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> DENDRITE: human rights in "mental health system"
> April 17, 1998 -- please copy, re-distribute & post!
>
>         NORTH AMERICAN ACTIVISTS UNITE IN *TWO* PROTESTS
>         OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE
>         "MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM": MAY 2 & JUNE 3, 1998
>
> You can participate in two upcoming protests in the next
> two months -- one in the USA and one in Canada -- to
> resist human rights violations in the psychiatric system:
>
> 1. MILLION MAD MARCH - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, MAY 2, 1998
>
> On Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Washington, D.C., you can be
> part of a Support Coalition "Counterprotest" opposing a
> Clinton Administration celebration of the current "mental
> health  system." It's all at Freedom Plaza, from 9 am to 1
> pm.
>
> This Counterprotest was the subject of an April 14
> DENDRITE.  If you need that DENDRITE, you can e-mail to:
> dendron@efn.org Web site for background information:
> http://www.madnation.org
>
> E-mail questions about May 2 protest:
> Protest@madnation.org
>
> 2. A.P.A. - NO WAY! - TORONTO, CANADA, JUNE 3, 1998
>
> On Wed., June 3, in Toronto, Canada, you then can protest
> the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric
> Association. This protest is organized by the new group
> "People Against Coercive Treatment" (PACT). (SCI has
> endorsed this protest.)
>
> Below is today's announcement about this June 3 protest in
> Canada, via Graeme Bacque of PACT. For further info on
> this Toronto protest, e-mail to: <gbacque@arcos.org>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 01:28:20 -0400
> From: Graeme Bacque <gbacque@arcos.org>
> Subject: [TORONTO] APA - No Way!! June 3, 1998
>
> ##################################################
> #  PROTEST AT THE A.P.A. CONVENTION!
> #  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998  7:00 PM TO 10:00 PM
> #  METRO CONVENTION CENTRE
> #  255 FRONT ST. W. AT JOHN ST.
> #  TORONTO, CANADA
> ##################################################
>
> Thousands of shrinks will be descending on Toronto during
> the week of May 31 - June 4, 1998 as the annual convention
> of the American Psychiatric Association rolls into town.
>
> In the course of these five days workshops with titles
> such as 'The Role of Coercion in Psychiatry' and
> 'Involuntary Outpatient Committal: The New York
> Experience' (NY being the home of the infamous 'Continuum
> of Care' which seeks to sweep the streets clear of
> homeless persons and forces many into unwanted 'treatment'
> with powerful psychotropic drugs) will be sponsored by
> various corporate interests including all the major
> pharmaceutical companies.
>
> Over the past decade, psychiatrists' powers to act against
> a person's wishes have steadily increased as laws were
> quietly passed in more than thirty-five U.S. states
> allowing for involuntary drug 'treatment' of persons
> living in the community, on pain of re-incarceration in a
> psych. facility or general hospital mental ward for
> noncompliance. The most recent state to enact such
> legislation was Vermont, as of April 13, 1998.
>
> In Canada, Saskatchewan became the first province to pass
> an outpatient committal bill with 1995's Mental Health
> Services Act.  Ontario is currently considering similar
> legislation.
>
> In a world dominated by rapidly escalating disparities
> between rich and poor, with the attendant poverty,
> homelessness and other associated oppressions, the
> unscientific, value-laden judgements which are psychiatric
> diagnoses are being used with greater and greater
> regularity to pathologize the natural and justified anger,
> fear and hopelessness of the oppressed, and to justify the
> vigorous social control of involuntary incarceration and
> 'treatment' on an unprecedented scale.
>
> Likewise, the marked insensitivity towards issues related
> to culture, gender and sexual preference which has long
> been a key aspect of the psychiatric lexicon is rapidly
> increasing. To put it bluntly, shrinks are an extra-legal,
> parallel police force dedicated to controlling those
> behaviors, worldviews and beliefs which fall outside the
> sphere of the criminal justice system. This truth is all
> the more insidious due to its masquerading as compassion.
>
> The unproven biological model of mental illness has held
> sway since the eugenics-inspired Nazi 'euthanasia' program
> in 1930's Germany where psychiatrists made reference to
> those considered genetically inferior and 'unworthy of
> life', condemning tens of thousands of their patients and
> other persons with disabilities to death in this precursor
> to the Holocaust.
>
> To this day abuses and brutalities run rampant in
> psychiatric 'hospitals' and the misinformation and legally
> sanctioned coercion associated with psychiatric practice
> effectively rules out any true freedom of choice when
> dealing with this particular branch of medicine.  The very
> labels which are utilized to achieve this abuse also
> guarantee the victims' voices will be effectively silenced
> - who will listen to someone who has been branded crazy?
>
> In early March this year a small ad hoc group of
> psychiatric survivors began meeting in Toronto with the
> aim of staging some form of protest or picket of the APA
> convention. As time went by, more people were approached
> and began attendending meetings, and some ideas began to
> emerge. The consensus was that our efforts should focus
> primarily on vigorously educating the public as to the
> true nature of this particular beast, and to build as
> large and colorful an event as possible as a means to this
> end. As of today everything jelled, and now comes the fun
> part - putting our plans into effect!
>
> First off we had to decide what to name ourselves... after
> kicking around a number of ideas we decided on People
> Against Coercive Treatment. (P.A.C.T.).
>
> A mission statement for this group (which we hope to make
> a permanent organization) is currently being drafted, and
> the development is underway of grassroots educational
> material on the adverse and sometimes lethal effects of
> psychiatric 'treatments' (just try and get your shrink to
> explain any of this stuff to you... fat chance), the
> emotional/mental impact of coercion and alternatives to
> drugging, the subjective and unscientific nature of much
> of the material contained in the DSM-IV (the Diagnostic
> and Statistical Manual, edition 4 - the psychiatrist's
> Bible) and material refuting the widely sensationalized
> but totally unsubstantiated myth of the 'violent mental
> patient' which is wielded by media, psychiatric
> professionals, and the family member organizations such as
> the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to garner
> public support for coercion.
>
> Work began on a poster to publicize the event and a
> website has been set up. Work is underway on a guerrilla
> theatre piece to be performed at the protest entitled
> (tentatively) 'No Haldol Please... We're Thinking.' (Or
> How To Make The APA Types Feel *Real* Welcome).
>
> As of the beginning of the week we received our first
> major endorsment -- from the Ontario Coalition Against
> Poverty - and attempts are being made to arrange for a
> free vegetarian meal to be served by the Toronto chapter
> of Food Not Bombs. Over the ensuing seven weeks or so
> vigorous outreach efforts will be undertaken towards other
> community organizations and to agencies working with
> psychiatric survivors, homeless persons and people with
> disabilities.
>
> We are gaining momentum - and hoping for a loud, proud and
> angry survivor presense outside this hellish gathering on
> the third of June! Let's say 'no way' to the APA!
>
> For more information contact:
>
> Graeme Bacque at <gbacque@arcos.org> or
> Don Weitz at <dweitz@interlog.com>.
>
> Visit our website at
> <http://web.arcos.org/gbacque/antiAPA.htm>
>
> Please feel free to copy, distribute and forward this
> message widely!
>
> !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> APA - No Way!! Toronto, June 3, 1998
> <http://web.arcos.org/gbacque/antiAPA.htm>
> !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>
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DENDRITE: human rights in "mental health system"
April 17, 1998 -- please copy, re-distribute & post!


        NORTH AMERICAN ACTIVISTS UNITE IN *TWO* PROTESTS
        OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE
        "MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM": MAY 2 & JUNE 3, 1998


You can participate in two upcoming protests in the next
two months -- one in the USA and one in Canada -- to
resist human rights violations in the psychiatric system:

1. MILLION MAD MARCH - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, MAY 2, 1998

On Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Washington, D.C., you can be
part of a Support Coalition "Counterprotest" opposing a
Clinton Administration celebration of the current "mental
health  system." It's all at Freedom Plaza, from 9 am to 1
pm.

This Counterprotest was the subject of an April 14
DENDRITE.  If you need that DENDRITE, you can e-mail to:
dendron@efn.org Web site for background information:
http://www.madnation.org

E-mail questions about May 2 protest:
Protest@madnation.org

2. A.P.A. - NO WAY! - TORONTO, CANADA, JUNE 3, 1998

On Wed., June 3, in Toronto, Canada, you then can protest
the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric
Association. This protest is organized by the new group
"People Against Coercive Treatment" (PACT). (SCI has
endorsed this protest.)

Below is today's announcement about this June 3 protest in
Canada, via Graeme Bacque of PACT. For further info on
this Toronto protest, e-mail to: <gbacque@arcos.org>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 01:28:20 -0400
From: Graeme Bacque <gbacque@arcos.org>
Subject: [TORONTO] APA - No Way!! June 3, 1998

##################################################
#  PROTEST AT THE A.P.A. CONVENTION!
#  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998  7:00 PM TO 10:00 PM
#  METRO CONVENTION CENTRE
#  255 FRONT ST. W. AT JOHN ST.
#  TORONTO, CANADA
##################################################

Thousands of shrinks will be descending on Toronto during
the week of May 31 - June 4, 1998 as the annual convention
of the American Psychiatric Association rolls into town.

In the course of these five days workshops with titles
such as 'The Role of Coercion in Psychiatry' and
'Involuntary Outpatient Committal: The New York
Experience' (NY being the home of the infamous 'Continuum
of Care' which seeks to sweep the streets clear of
homeless persons and forces many into unwanted 'treatment'
with powerful psychotropic drugs) will be sponsored by
various corporate interests including all the major
pharmaceutical companies.

Over the past decade, psychiatrists' powers to act against
a person's wishes have steadily increased as laws were
quietly passed in more than thirty-five U.S. states
allowing for involuntary drug 'treatment' of persons
living in the community, on pain of re-incarceration in a
psych. facility or general hospital mental ward for
noncompliance. The most recent state to enact such
legislation was Vermont, as of April 13, 1998.

In Canada, Saskatchewan became the first province to pass
an outpatient committal bill with 1995's Mental Health
Services Act.  Ontario is currently considering similar
legislation.

In a world dominated by rapidly escalating disparities
between rich and poor, with the attendant poverty,
homelessness and other associated oppressions, the
unscientific, value-laden judgements which are psychiatric
diagnoses are being used with greater and greater
regularity to pathologize the natural and justified anger,
fear and hopelessness of the oppressed, and to justify the
vigorous social control of involuntary incarceration and
'treatment' on an unprecedented scale.

Likewise, the marked insensitivity towards issues related
to culture, gender and sexual preference which has long
been a key aspect of the psychiatric lexicon is rapidly
increasing. To put it bluntly, shrinks are an extra-legal,
parallel police force dedicated to controlling those
behaviors, worldviews and beliefs which fall outside the
sphere of the criminal justice system. This truth is all
the more insidious due to its masquerading as compassion.

The unproven biological model of mental illness has held
sway since the eugenics-inspired Nazi 'euthanasia' program
in 1930's Germany where psychiatrists made reference to
those considered genetically inferior and 'unworthy of
life', condemning tens of thousands of their patients and
other persons with disabilities to death in this precursor
to the Holocaust.

To this day abuses and brutalities run rampant in
psychiatric 'hospitals' and the misinformation and legally
sanctioned coercion associated with psychiatric practice
effectively rules out any true freedom of choice when
dealing with this particular branch of medicine.  The very
labels which are utilized to achieve this abuse also
guarantee the victims' voices will be effectively silenced
- who will listen to someone who has been branded crazy?

In early March this year a small ad hoc group of
psychiatric survivors began meeting in Toronto with the
aim of staging some form of protest or picket of the APA
convention. As time went by, more people were approached
and began attendending meetings, and some ideas began to
emerge. The consensus was that our efforts should focus
primarily on vigorously educating the public as to the
true nature of this particular beast, and to build as
large and colorful an event as possible as a means to this
end. As of today everything jelled, and now comes the fun
part - putting our plans into effect!

First off we had to decide what to name ourselves... after
kicking around a number of ideas we decided on People
Against Coercive Treatment. (P.A.C.T.).

A mission statement for this group (which we hope to make
a permanent organization) is currently being drafted, and
the development is underway of grassroots educational
material on the adverse and sometimes lethal effects of
psychiatric 'treatments' (just try and get your shrink to
explain any of this stuff to you... fat chance), the
emotional/mental impact of coercion and alternatives to
drugging, the subjective and unscientific nature of much
of the material contained in the DSM-IV (the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual, edition 4 - the psychiatrist's
Bible) and material refuting the widely sensationalized
but totally unsubstantiated myth of the 'violent mental
patient' which is wielded by media, psychiatric
professionals, and the family member organizations such as
the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to garner
public support for coercion.

Work began on a poster to publicize the event and a
website has been set up. Work is underway on a guerrilla
theatre piece to be performed at the protest entitled
(tentatively) 'No Haldol Please... We're Thinking.' (Or
How To Make The APA Types Feel *Real* Welcome).

As of the beginning of the week we received our first
major endorsment -- from the Ontario Coalition Against
Poverty - and attempts are being made to arrange for a
free vegetarian meal to be served by the Toronto chapter
of Food Not Bombs. Over the ensuing seven weeks or so
vigorous outreach efforts will be undertaken towards other
community organizations and to agencies working with
psychiatric survivors, homeless persons and people with
disabilities.

We are gaining momentum - and hoping for a loud, proud and
angry survivor presense outside this hellish gathering on
the third of June! Let's say 'no way' to the APA!

For more information contact:

Graeme Bacque at <gbacque@arcos.org> or
Don Weitz at <dweitz@interlog.com>.

Visit our website at
<http://web.arcos.org/gbacque/antiAPA.htm>

Please feel free to copy, distribute and forward this
message widely!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
APA - No Way!! Toronto, June 3, 1998
<http://web.arcos.org/gbacque/antiAPA.htm>
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    >>>>>>>>>>>GLOBAL HOMELESS NETWORK<<<<<<<<<<<

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relays daily news, information and announcements about
homelessness and related subjects for nonprofit research
and educational purposes, pursuant to TITLE 17 USC 107,
at:

  <http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml>
   ----------------------------------------------

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HOMELESS POWWOW (HP) mailing list, and respondents are
subscribed to HP, for further purposes. Anyone may
subscribe to HP, at:

                  <sananda@hotmail.com>
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