f yeah mad pride

I was a confined teenage girl, and I support ! ! Support! for teen girls navigating involuntary institutions! 

Rather than teaching adaptive functioning skills to change dangerous behaviors, aversive electric shock causes only great suffering, pain and trauma. At best, the shocks temporarily repress behaviors by using fear to control residents. That is not treatment. That is torture, as Disability Rights International argued in its damning investigative report on Rotenberg’s practices.

Lydia Brown, "It’s illegal to torture prisoners and animals, but not disabled people"

yes, electric shock “treatment” is used against autistic people. this article by the fantastic Lydia Brown is important but graphically describes torture and abuse by medical practitioners against autistic people. consider this a content warning.

(via disabilityhistory)

I tweeted this during the hearings but I will repeat that if you are a child or were a child who was committed to an abusive “treatment” program, you are not alone.  I was on lockdown for over 15 months as a teenager.  While I did not experience ECT, there are many psych survivors who have.  There is a diverse community of people who share these experiences of medical abuse and institutional torture.  In fact, I was just recently swapping stories with a fellow survivor about our respective former programs, and we ended up talking specifically about the JRC, though neither of us went there.  We know about the JRC, we hate the JRC!  The JRC is abusive!! We were confined kids, abused at other programs, and I want you to know that if you went to the JRC you are not alone <3  We know about you and we care about you and we are here for you. 

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Happy Mad Pride Day!

July 14th - 17th

Mad Pride Toronto’s Annual Bed Push Parade!
Bed Push Parade
Sunday July 13
PARC 1499 Queen West at noon
Start Parade 12:30
^tomorrow!

"BRICK IN THE WALL Prologue Mad Pride TORONTO"

A Celebration of Madness
Mad Pride Toronto 2014, July 7- 13
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"Berliner Disability & Mad Pride Parade am 13.7.2013: Die Parade Richtung Kottbusser Tor"

meeresbande:

Freaks und Krüppel, Verrückte und Lahme, Eigensinnige und Blinde, Kranke und Normalgestörte –
kommt mit uns raus auf die Straße und feiert die Disability & Mad Pride Parade 2014!

Tanzt Barrieren weg! Hüpft aus den Schubladen! Scheißt auf Diagnosen!

Wir wollen eine Gesellschaft, die bereit ist, Barrieren abzubauen, statt Menschen als “krank”, “gestört” und “nicht normal” auszusortieren! Wir verwahren uns dagegen, Experimentierfeld für problemorientierte Menschenverbesserungen zu sein. So, wie wir sind, sind wir richtig!

Also: Küsst den Wahnsinn wach, liebt Krummbeine und Spasmus, begehrt Krücken und Katheter! Malt Eurer Scham Pink und Glitzer auf die Wange und lasst sie laufen! Rollt, humpelt, tastet Euch vor – zum Hermannplatz, am 12. Juli, um 15 Uhr.
Wir sind viele. Wir verstören und verführen. Unser Leben gehört uns! Unsere Körper gehören uns! Und zur Parade gehört uns auch die Straße!

Wir wurden Randgruppen zugeteilt und sind trotzdem hier, mitten im Zentrum.
Wir zeigen uns – unsere Buckel und schiefen Hüften, unsere Neurosen und Verhaltensauffälligkeiten!
Wir studieren, oder wir studieren nicht. Wir arbeiten, oder sind ohne Lohnarbeit. Wir nutzen die U-Bahn mit dem Rollstuhl, beanspruchen Assistenz, um unseren Alltag zu bewältigen, und verreisen mit dem Pflegebett. Nächtens in den Clubs blinken die Lichter unserer E-Rollis im Takt. Wir räkeln uns am Strand, auch wenn ein Bein fehlt. Wir gehen ins Gourmetrestaurant, auch wenn es andere Gäste befremdet, dass wir in den Champagner prusten. Unsere Körper werden als unerotisch bewertet, unser Verhalten als abseitig. Wir erleben uns lustvoll und zugewandt, verlieben uns, haben Beziehungen und bekommen Kinder.
Wir sind hier, mitten im Zentrum. Niemand hat das für uns geschaffen und großzügig zugestanden. Wir haben es erkämpft und eingefordert. Seit Jahrzehnten verwirklichen wir Barrierefreiheit, Teilhabe, Assistenz, Inklusion und Respekt.

Verrücktheit und Behinderungen haben immer auch gesellschaftliche Ursachen. Wer sich darauf beschränkt, Leute mit Diagnosen zu etikettieren, übersieht das Wesentliche: Beeinträchtigt- oder Verrückt-Sein ist nicht schrecklich. Wir essen, schlafen, lernen, arbeiten, feiern, flanieren… und genießen unser Leben - meistens. Wir tun dieselben Dinge, die alle tun, nur dass wir manches anders machen und einige von uns Unterstützung brauchen. Also: Warum sollen wir bemitleidet, gar verändert werden? Warum sollen wir uns anpassen? Wir können stolz sein auf unser Leben und darauf, dass wir sind, wie wir sind!

Wenn wir Unterstützung brauchen, werden wir selektiert und als „krank“, „unfähig“, „nicht funktionstüchtig“ bewertet. Das geht bis zu den ständig sich weiter entwickelnden und von nahezu allen beanspruchten Möglichkeiten, in der Schwangerschaft festzustellen, ob das Kind behindert sein wird, um es dann abzutreiben. In nahezu allen Lebensbereichen entscheiden „Professionelle“: Ärzt_innen, Heimleiter_innen, Gutachter_innen, Kassen und Ämter – nicht wir.
Doch wir nehmen uns unsere Rechte. Wir hinterfragen den kapitalistischen Zwang, funktionieren zu müssen, um zu (über)leben, Leistungen zu bringen, um anerkannt zu sein. Wir verstecken uns nicht, wir zeigen uns. Auf Stigmatisierungen und Ausgrenzungen haben wir keine Lust.

Medizinische Diagnosen sind wirkmächtig. Doch es hilft uns nichts, wenn die Ursachen für körperliche Behinderung und Verrücktheit ausschließlich biologisch erklärt werden. Wir haben genug davon, wenn Psychopharmaka die Probleme zudecken sollen. Wir brauchen eine barrierefreie Umwelt. Superrollstühle, Exoskelette, Hightech-Orthesen und -Prothesen werden die nicht ausgleichen.

Und es ist uns extrem unbehaglich, wenn wir sehen, wie richtige Forderungen und Werte, die wir entwickelt und erkämpft haben, verdreht werden: Wenn sich in Sonntagsreden zur Inklusion bekannt wird, aber praktisch nichts passiert. Wenn sich selbst Werkstattträger für inklusiv halten und gleichzeitig das Geld für Unterstützung behinderter Schüler_innen gekürzt wird. Wenn mittlerweile auch Prominente offen von ihren „Depressionen“ sprechen und trotzdem immer mehr Leute mit psychiatrischen Diagnosen weggeschlossenen werden. Und wenn in Heimen von Selbstbestimmung und Assistenz gesprochen wird, die noch genauso entmündigend funktionieren wie immer und zugleich die Bewilligungen für Persönliche Assistenz für ein Leben in der eigenen Wohnung immer knapper bemessen werden.

Deshalb: Trau dich zu fordern, was du brauchst! Zeige deine Sehnsüchte, deine Ansprüche, dein Begehren! Zeig dich! Geh auf die Straße und feier mit uns auf der Mad & Disability Pride Parade, am 12. Juli in Berlin!!

morgen!

meeresbande:

English Version:

Cripples and freaks, lunatics and gimps, crazy, blind, sick or just ordinarily weird people - come out into the streets to celebrate Berlins first Disability & Mad Pride Parade with us.

Dance away barriers! Jump out of pigeonholes! Don’t give a fuck about diagnoses!

We want society to tear down barriers and stop labeling people as “sick”, “disordered” or “abnormal”. We don’t want to be treated like a human experiment for the “improvement” of mankind. We are excellent, just the way we are.

Kiss madness awake, love crooked legs and spasms, desire crutches and catheters. Dress up your shame with pink, glitter and let it go! Roll, hobble or feel your way to Hermannplatz on the 12th of July at 3 pm. There are a lot of us. We unsettle und seduce. Our life is ours! Our bodies are ours! By parading, we’re taking back the streets! Although assigned to minority groups, we’re still here, right in focus. Presenting ourselves – flaunting our hunchbacks, asymmetric hips, neuroses and our abnormal behaviour!

We go to school or we don’t. We work or we don’t have paid work. We enter the subway with our wheelchairs, we have assistants to support us in what we do, we go on vacation in our care beds. The lights of our electric wheelchairs flash to the rhythm when we’re out dancing. We lounge at the beach, regardless of our missing legs. We dine at gourmet restaurants, no care of alienating others by snorting into our champagne. People regard our bodies as far from erotic, our behaviour as strange. We are passionate and caring, we fall in love, we have relationships and we have kids. We are here, right in focus. It was us, who fought for that. It wasn’t done by anyone else, generously allowing us to be present. For decades now, we have been creating accessible spaces as well as possibilities for assistance and participation. We have been building up respect for who we are.

Society constructs disability and madness. Those who decide to label people miss what’s essential: Being disabled or mad is not terrible. We eat, sleep, learn, work, party, stroll .. and we enjoy our lives …most of the time. We do whatever everybody else does, it’s just, sometimes we’re doing it a little differently, and some of us need assistance. So why the fuck pity us or change us? Why should we change anything about ourselves, just to fit in. We are proud of our lives. We’re proud to be exactly the way we are!

Whenever we need support, we are labeled as “sick”, “incabable” or “broken”. In almost all areas of our lives it’s the professionals who get to decice, not us. It’s doctors, nursing home staff, consultants, health insurers and public authorities who get to call the shots.
But we are claiming our rights. We question the capitalistic pressure to function, live, survive, achieve and to be recognized. We’re not hiding we’re showing ourselves. We are tired of stigmatization and exclusion.

Medical diagnoses are influential. It’s of no help to us, if disability or madnes are understood as facts of nature, determined by biology. Psycho-pharmaceuticals are not the solution to the problems we face. We need accessible spaces. All the super-wheelchairs, exoskeletons and high-tech protheses of the world will not be enough to make inclusion a reality.

When values we developed and fought for become distorted it makes us feel queasy: Who needs sunday speeches about inclusion if nothing changes for real? We can live without factories who just employ disabled people, presenting themselves as examples of inclusive work-spaces whilst witnessing how money that supports disabled children at school is being cut. While celebrities talk more and more openly about their „depression“, simultanously more and more people with psychiatric diagnosis are getting locked away. This doesn’t make sense to us. People talk about autonomy and assistance in sheltered homes. However, little has changed and generally people are still deprived of the right to make decisions for themselves. Money continues to be cut for personal assistance which allows people to live in their own homes. This makes us angry as hell.

So trust yourself to claim what you need! Show your desires and your demands! Show yourself. Come into the streets and celebrate with us the mad & disability pride parade on 12th of July in Berlin!

Tomorrow!

fuckyeahmadpride:

I found this Mad Pride Toronto 2009 video in Saraƒin’s blog archives, and it’s awesome! She says that her hair is “one of the most ridiculous hairdos” she’s ever had, and i love ittttt. So great. I love this video. :D Here is a link to the Mad Pride Toronto website and Saraƒin’s Asylum Squad.

film: PROTEST PSYCHIATRY

by: Daniel Mackler

"May 7, 2014

I just made a new film, called PROTEST PSYCHIATRY, on the psychiatric survivor-lead protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York City.  And I’m thrilled by how it turned out.  For starters, I filmed it on no budget whatsoever, created the entire film in three days, and have uploaded it straight to Youtube, so it’s freeeeeee!

This film, for me, was an experiment.  I have been feeling lost as a filmmaker for the past year or more.  I think the big reason has been the process:  it’s huge and expensive and time-consuming.  Each film has absorbed months, literally months, of my life.  Well, all that changed five days ago.

Five days ago (May 2) I was hit with the inspiration bug:  to make a film a new way.

My goal:  to film the whole thing in a few hours (on May 4), to give myself a couple of days to edit it (on May 5 and 6), to make it short (it’s 13 minutes long), to do no post-production whatsoever (big relief), and then to share it with the world (on May 7).  And….it worked!!  So what excites me as much as having a new film (which I love!) is that I have a new template for filmmaking.  I am now confident that I can easily take my little film studio on the road, as everything I need fits within a little backpack — and make more films.  And I want to expand my subject matter…
And so, here’s the film — PROTEST PSYCHIATRY.  In it, please meet some of the most courageous and inspiring people I know.  They sure inspired me!”

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Creative Maladjustment Week video - 2014 

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www.CMWeek.org / Join us in celebrating the 2nd annual “Creative Maladjustment ” : July 7 through 14, 2014

"July 14th is not only Bastille Day, the French National holiday which commemorates citizenship rights, but is now the day marked for Mad Pride, a time to recognize the citizenship rights of psychiatric survivors, consumers and mad folks, a burgeoning counter culture group in urban centres around the world.

The success of the great civil rights movements of the 1950’s and 60’s empowered marginalized people everywhere to want to bring the same advance to their community. On a global scale since the 70’s marginalized psychiatric survivors, treatment consumers and all mad people have been organizing to gain respect. The current recovery and user-led philosophy which runs through modern community mental health services is a significant achievement of this movement. So are survivor/consumer run businesses and a considerable chunk of urban community arts. In the year 2000, a collection of these groups formed a support coalition and designated July 14th as Mad Pride Day. The City of Toronto has officially proclaimed Mad Pride Day since 2003.”

Source, 2009

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