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14 July 2009: Bastille Day Protest Against Use of ECT on Children

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A protest against the use of electroshock on children in Albany, New York.

14 July 2009: Bastille Day Protest Against Use of ECT on Children

Protesters in Albany, New York

WHAT: Protest against the use of ECT on children

WHEN: 14 July 2009

WHERE: Albany, New York, USA


On Bastille Day, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, protesters spoke out on the East Lawn of the Capitol Building (at State and Eagle Streets) for most of a 24-hour period, from 9 AM - 2 PM and 5 PM - 9 AM. (Bastille Day has been a traditional day of protest by psychiatric survivors for decades, at the suggestion of MindFreedom member Myra Kovary, thus leading to the designation of July as Mad Pride month!)
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Lynne Salvi, psychiatric survivor

Lynne M. Salvi [1963 - 2011] was an activist with MindFreedom Lane County. She experienced 24 years of human rights violations in the mental health system. Lynne said, "Since finding MindFreedom and becoming a member, my life changed dramatically. I found many people who understand through experience without words. MindFreedom feels like a reunion of family I never knew before. This connection and encouragement give me the courage to speak out. I am grateful to find myself using those painful experiences to help others. Today I am medication-free and psychiatrist-free for the first time." See "Related Content" below for writing by Lynne.
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