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Advocacy 

Consumer/Survivor Run Advocacy Organizations

Bay Area 

Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients  Links to pages with info about the AC Network's two advocacy programs, Reach Out of Alameda County and Reaching Across, is listed at the top of this Bay Area self-help directory.  Other organizations in the directory may also provide advocacy; look up the one in your area and ask.

Bay Area Radical Mental Health Collective  Click on their link on the Icarus Project homepage.

Mental Health Client Action Network  More soon!

Mental Health Consumer Concerns

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California

California Network of Mental Health Clients  More

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. Peer/Self-Advocacy Unit  More

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Other Areas

The Freedom Center More

National/International

Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC)

The Icarus Project

MindFreedom International More

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy More

National Empowerment Center More

National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse

People Who  More soon!

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Cross-Disability Advocacy Organizations 

Bay Area 

Center for Independent Living  More 

Independent Living Resource Center - San Francisco  More soon!  

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California

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers  More soon!  

Californians for Disability Rights

Coalition of Californians for Olmstead (COCO)  More soon!

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. More

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National/International

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)   

Health Privacy Project

National Council on Disability 

National Disability Rights Network

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Harm Reduction

Bay Area/National

Harm Reduction Coalition  More soon! 

The Icarus Project

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Homeless Advocacy Groups

Bay Area

Alameda County Homeless Action Center  More soon!

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) Community Organizing Team

Coalition on Homelessness – San Francisco  More soon! 

Homeless Advocacy Project  More soon!  

People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)

National/International

National Coalition for the Homeless

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Immigrants' Issues

Bay Area

San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness Families and Immigrants Work Group (FAIM) 

La Raza Centro Legal – San Francisco  More soon!

National/International

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission More soon! 

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

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Intersex

International

Intersex Initiative  More

Intersex Society of North America

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Juvenile and Criminal Justice/Prison Issues

Bay Area

Books Not Bars

Center for Young Women's Development

California

California Prison Focus  More soon! 

Justice Now

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project

National

All of Us or None 

Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice  

Prison Activist Resource Center  More soon!

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Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer

California

California Prison Focus HIV In Prison (HIP) Committee

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project

National/International

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission More soon!  

National Center for Transgender Equality

Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

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Police Accountability

Bay Area

Bay Area PoliceWatch  More soon!

Berkeley CopWatch  More soon!

Idriss Stelley Foundation  More

National

October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation

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Survivors of Abuse

Bay Area

Bay Area Women Against Rape  More soon!

San Francisco Women Against Rape  More soon!

Other Areas

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse  More soon!

National/International

Generation Five  More soon!

Survivor Project  More

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Tenants

Bay Area 

East Bay Community Law Center

Housing Rights, Inc. 

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

San Francisco Tenants Union

Sentinel Fair Housing

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Veterans

Bay Area

Swords to Plowshares

National

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans 

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Youth

Bay Area

Let's Get Free – Oakland  More soon!

San Francisco CSOC Youth Task Force  More soon!

California

California Youth Connection  More soon!

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Art

Adbusters  More

Arlene Ripley  More

Bonfire Madigan  More

Dylan Scholinski  More 

The Icarus Project

RoadDawgz  More

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Education and Training

Consumer/Survivor Run Projects

Bay Area

Mental Health 101 Project  More soon!

Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training (SPIRIT)  More soon!

California/Pacific Region 

California Network of Mental Health Clients  More

NEC-West Archives  Although NEC-West lost its CMHS funding, Director Carol Patterson has maintained the website, which features educational newsletter archives and articles from 1997-2003 and teleconference notes from 2000-2002 that are still very relevant today.

National/International 

Kathi Stringer: Kathi's Mental Health Review  More soon!

National Empowerment Center More

Pat Risser: Mental Health Consultant  More soon!

People Who  More soon!

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Criminal Justice System

California

California Prison Focus  More soon!

Justice Now 

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children 

National

Prison Activist Resource Center  More soon!

360 Degrees  More soon!

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Disability Rights

Bay Area

Center for Independent Living - Youth Services  Scroll down for a description of the various youth services and contact information.  More

 California/Regional

Pacific ADA & IT Technical Assistance Center (Pacific DBTAC)  More soon!

National/International

ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers

Confluere  More

Health Privacy Project – Health Privacy 101

Leroy Moore

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Harm Reduction

Bay Area

Harm Reduction Training Institute  More soon!

St. James Infirmary 

Survivor Project  More

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LGBT and Intersex Issues

Outside the Bay Area

Hearts and Ears

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse  More soon!

National/International

Confluere  More

Intersex Initiative  More

Intersex Society of North America

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission More soon! 

Survivor Project  More

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Survivors of Abuse 

Bay Area

Bay Area Women Against Rape

Mental Health 101 Project

San Francisco Women Against Rape 

Other Areas

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse  More soon!

National/International 

Angela Shelton's Survivor Manual  More soon!

Confluere  More

Generation Five  More soon!

Survivor Project  More

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Youth

Bay Area

Center for Independent Living - Youth Services  Scroll down for a description of the various youth services and contact information.  More

Center for Young Women's Development

Destiny Arts Center

Youth Uprising 

National

Youth Speaks

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Film and Video

Feature Films

Hurry Tomorrow USA 1975, Dir. Richard Cohen  

Tarnation  USA 2004, Dir. Jonathan Caouette  More soon!

Searching for Angela Shelton USA 2003, Dir. Angela Shelton  More soon!

Video Shorts

"The Hippocratic Oath"  USA 2006, Dir. Aubrey Ellen Shomo  More soon!

"Worth Saving"  USA 2004, Dir. Gretchen Hildebran & Leah Wolchok  More soon! 

Web Video Series

Angela Shelton's Survivor Manual  More soon!

Richard Cohen's Newsreel Cinema Online featuring excerpts from the unfinished documentary "41 Days"

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Legal

Psychiatric Rights

Bay Area

San Francisco Mental Health Clients Rights Advocates  More soon!

California

California Association of Mental Health Patients Rights Advocates (CAMHPRA)

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. More

National/International

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law  More soon! 

Law Project for Psychiatric Rights  More soon!

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy  More

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Disability Rights

Bay Area

Homeless Advocacy Project  More soon! 

California

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. More

National

National Disability Rights Network

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Homelessness

Bay Area

Bay Area Legal Aid

East Bay Community Law Center

Homeless Advocacy Project  More soon!

Just Cause Law Collective

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Immigration

Bay Area

La Raza Centro Legal

International

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission More soon!

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LGBT Rights

National/International

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission More soon! 

National Center for Lesbian Rights  More soon! 

Transgender Law Center  More soon! 

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project

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Police Misconduct

Bay Area

Just Cause Law Collective 

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Prisoners Rights

California

Justice Now

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children  

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project

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Sex Workers

Bay Area

Just Cause Law Collective

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Tenants Rights

Bay Area

Bay Area Legal Aid

East Bay Community Law Center

Eviction Defense Center - Oakland

Eviction Defense Collaborative - San Francisco

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Media

Bay Area Community Media Projects

KPFA First Voice Apprenticeship Program 

KPFA's Pushing Limits  More soon!

Media Alliance  More soon!

Poor Magazine/PNN  More soon! 

RoadDawgz  More  

San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center  More soon!

Silicon Valley De-Bug   

Street Sheet  More soon!

Street Spirit

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National/International

Adbusters  More

Confluere  More

Eminism  More

Independent Media Center  

SPIN Project

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Music, Spoken Word and Performance

Bonfire Madigan  More

Confluere  More

Emi Koyama  More

Freedom Fighter Music 

Leroy Moore

Molotov Mouths  More soon!  

Nomy Lamm

Raw Knowledge 

Youth Speaks

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Research

Disability  Rights

Health Privacy Project

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Discrimination and Stigma

California Network of Mental Health Clients  More 

MindFreedom Oral History Project  More

"Stigma Is Social Death" Deborah Reidy, Education for Community Initiatives, 1993 

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Food and Nutrition

Alameda County Community Food Bank

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Homelessness

Coalition on Homelessness – San Francisco  More soon!

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LGBTQ Issues 

GLBT Historical Society

San Francisco LGBT Community Center Youth Empowerment Team (YET) Findings and recommendations from YET's youth-led research project in PDF format.

Transgender Law Center  Go to the middle column on the bottom of the homepage, and under the heading "What We Do", click on "Publications".

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Resources

Consumer/Survivor Run

Bay Area 

Bay Area Networks of Mental Health Clients  A directory of client/survivor-run networks, organizations and self-help centers in eight Bay Area counties.   More soon!  

Berkeley Free Clinic Peer Counseling

Mental Health Client Action Network

Mental Health Consumer Concerns 

Other Areas

Freedom Center  More

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California

California Network of Mental Health Clients  A listing of consumer/survivor-run self-help centers in California.  From the homepage, go to the left sidebar, click on the Resources button, and click on Client-Run Groups.

Other States 

National Empowerment Center  Directory of consumer/survivor run statewide organizations throughout the USA.

National/International 

The Icarus Project

National Empowerment Center More

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Cross-Disability 

Bay Area 

Center for Independent Living  More 

Independent Living Resource Center - San Francisco  More soon! 

National

Health Privacy Project – Resources

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Food

Bay Area

Alameda County Community Food Bank  More soon!

East Bay Food Not Bombs 

People's Grocery 

Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs

Sonoma County Food Not Bombs 

National/International 

Food Not Bombs Groups  Contact info for local FNB groups around the world!

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Harm Reduction

Bay Area

Central City Hospitality House

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center

St. James Infirmary  More soon!

Women's Community Clinic 

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Holistic Health

Bay Area

American College of Chinese Medicine Community Acupuncture Program

Quan Yin Healing Arts Center  More soon!

St. James Infirmary  More soon!

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Homelessness/Housing

Bay Area

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) Community Organizing Team

Coalition on Homelessness Right to a Roof Work Group  – San Francisco

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Immigrants

Bay Area

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center

San Francisco Day Labor Program  More soon!

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Intersex

International

Bodies Like Ours

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LGBTQ Youth

Bay Area

Center for Young Women's Development Nelly Velasco Project

Eureka Valley Recreation Center LGBTHIQQ Youth Program – San Francisco 

SMAAC Youth Center

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Prisoners

California

Justice Now

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children  

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project

National

Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC)

PARC Prisoner Support Directory

Prisoners' Literature Project

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Survivors of Police Brutality

Bay Area

Bay Area PoliceWatch  More soon!

Idriss Stelley Foundation  More

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Survivors of Abuse

Bay Area

Bay Area Women Against Rape

San Francisco Women Against Rape

Other Areas 

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse 

Survivor Project  More

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Tenants

Bay Area

East Bay Community Law Center

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

Housing Rights, Inc. 

Mission Agenda  Scroll half-way down the page for contact info.

San Francisco Tenants Union

Sentinel Fair Housing

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Youth

Bay Area

Center for Independent Living - Youth Services  Scroll down for a description of the various youth services and contact information.  More

Center for Young Women's Development

Destiny Arts Center

Mission Dignity More soon! 

RoadDawgz  More

SMAAC Youth Center  More soon!

Youth Uprising

Youth Speaks

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Support

Peer Counseling and Peer Run Support Groups

Bay Area 

Bay Area Networks of Mental Health Clients  A directory of client/survivor-run networks, organizations and self-help centers in eight Bay Area counties.   More soon!  

Berkeley Free Clinic Peer Counseling

Mental Health Client Action Network

Other Areas

Freedom Center  More

National/International

The Icarus Project

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Cross-Disability

Bay Area 

Center for Independent Living  More 

Independent Living Resource Center - San Francisco

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Harm Reduction

Bay Area

Bay Area Networks of Mental Health Clients  Many of the client/survivor run self-help centers listed here offer harm reduction-based peer counseling; if you're not sure whether peer counselors at your local center are trained in harm reduction, just call and ask.

Central City Hospitality House

St. James Infirmary

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Intersex

International

Bodies Like Ours Intersex Peer Support

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LGBTQ

Bay Area

Center for Young Women's Development Nelly Velasco Project

Eureka Valley Recreation Center LGBTHIQQ Youth Program – San Francisco 

SMAAC Youth Center

Other Areas 

Hearts and Ears

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse

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Survivors of Police Brutality

Bay Area

Idriss Stelley Foundation  More

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Survivors of Abuse

Bay Area 

Bay Area Women Against Rape

San Francisco Women Against Rape

Other Areas 

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse

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Youth

Bay Area

Center for Independent Living - Youth Services  Scroll down for a description of the various youth services and contact information.  More

Center for Young Women's Development

Eureka Valley Recreation Center LGBTHIQQ Youth Program – San Francisco 

SMAAC Youth Center

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Technical Assistance

Consumer/Survivor Run Self-Help Projects

California

California Network of Mental Health Clients Self-Help Technical Assistance and Support Center

National

Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC)

National Empowerment Center More

National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse

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Peer Run Disability Projects

Bay Area

Center for Independent Living  More

California

Pacific ADA & IT Technical Assistance Center (Pacific DBTAC)  More soon!

National

ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers

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Writing 

Adbusters  More

Confluere  More

Eminism  More 

The Icarus Project

Leroy Moore 

Mad in America, Robert Whitaker, Perseus, 2003

National Empowerment Center More

Poor Magazine/Poor News Network

Qwo-Li Driskill 

RoadDawgz  More 

Street Sheet

Street Spirit  

Writhe Safely

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Adbusters

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based Adbusters Media Foundation describe themselves as "a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.  Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century."  The Foundation hosts a website offering an ongoing, irreverant cultural critique of the ever-so-critiqueable world of advertising, and publishes Adbusters magazine, a bi-monthly glossy magazine investigating, exposing and spoofing the ad industry.  In May 2002, Adbusters published a "Mad World/Mad Pride" issue (currently out of print) which featured scathing critiques of the pharmaceutical industry.  They have since added a "Mad Pride Tour" to their website, featuring original art, news articles, links, and an open, on-going "Drug Takers Forum" where people swap stories about their experiences with psychiatric medications and the mental health system.  http://www.adbusters.org/home/   [Top

Arlene Ripley

This prolific and adept nature photographer kindly granted permission to use her pollination photos (including the one on the right) to illustrate the report on stigma and discrimination, so that we may all collectively rethink "stigma". http://www.nestbox.com/   [Top]

Bonfire Madigan 

Led by San Francisco ex-pat firebrand cello player, vocalist and songstress Madigan Shive, this critically acclaimed chamber-punk outfit  has recently regrouped and evolved in New York City.  Originally from Seattle and for years the Bay Area's best-kept musical secret, BMad has torched the hearts of audiences around the world with a captivatingly soulful yet spine-tinglingly edgy array of unforgettable tunes including "Smoke Signals from the Burnpile" (currently available on the 2004 anthology i bleed: a decade of song on Madigan's homegrown Moonpuss label) – played (with permission) as a theme song during workshop presentations of the CNMHC report-in-progress on discrimination and stigma.   

The multi-talented Madigan also drew the iconic straitjacket image (right), which appears on the cover of her 2003 EP release 88 (featuring a stellar rendition of Yoko Ono's "O' Sanity").  Accompanied on the back cover of the EP by a very large pair of scissors, the image has (with permission from the artist) adorned numerous flyers warning of local efforts to implement forced treatment and (circled and slashed) appeared on flyers for my consumer/survivor-led anti-oppression training, Mental Health 101http://www.bonfiremadigan.com/  [Top]

The Center for Independent Living

The world’s first organization run by and for people with disabilities, CIL, founded in 1972, supports disabled people in their efforts toward independence.  Based in Berkeley with three satellite offices in Oakland, CIL encourages people with disabilities to make their own choices and works to open doors in the community to full participation and access for all.  Services include peer counseling, workshops and support groups for  youth and adults, disability benefits counseling, housing and employment services, deaf and deaf/blind services such as ASL interpreters and translation of written materials, independent living skills training, individual and systems change advocacy, assistive technology services to help consumers obtain, repair and understand how to use assistive devices such as ramps, wheelchairs, TTY's and computers, blind services such as reader referrals and the rental and sale of canes, Braille paper and Books On Tape®, educating consumers on the rights and benefits available through the Department of Rehabilitation, disability sensitivity training in schools, and technical assistance to teachers in accommodating youth with disabilities.  CIL staff work hard to make CIL a friendly, useful resource and a fully accessible space for all people with disabilities, including people labeled with mental health disabilities.  CNMHC Bay Area Regional Coordinator Delphine Brody serves on CIL's Board of Directors, where she chairs the newly created Legislation and Advocacy Committee and also serves on the Board's Program Committee.  http://www.cilberkeley.org/index.htm  [Top


Confluere

Confluere is a publicity alliance of activists and artists committed to progressive social change through public education, mobilization, and artistic expression. Basically, they are a "speaker's bureau" without the centralized bureau, meaning that each speaker/performer books her or his own gigs, but they share resources and contacts in order to reach a broader audience.  Featured speakers and performers include local luminaries such as activist, writer and performance poet Thea Hillman and activist, writer and speaker Kim So Yung, along with incredibly talented multi-issue social justice advocates and artists from around the country, such as Portland-based activist, writer and speaker Emi Koyama and Chicago-based musician, writer and performer Nomy Lamm.   

You can also read columns by Confluere speakers and friends and order zines and chapbooks by Confluere writers such as Emi Koyama's paper about transforming the movement against domestic violence, Disloyal to Feminism (pictured above) and a wide selection of clever, sharp and irreverant buttons (such as the one at the left).  http://www.confluere.com/index.html  [Top

Dylan Scholinski

Born Daphne, Scholinski was locked up as a teen for three years in a mental hospital, where she was diagnosed as an "inappropriate female" and spent the rest of her high school years undergoing extreme femininity training.  At 18, her insurance ran out and she was discharged.

Now 39, Dylan Scholinski resides in Washington DC and is a distinguished artist, author, and public speaker.  His book, The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir (with Jane Meredith Adams, 1997, Penguin Putnam), which received national attention, has raised public awareness about psychiatric abuse of trans and gender-variant youth who are labeled with gender identity disorder (GID).  Dylan has appeared on 20/20, Dateline and Today to discuss his experiences and has been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines.  His work not only portrays the anguish of his hospital years but also his ultimate triumph.  http://www.dylanscholinski.com/  [Top]

Eminism

Multi-issue activist, scholar and internationally known speaker Emi Koyama's personal website offers a dizzying array of brilliant and insightful writing on important and all-too-often misunderstood topics ranging from intersex to the domestic violence industry and from third-wave feminism to racism and classism -- a must-see for survivors, cross-disability activists, social justice advocates, academics and skeptics alike.  A prolific, persuasive writer, Emi maintains an archive of online commentaries she posts to various message boards and mailing lists, driving home key points on a wide range of issues.  Emi's amazing assortment of zines and buttons can be purchased through this site as well.  http://eminism.org/index.html  [Top]

The Freedom Center

Northampton, Massachusetts is home to this peer advocacy and support center, the area's only group run by and for people labeled with "severe mental illnesses".  They call for compassion, human rights, self-determination, and holistic alternatives to what they see as "the mental health system's widespread despair, abuse, fraudulent science and dangerous treatments".  The Center offers regular free acupuncture clinics, yoga classes, writing and peer suppport groups.  Recently, the center initiated a campaign to end mental health screenings in their state and to contribute to the nation-wide movement of opposition to screening programs, such as those now being proposed by some California psychiatrists for funding under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention component.  http://www.freedom-center.org/   [Top

Google Page Creator Guide

This site by soon-to-be UC Berkeley grad student Rami El Mawas provides links to some of the many new websites that are being built with Google Page Creator (including this one).  Page Creator's simple, user-friendly format, along with a few tech tips from other users (such as these by Mawas, who is currently working towards a Bachelors of Engineering in Computers and Communications at American University of Beirut, Lebanon) allowed me to put this site up very quickly over the last few months, despite being completely HTML-illiterate.  If you're looking for free, easy-to-use web-design software and free hosting (with up to 100 MB storage), I recommend asking a friend to invite you to open a Gmail (Google e-mail) account and then getting on the waiting list for Page Creator.   http://rami.mawas.googlepages.com/gpcguide   [Top

Idriss Stelley Foundation

In June 2001, Idriss Stelley, a 23-year-old African American college student and mental health client, was shot over 20 times and killed by nine San Francisco police officers as he stood alone in an empty theater at the Sony Metreon.  The fatal shooting, in response to a 5150 call, and the ensuing wrongful death lawsuit by Idriss Stelley's family against the City & County of San Francisco and the SF Police Department (SFPD), resulted in an out-of-court settlement, and Idriss' mother,  Mesha Monge-Irizarry (pictured at right with a photo of her son) and partner and co-mother Sandra-Juanita Cooper, used the allocation money to co-found ISF.  Public outcry over this tragic and preventable loss led to a 2002 Board of Supervisors resolution mandating the implementation of a 40-hour SFPD crisis intervention training and the passage of SF police reform measure Proposition H in 2003.  ISF is a nonprofit organization providing free, confidential services to biological and extended families whose loved ones have been disabled or killed by law enforcement.  Services include know-your-rights workshops, the Victory oVer Violence support group, one-on-one support counseling, community altars, a 24-hour trilingual Spanish/French/English crisis line, family outreach training program, monitoring of SFPD, input into SFPD trainings and Prop H implementation, attending Police Commission hearings, participation in Citizens' Police Academy trainings, a volunteer and undergraduate program, and free e-mail and Internet access to families and youth affected by law enforcement misconduct. http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation/   [Top]

 



Intersex Initiative

Intersex Initiative (IPDX) is a Portland, Oregon based international activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions. Director Emi Koyama was previously a staffer at Intersex Society of North America before founding Intersex Initiative in January 2003.  Intersex (also known as DSD, or disorder of sex differentiation) refers to a series of medical conditions in which a child's genetic sex (chromosomes) and phenotypic sex (genital appearance) do not match, or are somehow different from the "standard" male or female. About one in 2,000 babies are born visibly intersexed, while some others are detected later. The current medical protocol calls for the surgical "reconstruction" of these different but healthy bodies to make them "normal," but this practice has become increasingly controversial as adults who went through the treatment report being physically, emotionally, and sexually harmed by such procedures.  The trauma of medical abuse reported by intersex people as a result of doctors' labeling of their differences as "abnormal, medical emergencies" and treatment protocol of coerced, often repeated medical intervention on infants, children and adolescents using "display", dangerous drugs and irreversible surgery, reinforced through shame and secrecy, links the intersex movement with the psychiatric survivors' movement and the cross-disability movement. For more information about intersex, please see the articles section on the IPDX site.  http://intersexinitiative.org/    [Top]

MindFreedom International

Described in Adbusters as the "the epicenter of the 'mad movement'", MindFreedom International is a coalition of over 100 grassroots groups and thousands of members "united... to win campaigns for human rights of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. MindFreedom International is where mutual support meets human rights activism... and where democracy meets the mental health system."  http://www.mindfreedom.org/    [Top

MindFreedom Oral History Project

Freedom Center co-founder Oryx Cohen directs the this landmark project, one of very few independent consumer/survivor-run research projects, which involves collecting stories from psychiatric survivors, consumers, and ex-patients about their experiences in the mental health system, via face-to-face interviews and some written surveys.  "Many participants in the project have struggled through difficult emotional times, and all have suffered through psychiatric labeling and an often abusive and patronizing mental health system, yet they survived, and even thrive," notes Oryx in the website's project overview.  The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recently named Oryx as one of ten Finalists for its 2006 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.   http://www.mindfreedom.org/histories.shtml   [Top]

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

This venerable 25-year-old grassroots, independent organization of  psychiatric survivors, consumers, attorneys and advocates hosts an annual educational conference on civil and human rights issues that impact the lives of users and survivors of the mental health system, attended by people from all over the country.  At the exciting NARPA 2005 Conference, "Reclaiming Freedom: A Call to Action" in Hartford, Connecticut – chaired by Freedom Center co-founder Oryx Cohen and coordinated by Alabama mental health client rights advocates Pamela Trammell and Ann Marshall – CNMHC Bay Area Regional Coordinator Delphine Brody and President Nancy Thomas presented a workshop on stigma and discrimination, and  award-winning independent filmmakers Angela Shelton and  Jonathan Couette presented their incredible new films, Searching for Angela Shelton and Tarnation (both highly recommended).  http://www.narpa.org/   [Top

National Empowerment Center 

Based in Boston, NEC staff speak at conferences all over the world – including CNMHC's recent Client Forum in San Mateo, CA, where NEC Education and Training Director Judi Chamberlin gave an inspiring keynote speech on the importance of consumers and survivors' on-going movement for civil and human rights, and NEC Executive Director Dan Fisher presented a workshop and plenary speech on recovery. Dan has also led two CNMHC Self-Help Leadership Trainings this past year.  NEC staff are internationally recognized authors of many publications and books, including Judi's On Our Own: Patient-Controlled Alternatives.  Many of their papers have been published in professional journals, scholastic books, popular press and alternative publications.  The NEC also keeps updated lists of consumer-run organizations and advocacy in all 50 states. In addition, they are active in the cross-disability movement and can help you network with independent living centers and disability rights groups across the country. NEC feels that it is imperative for consumer/survivor/ex-patient views to be represented at the table where policy decisions are made, and take every opportunity to meet with national policy makers, from the White House to HMOs and state mental health departments.  The NEC hosted Alternatives 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona, where CNMHC members from the Bay Area and Far North Regions presented a workshop on stigma and discrimination to a roomful of consumers and survivors from around the world.  Big thanks to Alt '05 conference coordinators Judene Shelley and Dan Fisher for a wonderful conference.  http://www.power2u.org/   [Top

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. 

Protection and Advocacy, Inc., (PAI) is California's statewide non-profit agency that is federally mandated to protect, advocate for and advance the human and legal rights of people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities.  They  provide advocacy services including representing people with disabilities in administrative and judicial proceedings, bringing impact litigation and acting as amicus curiae when a case affects our rights, investigating complaints of serious physical and sexual abuse, and of neglect-related death in institutions, training us on our legal, civil and service rights and ways to enforce them, providing technical support and training for people with disabilities, their families and advocates, providing client/survivor-driven peer/self-advocacy services, providing patients' rights advocacy at the four state psychiatric hospitals and technical assistance and training for county advocates under a contract with the State Department of Mental Health.  PAI's bulletin board and newsletters offer important news updates on issues of importance to consumers and survivors.  As a member (along with the CNMHC) of the Coalition Advocating for Rights, Empowerment and Services (CARES), PAI has been instrumental in providing the advocacy expertise (and legal muscle) to keep Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs voluntary, community based and client-driven and to keep forced treatment laws such as involuntary outpatient commitment law AB 1421 in check.  Now PAI is once again working closely with the Network, to help put the brakes on AB 2357, a bill that would extend the 2008 sunset date of AB 1421.  http://www.pai-ca.org/   [Top]

RoadDawgz

This San Francisco youth drop-in media and resource center not only serves as ground zero for  a generation of young homeless writers and artists in the city; it also hosted one of our twelve focus groups in the late summer of 2004.  Ably staffed by publisher/editor (and independent filmmaker) Machiko Saito, RoadDawgz is a rare and precious resource for young people in the Bay Area who squat, travel, couch-surf or are just in-between apartments.  The drop-in offers a place to relax, free food, art supplies, computer and internet access, and an opportunity to self-publish art and writing on the organization's website, http://home.roaddawgz.org/stories/   [Top

Survivor Project

Survivor Project is a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action.  Ably staffed by Diana Courvant and Emi Koyama, Survivor Project has provided presentations, consultation, materials, information and referrals to many anti-violence organizations and universities across the country, as well as gathered information about issues faced by intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 1997.  In addition to their expertise on trans and intersex survivors' issues, the organization's steady focus and leadership on multi-issue anti-oppression work, survivor-positive organizing, empowerment and harm reduction have made them a firebrand for grassroots, survivor-driven social change in the mainstream national anti-violence movement and beyond.  http://www.survivorproject.org/   [Top]

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*  The new homepage mirrors the original homepage, http://delphinegrrl.googlepages.com/strategiesfortransformation, and links seamlessly with the other pages of the website in the original domain.  In the next few months, I plan to move the whole site to the new domain, but I'll forward visitors there from the "delphinegrrl" pages.  

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