Erika Spaet from Partnership for Safety and Justice gave us an update of current topics the organization is focusing on. For more information, listeners can go to www.safetyandjustice.org, or telephone the PS&J office at 503/335-8449, or send U.S. Mail to P.O.Box 40085, Portland, OR 97240.
The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty asks that we voice our opinion on February 24th at the Portland City Council meeting before they vote on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Or write to City Council Members. This Wednesday, there will be a sign-making party for the rally at Portland Central America Solidarity (PCASL) Headquarters. For more information, Telephone: 503/750-0523.
Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
Veteran journalist Reese Erlich discussed his experience by actually talking (imagine!) to some of the people vilified by our government as terrorists. His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire.