MindFreedom International Events - 28 April 2009


For more info and links for below events go to:
1 May 2009 - This Friday!
State Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
May Day for Ray: Protest Forced Electroshock of Ray Sandford
Join MindFreedom International in protesting the ongoing forced 
outpatient electroshock of Ray Sandford of Minnesota wherever you 
live: Vigil, write letters to the editor, speak out! If you can get 
to Minneapolis/St. Paul you can join MindFreedom activists David W. 
Oaks of Oregon and Al Galves, PhD, of New Mexico in several days of 
protests, vigils, news conferences and activism.
See 'Gateway to Ray Campaign' for info, including downloadable flyer 
and news release: http://mindfreedom.org/ray  
9 May 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Say No to Electroshock
Comite Pare-chocs is holding a gathering on Mother's Day to protest 
ECT, highlighting the fact that it is used much more frequently on 
women than on men.
10 May 2009
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
'Stop Shocking Our Mothers and Grandmothers!'
The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) is organizing a 
protest that will take place in Toronto, this Mothers Day.
10 May 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Electroshock Protest
Another Mothers Day protest against ECT is being organized by the 
International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE).
14 to 15 May 2009
San Francisco, California, USA
Two Seminars Presented by Ron Unger
Two seminars, led by Ron Unger LCSW, will be held just before the 
protest of the APA convention in San Francisco. The first seminar on 
May 14 will be an introduction to cognitive therapy for psychosis, 
which is a psychological approach to helping people who hear voices 
or have beliefs so 'far out' that most mental health workers would 
propose drugs as the only possible treatment. The second seminar on 
May 15 will focus on the relationship between 'psychosis' and trauma, 
a relationship usually denied by the mental health system which 
instead attempts to convince people they have a strictly 'biological 
illness' or 'biochemical imbalance.' Ron is coordinator of 
MindFreedom Lane County Affiliate in Oregon.
15 May 2009
San Francisco, California, USA
Free Meeting Before the APA Protest
MindFreedom will hold a free reception in advance of the protest of 
the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. 
Come to meet other MindFreedom members, socialize, organize, boost 
your spirits, maybe make some signs, and get informed!
17 to 18 May 2009
Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Nonviolent Protest of the American Psychiatric Association
When the American Psychiatric Association holds their large Annual 
Meeting in 2009 in San Francisco, once more MindFreedom International 
will be there to greet them with a nonviolent protest, this time 
complete with skits that will be YouTubed. Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm, 
and Monday, May 18 at 10 am.
30 May 2009
Cork City, Ireland
'Stop Shocking our Mothers and Grandmothers'
MindFreedom Ireland is holding a peaceful protest against ECT this May.
22 June 2009
Dunstan Hall, Norwich, United Kingdom
Critical Psychiatry Network Conference 2009
The Critical Psychiatry Network is hosting its tenth annual 
conference, entitled 'Promoting the critical mental health movement.'
13 to 19 July 2009
Mad Pride Week!
Mad Pride events are again planned in Europe, Africa, North America 
and more. Hold your own Mad Pride event, small or large, wherever you 
are and let MFI know.
While you can hold Mad Pride events at any time, The City of Toronto 
in Ontario, Canada has proclaimed July 13 to 19 2009 as MAD Pride 
Week! Ruth Ruth of Friendly Spike Theater, who is chair of the 
MindFreedom International Mad Pride Committee, said MAD Pride 
Organizers in Toronto will be holding an exhibition, theater events, 
an Annual Bed Push Parade and more. Planning meetings are every 
Friday afternoon at 3 pm from now until June.
9 to 12 September 2009
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
NARPA 2009 Annual Conference
The next conference of the National Association for Rights Protection 
and Advocacy (NARPA), which was a founding organization of the 
MindFreedom International coalition, is scheduled for September.
For more info: http://www.narpa.org  
9 to 10 October 2009
Syracuse, New York, USA
ICSPP 2009 Conference
The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, 
Inc. (ICSPP) is a sponsor group of MindFreedom. This is an excellent 
conference, especially to network dissident mental health 
professionals critical of the current psychiatric system.
28 October 2009 - 1 November 2009
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Alternatives 2009 - Save the Date
This is an event funded by the US federal government. From their 
publicity material: This is the largest national annual mental health 
conference organized by and for people with psychiatric labels. Each 
Alternatives conference offers technical assistance on peer-delivered 
services and self-help/recovery methods. Deadline for scholarship 
application to federal government: 5 June 2009.
For more info and links for above events go to:
Most but not all of the above events are organized by MindFreedom 
International or its members, sponsor groups, and affiliates. Event 
organizers are responsible for activities.
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