, sexual identity, gender or age, has the right to receive quality health care. It is our shared responsibility to ensure access to such services and to work towards dismantling any barriers that stand in the way.