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Register now for Historical Trauma in Northeast America event on November 17!

 

Due to its popularity, PACEs Connection's Race & Equity Workgroup is continuing the “Historical Trauma in America Series”. This event examines historical trauma in the United States and its impact on American society in a series of virtual discussions. This series, which began in July 2021, highlights several regions within the United States and outlines how unresolved historical trauma has impacted every aspect of American life and directly shapes the sociopolitical landscape of today as well as the overall well-being of Americans. The purpose of these discussions is to make connections between America's history and the current mental health crisis, social determinants of health and the obvious disparities and inequities present in our communities today.

Our first year of this series attracted nearly 2,000 attendees. This series was so popular, that PACEs Connection featured some of the guests on the podcast, History. Culture. Trauma., to continue the conversation concerning our complicated history.

In September, over a hundred people joined us for the session dedicated to the midwestern states. See the recap HERE.

Please join us for the next installment on Nov. 17th focused on the Northeast! In this session, we will discuss the history of the Northeastern states and how the past impacts the present day. See the session descriptions and the schedule for the series below:

Remaining Historical Trauma in America Series Regional Sessions:

  • Historical Trauma in Northeast America  Nov. 17th, 2022  Register HERE.
    • Discussions will include the treatment of Indigenous Americans, chattel slavery, colonization, immigration and housing discrimination among other relevant topics.
  • Historical Trauma in the American Northwest  Jan. 19th, 2023  Register HERE.
    • Discussions will include the treatment of Indigenous Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders, racial discrimination and labor exploitation among other relevant topics.
  • Historical Trauma in the American Southwest  March 16th, 2023  Register HERE.
    • Discussions will include the treatment of Indigenous Americans and Latino Americans, immigration, racial discrimination, mass incarceration and labor exploitation among other relevant topics.
  • Historical Trauma in the State of Hawaii & the U.S. Territories  May 18th, 2023  Register HERE.
    • Discussions will include the treatment of Indigenous peoples and Asian/Pacific Islanders, colonization, slavery and labor exploitation among other relevant topics.

If you have any questions, please contact Cockhren at icockhren@pacesconnection.com.

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I joined the Southwest webinar today, which was fantastic. Will the seminars which were already completed be held again in the future? I would love to attend all the regions if possible. Thanks!

This is a subject that comes up often from someone close to me who was raised by a mother with DID, to nationally in meetings I attend with the National Coalition for the Homeless and the NAACP.  I'm sharing this and hope the discussion continues because it is needed.

Connie Jean Conklin, MEd, founder SEASCAT.org

Lest I forget... The NCPTSD Library in White River Junction, Vermont had copies of the [Canadian] Aboriginal Healing Foundation's and Solicitor General's Aboriginal ....assorted reports... I haven't been in there during 'Pandemic' times, so there may be more.

    1988 U.S.  Congressional Resolution #331 notes the role of the Iroquois constitution in the development of our U.S. Constitution. "Gayaneshagowa"-the Iroquois constitution, beginning in 1150 AD: 1) availed Women the Rights to Assert, Debate, Vote, &  Declare War; 2) Left us 'democratic tools' like "Recall Petitions" and "Ballot Initiatives"; 3) Provided for "Generational Review" (perhaps to prevent 'Trans-Generational Trauma and ACEs).

     I haven't yet been able to identify and/or specify particulars as I've only 'pondered' one Iroquois Historian (Elizabeth Tooker [Duke University Press]), but I'm hoping a new 'Indigenous Program' at Dartmouth College may avail us 'further clarification'...

Im radical. I think the trauma concept is a good step  but am careful of its use and over used when other words are appropriate. Just cause you have a hammer not everything is a nail. Its great we got this far though! It serves a good purpose but it is rooted in the white mentality of the system we are addressing so we need to beware of its limits.  I believe Mammals are designed to handle trauma. But we actually dont have the science that female humans are mammals applied. The next point is we need to address that  living things die in captivity, in cages and when movement is not allowed. No movement is death. And often and more than ever, the captivity is in the brain from the training of thought which then determines actions. My thoughts For what its worth.... I look forward to learning about the history.

White Europeans with long history of cultural trauma arrived as traumatized colonists who continued to reenact the trauma done unto them.  Le'ts keep in mind: The anglo-saxon warfare of the 5th and 11th centuries, the viking raids of the 790s to the late 11th century in Europe, the trauma of WWI that came through Ellis Island, and the subsequent "whitening" of Eastern Europeans  including the racial exceptionalism that has enabled East Europeans to benefit from the privileges associated with whiteness without suffering the “white guilt” of imperialism and slavery.  The intersectional history of historical trauma among native peoples plus the historic trauma that underlies white european supremacy is not the same.  But it is connected.   

@Joan Yost posted:

I must disagree with this assessment. Many people, including Northern European immigrants, had horrifying experiences from the early exploratory period until the present. Illness wiped out many colonial communities, leaving few, if any survivors. Many early British immigrants were brought here as prisoners. Others were indentured servants, the majority of whom did not survive. Europeans married into local communities, lived with them, and did business with them over a period of 200 years before the Declaration of Independence. Those communities were often at war with each other. In the 19th century most European immigrants were fleeing famine, poverty and death. Revolution and civil war spare no one. Skin privilege is no insurance against massacre by neighbors, or even by ones’ own government.

Yes, Joan Yost, and add that vast numbers came here escaping religious persecution, either within their own denomination or because their denomination was a minority faith, deemed by European oppressors to be heretical and or dangerous.

One example of the later is the "Amish Mennonite" faith in Switzerland, whose members were being openly pursued and persecuted to death throughout Europe by the dominant Catholic (and sometimes Reformed) faiths.  The 'Church' was the 'State' governing power at that point throughout Europe, and masterful at oppressing and traumatizing common folks of all faiths.  Some fled on their own to America escaping European genocides (one example here: the Amish Mennonite genocide).  Some who lived were captured, separated from families and banished by the ChurchState to America or Caribbean as punishment.

Those of other faiths, who looked different and or practiced different traditions and or suffered mental health struggles were pursued and persecuted upon arrival here as "witches" and "demon possessed".   

Otherwise, waves of illness and seasons of starvation and violent confrontations with native peoples was a common plight of early arrivals of all persuasions.

It must be acknowledged  that trauma washed over these shores pervasively.  No one was exempt.  The USA has been formed by and from groups of variously traumatized peoples enduring a long list of experiences, sadly including what we've done to each other,  before, during and after arrival.

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Our founding was traumatic for all but whites. The genocide that followed and the slavery we brought to this land was built into the founding documents. Let us also not forget that to this day, there is not one single female pronoun in  the Constitution, or its amendments, and so we can include sexism as an expression of trauma which continues to this day.

I must disagree with this assessment. Many people, including Northern European immigrants, had horrifying experiences from the early exploratory period until the present. Illness wiped out many colonial communities, leaving few, if any survivors. Many early British immigrants were brought here as prisoners. Others were indentured servants, the majority of whom did not survive. Europeans married into local communities, lived with them, and did business with them over a period of 200 years before the Declaration of Independence. Those communities were often at war with each other. In the 19th century most European immigrants were fleeing famine, poverty and death. Revolution and civil war spare no one. Skin privilege is no insurance against massacre by neighbors, or even by ones’ own government.

I receive so many PACES email, I overlooked the “Historical Trauma in the American South   July 15th, 2021 ,” email.



Good thing I opened up this email and registered for the upcoming series! How exciting and thank you for sharing and uniting us all.

Our founding was traumatic for all but whites. The genocide that followed and the slavery we brought to this land was built into the founding documents. Let us also not forget that to this day, there is not one single female pronoun in  the Constitution, or its amendments, and so we can include sexism as an expression of trauma which continues to this day.

I have shared this information with a grassroots group that is working to increase awareness of AAPI hatred and the history of it. Your 2 sessions on the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii will be very useful for them.

Will you be resending these links periodically throughout the year as the next date approaches, or should we sign up for all of them now?

Libby Klein

Libby A. Klein, LCSW
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