Community Rights Movement: ending forced psychiatry from the ground up

Beginning in Pennsylvania, and now stretching across nine states from Maine to New Mexico, 160 communities have passed legally binding, locally enforceable Community Rights laws that for the first time in U.S. history enshrine the inherent right of a local majority of residents to protect the health and welfare of their local places. Each of these new-paradigm laws defines what the community wants, and reins in corporate so-called “rights”, stopping legal but harmful practices dead in their tracks. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

David Oaks says: SPEAK UP! FIGHT INJUSTICE!

Damn, I’m inspired.

David Oaks, co-founder and former executive director of MindFreedom International, is a leader and a visionary. After experiencing forced drugging and solitary confinement in the mental health system as a young man, he’s devoted his life to fighting against stigmatizing psychiatric labels, forced drugging, and human rights abuses. He led the 2003 MindFreedom Hunger Strike/Fast For Freedom where 6 psychiatric survivors fasted for weeks, challenging the American Psychiatric Association to provide solid evidence for the biological basis of mental/emotional distress. Despite an unbelievably COLD initial response from the APA, the strikers did not give up, and the APA was ultimately forced to admit that it had no scientific evidence that mental distress was a “neurobiological illness.”

UN report states that involuntary tx of those with psych labels is torture

It’s actually been said before. Maybe this time someone other than the victims will listen.

Human rights are being violated everyday in the USA and all over the world in the name of psychiatry yet hardly anyone cares or believes it’s happening at all.

The UN came out with a report that states that forced psychiatric care passes the threshold of maltreatment to TORTURE.

Yes. … [click on title to read the rest]

Some thoughts on forgiveness

By Rick Belden — Forgiveness requires an end to the cycle of wounding — Sometimes the only viable path to forgiveness is to remove ourselves from those who continue to cause us harm despite our best efforts to communicate our needs clearly and maintain healthy boundaries. By taking care of ourselves and ending the cycle of wounding, we can establish a safe distance from those who have injured us, allowing ourselves to move through the old hurts and toward greater understanding and forgiveness without constantly being re-injured by new hurts that feel just like the old ones. … [click title to read the whole article]

Will Hall Is Honored with 2012 Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Award

I’m very happy to share the news that Will has been honored for his fine work. Will Hall often contributes and edits Beyond Meds too. He is a close friend and I know very well just how much he deserves this award. These words written by his friend and fellow activist, Oryx Cohen, were read by the presenter when he was given the award:

Spirituality and Politics (activism)

In the tradition of Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr, truly spiritual people do not leave anyone behind. As long as we’re on the planet it’s our duty to care for it and everyone (of all species) on it.

from Women, Nonviolence & Birthing a New American Politics

It has begun: Humanity’s Immune Response

Woke up to this recently in the middle of the night. I went back to bed feeling uplifted. Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that […]