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  • Bob Darby: Advocate for the Homeless Mentally Ill

    in Politics Progressive

    Human Rights Demand - 3pm Eastern ~ Guest call-in no: (347) 857-3293

    Our special guest today on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio show is Bob Darby. Darby has a B.A. in psychology from Emory University and has attended graduate schools in psychology and theology. He is a former employee of Georgia Regional Hospital, Boston State Hospital, and New Hampshire's Hanover-Darthmouth Hospital. In 1994, he founded Atlanta Food Not Bombs and has been an advocate for the homeless mentally ill for more than twenty years.

    Bob will discuss the death of Jerome Murdough, a homeless Marine Corps veteran who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Murdough was arrested in Riker's Island jail and died there of overheating in a solitary confinement cell in February 2014. Murdough essentially baked. Bob explains that deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill during President Regan's term and removal of funding for the "safety net" of detoxification centers, group homes, and outpatient treatment programs contributed to Murdough's avoidable death and the negligence and criminalization of America's most vulnerable population.