Embracing and Nurturing Who We Are and Strive to Be.
Embracing and Nurturing Who We Are and Strive to Be.
Let me introduce myself, I am;
CHRISTIAN GREENE LICSW, PMH-C, WPA
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW; DC, VA, MD, WV, OR, WA, CA)
Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C)
Whistleblower Protection Advocate Certified (WPA)
I identify as an ethicist. I strive to be; a Womanist who advocates and practices intersectional feminist ideals, cultural humility, and anti-racist consciousness through continuous learning, bodily integrity, reproductive justice, sex work is work, and pacifism by utilizing non-violent resistance techniques. I believe children have rights, liberation of Palestinians is essential to liberation for all, whistleblowers are vital in society, I embrace LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter is factual, and representation matters. I practice mindfulness with the philosophy of ‘margin to center’ action. I embody, advocate, and support activism in action and respect of human rights. Neither ever ends, even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. We must remain firmly resolved.
Eclectic Psychotherapy to Inspire;
Breathe Courage, Find Peace.
Embracing and nurturing the entirety of who we are and strive to be.
Whether we need to paint, breathe, scream, or whisper we will be there to witness the strength and protect the vulnerability. Speaking even when our voice shakes. We will learn to be gentle with ourselves and vulnerable when amongst safety. We believe in science/ sleep is medicine/ movement is life/ nutrition provides our energy/ social support is vital/ healthy is foundational to happy/ art, music, and humor can heal. Listen, no one has all the answers but there is power in being seen, validation in being heard, and strength in knowing you are not alone. We can do this together, let’s find hope.
We utilize eclectic psychotherapy defined by APA as “any psychotherapy that is based on a combination of theories or approaches or uses concepts and techniques from a number of different sources, including the integrated professional experiences of the therapist. With the more formalized prescriptive eclectic psychotherapy, the clinician attempts to customize psychological treatments and the therapeutic relationship to the specific needs of individual clients. This is done by drawing on effective methods from across theoretical camps and by matching those methods to particular cases on the basis of empirically supported guidelines.”
Perinatal Mental Health Certified Clinician;
What an amazing time in life? It pokes at every emotion that we own. At times these emotions roll, seemingly without ownership, between rage and reverence. All deeply valid feelings. My philosophy is that becoming a parent, whether your baby is still with us or not, is the steepest learning curve in life. We have the deepest respect and honor for our individualized experiences. We are here to listen and support your journey.
Grief and Loss;
Grief and loss can permeate every ounce of our being. In our career we have found that bereavement is instrumentally tied to one’s views of life and death, even when the loss is not life or death. It comes and goes like the wind, seemingly without personal control of our own vessel. Our philosophy is we must grace ourselves with the ability to feel our feelings in our body, being self-aware of our internal dialogue so we quiet assumptions and find a way to not get stuck. We must honor ourselves and our loss so that our loss honors those we love.
We strive to provide trauma informed care utilizing eclectic psychotherapy and empathy. My career has been dealing with families in crisis (at times familial and at times institutional), finding resolutions, and identifying action plans that respect our need for safety, well-being, and belonging. Our goal working with trauma in our community is to help us self-identify hope. Our philosophy is one must master floating in order to learn to swim, otherwise you risk reaching deep water to only panic risking everything. Learning coping skills, self-safety, and self-care is essential to begin trauma recovery. With these new internal boundaries, we will confront how to embrace comfortable consequences, as we may experience losses of those who cannot honor our safety or well-being.
Across the world, a multitude of actions have been undertaken every day for the past four and a half months calling for a Palestine/Israel ceasefire, release of hostages/ prisoners and in support of humanitarian aid.
Despite the above actions and the fact that polls indicate a clear majority of the world and Americans support an immediate ceasefire (81% per the latest poll) and an end, or at least a conditioning, of aid to Israel, the USA just vetoed yet again a Security Council Resolution calling for a ceasefire. Furthermore, the vast majority of US politicians are unwilling to support a ceasefire. One wonders, then, why protest in the first place? What will be the likely outcome?
First, we protest because our country is directly implicated and an active participant in this ongoing genocide. It is our money, our weapons, and our government’s diplomatic support that is complicit in every death and all of the destruction and suffering in Gaza today. When the corporate media continues to repeat government talking points and support government policies, and when our representatives fail to do our asking and listen instead to wealthy donors and powerful lobbyists, we need to be creative and find new ways to get their attention and force them to take action. People are willing to take dramatic actions to bring attention to this genocide. This includes not only protests, calls, and letters, but even civil disobedience, a nonviolent disruption of lives and basic services. This may include tax resistance. I hope more and more actions are taken to name and shame those involved in this genocide undertaken without money and in our name.
This is how nonviolence works. We not only express solidarity, but we implicate third party players to create sufficient pressure—economic, political, cultural, and moral—to bring an end to this horror. BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) are not just a slogan, but a toolbox of nonviolent tactics and weapons available to all of us to take action that our governments and institutions are unwilling to take, until such pressure yields the required results. Nonviolence International has an updated list of over 300 tactics that have been used for nonviolent resistance. By choosing nonviolence, we wish to break the vicious cycles that lead to death, destruction, and continued hatred. However, the hope is that such actions will indeed be painful and therefore effective, by exacting a real price to be paid by those unwilling to abide by international law or respect moral and ethical positions.
But, even if our actions are ultimately insufficient for achieving the desired results on the ground and putting an end to this madness, they nevertheless constitute a direct statement, a clear moral witness to our just demands and of speaking truth to power.
Future generations will ask each one of us: What did you do during the Palestinian Genocide?
P.S. With leadership and support from Nonviolence International, see what Palestinians and Jews are doing together in Philadelphia. Please do what you can in your communities. https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/philly_4_peace
Amidst persisting narratives and disinformation, this booklet serves as a dedicated guide to dismantling Israeli propaganda. As we feel committed to providing facts and advocating for justice, this document aims to equip readers with the knowledge and tools necessary to challenge misconceptions.
This booklet outlines effective communication strategies, encouraging advocates to remain calm, factual, and persistent in pursuing justice. By dissecting key terminologies and addressing prominent claims with clear counterarguments, we aim to provide a comprehensive resource on historical events, propaganda tactics, and misconceptions for those dedicated to dismantling false narratives and fostering accurate understanding.
Armed with this knowledge, we invite you to engage in conversations, challenge indoctrinated beliefs, and actively contribute to a more truthful representation of the harrowing reality faced daily by Palestinians. International Law states that the occupying power is obliged to comply with its human rights obligations in occupied territories and respect people placed under its effective control due to the occupation, including, but not limited to, the human rights granted under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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TRUTH ABOUT PALESTINE
Palestine is being systematically erased.
“What is happening in Palestine can no longer be described as genocide or even ethnic cleansing. It is beyond mass extermination – it is total erasure.”
— Imam Omar Suleiman
The Peoples Forum
World Beyond War.Org
Dear DC Council Members,
We, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners from across DC, write to you today to urge you to pass a resolution publicly demanding a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an unequivocal condemnation of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinian hatred within our community.
In the vicious attacks of October 7th, nearly 1,200 Israelis were killed by Hamas militants. In the days since, more than 18,000 Palestinians have been killed in a massive bombing campaign waged by Israel, with the support of the United States. These daily atrocities in Gaza have disrupted critical infrastructure, like health facilities, schools, and access to clean water and food. This has created a humanitarian catastrophe for families in Gaza, many of whom already live in poverty and are prevented from fleeing the violence due to Israel’s decades-long occupation and blockade. Today, Gaza’s population of 2.2 million, half of whom are children, is displaced and in continued danger.
As elected leaders, we have a responsibility to raise our voices to protect civilians in Gaza, some of whom have family in the District, as the US government offers munitions, money, and diplomatic support to the government of Israel to continue its assault. Because DC is not a state, this aid is being offered without our consent via a vote in Congress. As our only elected representatives with power on a city, county, state, or congressional level, we feel it is your responsibility to stand up against the ongoing assault on Palestinian lives. Passing a resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire - an act that would ultimately make the region safer for all, allowing sufficient humanitarian aid to enter the area and the return of all hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners held without charge by Israel - sends a powerful message that the loss of lives and human suffering in Gaza is unacceptable.
The DC Council has a history of using its voice on global issues, recognizing its international significance as the elected legislative body of the capital of the United States. At the start of Russia’s aggression into Ukraine, the DC Council passed a comprehensive resolution to condemn the attacks and call on Congress to implement sanctions. Earlier in this Council session, DC passed a resolution calling for the end of the federal embargo on Cuba. And to fight apartheid in South Africa, the DC Council passed a law removing all DC investments from South African companies in solidarity with Black South Africans. Other cities around the country are already passing ceasefire resolutions, including Atlanta, Detroit, Oakland, Providence, Seattle, and Wilmington. It is a reflection of our DC values to stand up to protect innocent life around the globe, to lead by example, and to urge the federal government to use its power for justice.
At the same time, our Jewish, Palestinian, and Muslim neighbors in DC and across the world face growing discrimination, hate, and violence. We are seeing what is happening abroad have far-reaching consequences of antisemitism and Islamophobia, leading to threats and deadly attacks, like the tragic murder of six-year-old Wadea al-Fayoume and the recent marches of Neo-Nazis in Wisconsin. We must remember that the actions of the Israeli government do not represent our Jewish neighbors and actions of Hamas do not represent our Muslim or Palestinian neighbors. Dehumanization is simply a gateway to more violence and must be condemned.
DC is home to thousands of Palestinians, Jews, and Muslims; these are our constituents, community leaders, and neighbors. As was said by one of our Palestinian neighbors, by saying no to a ceasefire, you must consider that you are saying yes to the continued death of Palestinian civilians. A resolution is a meaningful step we must take as a city, our nation’s capital, to stand up for civilian lives, and would be a strong show of support to our Jewish, Palestinian, and Muslim neighbors who face heightened hatred and violence at this time. We welcome an open discussion on this proposed resolution and look forward to working with you on this urgent effort.
The following Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners of DC:
Dieter Lehmann Morales, ANC 1A02
Stephen Coleman Kenny, ANC 1A05
Mukta Ghorpadey, ANC 1A07
Daniel Michelson-Horowitz, ANC 1C01
Peter Wood, ANC 1C03
Joe Van Wye, ANC 1C04
Margaret Stevens, ANC 1C05
Erika Nunez, ANC 1D03
Omar Parbhoo, ANC 1D05
Yannik Omictin, ANC 2A01
Jim Malec, ANC 2A02
Trupti Patel, ANC 2A03
Jeffrey Rueckgauer, ANC 2B02
Christopher Davis, ANC 2B09
Kevin Lavezzo, ANC 3B01
Hayden Gise, ANC 3C01
Janell Pagats, ANC 3C03
Roric McCorristin, ANC 3C04
Sauleh Siddiqui, ANC 3C05
Rohin Ghosh, ANC 3E08
Teri Huet, ANC 3F02
Peter Lynch, ANC 3G05
Joan Hoyte, ANC 4A02
Erin Palmer, ANC 4B02
Tiffani Nichole Johnson, ANC 4B06
Casey Cater Swegman, ANC 4C01
Abel Amene, ANC 4D02
Carson C. Lucarelli, ANC 4D03
Chrysanthe Courniotes, ANC 4D04
Sebrena Rhodes, ANC 5D02
Anna Roblin, ANC 5D03
Huma Imtiaz, ANC 5E04
Keya Chatterjee, ANC 6A01
Robb Dooling, ANC 6A06
Edward Ryder, ANC 6B08
Christy Kwan, ANC 6C01
Patricia Eguino, ANC 6C06
Brian Glover, ANC 7C01
Patricia Williams, ANC 7C02
Carlos Richardson, ANC 7C03
Anthony Lorenzo Green, ANC 7C04
Ebony Payne, ANC 7D05
Tyrell Holcomb, ANC 7F01
Ashley R. Ruff, ANC 7F02
Brittany Hughes, ANC 7F05
Jamila White, ANC 8A05
Khadijah Watson, ANC 8B01
Joseph Johnson, ANC 8B05
Juanita Beltran, ANC 8B07
Erica Green, ANC 8C04
Here’s what you can do:
“Limiting Christmas to religious rites without any aspect of the celebrations that the city of Bethlehem is accustomed to, we must also acknowledge the cultural traditions that define the essence of this joyous season”
Mr. Hanna Hanania - Mayor of Bethlehem / Holy Land Trust Trustee
As long as the myth remains that Palestinian rights and Jewish safety are in conflict, this alliance will continue to take advantage of the very real threat of antisemitism to justify their anti-democratic agendas and silence dissent. They will profit as everyone fighting for justice remains confused and distracted, unable to achieve the progressive unity we need to confront the U.S. government’s role in upholding apartheid and win transformative change at home.
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