“Occupy the APA” Protest
Planned for San Francisco


Occupy Psychiatry is sponsoring a protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 annual conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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From Jim Gottstein:

On May 19th, MindFreedom International, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®), and the California Client Action Workgroup are sponsoring a protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 annual conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  This protest is being organized under the Occupy Psychiatry Banner.

“The American Psychiatric Association has perpetrated what is almost certainly the largest doctor-caused unnatural disaster in history through its fraudulent promotion of mental illnesses as brain defects and counterproductive, extremely harmful treatments,” says Jim Gottstein,  “Because it is so important to hold the American Psychiatric Association accountable for what are really crimes against humanity, I am coming all the way from Alaska to join the effort.”

Confirmed Speakers include:

There will also be an open mike.

The Open Paradigm Project, an initiative that fosters new outlets and to document  ways of valuing experiences of “madness”, invites participants to forward video taken on cell phones or videocameras, to be edited, together with audio taken from the event’s public address system, into a “crowdsourced” video of the event.

While there is some chance of David Oaks possibly being able to make it after his horrible accident on the first of December, we are facing the prospect of doing this protest without him.  David continues to be a great inspiration.  Even being almost totally paralyzed David continues to press this mission.

If David is not able to join us, in addition to telling the truth about the fraud of psychiatry and the harm it causes, I will also talk about David’s incredible activism and accomplishments.

Please join us.  More Information as it develops, including additional speakers as they are confirmed, will be posted on the Occupy Psychiatry Event Page, Occupy APA 2013.


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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Since you’re going to San Francisco to ostensibly be Heard:

    Ask the inflicters of the Billing Codes, Drugs, Disabilities et all, about This.

    It’s All documented on Official San Francisco City & County Government Paperwork.

    WHY, did SF’s ‘Mental Health’ Board at an Official Government meeting at SF City Hall, make 2 entire Psych Hospitals and their entire staffs, Not-Exist.

    What gave those people the idea that what they were doing was NOT a Raft of Federal Felonies?

    See if you can get an audience with the SF Department of Public Health, and ask Them, since it was Their responsibility.

    I Have dated screen captures of the original Board meetings, and dated originals of everything I’ve jpg-ed and posted.


    And here’s a Whole lot More for you on SF’s Psychiatric Tom-Foolery. 29 Posts I’ve written up on SF’s ‘Mental Health’ scam.


    Then, ask the C&C DPH about This.


    They can find Public Monies to buy Starbucks and Sex Toys for every gay man in town, After Losing 2 Brick and Mortar Buildings and Everyone gainfully employed in those Buildings.

    Are they going to be buying sex toys for every Heterosexual man in town next? What about the Lesbians and Straight women? Will They be getting tax payer funded sex toys too?

    And it’s said that Chicago owns the textbook of Political Corruption.

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  2. “When Hitler came for the Jews… I was not a Jew, therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then, Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church — and there was nobody left to be concerned.”

    Pastor Martin Niemoller, Congressional Record, October 14, 1968, vol. 114, p. 31636.

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

    Frederick Douglass 1857

    Point #1: the Homosexual Activists Succeeded in backing down the APA and having homosexuality stricken from the list of Mind Diseases.


    (the fact that this link/forum exhibits little sympathy and in some instances open hostility toward them, is irrelevant. They succeeded.)

    Psychiatry Can be backed down, but simply asking it to doesn’t work, because the “Cha-Ching” of the cash register drowns out the complaints of the wounded.

    When mindfreedom.org issues an alert, Psychiatry Backs Down rather than take the heat from local Press and Politicians. Psychiatry’s ‘Courage of its own Convictions’ is a a Fraud. If Psychiatry actually believed that its forced treatment were going to Benefit the victim, they’d refuse to Release the victim.

    Perhaps Signs at this protest citing Federal Criminal Laws, With the Code Numbers on them, might help:

    Psychiatry’s Junk Science
    Violates Civil Rights Laws
    US18C13 Sec 241 & 242

    Psychiatry Sells Homicide
    & FDA Knows It!
    US18C95 Sec 1958

    And to all of those going to this protest, Good Luck, and remember that you’re going to be in a City that is OWNED by Psychiatry, so don’t expect to be shown any favors by the local Press, or City Officials.


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  3. @dbunker

    (the fact that this link/forum exhibits little sympathy and in some instances open hostility toward them, is irrelevant. They succeeded.)

    I agree it’s a pretty foul and disgusting link.

    The “survivor movement” needs an equivalent of Stonewall imo.

    Stonewall is renowned for its campaigning and lobbying. Some major successes include helping achieve the equalisation of the age of consent, lifting the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the military, securing legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt and the repeal of Section 28. More recently Stonewall has helped secure civil partnerships and ensured the recent Equality Act protected lesbians and gay men in terms of goods and services.

    Stonewall has an almost unique framework for a campaigning organisation in that individual stakeholders and donors are not ‘members’. This was part of the organisation’s original vision, in order to protect our capacity to be nimble both politically and operationally. Our Chief Executive has said: “We are not a ‘democratic’ organisation, in that we would never be satisfied to think that a position we took was based on the views of 51% of gay people, while 49% did not agree. We seek to develop all our work, and policy positions where appropriate, by building as wide a consensus as possible among lesbian, gay and bisexual people.”

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  4. “I agree it’s a pretty foul and disgusting link.”

    I didn’t post it to either denigrate or support homosexuality.

    The 1st Amendment of MY Constitution States:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    It says nothing about Anyone owning any Right to be protected from being Offended, or protected from speech which is foul and disgusting because if it did we’d have to appoint Arbiters to decide Which speech was Verboten and which speech was Acceptable, and Therein lies the Psychiatric Problem: Psychiatry Violates miles of existing criminal law to decide Which Speech is Verboten as a Sickness.

    The homosexual activists succeeded, and DSM-V is coming.

    The Psychiatric establishment must be stopped from ILLEGALLY depriving Everyone, straight, gay, black, white, etc, etc, of their Unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property for their committing the oxymoronic impossibility of Violating the 1st Amendment.

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