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Events in Support of May 2012 "Occupy APA"

Here are few events on the same weekend as the Philadelphia 5 May 2012 protest of the American Psychiatric Association, in support and solidarity with the Occupy APA protest. (Disclaimer: Each event is independent, and event organizers are responsible for content.)

 Banner Icon "excerpt" from Amy Smith OccupyAPA Art Work

  • Boston, Massachusetts, 5 May 2012: PROTEST - MPOWER in MA is planning a May 5th action in solidarity with you folks in Phildelphia! "Occupy the American Psychiatric Industry" will take place.
  • UK: Held a solidarity gathering and took this Facebook photo here
  • Anchorage, Alaska, 5 May 2012 events. 
  • Toronto, 6 May 2012: PROTEST - The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault with the official endorsement of Occupy Toronto is proud to announce: OCCUPY PSYCHIATRY: A nonviolent action during which survivors and activists will occupy the front grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  • Philadelphia, 6 May 2012: GATHERING The day after the Philadelphia protest, stay for an independent event featuring great speakers:  Imagining a Different Future In Mental Health!! with speakers Robert Whitaker, Jim Gottstein, Jacki McKinney.
  • State of Washington is holding a soldarity event. Washington State advocates are holding a companion protest May 5th, at the Washington State Psychiatric Association.  For more information contact Jan Smith at washingtonstateextendedfamilies@live.com
  • Denver, Colorado plans a solidarity event.
  • The group Stop Trans* Pathologization (STP) 2012 Statement in Solidarity of Occupy the American Psychiatric Association, can be found here
  • MindFreedom Ireland is holding a 'label rip" in Cork, Ireland on Friday, 3 May 2012 in solidarity with five-five. For more info contact MindFreedom Ireland.
  • Arizona: OCCUPY MAD PRIDE ~ MAD ITALIAN Public House , Flagstaff, AZ. Saturday, May 5th, 2012. Meet downtown on the Roof Top Patio for peaceful protest. Contact  Rhonda Thomas; A.k.a Maureen Hawthorneartist/ writer/ advocate; Flagstaff, AZ. email: sickofbeingmad@aol.com or go to:  http://calendar.azdailysun.com/eventview.cfm?ID=59486
  • Paula Caplan was unable to attend the event, but had this statement read out.
  • email your event, large or small, to boycott@mindfreedom.org
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Caitlin Belforti: Psychiatric survivor, young adult leader, student

Caitlin is a survivor of maltreatment of Adelphi University's student counseling center. A young adult new to the movement, Caitlin hopes to continue to her involvement in the psychiatric survivor movement and bring more attention to an issue that is all too prevalent and all too ignored. Also an actress and a poet, Caitlin hopes to use the medium of performing arts to spread awareness, and to reach fellow survivors. She says, “Many thanks to the support I have received so far from the cool crowd that is MindFreedom!" Caitlin is speaking at the MindFreedom International peaceful protest of the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia, OccupyAPA 2012.
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