This era of
Mad Movement organizing is deeply rooted in many 20th century social
change movements, including -- but not limited to -- civil rights,
poor people, women, disability, criminal justice and even environmental.
What lessons can we apply from these decades of cross-oppression
organizing to our efforts to end sanism? How can a vision of global
nonviolent revolution unite us in a spirit of mutual cooperation
with other movements in the 21st century? What role does the Mad
Movement play in meshing the gears of mutual support with Martin
Luther King's call for "creative maladjustment"? How do
we find the elusive edge between individual empowerment and organizational
unity? Is Mad Pride just about those of us with psychiatric labels,
or about healing the spirit of all of humanity?
The speaker, David W.
Oaks, is a psychiatric survivor who brings stories and ex-perience
from his 34 years of community organizing for human rights and altern-atives
in mental health. Since 1986, he has directed MindFreedom International,
one of the main independent activist coalitions in the mad movement.