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Susan Raffo

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM EST as Susan Raffo talks about her new book, Liberated to the Bone. She will be joined in conversation by Sean Donovan and Derek Weiss.

About the Book

A way to deepen our understanding of the relationship between social justice and the work of healing--healing as individuals, communities, and societies.

The newest title in the Emergent Strategy SeriesLiberated to the Bone, addresses the intersections between healing our physical bodies and healing our social relations which are shaped by violence. Bodyworker and cultural worker Susan Raffo addresses intergenerational trauma, social justice, organizing, and how all of these things are relevant to our bodies. The book illuminates three different approaches to healing: ending violence, the significance of being rooted in the present, and creating the conditions to address unfinished histories and generational trauma. By showing how these approaches are intricately connected--physically and emotionally--Raffo interrupts the traumatic binaries of the political and spiritual, the physical and intellectual, and healing and organizing.

About the Author

Susan Raffo is a writer, cultural worker, and bodyworker. She is part of the Healing Histories Project,  a project focused on transforming the medical-industrial complex and confronting eugenic legacies and REP, a Black-led community-based crisis response model grounded in the belief that we have the ability to love and protect one another without giving our agency to systems built to destroy, consume, or commodify us. You can most easily find her at

About the Conversation Partners

Sean Donovon (he/him/his) is a white, mad, queer man living on unceded Nipmuc and Pocumtuc land and currently works as Implementation Director for the City of Northampton's new Division of Community Care, developing an alternative first responder team based on practices of emotional support and harm reduction. For almost a decade preceding this, he facilitated weekly Alternatives to Suicide and LGBTQIA+ peer support groups with Wildflower Alliance; currently makes zines and rituals around the Wheel of the Year to reclaim Irish indigenous wisdom and is a founding member of the band Feminine Aggression.
Derek Weiss is a Structural Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Restorative Exercise Specialistâ„¢. He apprenticed with Richard Zukowski and has a private practice out of Northampton, Massachusetts. He began his pursuit of finding a way to bring the body back to its natural resiliency and strength in his late teenage years...trying many modalities such as massage, energy work, etc. It wasn't until he had experienced Richard Zukowski's work that he found a bodywork he could fully devote himself to. Derek has also studied with Katy Bowman, a biomechanist who is taking the health-and-wellness world by storm with radical, science-based health directives. When he's not giving Structural Therapy treatments Derek finds restoration and inspiration in the woods, rivers, and mountains, and harvesting food from the wild and his garden. For more, visit


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Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781849354653
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Published: AK Press - November 15th, 2022

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