Leaders from Across the Country Come to New York to Protest the American Psychiatric Association 2014
#StopPsychAssault; #FreeJustina; and #StopMurphyBill:
April 26, 2014
Contact: Lauren Tenney, PhD, MPhil, MPA, Psychiatric Survivor
Phone Number (516) 319-4295
WHO: People everywhere. MindFreedom International and the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®)
WHAT: Annual Protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting and the #StopPsychAssault; #FreeJustina; and #StopMurphyBill Twitter campaigns
WHERE: Behind the barricades on the Corner of 34th Street and 11th Avenue, NYC, NY (Across the Street
from the Jacob Javits Convention Center) on the Internet.
WHEN: May 4, 2014 @ NOON
WHY: An invitation to protest the American Psychiatric Association. Everyone is at risk.
James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq., President/CEO of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, is traveling from Alaska to attend the protest in New York City on May 4, 2014. Gottstein stated:
"Psychiatry is a morally and scientifically bankrupt enterprise causing great harm and
must be held accountable."
Al Galves, PhD and Board member of MindFreedom International stated:
“If you believe, as I do, that our mental health system is hurting rather than helping people who are going through hard times, then the place to protest is at the annual convention of the people who control mental health treatment in our country – the psychiatrists.”
Dorothy Dundas, who is a Board Member of the National Coalition on Mental Health Recovery and affiliated with National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, and the creator of the “Behind Locked Doors” poster, will be traveling from Massachusetts to attend the protest. Dundas stated:
“As a survivor of forced shock, seclusion and drugging, the Murphy bill would take us back 30+ years! STOP the Murphy bill!”
It is crucial that we come together and say #StopPsychAssault, #FreeJustina, and #StopMurphyBill at the Annual Protest of the American Psychiatric Association. If you cannot come to the protest in person, please post your letters of protest on these event pages:
Your written protests will be compiled and given to the APA and the MEDIA.
- Gary Null – Wellness Expert & Popular Radio Show Host
- Vera Sherav – Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP)
- Leah Harris – Stop HR 3717 Campaign
- Lauren Tenney – WE THE PEOPLE In Remembrance of Esmin Green who was Murdered-By-Neglect at Kings County Psychiatric
- Rolando Bini - Parents in Action and Mental Hygiene Court Patrol
- Dorothy Dundas – National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)
- Seth Farber – Psychologist/Author/Human Rights Activist
- Frank Blankenship – MindFreedom Florida
- Harry Lichtenstein – MindFreedom New York
- Jim Gottstein – Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®)
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MindFreedom International and the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
MindFreedom International is a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots
groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with
· Win human rights campaigns in mental health.
· Challenge abuse by the psychiatric drug industry.
· Support the self-determination of psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers.
· Promote safe, humane and effective options in mental health.
MindFreedom Mission Statement
"In a spirit of mutual cooperation, MindFreedom leads a nonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights that unites people affected by the mental health system with movements for justice everywhere."
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®)is a public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights. The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs.
Currently, due to the massive growth in psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the current targeting of them for even more psychiatric drugging, PsychRights® has made attacking this problem a priority. Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision. This is an unfolding national tragedy of immense proportions. As part of its mission, PsychRights® is further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will.
Justina Pelletier is but one example of a young person who is currently knapped by psychiatry. Justina is imprisoned in a psychiatric institution and barred access to her family. Justina's family has broken legal gag orders preventing them from speaking about what is happening to Justina, to bring attention to the fact that Justina is being tortured while true medical treatment is being withheld from her.
#StopMurphyBill Stop the Murphy Bill HR3717
On a national level, the Murphy Bill, HR3717, if passed, will reverse thirty years of progress in public psychiatric service delivery systems, including wiping out Alternatives, PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness), and instituting a national involuntary outpatient commitment law, ordinarily carried out in racist and classist ways. HR3717 expands forced psychiatry and eliminates choice and informed consent.