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Alternatives to Institutions: Creating A Safe Haven

I found this article about a psychiatric hospital that has a disco/club night once a month. While the article has many flaws, stereotypes, and stigmatizations of people with mental health concerns (trigger warning: the article talks of institutionalization, psychiatric medications, psychiatric diagnoses, abuse, seclusion, and stigma), I came away from reading it with another thought. … Continue reading

A Gathering of Wings and Stories in the Darkness: The Icarus Project Reaches a Decade

10th Anniversary Newsletter Out Now! Check it out! International Icarus Project turns 10 this September, and Mind(ful) Liberation Project, RVA’s Icarus Project group, turns 2 in October. Just in time for the Richmond Zine Fest! There’s also an update on the project one of us has been working on with folks all over the country in this … Continue reading

Henrico Police Shooting of Allen Skeens: Fundraising for FOIA Documents

Trigger warning: violence, police brutality against “mentally ill”, discussion of psychiatric diagnosis/”bipolar disorder”, guns and shooting Allen Skeens, a Henrico, VA resident, was shot in the torso on a destruction of property call to Henrico Police Department on April 26, 2012. Allen was unarmed. Mind(ful) Liberation Project believes that HPD did not follow their training … Continue reading

Need Feedback From ALL MLP Organizers

For those of you that were not at our meeting on Tuesday, please respond to this proposal and let us know your thoughts. If there are no blocking concerns expressed by Thursday, May 31st we will move forward with this proposed framework. (I just came up with an arbitrary, but seemingly fair date…the date was not … Continue reading

Three Fullerton Officers Involved In Kelly Thomas Beating Fired

Almost one year after the fatal beating of homeless man Kelly Thomas, three police officers involved in the assault are being terminated. Officers Manuel Anthony Ramos, Joe Wolfe and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli of the Fullerton Police Department have all received termination letters, reports CBS2/KCAL9. The officers have 10 days to respond or they’ll be automatically fired. Ramos … Continue reading

Kelly Thomas: Next Court Date for Officers Ramos and Cincinelli today, 5/22

Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney 401 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701 For Immediate Release Case # 11CF2575 May 9, 2012 Contacts: Susan Kang Schroeder Chief of Staff Office: 714-347-8408 Cell: 714-292-2718 Farrah Emami Spokesperson Office: 714-347-8405 Cell: 714-323-4486 MEDIA ADVISORY WHO: Manuel Anthony Ramos, 38, and Jay Patrick Cicinelli, 40 WHAT: The preliminary … Continue reading

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