New York Office of Mental Health insider BLOWS THE WHISTLE!!!

New York Office of Mental Health insider BLOWS THE WHISTLE!!!

www.MindFreedom.org DENDRITE — February 22, 2001 COPY and POST to appropriate places on and off Internet! NEWS ALERT: human rights and “mental health system.” A free project of Support Coalition International. http://www.MindFreedom.org email: office@mindfreedom.org

SURPRISE ATTACK BEFORE HE GETS HIS DAY IN COURT!

PAUL HENRI THOMAS IS SCHEDULED FOR ANOTHER FORCED ELECTROSHOCK Friday, February 23, 2001

GRASSROOTS HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PLEAD:

“PLEASE RE-DOUBLE YOUR OUTREACH TO NEW YORK STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS!”

WEST BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK: Paul Henri Thomas just phoned the Support Coalition International office a few minutes ago with surprise news that is now confirmed by grassroots advocates in NY State, and Paul’s attorneys.

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center plans to give Paul another involuntary forced electroshock, over his expressed wishes, tomorrow, in this state facility not far from New York City.

Paul is a 49-year-old black human rights activist, who has been active in the psychiatric survivors movement.

Paul has already had several dozen forced electroshocks, including earlier this month on February 9 and 12, 2001. Paul has been locked up for nearly two years!

Paul now has new attorneys fighting for him, and they did secure a court date for Friday, March 2, 2001, one week from tomorrow, to try to stop further forced electroshocks.

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center promised to suspend his forced electroshocks so he could prepare for his hearing a week from tomorrow. His lawyers accepted the verbal agreement in good faith.

But in a surprise move, Pilgrim Executive Director Alan Weinstock decided to cave in to his medical staff. Weinstock agreed to another forced electroshock *before* Paul has even had his day in court!

ZAP BACK NOW!!!!!

Paul’s attorneys are desperately trying to file a temporary restraining order, but court doesn’t open until 9 am tomorrow.

This kind of threat is emotionally harmful.

Paul told us just now, “This is extremely strange in the context of subtle psychological torture. Do whatever is possible to stop it.”

Paul has been told how hundreds of you are now championing his freedom, and contacting New York elected officials. The offices of several elected officials have said they will investigate.

Paul said, “Thank you, I appreciate it. It’s strange that some people [at Pilgrim and OMH] are not embarrassed at all.”

There is now a “PAUL CAMPAIGN SITE” on the Support Coalition International web site, where you can see the latest alerts, photos of Paul and Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, Paul’s poem, smuggled out notes, and the list of 13 drug Paul is prescribed — many of them powerful forced psychiatric drugs.

See: http://mindfreedom.org/

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW!

1. E-MAIL NEW YORK STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS NOW! (AGAIN! AND AGAIN!)

Please go to the original alert on Paul on Feb. 13, 2001, and e-mail elected officials there. If you’ve already e-mailed them, please E-MAIL THEM AGAIN. Here’s the link:

http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/news/010213_b.shtml

This is at the request of the grassroots group Paul belongs to, “Long Island Consumer/Survivors/Ex-Patients Coalition.”

(Please note a few of the e-mail addresses of NY elected officials inside that alert may bounce. We are editing that list, adding others, and the new list should be included as a link inside the above alert in just a few minutes.)

Also note at the bottom of that alert are other actions you can take, including “zapping back” by making civil calls to internal phone numbers of staff within the Office of Mental Health:

http://www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/aboutomh/central_office.html

An anonymous mental health professional inside the Office of Mental Health has called to say that electroshock is widespread within OMH, including coerced and forced electroshock. This professional has seen it himself.

Another OMH official anonymously contacted us to say that these alerts are *working* that hundreds are e-mailing, and elected officials are contacting them. DON’T QUIT! REDOUBLE YOUR EFFORTS! KEEP IT UP!

2. CONTACT THE MEDIA!

The author Thomas Szasz encourages you to break the mainstream media silence about forced shock in the USA!

For example, you can contact the _New York Times_ and their writers and editors by following instructions on this past alert:

http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/news/010218.shtml

Please also contact other media, and write letters to the editor.

Update:

Listen to the national radio show “Natural Living with Gary Null” on Monday, February 26, 2001. David Oaks, director of Support Coalition International, will be focusing on global forced psychiatry, especially Paul’s forced electroshock.

The Gary Null show is available as a “regular” radio show in selected radio stations in Calif, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maine, NY, ND, OK, VT, Virginia, State of Washington, and Wisc.

The show is broadcast at different times (such as at noon eastern time on WBAI in New York City). For more info:

http://www.garynull.com/Null_on_the_Air.htm

The show is also broadcast on the Internet:

http://www.garynull.com/webcast.htm

3. HELP MAKE MORE IN-DEPTH CONTACT WITH NEW YORK STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND STAFF!

In just one week after Support Coalition’s original alert, several offices for New York State elected officials say they will investigate forced electroshock. KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!

You will be joining with many others — together! Paul — and all of us — are counting on you!

Below is a link to an alert especially for NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS.

http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/reach_ny.shtml

Anyone can follow these directions from anywhere in the world. Following these easy steps, you can personally get civil messages to many New York State elected officials and their staff — by phone, fax, mail, etc. Keep it up. Every New York State resident has *five* elected state and federal officials.

*** IF YOU KNOW ANYONE IN NEW YORK STATE, PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO THEM AND ASK THAT THEY CONTACT ALL THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS NOW!!! ***

Use mutual support, the engine of social change in the psychiatric human rights movement! How? You can….

BUDDY UP WITH OUT OF STATE FOLKS! If you are out of state, ask people inside New York State if you can help them do their outreach — you can compose messages for them to e-mail and fax, etc. You can help phone for them. You can follow-up to ask if they received a response. Elected officials will often *only* answer inquiries from constituents in their district. Keep it up!

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