APA Protest Update: May 14

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@arcos.org)
Thu, 14 May 1998 22:05:28 -0400


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#  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
#  A PROJECT OF: PEOPLE AGAINST COERCIVE TREATMENT (P.A.C.T.)
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The times and places for some additional information leafletting
sessions were hammered out at today's meeting. The American Psychiatric 
Association and other 'mental health professional' associations have a
nasty habit of putting their own  spin on social issues such as 
homelessness, poverty or any discussion on the subject of human 
rights and these attitudes are reflected in the titles of the symposia 
and workshops at this year'sconvention. We decided to take several of
the 
most offensive of theseevents as an opportunity to broaden our
distribution 
of survivor-authored educational materials and informing of the public
about the human rights emergency currently being faced by survivors.

Leafletting sessions will take place at the following times/places:

   * Tuesday, June 2 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM outside the workshop
     entitled 'Patient's Rights: An International Perspective' (No
     survivors have been invited to participate in this presentation,
     BTW)

   * Wednesday, June 3 from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM outside the workshop
     entitled 'Pathways to Homelessness' (Titled after a recently
     released report by the same name from Toronto's Clarke Institute of
     Psychiatry)

   * Thursday, June 4 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM outside the workshop
     entitled 'Outpatient Committal: the New York Experience' (This one
     is self-explanatory, and since the Province of Ontario is
     considering a similar model it seems especially appropriate.)

All these sessions will take place outside the Metro Convention Centre,
255 Front St. W. in Toronto. This is basically the command post for the
convention and the site of the media centre as well as many of the
conference events.

The materials we will be distributing are being prepared by various
members of P.A.C.T. We will be consolidating these materials at our next
meeting on May 22 and hopefully they will be available on our website
shortly after this time. An initial press release will be issued at this
time as well.

Two of our members who volunteer with community radio station CKLN-FM
(88.1) have recorded a fabulous public service announcement about the
upcoming protest. I heard it on air for the first time this evening -
the thing is amazing!  (Aside: just prior to this Don Weitz played a
recording of Kate Millett reading the verdict of the Foucault Tribunal.
This is a brilliant statement and is available for viewing at
<http://www.fu-berlin.de/foucault-tribunal> )

That's all for now.
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