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10 October 2009: Walk of Pride

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Mad Pride event in Brisbane, Australia.

WHAT: Walk of Pride

WHEN: 10 October 2009

WHERE: Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, Australia


From a participant:

"Brisbane Australia's first Walk of Pride, held annually in a few places in Australia and organised by the Association of Relatives and Friends of Mentally Ill and Queensland Alliance (a network body for Psychiatric disability groups). The point is to raise awareness, but all are welcome to join walk across Victoria Bridge from Southbank side at 3.30pm, Brisbane. I hope consumers will be in strong numbers, me amongst them helping support my large sheet banner with 'MAD PRIDE' on it in black and gold with smiley face!"

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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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