Electroshock survivor and activist Deborah Schwartzkopff was arrested for Criminal Trespass during a protest on Saturday against the controversial practice at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center .
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is still widely practiced in the United States, despite public perception that it is largely a thing of the past.
A campaign to ban the procedure in the 1970’s and 80’s had some visibility and achieved at least one outright ban in Berkeley, California in 1982, but since then it has mostly faded from public awareness.
Schwartzkopff underwent numerous series of shock treatments for depression and says she has lasting neurocognitive damage as a result. 7:45 minutes (10.65 MB)
Despite a common public perception that it has largely gone away, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), better known as electroshock or shock therapy, is still a widespread practice.
As we reported on Tuesday, this Saturday, May 16 is an international day of protest against electrock.
Survivors of ECT and their allies will gather in local communities around the world to protest the widespread use of a practice that they say has limited effectiveness and causes lasting damage.
In the Portland area, both Kaiser Permanente and the Oregon Health Sciences University utilize electroconvulsive therapy, and numerous other facilities in the region also engage in the controversial procedure. 15:25 minutes (21.17 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson-Norton about the Fight for $15 movement. They consider the progress they've made in the national and local conversation around the minimum wage, and Bill wonders whether a more radical vision of worker control on the job and in the economy might be seen in these developments. 6:17 minutes (5.75 MB)
Hyung Nam and Frann Michel discuss Everyday Rebellion, a "cross-media documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide." They find the film lacking in a strong analysis of power and short on strategy and long-term vision but useful on tactics and for inspiration.
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Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah about the Black Lives Matter movement, its origins and direction. Malik argues that race makes for different working-class experiences of capitalist oppression, that we cannot simply rally under "class", and for how rebellious movements understandably grow out of situations where "nothing else works".
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