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11 July 2009: Mad Pride Asheville

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A small but successful Mad Pride event in North Carolina.

11 July 2009: Mad Pride Asheville

Mad Pride Asheville 2009

WHAT: Mad Pride Asheville

WHEN: 11 July 2009

WHERE: Asheville, North Carolina


From the organizer, Moss Bliss:

"We had a 67% increase in attendance from last year (from 3 to 5), including a cameraman from Channel 13 News. We got rained on at 3:15 pm, which caused us to realize that there was no public toilet within 4 blocks in any direction -- those of us who were left hopped on a city bus and went to the nearest grocery store for that purpose, which ended the event.  But it was lots of fun!  We got a 2-minute spot (from the cameraman) on the 6 pm Channel 13 News -- but since I don't have cable, I couldn't tape it.  Some of my friends have seen it, and said it was pretty good.  Here's a picture from my cellphone, we got 2 or 3 others on my film camera.  (Channel 13 is WLOS... they have a website, and will even make DVDs of broadcasts, but it was a $20 charge last I checked.)"

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First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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