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Fw: [COMMUNITYPSYCHUK] Fw: New Task Force on Mental Health Legal Advocacy & Activism

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Craig Newnes <[log in to unmask]>

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Craig Newnes" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 6:45 PM
Subject: [COMMUNITYPSYCHUK] Fw: New Task Force on Mental Health Legal
Advocacy & Activism


----- Original Message -----
From: "Craig Newnes AOL" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:08 AM
Subject: Fw: New Task Force on Mental Health Legal Advocacy & Activism


>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "News and alerts from www.MindFreedom.org"
> <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "News: Human Rights in Mental Health" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 9:04 AM
> Subject: News: New Task Force on Mental Health Legal Advocacy & Activism
>
>
>
> NEWS RELEASE - 4 March 2008 - PsychRights - MindFreedom
> Media contacts: Daniel Hazen - 315-528-3385 [log in to unmask]
> Krista Erickson - 541-345-9106 [log in to unmask]
>
> More info & download PDF of news release:
> http://www.mindfreedom.org/shield/psychrights
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
> "Forcing Psychiatric Drugs Can Increase Violence," Warns
> New Task Force on Mental Health Legal Advocacy & Activism
>
> Promising to fight what they call pervasive and harmful violations of
> mental health clients who are involuntarily drugged and
> electroshocked in the United States, The Law Project for Psychiatric
> Rights (PsychRights) and the MindFreedom Shield Campaign announced
> today a joint Task Force on Mental Health Legal Advocacy & Activism.
> The new partnership of law and nonviolent direct action has an
> initial focus in the states of California, Massachusetts and New York.
>
> PsychRights' President Jim Gottstein declared, "People's rights in
> forced drugging proceedings are ignored as a matter of course,
> resulting in great harm to them and decreased public safety." David
> Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International (MFI), noted, "Violence
> by a few individuals labeled 'mentally ill' has led to a backlash
> calling for a massive increase in forced psychiatric drugging."
>
> Mr. Gottstein added, "Contrary to public perception, forcing people
> to take psychiatric drugs can often increase violence, rather than
> decrease it. If people were warned that both taking and withdrawing
> from these drugs can at times contribute to committing terrible acts,
> they and their loved ones can be alert to the possibility and
> tragedies averted."
>
> Krista Erickson, MFI board member and Chair of the MFI Shield
> Campaign, said, "I'm excited about MFI and PsychRights expanding our
> partnership and focusing the combined power of legal advocacy and
> activism on specific cases." The MFI Shield Campaign supports the
> wishes of a member to be free of involuntary mental health
> intervention with an international "Solidarity Network" of advocates.
> The new Task Force plans to use both the court of law and the court
> of public opinion.
>
> Task Force organizers say the combination of PsychRights' expertise
> for strategic litigation and the "people power" of MindFreedom
> activists around the country will bring a synergy and geographic
> reach to their demands for people’s legal and human rights. Daniel
> Hazen, Northeast Coordinator with PsychRights, added, "In the United
> States the 'mental health' industry is a labeling system that often
> dismisses self- determination, legal capacity and alternatives.
> 'Treatment' can be forced through the court systems. People ought to
> 'have their day in court' but this is often far from what actually
> occurs."
>
> MFI is an independent nonprofit coalition defending human rights and
> promoting humane alternatives in mental health. The Law Project for
> Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the
> defense of people facing what they call the "horrors of unwarranted
> forced psychiatric drugging and other forced psychiatric procedures."
> PsychRights office is in Anchorage, Alaska: http://
> www.psychrights.org. The MFI office is in Eugene, Oregon: http://
> www.mindfreedom.org
>
> # # #
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
> ACTION:
>
> Please forward this to all appropriate places on & off Internet.
>
> Download PDF of News Release, photocopy & distribute, click here:
> http://www.mindfreedom.org/shield/psychrights
>
> Sign up for MFI Shield, and see list of public participants:
> http://www.mindfreedom.org/shield
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
> Build united strength in numbers!
>
> JOIN MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL!
>
> http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate
>
> * Win human rights campaigns in mental health.
> * End abuse by the psychiatric drug industry.
> * Support self-determination of psychiatric survivors.
> * Promote safe, humane, effective options in mental health.
> * Show your MAD PRIDE!
>
> MindFreedom is a nonprofit human rights group that unites 100 sponsor
> and affiliate groups with individual members.
>
> MindFreedom is one of the very few totally independent activist
> groups in the mental health field with no funding from governments,
> drug companies, religions, corporations, or the mental health system.
>
> All human rights supporters are invited to join MFI by donating here:
>
> http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate
>
> For hard-to-find books and gear go to MFI's ALL NEW Mad Market here:
>
> http://www.madmarket.org
>
> MindFreedom International Office:
>
> 454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284; Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA
>
> web site: http://www.mindfreedom.org
> e-mail: office(at)mindfreedom(dot)org
> MFI office phone: (541) 345-9106
> MFI member services toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDe or 1-877-623-7743
> fax: (541) 345-3737
>
> Please forward.
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~
>
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>
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> 2) If you have any trouble getting off this list e-mail to office(at)
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>
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