activism & advocacy
Submitted by admin on Sat, 10/09/2010 - 21:20
Recovery Learning Community is sponsoring a "Starting Hearing Voices Groups" training with Oryx Cohen, Gail Hornstein, Ron Coleman (UK Hearing Voices Network) and Paul Baker (UK Hearing Voices Network). This is a great opportunity to learn about how to create a hearing voices group in your area and become a hearing voices group facilitator.
Dates for the training are November 12th & 19th and December 3rd & 10th. Download the training application here. For more info, contact
Recovery Learning Community
187 High St., Suite 303
Holyoke, MA 01040
Fax: 413-536-5466 (attn: Oryx)
Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 01:16
The solicitation ordinance, which if passed would have de facto criminalized panhandling in most of downtown Northampton, has been withdrawn by the mayor's office & the police department from the Northampton city council'sconsideration and is "tabled indefinitely".
They cited "polarization around the issue" (that is, increased opposition to it!) making the discussion "no
Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 09:48
A major new study in latest Journal of Advanced Nursing says there is no clincal evidence in research that forced drugging helps people. Instead, the practice is "taken for granted." According to the BBC, "Very few rigorous investigations of the use of coerced medication have been done despite it being widespread, the Journal of Advanced Nursing reported.
The dearth of evidence is "unacceptable" and more should be done to find alternatives, the team said"
Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 13:30
The Hampshire Daily Gazette just did a 10-17-08 story on the proposed panhandling law in Northampton that Freedom Center opposes, and quotes Caty Simon from Freedom Center speaking at a recent protest and City Council meeting:
"It's clear that this legislation does, de facto, criminalize panhandling, if not in the letter of the law, then in the spirit," said Catherine Simon, reading from a prepared statement at a recent council meeting....
Simon, meanwhile, said the homeless and the poor are already the victims of economic violence.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 16:15
Caty Simon of Freedom Center is coordinating Freedom Center's involvement with the Poverty Is Not A Crime campaign, to stop the city from adopting anti-panhandling laws.
Submitted by lee on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 22:19
Submitted by lee on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 20:28
Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 17:13
I'm Leah Harris, co-coordinator of the U.S. Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (USNUSP), a newly-formed network seeking to use the language, framework, and principles of international human rights to end violations against users and survivors of psychiatry and to promote voluntary and compassionate alternatives to the traditional mental health system.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:34
Freedom Center organizer Caty Simon is attending the Community Activation Network's Community Power Kickoff to represent us and would like other Freedom Center members & people interested in the mad movement to join her. The event is on DATE CHANGE March 28th at Hampshire College. 12-6PM--you'll be
Submitted by caty on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:38
Freedom Center is organizing a spring Speak Out and we want your help! Join slam poet and mental health activist Leah Harris from DC, Caty Simon, Lee Hurter and others. We need speakers and volunteers for this upcoming event -- get in touch with caty(at)freedom-center(dot)org.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 16:56
by Marian B. Goldstein
Leonard Roy Frank is a survivor and activist. One of the most prominent personalities in the movement against ECT. He has been exposed to ECT-treatment himself, he has written a book on the history of electroshock and witnessed at hearings.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 14:01
Please come advocate for mental health personal care attendants:
Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 19:13
from Cathy Levin of MPOWER:
Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/20/2007 - 12:03
Freedom To Sit: Welcoming People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities at Buddhist Retreats
Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 07:11
Below is important info about HR 2387 - which would end federal funding for mental health screenings.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 17:35
Freedom Center is a member of SHaRC, the Statewide Harm Reduction
Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 06:51
Info on the Virgina Tech mass killing and implications for mental health policy can be found on the Mindfreedom website Info Center page.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 02/26/2007 - 22:17