Getting Involved in Plural Activism

So many plurals, multiples, and singlet supporters constantly ask: how can I get involved in plural activism? How can I help the community and it's push for acceptance? Thus, this carrd was born. Hopefully this gives you a starting place to learn about intersectional frameworks, plural history, and get involved in the current plural activist community.

The first thing to note is that the buttons in this carrd are set up in order on purpose - we strongly believe (and have found true for ourselves) that a solid understanding of all four things builds a foundation for good activism. We need intersectional frameworks to understand how oppressive structures enact violence upon “abnormal” bodies/minds. Plural history to know what’s been done to our community, and to learn from our elders & past mistakes. Networks of current activists to form a community, to share ideas & dreams.
Plural activism is built from this foundation. While activists can give pointers on what to do, often building your foundation and learning from past activism is more valuable than a list of suggestions from us - it gives you the tools to make your own lists, build your own ideas, and grow your own activism. Thus, we advise you to look through and click on the links provided in each section before skipping to the last or second to last section.

Thank you for showing up and clicking on this carrd! Let's work together towards an accepting society for plural systems ❤️

This page is maintaned by the Rings System and the Alexandrite System. Many thanks goes to the Node System, The Redwoods, the Crisses, Jessie, and The Plural Association for content suggestions.

Image Credit goes to the Crisses.

Solidarity and Intersectional Readings

As plural activists, our work has intersects with three vital frameworks: Disability Justice, Mad Pride, and Neurodiversity. Having an understanding of these movements, key principles, and how systems of oppression act upon disabled and mentally ill bodies (along with anyone else they consider abnormal) gives us the foundation for understanding what we're up against as plurals and the tools to intelligently craft our own spaces. The resources listed below are non-exhaustive, and often span the intersections of disability, mental health, and neurodiversity.

Disability Justice Books

-Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
-Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
-Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability
-The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (not DJ specifically, but an important piece of history)

Mad Pride Books

-Mad Matters
-Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical Collection
-Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies
-Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement
-Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (r)evolution
-Anatomy of an Epidemic

If you have to be stingy with your solidarity/history, the first 3 links and/or the first book on each topic are a little more salient than the rest. But all the disability justice material and the mad pride books are very important - giving a solid read through everything is always the best.

History of Plural Activism

A brief, non-exhaustive covering of plural history and what's been going on in the movement.

The use of the word plural has been traced back to the late 1990's, originating simultaneously from a couple systems.

Symbols

Plural Pride Symbol

Created by ouregaiya in October 2011

Plural Pride Symbol

Repainted by Emmengard in April 2019

Ampersand

Art by Emmengard 2018
& Plural Symbol: Use dating back to March 2000

Pride Days and Weeks!

DID Awareness Day

March 5th

Dates back to 1995

Plural Pride Week

Third Week of July

Started in 2019

Plural Pride Day

3rd Saturday of July

Started in 2019

System Pride Day

February 23rd

Started in 2019

Pre-Community History from before the DSM up to the DSM-III

History of early multiple community and the backlash it received

(In Progress) History of the multiple community after the invention of the internet


Wonderful activists who are no longer with us

Lynn Wasnak

Current Plural Activists & Organizations

Current Plural Activists and Advocates

Author, Peer Support for Multiples

Writers, Speakers, Community Organizers

Started the Dissociative Initiative

Writers, Speakers, Youtube

Speaker

Speakers, Writers, Comic Artists

Started the Dissociative Society of Canada

Writers, Speakers, Community Organizers

Speakers, Psychologist-in-Training

Elephant Journal System

Helps Run Plural Positivity World Conference

TPA Team Member, Community Organizer

Writer, Speaker, Youtuber

Writer, Speaker, Workshop Leader

Started the Dissociative Society of Canada

Speaker, Trauma Therapist

Writers

Speaker, Runs System Speak Podcast

Writers, Speakers, Community Organizers

Speakers, Youtubers

Speakers

Youtuber

Writers

Founded TPA, Speakers

Azi Bass

TPA Team Member, Speaker

Speakers, Community Organizers

Speakers, Artists, Comic Artists

And many more...

How to Get Involved

Create.
Writing, art, comics, youtube, podcasts, social media posts, and poetry are all mediums to document and share our plural existence, as well as connect with community members who understand us. Creating not only helps raise awareness for singlets, but it connects our community together and enriches our culture!

Speak About Your Experiences.
This one's a little trickier, especially if y'all haven't experience with public speaking before. Raising awareness through speaking is incredibly powerful - whether it's presentations/workshops at a conference, classroom presentations, community dialogues, or at an open mic night. You can also go through NAMI (?) which helps to train you as a speaker on mental health issues if you don't feel ready to start by yourselves.
And then finally, speaking about your experience just to those close to you is another incredibly powerful way to raise awareness and fight stigma! Being open about plurality can change minds and expose potentially hundreds of people to the idea, which does much more than you'd think. But make sure you do this safely and comfortably, if at all!

Facilitate In-Person Spaces.
Currently, our community is dispersed, isolated, mostly online and hiding in the closet. Building in-person community spaces is not only an extraordinary experience for those that attend, it allows our community to gather in meaningful ways many of us never have the chance to. It's quite literally life-changing. Plural spaces can be small gatherings at a coffee shop, meetings/groups at a local community center, or a breakout room at a tangentially related (or unrelated!) conference! This also gives our community momentum if we want to protest or take direct action in the future.
The Crisses have written a bit about creating plural safe spaces here

Engage with the Activists and Organizations Mentioned.
Engage with plural activists! Give TPA some feedback through their feedback form. Send anyone a message. Show up to the Redwoods group zoom calls, or the Plural Association's plural activist calls! Follow each other on social media and engage when plurals talk about things they're working on. Come to the (free) Philadelphia Trans Wellness Plural Caucus if you can!
Dream with us about what you want an accepting society to look like. There's so much work to be done, and the more hands on deck the easier and faster it will be. (Plus, when we all talk with each other, it's so much easier to come up with projects! The next big step is building plural safe spaces in non-plural organizations.)

Fundraise.
Whether you're out and can talk about your experiences or have to masquerade as a concerned singlet, raising funds for the organizations doing critical work in our community can make a huge difference. Money (especially from singlets) means that activists can give more time to the work they do, can help put together in-person events, and can support plurals in the community financially.

Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other.
Living your life to the fullest extent, focusing on your happieness and your health as a plural system is a radical act. Our plural existance, our love, our joy defies what is normal. If you have the capacity to do nothing else on this list, care for yourself and your immediate community. Plural activism exists so that our community can survive and thrive and live and love and be happy - and that includes you. Cultivating your happiness is activism. Checking in on a close plural friend is activism.
And it's some of the most meaningful work we do.