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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

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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

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*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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