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Martin Luther King, Jr. called for an "International Association for Advancement of Creative Maladjustment" more than 10 times in his speeches and writing. What Time Magazine dismissed as a "half joke," Mad Pride has made into a reality!

IAACM launched!

The IAACM was launched at a retreat at Wisdom House.

13 JULY 2007:

MindFreedom and Mad Pride Help Make This MLK Dream a Reality, Today!

Screen the World on 11 October 2007!

LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT: In his speeches and essays, Martin Luther King, Jr. would frequently say that psychologists had a favorite word, "maladjusted," but that we ought to be maladjusted to oppression. MLK said the world was in "dire need" of a new organization: The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment.

At the MindFreedom International conference/retreat held at Wisdom House in Connecticut, that dream became a reality.

At a Mad Pride event, the participants unanimously launched the IAACM.

This is not just another organization. YOU are a leader in the IAACM if you choose to be and if you follow MLK's nonviolent guideline.


1) Hold a creative, peaceful event that challenges what is called "normal." Show us your creative maladjustment!

2) If you video it, then upload it onto a free public video platform such as google. Tag it as IAACM.

3) If possible, e-mail us a brief report and digital photo to, with the code number for your google video if you did one.

4) We will do our best to get out the word!

That's it! Simple, sweet, and combining the latest in 21st century "viral Internet activism" with a dream from one of the leaders of the 20th century, Martin Luther, King, Jr.

This just in:

Save the date of 11 October 2007. This is considered "Mental Health Screening Day."

We will hold nonviolent IAACM events on that day, and that week.

Anchor events are already set for:

Washington, D.C. area, with MindFreedom board member Al Galves and MindFreedom director David Oaks helping to lead a nonviolent guerilla theater about 'screening for normality.

St. Louis outside of Alternatives 2007. This event is independent from, though supportive of, the Alternatives 2007 conference. For info on the Alternatives 2007 conference see:

Australia: Mad Pride Australia 2007 events were also held in October, click here.

Brussels, Belgium is also holding a Mad Pride event earlier that week.

For more information see the Mad Pride Campaign section of this web site.

And watch for more details from the MindFreedom Conference/Retreat! Participants from five nations united to promote and plan alternatives to the conventional mental health system!

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Peter Lehmann, editor, author, psychiatric survivor activist

Peter Lehmann of Berlin, Germany serves as one of the MindFreedom International representatives with the United Nations, and is a long-term supporter of MindFreedom campaigns and activities. Peter is a psychiatric survivor who has worked passionately for decades in Germany, Europe and internationally with a variety of groups for significant change in the mental health system. Peter is editor and publisher of a variety of books challenging human rights violations in the mental health system and promoting alternatives. His most recent book (co-edited with Peter Stastny, MD) is called "Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry." This book provides chapters from 61 leaders in changing the mental health system, and is available in the MindFreedom Mad Market.
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