SPARK is very excited to announce that we have a zine, title “Campfyre”!! Created by SPARK staff and 2019 FYRE Campers (now our 2019/2020 Health Advocacy Cohort), Campfyre is an ode to our ancestors.
Campfyre includes photos, poems, essays, drawings, recipes and much more!
We’re excited offer the zine for a suggest donation! Please donate what you can to receive your zine! We will send zines to folks through the mail with a minimum ask of $5 donation to cover shipping costs.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in receiving a zine.
We have a huge announcement…
At SPARK we believe that Reproductive Justice goes beyond the concept of birth — it means that our communities have access to education, housing, resources, and healthcare, in order to make liberated decisions about their own bodies and chosen families.
SPARK is committed to fighting for reproductive justice for all bodies — this means freedom for Queer, Intersex, Trans and non-binary people, accurate sex education, and access to abortion. We recognize reproductive justice as a social justice movement rooted in the belief that all individuals and communities must have the resources and power to make liberatory decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, and lives.
SPARK has decided to elevate this message with six billboards throughout the state of Georgia! Find the beautiful image (above) in Atlanta, Macon and Calhoun!
If you see these billboards, please take a picture and post it on your social media! Be sure to tag @SPARKRJNOW on your tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts!
Special shout out to the amazing artist, organizer, community member and friend of SPARK, Ayeola (Ayeola.org and IG:@ayeolaomolara) for her amazing work on this billboard art! Please show her support!
In observance of mental health awareness month, SPARK will be addressing the mental health issues in our communities and highlighting the connections between discrimination and stress, along with the resulting impacts on relationships, employment and overall health.
A wealth of psychological research shows that discrimination can exacerbate stress. Moreover, discrimination-related stress is linked to mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, even in children. In a recent report on the state of Stress in America™, the American Psychological Association found that nearly seven in 10 adults (69 percent) in the U.S. report having experienced any discrimination, with 61 percent reporting experiencing day-to-day discrimination, such as being treated with less courtesy or respect, receiving poorer service than others, and being threatened or harassed. (Source)
Throughout the month of May, SPARK invites you to share your mental health experiences with us using the hashtag #LetItBeGlorious. We want to hear your personal stories of recovery, struggle, or hope. We believe that one of the ways to combat mental health stigma is to create intentional spaces where members of our communities can freely express themselves and connect with others in the same situation. Tag SPARK on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and add your voice to the conversation by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support.