[Hpn] Fwd: DENDRITE UPDATE: Will Tipper Say NO to drugging kids? - rally is ON rally is ON

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>* UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE *
>
>           TELL TIPPER TODAY ! ! ! ! !
>
>           ASK TIPPER TO "JUST SAY NO-O-O-O-O-O"!!
>
>           NO FORCED PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING!
>
>           NO PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING OF KIDS!
>
>           YOU CAN E-MAIL TIPPER *NOW*
>
>TODAY'S NEWS:
>
>*** A RALLY to call upon Tipper Gore to speak out against
>forcing psychiatric drugs into people's own homes, and
>against the rapid rise of psychiatric drugging of kids, is
>still ON for THIS Sunday June 4, 2000 in New York City.
>
>Organizers are proceeding with plans for their rally in
>front of the New York State Psychological Association mtg.
>where Tipper had planned to speak, despite a report that Tipper
>is cancelling her appearance. (See May 19 news release  below.)
>
>*** In a news conference TODAY, Tipper Gore called upon
>more than tripling the number of children in the "mental
>health system." But Tipper made NO mention of challenging
>the massive increase in psychiatric drugging of children.
>
>      EASY ACTION YOU CAN TAKE IN SECONDS!
>
>E-MAIL to Tipper Gore NOW, to JUST SAY "NO!"
>
>Even if you've done so before, e-mail again!
>
>Sample message:
>
>"Dear Tipper: Just say NO! Say NO to forced psychiatry
>and other 'mental health' human rights violations!
>Say NO to the rapid rise in psychiatric drugging of kids!
>Please meet with Support Coalition International to
>talk about these issues, now!"
>
>E-MAIL YOUR MESSAGE TO: <mrs.gore@whitehouse.gov>
>
>(If you wish, bcc copy your message to: office@MindFreedom.org)
>
>You can also use this convenient White House web form:
>
>http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Mail/html/Mail_Mrs_Gore.html
>
>Or send a letter to:
>
>Mrs. Tipper Gore
>Office of the Vice President
>White House
>Washington, D.C. 20510
>
>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
>To see TODAY's news release about Tipper on the Al Gore campaign web site:
>http://www.algore2000.com/briefingroom/releases/pr_0531_nat_1.html
>
>To see a recent article in _Insight Magazine_ about Tipper,
>Hillary and the rise of psychiatric drugging of kids,
>go to http://207.238.36.125/archive/200006120.shtml
>
>The Support Coalition International June 4 rally
>was inspired by the meeting of 30 psychiatric
>survivor activists stretching from Hawaii to New
>York who met for 3 days at the historic Highlander
>Research and Education Center in Tennessee. The
>Highlander Statement can be found at MadNation
>http://www.madnation.org/
>
>JOIN! For information about joining Support Coalition
>International, and to obtain a sample of summer 2000
>issue of Dendron #43, which covers news about forced
>psychiatric drugging and more, e-mail your postal
>mailing address to <office@mindfreedom.org>, or click
>on "participate" at: http://www.MindFreedom.org
>
>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
>*REVISED* NEWS RELEASE ABOUT RALLY THIS SUNDAY:
>
>      SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2000 RALLY IN NEW YORK CITY
>      IS A *GO* -- WILL ASK TIPPER GORE TO SPEAK OUT FOR
>      HUMAN RIGHTS IN "MENTAL HEALTH"
>
>      MENTAL HEALTH HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY COMMUNITY
>      DEMANDS THAT THE GORES TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST
>      THE RISE OF INVOLUNTARY "MENTAL HEALTH"
>      PROCEDURES OUT IN THE COMMUNITY,
>     AND THE RISE OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING OF KIDS
>
>      "DO NOT FORCE PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS INTO OUR HOMES!"
>
>"Mental health" is supposed to be a strong suit for
>the Gore's because of Tipper Gore's high visibility
>on the issue. But key leaders of mental health human
>rights organizations are breaking ranks. They are
>demanding that the Gore's speak out against a
>growing trend for more involuntary outpatient
>psychiatric drugging, and other human rights
>violations, and psychiatric drugging of kids.
>
>Protesters will gather at 8:30 am on Sunday, June 4,
>2000 for a legal protest. Tipper Gore was scheduled to
>keynote the annual meeting of the New York State
>Psychological Association. The address is 1605
>Broadway (between 48th & 49th St.) in New York City.
>(See statement from New York protesters AT BOTTOM.)
>
>The rally will go forward whether or not Tipper appears.
>
>Senior staff of the Gore administration have already
>been personally informed about plans for protests.
>Fifteen leaders of mental health human rights
>organizations met at the White House with the Vice
>President's Chief Counsel to try to iron out
>differences on May 2, 2000. Also representing the
>administration was a senior advisor to Tipper Gore,
>plus four high-level representatives of federal
>disability agencies.
>
>At the White House meeting with the Gore officials,
>advocates said they "called for recognition and
>endorsement" of a document produced by the Clinton
>Administration itself on January 20, that has so far
>apparently gone largely unnoticed by the Gores. The
>President's National Council on Disability (NCD)
>issued the report entitled _From Privileges to
>Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities
>Speak for Themselves_, that blasted mental health
>human rights violations and produced ten
>hard-hitting core recommendations.
>
>Advocates attending the May 2nd White House meeting
>issued a public statement, saying that: "We ask that
>the Vice President and Mrs. Gore stand with us to
>oppose the rise of involuntary psychiatric
>treatments such as forced drugging and inpatient and
>outpatient commitment, and instead endorse a public
>policy direction toward a totally-voluntary
>community-based mental health system."
>
>URGENT: Two weeks ago, the call to resist involuntary
>psychiatry from intruding into citizens' own homes
>out in the community took on a special national
>urgency. On May 17, 2000 Senators Pete Domenici
>(R-NM) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) introduced a bill to
>fund and research more forced outpatient psychiatry,
>such as "mental health courts," on a national level;
>Domenici has even joined the board of one of the
>most extremist pro-forced psychiatry groups in the
>world, the Treatment Advocacy Center. Thirty seven
>states and the District of Columbia already allow
>judges to order individuals living at home in the
>community to take psychiatric drugs against their
>will. California is now the center of this
>controversy as their State Assembly votes on such a
>bill, AB 1800, in the next few days.
>
>The call at the White House meeting to resist forced
>psychiatry was based on the National Council on
>Disability report first core recommendation. Among
>other requests, advocates also asked the Gores to
>oppose electroshock (ECT) -- another controversial
>procedure that is on the rise -- based on the NCD
>report third core recommendation.
>
>The White House meeting, sponsored by Support
>Coalition International, came on the heels of a
>national strategy gathering in Tennessee's
>Highlander Center in March 2000 where a broad cross
>section of mental health rights activists from
>throughout the USA issued a national call to begin
>protests of Tipper Gore's appearances, especially at
>campaign stops. Support Coalition International is
>demanding to meet with the Vice President and
>Tipper Gore before the election.
>
>-- end of news release --
>
>STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK PROTESTERS OF TIPPER GORE
>
>Sunday, June 4, 2000 New York City Rally
>by New York Members of Support Coalition International
>
>"Tipper Gore is being hailed as one of us. A fighter
>for the rights of the 'mentally ill.' A person who
>has been there. We do not believe that Mrs. Gore
>represents the psychiatric survivor experience. To
>be kind, let's assume that she needs to be educated,
>that she has not been exposed to any view other than
>the medical model. And that her promotion of
>psychiatric drugs as a solution to the problems of
>mental illness stems from her over-exposure to
>one-sided propaganda. Is she aware that many of us
>have been abused and damaged by psychiatric
>treatments (drugs, electroshock) that have been
>forced upon us in violation of our civil rights?
>Mrs. Gore believes that the enemy is 'stigma.' Many
>of us believe that the core problem resides not in
>stigma, but in a system that is based on force and
>regards people who have been psychiatrically-labeled
>as less worthy of rights than other citizens.
>
>"On June 4, 2000 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM Tipper Gore
>[was scheduled to be] keynote speaker at the annual meeting
>of the New York State Psychological Association. The
>address is 1605 Broadway (between 48th & 49th St.)
>in New York City. We invite you to meet with us in
>front of the hotel at 8:30 AM for a
>consumer/survivor /ex-patient RALLY. We welcome all
>people who believe that a person with a disability
>should have the same rights as any other citizen.
>Whether you have a psychiatric label or are just a
>person who knows that forced drugging and
>electroshock must be exposed for being damaging
>abuses, we need your support to break through the
>silence about our issues. We want Mrs. Gore to
>accept the ten 'Core Recommendations' of the
>presidentially-appointed and senate-confirmed
>National Council on Disabilities. To see the entire
>NCD report [or obtain your own bound copies] see the
>Council's Web site at
>http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/privileges.html.
>
>"LET'S FIND OUT IF TIPPER GORE REALLY DOES CARE AND
>CAN BE EDUCATED ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN
>THE WORLD OF 'MENTAL HEALTH.'
>
>"We know that right now we are facing an organized
>assault on our rights. It is a push to make people
>who have been labeled with a psychiatric disorders
>appear violent and to justify the use of forced
>treatments. When one group is discriminated against
>and deprived of their rights, everyone is
>vulnerable. Our liberation is your liberation; join
>us.
>
>"For Rally information call: 1-877-435-7800 (a free
>call from within New York)."
>
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