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Read about the MindFreedom Hunger Strike and march on the APA.

Folder MindFreedom Hunger Strike
On 16 August 2003, MindFreedom launched an historic hunger strike that won international media publicity. The simple demand to the psychiatric system was this: Produce scientific evidence about why a single model -- the medical theory of 'chemical imbalances' and pills -- ought to so overwhelmingly dominate mental health care as it does today. This public fast won public attention, and led to a fascinating back-and-forth between representatives of the American Psychiatric Association and the MindFreedom International Scientific Panel.
Page APA Protest
When the American Psychiatric Association held their annual meeting in May, 2003 several hundred psychiatric survivors and activists gathered to protest.
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Tom Wittick

Thomas E. Wittick is an MFI member who named one of the first psychiatric rights movement activist groups in this era in the USA. Tom chose the name "Insane Liberation Front" for the influential group that began in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1970, and he organized along side the infamous Howie T. Harp. Tom is shown here at the MindFreedom Action Space inside the Alternatives 2006 Conference in Portland, Oregon.
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