Good article Darby. It is important to distinguish between paid peer staff and mutual support peers. The basic function of the mental health system is of controlling the behavior of people not conforming to social norms. Cooptation is real because hiring peers to work in an untransformed system will inevitably lead to the peers carrying out that basic function of enforcing compliance. I have long struggled with how to change the basic culture of the mental health. I have carried out many fights from within, drawing on allies from outside. Our struggle to block the Murphy Bill was exhausting and frustrating. I still feel there is a role for organizing people with lived experience and hope that the new, non federally-funded Alternatives 2018 (July 29-Aug 3rd, in DC) can renew our efforts. We will have a preconference to discuss advocacy, our own day on the hill and then the conference to learn from each other. This certainly would be a great workshop topic. But ultimately we need allies from outside our field such as the disability, civil rights, and LGBTQ movements. I think our organizing is even more challenging than these others because we are the most dispised, most discriminated against group.