BEAUTIFUL MINDS *FIGHT* *BACK*!!
E. FULLER TORREY WILL BE PROTESTED ON THURSDAY, MAY 2,
2002 IN ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, USA WHEN HE
KEYNOTES A NAMI CONFERENCE.
SPEAKERS FOR THE "FREEDOM RALLY"
ARE ALREADY CONFIRMED.
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.
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
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 for CONSUMER RIGHTS!
Thursday, May 2, 2002 --
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel --
1750 Rockville Pike -- Rockville, Maryland
Phone: (301) 468-1100
Driving directions: http://www.doubletreerockville.com
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
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)
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!
National Empowerment Center
Larry Belcher, West Virginia Mental Health Consumers'
Judi Chamberlin, National Empowerment Center, Author, On Our
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
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
Tom Olin, Disability Rights Center
Larry Plumlee, Support Coalition International
Joseph Rogers, Mental Health Association of Southeastern
Harvey Rosenthal, New York Association of Psycho-Social
Marcie Roth, National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Paul Seifert, International Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation
Jessa Steinbeck, Presidential Taskforce on Employment of Adults
with Disabilities Youth
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.
should not be a substitute for effective
care that is sought voluntarily..."
-- US Surgeon
General's Report On Mental Health (1999)
Sponsored by the
Coalition for Human Rights in Mental Health
Support Coalition International,
an endorser of the above protest.
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