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Psychiatry? The article below is scary because if someone can say
mental problems are genetic
or just somehow
get a law that is capable of sidestepping regular courts, out go
psychologists and psychiatrists, lawyers would not be needed
From the medication debate that psychologists and psychiatrist have had, to
ADD and ADHD, I ask who will have the children? psyc 1
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www.MindFreedom.org DENDRITE -- October 26, 2000
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NEWS ALERT: human rights & "mental health system."
A free project of Support Coalition International.
PROTEST THE PUSH FOR FORCED
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL HOLDS A
PRO-FORCE CONFERENCE TOMORROW IN OREGON
PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVORS WILL LEAD A VIGIL AND
NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST THIS BIASED EVENT
ACTION: *YOU* CAN PROTEST *ON-LINE* WITH E-MAIL!
TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 27, Support Coalition
International is doing a vigil and news conference
in front of a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
conference in Portland, Oregon to protest the way
NAMI is pushing for more and more forced psychiatry.
AT BOTTOM you'll find the text of a HANDOUT and a NEWS
RELEASE being used in the vigil, protest and news conference.
ACTION: YOU CAN USE E-MAIL TO JOIN THE PROTEST!
THIS ACTION IS FREE, AND TAKES JUST 30 SECONDS!
Act now!! If you'd like to join in the protest via e-mail, you
are encouraged to write a *civil* e-mail message to
two leaders at NAMI: The Oregon NAMI state executive
director Warren Karmol and NAMI's new national director
of public policy Andrew Sperling (appointed Oct. 18, 2000):
E-MAL TO: <WKarmol1@aol.com> and <email@example.com>
Use this sample message if you wish, or put it in your own words:
"I object to the way NAMI's 'Law and
Mental Health conference' in Portland, Oregon is
promoting a biased agenda of more and more forced
psychiatry. This event is repressing the voices of mental
health consumers and psychiatric survivors and
critics of forced psychiatry. I look forward to your
[Your name, contact info]: _________________
[If you wish, you can send a copy of your message
to protest sponsors at: office@MindFreedom.org]
You can also contact NAMI via phone and mail, info
HAND OUT FOR VIGIL:
Why hold a protest vigil
outside this "Law and
Mental Health Conference"?
Vigil/news conference: Friday October 27, 2000 -- 11 am
In front of Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon
*** WARNING: This National Alliance for the Mentally
Ill conference is hazardous to the emotional and
physical well being of people diagnosed with
psychiatric disabilities.This event promotes a
biased agenda of more and more forced psychiatry.
*** Nothing about us, without us! NAMI has
frequently excluded and repressed the point of view
of mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors, and all those critical of more forced
psychiatry. This repression is reflected in the
planning of this conference, in most of the
workshops, and especially in the choice of keynote
*** What about equal time for those critical of
forced psychiatry? NAMI publicly claims it has cut
ties with the controversial extremist group
Treatment Advocacy Center, one of the main groups
pushing nationally for more forced psychiatry. But
this event's keynote speaker is TAC's executive
director. A speaker from the nationally-respected
Bazelon Center is attending this conference, but was
not offered equal keynote time.
*** The conference organizer Jason Renaud states
that some flaws could not be addressed because he
was approached too late. However, this event's
extreme bias should not have happened in the first
place. Also, we have raised these issues since this
summer with both Jason and chapter president, Phil
Chadsey. From the very start, many months ago, Phil
claimed the conference was a done deal, and nothing
would change. It hasn't.
*** NAMI Oregon publicly claims it is only working
on "parity" legislation. But NAMI representatives at
the legislature's interim session have been promoting
legislation for more and more forced psychiatry,
including quadrupling the commitment time, making it
easier to commit, hiring "monitors" to enforce trial
visits, etc. What is the real NAMI agenda? Actions
speak louder than words. And this biased conference
*** The NAMI board vote of "no confidence" of
director Laurie Flynn reveals hidden turmoil. A
healthy family communicates, it doesn't repress
dissent. NAMI continues to maintain a policy of
secrecy about psychiatric drug company donations.
Mother Jones magazine (12/99) found drug companies
gave NAMI $11.74 million in just 30 months.
*** Families who are dissatisifed with the current
"mental health system" deserve to have a voice.
These families say their troubled loved ones deserve
more than the bang of a judge's gavel and a
prescription. These families say their loved ones
deserve more than chemical prisons. These families
demand change, now... including from NAMI.
NEWS CONFERENCE AND VIGIL TO
PROTEST FORCED PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS
Event date/time: This Friday October 27, 2000 -- 11 am
Event location: In front of Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon, USA
PORTLAND, OR -- Survivors of involuntary psychiatric
drugging and their supporters will hold a news
conference and vigil in front of an event they say
is promoting the practice. The National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is holding their "Law and
Mental Health Conference" on Oct. 27 & 28, 2000. The
sole lunch keynoter on Friday will be Mary Zdanowicz,
director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, one of the
main organizations nationally promoting an increased
use of involuntary psychiatric procedures.
"This NAMI conference was created without
involvement from the mental health consumers or
psychiatric survivor movement," said David Oaks,
director of Support Coalition International, and one
of the workshop presenters at the conference. "The
presenters are primarily doctors and attorneys who
are promoting a biased political agenda of more
force, more force and still more force. This event
is toxic for survivors of human rights violations in
the 'mental health system.'"
Support Coalition will hold a news conference and
vigil at 11 am., on Friday, October 27, 2000, in
front of the NAMI conference at the Doubletree Hotel
Lloyd Center, in Portland, Oregon. "NAMI tells the
media stories about how supposedly dangerous we are
to others and ourselves. Our vigil remembers the
many people killed and damaged by forced psychiatric
drugging and other procedures," said Oaks.
A delegation of vigilers will then nonviolently
enter the conference to ask for equal time to tell
the other side of the story presented by Mary
Zdanowicz, at her noon keynote. "Her keynote, the
workshops on involuntary treatment and mental health
courts, the lack of a fair balance, all add up to
promoting more forced psychiatry. The human rights
perspective has been stuck into two token
workshops," said Oaks.
NAMI leaders attorney Phil Chadsey (President of
Multnomah County NAMI) and psychiatrist Gene Minard
are both publicly promoting bills for the next
Oregon legislative session which will expand the
state's capacity to give involuntary psychiatric
procedures. Support Coalition is helping introduce
bills for a model advocacy system, and to delete an
involuntary outpatient commitment law from Oregon's
Support Coalition International is a non-profit
alliance of nearly 100 grassroots groups in 14
countries working for human rights and alternatives
for people diagnosed with a mental disability.
Vigilers and media are invited to a pre-event
gathering on Thursday, October 26, 2000, at 5:00 pm,
at the Oregon Advocacy Center office, 620 SW 5th, 5th
FL, Portland, Oregon. (The vigil is not affiliated
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