MindFreedom International News - 21 January 2008

http://www.mindfreedom.org

USA Officially Celebrates the Life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK called for "International Association for the Advancement of
Creative Maladjustment" (IAACM)
TODAY: Patch Adams, MD Agrees to be New Chair of the "IAACM"!
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This day, 21 January 2008, is the official national holiday in the
USA to celebrate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have
turned 79 last week.
Just moments ago, Patch Adams, MD phoned up MindFreedom International
from his home in Virginia. Patch agreed to be the new chair of a dream
MLK had that never came true:
The IAACM.
That's the International Association for the Advancement of Creative
Maladjustment, not the International Association of Air Cleaner
Manufacturers.
Patch Adams is the internationally famous psychiatric survivor
physician/clown who was portrayed by Robin Williams in a film about
Patch's life.
Repeatedly, in the last two decades of his life, Rev. King said in
speeches and essays that he was proud to be "psychologically
maladjusted" to oppression, war and poverty.
MLK said the "salvation of the world lies in the hands of the
maladjusted!"
More than 10 times MLK said the world desperately needed a new
organization, the International Association for the Advancement of
Creative Maladjustment (IAACM)!
As far we know, the IAACM never officially formed. Time Magazine
called it a "half joke."
But last year, in 2007, MindFreedom International helped launch the IAACM
at its international conference as part of the "Mad Pride" movement that
celebrates the right to be nonviolently different, odd, crazy, nuts,
strange, weird, or whatever term society would like to toss our way.
Who else could have intentionally and consciously formed the IAACM, in
reality, other than psychiatric survivors?
The Mad Pride movement asks you a simple question:
By MLK's 80th birthday in 2009, what action will you take to show
your "creative maladjustment"?
For a decade "Mad Pride" celebrates each and every human being's
creative uniqueness and right to be nonviolently different, including we
people who have survived the psychiatric system. Like Gay Pride, Mad
Pride events have included parades, theater, "bed pushes," concerts and
more.
Patch announced the paradox today that as official honorary chair he
would like to have the IAACM "as non-hierarchical as possible."
Patch said the main quality he would most like to celebrate is,
"Insane persistence! Never, ever give up. I am crazy every day. Stay
nuts!" Patch travels the world 300 days of the year spreading his message
of maladjustment. In 2008 he will be in Haiti and Darfur among other
places literally dying for a new kind of normality.
As long as you follow MLK's nonviolence guidelines, *YOU* are a
leader in the IAACM!
Your suggested long-term goal: Millions upon millions upon millions --
okay billions, why not -- of people engaged in creative acts of cultural
disobedience! Hey, we're in a global crisis -- get grandiose!
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ON "NORMALCY":
"The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that
recognizes the dignity and worth of all of God's children.
"The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that
allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a
mighty stream.
"The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of
brotherhood, the normalcy of true peace, the normalcy of justice...
"We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with
itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a
day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of
[hu]man as [hu]man."
-from MLK's 25 March 1965 speech in Montgomery, Ala.
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LATEST MAD PRIDE 2008 NEWS!
IAACM actions can be about anything. You don't need a psychiatric label.
For example: Even a few people together can do public "cultural
disobedience" about something to which we ought to be maladjusted,
nonviolently, and take a digital photo, get it out. You've done an
IAACM action!
As usual, though, people with psychiatric labels are leading the planet!
Mad Pride "IAACM" actions for 2008 have been announced already been
announced in seven nations!
For example, there's the third annual "Bonkersfest" in UK which
gathers together thousands for music and costume and strangeness.
Three thousand people participated last year, and far more are
expected this year. This year Bonkersfest will be on the site of the
actual historically infamous "Bedlam" psychiatric institution!
A number of nations are holding "Bed Pushes." This is where
individuals dressed in patient garb help push a bed through the
streets to "escape" people dressed as psychiatrists carrying huge
needles. The public loves them, the psychiatric industry not so much.
Past Bed Pushes have won national media in UK, along with publicity in
Canada and the USA. This year Berlin has announced a Bed Push, and more
are expected.
A new innovation in the Bed Push announced for Oregon: MFI mad
scientists are developing huge pill or capsule props to help roll
after and "chase" the bed, symbolizing the overwhelming power of the
psychiatric drug industry. Stay tuned.
Your Mad Pride action shows your creative maladjustment, and does not
have to be big.
Yes, there are some major events planned, including theater events in
Toronto; concerts in Australia; an annual campout protest on the grounds
of the Capitol in Albany, NY; annual street marches in Accra, Ghana;
normality screenings once more at the huge Oregon Country Fair (more than
a thousand done, no normality found yet).
But small events are as important! Even two or three people can take a
Mad Pride nonviolent action by, say, holding up a sign publicly with your
unique message, taking a digital photo or video, and e- mailing it into
MindFreedom at pride@mindfreedom.org  or uploading it to YouTube. Include
a caption. Use the IAACM tag. Be creative!
Or you could do a public skit, such as that "Normality Screening"
inspired by the Patch Adams clown troupe in Florence, Italy. This is an
"airport-type" screening for normality using a rubber chicken, white coat
and red rubber nose. People love these! MindFreedom has held more than
1,000 normality screenings, including at the entrance to the American
Psychiatric Association headquarters. Normality is never found.
Let us know your hopes and dreams for your Mad Pride event at
pride@mindfreedom.org  . Both labeled and unlabeled are all welcome to
lead.
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LATEST LINKS ON MAD PRIDE:
*** HOW-TO tips from Rufus in UK about how you can hold a Bed Push,
including a link to dozens of photos of their three years of Bed Pushes:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride/how-to
*** New MAD PRIDE 2008 full-color graphic by Canadian artist Irina
Lyubchenko that anyone can use for MAD PRIDE events under Creative
Commons copyright..... along with updated listing of all known 2007 MAD
PRIDE events, and how to get on MAD PRIDE e-mail lists for both 'talk'
and 'news':
http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride
*** INFO ON PATCH ADAMS and Gesundeit Institute, which has been
sponsor group of MindFreedom's coalition since 1992:
http://www.patchadams.org
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MORE NEW ITEMS ON MFI WEB SITE:
*** LATEST UPDATE on conferences and events all over world:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_listing
*** Exclusive to MindFreedom: Prof. NORMAN SARTORIUS of Geneva,
retired from WHO, summarizes studies that show that your best chance of
full recovery from a "serious" mental health problems is to live in
poorer, developing countries, rather than rich, developed nations!
http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-global/sartorius-on-who
*** REVIEW by Ron Bassman -- psychiatric survivor & psychologist -- of
book "Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry":
http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/resources/review-alternatives-beyond-psychiatry
*** ANNOUNCING NEW AFFILIATE:
MindFreedom Germany has started! You may e-mail to the affiliate at
germany@mindfreedom.org.  Get your German translation of the MFI brochure
(and English versions for that matter!) here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/brochure
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HERE IS MORE INFO on the web about IAACM, Mad Pride, MLK
*** QUOTES from Martin Luther King about his dream of an
International Association for the Advancement of Creative
Maladjustment (IAACM), here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-global/iaacm/MLK-on-IAACM
or use this web link:
http://tinyurl.com/2rhank
*** ONLINE VIDEO of MLK calling for creative maladjustment:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mfi-video/mlk
*** MINDFREEDOM LAUNCH of IAACM last year:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride/mlk-iaacm
*** INFO ABOUT MAD PRIDE MOVEMENT, including update of known 2007
events:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride
*** HOW TO SCREEN FOR "NORMALITY"
http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride/normality-screening
or use this web link:
http://tinyurl.com/26ltpg
*** BRIEF VIDEO ABOUT HOW TO DO AN EASY NORMALITY SCREENING:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride/mlk-iaacm/how-to-screen-normality
or use this web link:
http://tinyurl.com/2nta3w
*** MORE MFI VIDEOS:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mfi-video
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Please forward this to all appropriate places on & off the internet!
What's your  IAACM - Mad Pride 2008 Action?
E-mail to: pride@mindfreedom.org
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