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PSYCHIATRIST E. FULLER TORREY WILL BE  PROTESTED ON THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2002  IN ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, USA WHEN HE  KEYNOTES A NAMI CONFERENCE.

TWO DOZEN SPEAKERS FOR THE "FREEDOM RALLY" ARE ALREADY CONFIRMED.

 

Support Coalition International fully endorses  the nonviolent protest of E. Fuller Torrey  (see detailed announcement below).

Torrey is escalating his push for massive increases in forced psychiatric drugging, and   massive cuts in federal funding for mental health  consumer technical assistance, empowerment,  and self-determination. And the Bush Administration  is apparently starting to listen to him.

The May 2 rally is spearheaded by Laura Van Tosh  and the Montgomery County Coalition for  Human Rights in Mental Health. For more information,  or to cheer them on, e-mail rally organizers  at FreedomRally@aol.com .

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)  recently tried to pass a law in Maryland to   allow courts to order citizens to take  powerful psychiatric drugs against their will,  even while living in their own homes out  in the community. NAMI was defeated, but  Torrey wants to keep pushing for more force. 

We're fighting for our lives! Join in! Spread  the word! Unite! Resist! Unite! Resist!


FREEDOM RALLY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

FROM: 
FreedomRally@aol.com 

WHAT:
FREEDOM RALLY for CONSUMER RIGHTS!

WHEN:
Thursday, May 2, 2002 -- 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:

DoubleTree Hotel -- 1750 Rockville Pike -- Rockville, Maryland
Phone: (301) 468-1100
Driving directions: http://www.doubletreerockville.com

WHY ARE WE GATHERING?

On Thurs., May 2, 2002 inside the DoubleTree Hotel, NAMI-Montgomery County will give its 2002 Heroes  Awards. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the spokesman for  efforts to expand involuntary treatment laws  across the United States, will be the keynote  speaker.

Dr. Torrey recently called for shutting down the federal Center for Mental Health Services because it supports consumer-operated services that promote recovery. (_Washington  Monthly_ April 2002)

Maryland consumers and advocates recently defeated a bill to expand commitment power (H.B.  923/S.B. 645). But the struggle continues across the country! Join us to protest Dr. Torrey's agenda of force and coercion. Your support is needed now, more than ever! The future of consumer rights is on the line!

Join the Heroic Battle for Civil Rights!

WHO:

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Laurie Ahern, National Empowerment Center
Larry Belcher, West Virginia Mental Health Consumers' Association
Judi Chamberlin, National Empowerment Center, Author, On Our Own,
Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System
Bobby Coward, National Capital Area ADAPT
Honorable Justin Dart, recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and
Father of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Mark Davis, Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association
Dan Fisher, National Empowerment Center
Kimball Gray, Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council
Leah Harris, Support Coalition International, Youth Committee
Dick Hegner, Howard County Consumer and Mental Health Policy Analyst
Andy Imparato, American Association of People with Disabilities
Vanessa Jackson, Healing Circles, Inc., Author, In Our Own Voice: African American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in 
Mental Health Systems
Tom Olin, Disability Rights Center
Larry Plumlee, Support Coalition International
Joseph Rogers, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Harvey Rosenthal, New York Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Services
Marcie Roth, National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Paul Seifert, International Association of Psycho-Social
Rehabilitation Services
Jessa Steinbeck, Presidential Taskforce on Employment of Adults with 
Disabilities Youth Advisory Council
Judy Stout, Maryland Deaf and Hard of Hearing Democratic Club
Courtland Townes III, National Council on Independent Living
Jim Ward, ADA Watch Action Fund
Laura Van Tosh, Rally Organizer

 

An American Sign Language interpreter will translate speaker remarks.

 "Coercion should not be a substitute for effective care that is sought voluntarily..."

 -- US Surgeon General's Report On Mental Health (1999)

 

Sponsored by the Montgomery County
Coalition for Human Rights in Mental Health
E-mail: FreedomRally@aol.com 


Re-distributed by Support Coalition International,  an endorser of the above protest.

UNITE! RESIST! UNITE! RESIST! UNITE! RESIST!

For more information about how authoritarian psychiatrists E. Fuller Torrey and Sally Satel are using the Bush administration to bash the psychiatric survivors/mental health consumers movement (including Torrey's article in this month's _Washington Monthly_) see: http://www.MindFreedom.org 

NEWS FLASH: Read about the Mad Movement... It's the theme of the May/June 2002 issue of _Adbusters_ magazine, in selected bookstores now. More info: http://adbusters.org 


DENDRITE is a public Internet alert system about human rights in psychiatry, sponsored by Support Coalition International, sending out notices to thousands of concerned people, many of whom take ACTION NOW! 

 

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