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Utne names David Oaks one of 50 Visionaries for 2009

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Utne Reader magazine periodically names "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." A psychiatric survivor activist - David Oaks, director of MindFreedom International - is named as one of these visionaries in Utne's November/December 2009 issue, which hits the stands now.

Utne names David Oaks one of 50 Visionaries for 2009

Dalai Lama is one of 50 visionaries named by Utne Reader November/December 2009, along with David Oaks, director of MindFreedom International.


Utne's listing of David Oaks also zings ABC-TV's recent national news coverage of the "mad pride movement," which has been widely criticized by activists.


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For Utne's entire list of 2009 visionaries, starting with the Dalai Lama who is on the cover, click here:

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Said David Oaks, "Utne is one of the few media leaders to acknowledge the 'mad movement' to deeply change the mental health system. Utne is really recognizing our whole movement's vision. This shows we are still connected to all the other movements for social and environmental justice, just as when our movement first started. Can we have a nonviolent revolution now?"

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Amy Smith, psychiatric survivor, organizer and artist

From her home in Colorado, Amy Smith provides leadership for the movement to change the mental health system in a variety of ways, from events to art work for the Occupy American Psychiatric Association peaceful protests by MindFreedom International. Amy is a psychiatric survivor, who has been psych drug-free since 2008. She is the former director of Colorado’s statewide consumer organization, and the creator of RISE University, an education program designed to illuminate the experience of labeled individuals and their families.
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