MindFreedom International News - 5 August 2008
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Remember David Romprey
MFI Wins Helios Matching Grant
Vigils for Esmin Green Held in Three Nations
David Oaks to Speak at World Psychiatric Conference
Oregon Consumer Survivor Coalition Meets with Oregon Governor
News Summary on the MindFreedom Website
REMEMBERING DAVID ROMPREY
Tragically, long time human rights activist David Romprey passed away
suddenly on July 30, 2008. David was a father, Oregonian, psychiatric
survivor, mental health consumer, advocate, community organizer,
friend and supporter of MindFreedom and our social change movement.
More information, including links to a virtual memorial site where
people can share their memories of David, is available here:
MFI WINS HELIOS MATCHING GRANT
Thanks to the generous donations from our new members, MindFreedom
reached its $500 fundraising goal to win the matching grant from the
Helios Resource Network. Thank you!
The $500 in matching funds will be used to support MindFreedom's
Youth Campaign, and will help fund a 'Green Your Mind Fair' in Lane
County. The fair will include skits, forums and videos.
We would like to thank the Helios Resource Network for providing
MindFreedom with this great opportunity. Thank you!
VIGILS FOR ESMIN ELIZABETH GREEN HELD IN THREE NATIONS
On July 25, 2008 MindFreedom co-sponsored vigils held to honor the
memory of Esmin Green and to condemn human rights violations.
Esmin Green died on June 19 while waiting for a bed to become
available in the King County Hospital Center's Psychiatric Emergency
Room. She had already been waiting for nearly 24 hours when she
collapsed, and surveillance footage shows that another hour had
nearly passed before she received medical attention.
Vigils were held outside King County Hospital in New York, USA, in
Eugene, Oregon, USA, in Toronto, Canada, and in Cork, Ireland.
More information, including links to photos, can be found here:
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DAVID OAKS TO SPEAK AT WORLD PSYCHIATRIC CONFERENCE
Every three years, the World Psychiatric Association holds a World
Congress. The WPA has invited MFI executive director David W. Oaks to
be a "special presenter" on human rights at the Congress on 22
September 2008 in Prague.
More information can be found here:
OREGON CONSUMER SURVIVOR COALITION MEETS WITH OREGON GOVERNOR
In June, a delegation from the Oregon Consumer Survivor Coalition,
which MindFreedom Oregon helped found, met with Governor Ted
Kulongoski to discuss mental health and consumer affairs in Oregon.
The full report by OCSC President Rebecca Eichhorn is available here:
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LATEST NEWS ON THE MINDFREEDOM WEBSITE
*** 12 July 2008 - "Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Industry Ties"
Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley is demanding that the
American Psychiatric Association open its books after numerous
financial conflicts of interest between drug manufacturers and
medical practitioners were exposed.
The New York Times
By Benedict Carey and Gardiner Harris
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*** 13 July 2008 - "Are Our Leading Pediatricians Drug Industry Shills?"
In this opinion piece, Dr. Lawrence Diller explores the corrupting
influence of drug company money on the practice of medicine, focusing
on Senator Grassley's recent investigation into the $1.6 million in
undeclared consulting fees accepted by Joseph Biederman of Harvard
San Francisco Chronicle
By Lawrence Diller, M.D.
*** 23 July 2008 - "Has Big Pharma Corruption Suppressed Effective
Psychologist/author/MindFreedom member Bruce Levine looks at the
Congressional investigation of psychiatric drug money, and asks how
this undue influence limits non-drug alternatives.
By Bruce Levine, PhD
ACTION: Please forward these news alerts to all appropriate places on
and off Internet.
EXCLUSIVELY ON THE MAD MARKET
The DVD "Little Brother BIG PHARMA" is now available on the Mad
Market. This film, by director David Heine, follows the story of
Danny, a man who was first put on Thorazine in 1951 when he was only
twelve years old and who has only recently envisioned a life without
drugs. Along the way we hear from other survivors, psychiatrists,
authors and mental health workers.
For other hard-to-find books and gear go to MFI's ALL NEW Mad Market
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