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David Oaks on "Connecting Disability, March on Washington, and Climate Crisis"

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David W. Oaks, former MFI Director and longtime freedom fighter for psychiatric survivors, blogs on the top 5 ways that the disability movement intersects with the civil rights movement and the environmental movement, especially the climate crisis.

David Oaks on "Connecting Disability, March on Washington, and Climate Crisis"

David and Debra pose on our new deck from Habitat for Humanity in our backyard summer August 2013

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. In his new blog, David shares his reflections on connections between the movements for civil rights, mental health and disability rights, and the environment.

"All of humanity, 100%, confronts despair," writes David. "To find delight despite overwhelming odds is a human task."

"Disablism says we are either independent or dependent. As any environmental problem like a hurricane quickly shows, we are actually all interdependent."

Read his complete thought-provoking post by clicking here.

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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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