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HUNGER STRIKE! Activists Demand An End To Psychiatric Repression

by Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 5:46 AM

Posted on behalf of Mind Freedom. Mental health reform activsits are trying to bring to light the quiet state of terror that exists in the so called field of psychiatry today. Educate yourselves about how psychiatrists are an alternative to the police and prisons as a form of repression and social control:


NEWS RELEASE - 16 August 2003

pre-fast David Oaks 541-345-9106 during fast Mickey Weinberg 626-795-5525

A Fast for Human Rights and Choice in Mental Health

PASADENA, CALIF: On Sat., 16 August 2003 five psychiatric survivors and a dissident social worker from throughout the United States will arrive in Pasadena, Calif. to begin a hunger strike to press for human rights and choice in psychiatry.

Their demand: That the mental health industry produce even one study proving the common industry claim that "mental illness is biologically-based." The hunger strikers charge that the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatry are medicalizing an ever-widening spectrum of human emotion and behavior for financial gain, and are willing to deceive the public while they too frequently humiliate and harm their clients.

"The government gives virtually total support to a quick-fix, pill-pushing model of mental health at the expense of alternative, less invasive ways of helping people in emotional distress," asserts David Oaks, hunger striker and Executive Director of MindFreedom Support Coalition International.

The hunger strikers will subsist on a liquid only diet until the American Psychiatric Association (APA), The Surgeon General, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) respond to seven challenges sent to them concurrent with this news release.

Fourteen mental health academics and practitioners stand ready to review and reply to responses to the strikers' challenge. One, Loren Mosher, MD, former head of schizophrenia studies at the National Institute of Mental Health said, "What we are dealing with here is fashion, politics, and money... I want no part of a psychiatry of oppression and social control."

"The targets of our fast have muddied the waters of mental health for too long," said Mickey Weinberg, hunger striker and MindFreedom board member. "It's time they come clean. They claim science is on their side. We're just saying, 'prove it.'"

MindFreedom Support Coalition International is a Non-Governmental Organization with Consultative Roster Status in the United Nations, and a non-profit that unites 100 sponsor groups to win human rights & alternatives in mental health. Pre-strike contact David Oaks (541) 345-9601 or During the hunger strike phone Mickey Weinberg (626) 795-5525. Web site:

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illustration charles amsellem Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 7:25 AM
DAY 3 UPDATE FOR SO. CALIFORNIA FOLKS David Oaks Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 2:41 AM
**more** Day 3 news.... David Oaks Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 3:39 AM
Day TWO update on Fast for Freedom in Mental Health David Oaks Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 3:42 AM
Sanitized for your Protection Sanitized for your Protection Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 3:53 PM
Where did the steak go? mystery of the missing steak. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 4:24 PM
Nope!!! Free Speech!!!! Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 3:18 AM
Day 4 update on Fast for Freedom David Oaks Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 4:36 AM
DAY 5 Fast for Freedom in mental Health David Oaks Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 4:38 AM
OK answer me ONE question Rational Normal Person Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 2:16 AM
Infformation on "Rational Normal Person" Monitor Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 12:35 PM
22 August -- scientists clash with American Psychiatric Association David Oaks Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 1:44 AM
Answer the ONE question... Rational Normal Person Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 2:02 AM
Fast Center Needs Volunteers MindFreedom Monday, Aug. 25, 2003 at 5:03 PM
CONTACT MEDIA - LA TIMES David oaks Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 5:34 AM
What is the "LIQUID" diet? Rational Normal Person Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 at 2:33 AM
Experimentation ken Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 4:56 AM
Unanswered questions.... Rational Normal Person Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2003 at 4:03 AM
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won't wash Hex anon w/ encryption Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2003 at 4:42 AM
No comment on the thread? Rational Normal Person Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2003 at 4:45 AM
And anti-psychiatry and the Myth of mental illness unbridled Saturday, Sep. 20, 2003 at 3:57 AM

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