Thought folks on the Homeless list ought to know about this. I'm hoping to make it to this event. :) Bruce ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 22:33:10 -0600 From: Don McMahon & Sheri Anderson <email@example.com> To: SMARTREC@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU Subject: Million Mad March Hey all, This showed up on a listserv digest I get. Sheri ------ Forwarded Message Follows ------- For Immediate Release...................................Contact: Sylvia Caras Saturday, November 15, 1997.................................(408) 426 5335 - ---------------------------------------------------------------------- CONSUMER/SURVIVORS OF PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES SEEK WORLDWIDE PARTICIPATION IN A MILLION MAD MARCH Santa Cruz, Ca. - The MADNESS family of e-mail lists, web pages, and other forums has launched plans for a "Million Mad March" as our proud and triumphant presence in "Walk the Walk: With Lives Touched by Mental Illnes," a national event scheduled for May 2, 1998, in Washington DC. Several thousand people from around the world who are consumers/survivors/ex-patients of psychiatric treatment have participated in MADNESS Internet activities since its inception in 1994. As announced by federal SAMHSA administrator, Nelba Chavez, "Walk the Walk" is sponsored by numerous U.S. Mental Health Organizations, and honorary co-chairs are U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and Mrs. Tipper Gore. Dr. Chavez promoted the Walk as a partnership in support of the common cause of "dispelling myths about people with mental illness." In response to this request, during Walk the Walk on May 2, MADNESS will foster the bringing together of people who have used psychiatric services to: ....* dispel the myths about us by being there ourselves as equal partners. ....* congregate and walk for freedom in plazas throughout the world. May 2 will be not only a walk in Washington, D.C., but an International Day of Madness. User/survivors of psychiatric services on the MADNESS forums invite all mad people everywhere to join us in a Million Mad March. Plans are already underway for events in Australia and Canada. According to Sylvia Caras, MADNESS founder, "Since 1994, we have exchanged views and mutual support over the Internet. Our original mailing list called MADNESS now includes our web sites, IRC Chat, and 12 specialized lists. Under the umbrella of our web site MADNATION (http://www.madnation.org) we are calling for participation of consumer/survivors around the world. It is our intention to be a visible presence in 'Walk the Walk,' and to raise our international voice as people who experience mood swings, fears, voices and visions." For information about this press release or on how to organize in your local area, contact: .... Sylvia Caras .... 146-5 Chrystal Terrace .... Santa Cruz CA 95060-3654 .... USA .... (408) 426-5335 .... Internet: SylviaC@netcom.com For information on the Million Mad March via e-mail: .... MadMarchfirstname.lastname@example.org (a discussion list for user/survivors) .... MarchNews@madnation.org (auto-responder with up-to-date plans) .... MadMarch.email@example.com (e-mail about Australian plans) .... MadMarch.firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail about Canadian plans) For information on the Internet: .... http://www.madnation.org/MadMarch (Million Mad March web page) .... http://www.mentalhealth.org/ (Walk the Walk/CMHS web page) ### Please use this Million Mad March announcement to spread the word. Post it to your favorite e-mail lists, newspapers, and friends.