[act-ma] Monday August 1st protest at the Boston Globe. Vigil for lives lost to the "mental health system" - 3pm-6pm

David Rolde davidrolde at comcast.net
Sat Jul 30 12:10:44 PDT 2016


Monday August 1st protest/vigil at the Boston Globe (because of recent series of editorials vilifying and falsely stereotyping people labelled with "mental illness" as being violent) & including vigil for lives lost to the "mental health system". 3pm-6pm 135 Morrissey Blvd, Boston 

Flyers attached. Email me for the flyers if they don't come through. 

Main website http://thepeoplesspotlight.com/ 

Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1027791570662037/ 

For those in Western Mass, there is a bus to the protest organized by Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) leaving Holyoke at 12:30pm 
Bus info at https://madmimi.com/p/c4bb68?fe=1&pact=48446-133131365-7449373657-e542ac192a5e215f7752deddb464a2447c3bbea6 or see below 

~ David Rolde davidrolde at comcast.net 

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From: "Ruthie Poole" < ruthiepoole44 at gmail.com > of M-POWER 

Subject: August 1st vigil/protest at the Boston Globe 

Dear Friends, 

I hope you will join us at a vigil/protest at the Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester next Monday August 1st at 3:00 PM This is just down from the JFK/UMASS T Station. 

We are protesting the sensationalized Spotlight series in the Boston Globe on mental health that portrays all of those of us with mental health conditions as killers who need to coercive oppressive treatment. We will have photo displays of hundreds of individuals labelled as "mentally ill" in recent years due to brutal mental health/criminal justice practices. We will read the names of each of the victims lost to this brutality. 

Please see the attached flyer for the vigil/protest and the hand out we will be giving out. Here is link to M-POWER's website: http://m-power.org/ 

Please call me at (781) 526-6381 if you need more information. 

Enjoy the summer and keep cool! 

Hope to see you Monday, 
Ruthie 




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Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1027791570662037/ 



"STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT: A Call for Real Change in the Mental Health System 




The Boston Globe's exploitation of fear and hysteria through their very narrow and largely inaccurate portrayal of people with psychiatric diagnoses as violent and out of control serves only to fan the flames of prejudice, discrimination, and stigma. 




The stories of people with the lived experience of being involved in the mental health system go largely unnoticed and unheard. And though we have a unique insight, we have been left out of the conversation of mental health reform on a national level. 




On Monday August 1st from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm we will hold: 




The People's Spotlight: A Vigil for Our Sisters and Brothers who Have Died due to Seclusion, Restraint, Neglect and Police Brutality. 




All are invited to join us at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Boston at 3:00 PM. We will have photo displays of individuals labelled as "mentally ill" who have died in recent years due to brutal mental health and criminal justice practices. We will read the names of each of the victims lost to this brutality. 




The event is intended to rebuke the photo display in the Globe Spotlight article that portrays us as murderers and offer an alternative perspective in which we are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. 




Please reach out to every one you know: people with lived experience, allies, family members of those we have lost, anyone with a conscience." 




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Protest info from Western Mass RLC 


http://www.westernmassrlc.org/ or http://www.westernmassrlc.org/hidden-community-happenings-fix/591-vigil-in-boston 



August 1st Vigil in Boston 


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Monday, August 1st, 3pm to 6pm 
@ 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston 
(Outside the Boston Globe building) 
The People's Spotlight : A Vigil for People who Have Died Due to Seclusion, Restraint, Neglect and Police Brutality 
This event is a response to the Boston Globe’s ongoing " Spotlight on Mental Health ". The Globe’s series is biased, dangerous and promotes force. It inaccurately portrays people with psychiatric diagnoses as dangerous and violen 


This vigil event will instead focus on the hundreds of individuals labeled as ‘mentally ill’ who have died in recent years due to brutal mental health/criminal justice practices. The names of each of the victims lost to this brutality will be read aloud. More details coming soon. 
PLEASE NOTE: The RLC will be cancelling all open hours and most regular groups 
( see calendars for specifics ) on this date so that all may attend. 
E-mail info at westernmassrlc.org if you’re 
interested in getting or giving a ride! 
TALK BACK TO THE BOSTON GLOBE 
In addition to attending the August 1 event, you can also talk back by joining the ‘Spotlight on Mental Health Care’ group on Facebook, or writing the Boston Globe’s editor at letter at globe.com or “Letters to the Editor, The Boston Globe, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA, 02205-5819”. 
In the meantime, check out these articles on "Mad in America" from the RLC’s 
own Sera Davidow in response to the Globe’s first two pieces: 


‘Dear Boston Globe: You are the Failure You Describe' 


'Dear Boston Globe, Part II: You Forgot the Facts' 





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Holyoke Bus Info at https://madmimi.com/p/c4bb68?fe=1&pact=48446-133131365-7449373657-e542ac192a5e215f7752deddb464a2447c3bbea6 





Email info at westernmassrlc.org to reserve a seat / confirm bus info 






Join Us in Boston on August 1st 


Let the Boston Globe Know We Will Not Be Ignored 

The People's Spotlight: A Vigil for People who Have Died Due to Seclusion, Restraint, Neglect and Police Brutality 

Monday, August 1st, 3pm to 6pm 
@ 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston 
(Outside the Boston Globe building) 

We have a bus chartered for this event, 
with 54 seats available! 

We need to fill this bus and represent Western Massachusetts! 

Will you ride with us? 

Meet at 187 High Street, Holyoke by 12:30pm. 

(Come earlier for pizza and sign making. See details below) 

We'll depart for the Boston Globe at 12:45pm, 
and leave Boston to return to Holyoke at 6pm. 

(We may be able to help people coming from Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield or Pittsfield to get to Holyoke, so let us know if you need a ride!) 

Email info at westernmassrlc.org to reserve a seat. 

For more information on the vigil itself, 
visit www.thepeoplesspotlight.com . 

This event is a response to the Boston Globe’s ongoing 'Spotlight on Mental Health' . The Globe’s series is biased, dangerous and promotes force. It inaccurately portrays people with psychiatric diagnoses as dangerous and violent. 

This vigil event will instead focus on the hundreds of individuals labeled as ‘mentally ill’ who have died in recent years due to brutal mental health/criminal justice practices. The names of each of the victims lost to this brutality will be read aloud. 

It's important to take action NOW - the Globe plans to 
keep publishing new articles in this series, further pushing a 
dangerous and misguided narrative. 

Take a look at exactly what that narrative is by visiting their website: 
Boston Globe Spotlight: The Desperate and the Dead . 

PLEASE HELP US FILL THIS BUS! 









Click the Flyer Above to Find Out More! 





Join Us Early on Monday Morning 




Want to help make signs or share some pizza before we leave? Join us any time from 9am to 1230pm on Monday, August 1st for sign making fun at the RLC's Holyoke Center, 187 High Street, Suite 303. Pizza served around 11:30. Sign making supplies will be available, but feel free to bring your own! 



Going to be making signs on your own? Here are some ideas: 

▪ The Boston Globe Promotes Fear and Force 
▪ Our Voice COUNTS! 
▪ Real Reporters Tell the Truth 
▪ Nothing About Us Without Us 
▪ No Forced 'Treatment' 
▪ Force Hurts 
▪ Stop the Lies 
▪ Forced 'Treatment' Kills 
▪ Stop Forced 'Treatment' 
▪ That Which Kills Us Is Not 'Treatment' 
▪ End Restraint & Seclusion 
▪ There's a Better Way to 'Help' 
▪ 'Help' Is Not 'Help' if it Doesn't Help! 
▪ It's Time to Tell the Truth! 
▪ We Die 25 Years Younger Because of the 'Treatment' 
▪ Dear Boston Globe, Have the Guts to Tell the Truth 
▪ Dear Boston Globe, You're Leaving Out Our Side of the Story 
▪ Dear Boston Globe, Stop Silencing Us 
▪ Dear Boston Globe, Citations Please? 
▪ Dear Boston Globe, You Forgot the Facts 
▪ Your Fear Mongering = Our Deaths 






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