Author: Russ

Some Important Ideas in Co-Counseling

Human nature—Every human being is by nature completely good, very intelligent, powerful, loving, cooperative, and has a great ability to enjoy life. In general, any human behavior that is different from this basic human nature is caused by 1) painful emotions that result from experiences of hurt, 2) the lack of an opportunity to heal, […]

A Call to Unity: Standing Together for Climate Action

Many individuals and groups are calling on world governments to take immediate action to address the climate emergency. Building a large, strong, united movement is key to success. As the climate emergency escalates, our movement is growing rapidly—and the speed of growth is outpacing our capacity to fully address the longstanding oppressions in society that […]

From a Clinical Psychologist

As a veteran psychologist in clinical and consulting practice outside Philadelphia, who has also founded a research collaborative between leading independent schools and the University of Pennsylvania, conducted global studies on boys’ education, and published numerous books, research articles and opinion pieces on my work, I have often described my commitment to a peer counseling […]

Letter from Aurora Levins-Morales

Dear____ I hope all is well with you in these perilous times. I am sending this letter to people I know personally, and relying on our webs of solidarity to hold this conversation. I’m writing because I’m concerned about a developing situation around very negative portrayals of Re-Evaluation Counseling (co-counseling) and the potential for a […]

Oppression in Organizations

In our current society, oppressive dynamics are at play to some degree in almost any situation. This is not anyone’s personal fault. We have all been heavily influenced by society over many years to play roles of oppressor or oppressed – to take up more or less space, to have more or fewer expectations, to […]

A Simple Idea to Build Sustainable Movements That Can’t Be Divided and Conquered

Re-evaluation Counseling is an international peer-led organization that is committed to eliminating racism, genocide, sexism, classism, and every other form of societal oppression.  It is an audacious goal, but who doesn’t want to be free of the systemic violence, hatred, discrimination, and other forms of bigotry that people have endured for generations? In working on […]

RC and People Raised Poor and Currently Poor

By Gwen Brown, RC International Liberation Reference Person for Raised-Poor People. The divisions and irrationality in our world are largely driven by class-based distress recordings, many of which have been passed down through a long history of greed, exploitation, and poverty. To move our lives forward and ensure that our children have a future, we […]

Aiming to Build a Better World

People across political spectrums increasingly insist on integrity and refuse mob rule – even when in fierce disagreement.  Republican officials in ‘red’ states rigorously upheld voting rights though threatened by party leadership. Liz Cheney chose to be purged rather than submit to irrationality. Capital police slowed a mob, some intent on violence. One officer died, […]