Call (267)521-0167 03/06/2017, 9-11PM Eastern for a conversation with Emily Sheera Cutler on ending forced psychiatric treatment. Emily lives in Los Angeles, California and is currently working to start up a grassroots group called Southern California Against Forced Treatment, which advocates against all forms of forced psychiatric treatment including confinement and abuse in psychiatric institutions, forced medication, forced electroshock treatment, and involuntary outpatient treatment. Emily will speak about the group’s work thus far. Southern California Against Forced Treatment prides itself on having a diverse membership who have come to the table to fight against forced treatment for a variety of different reasons and have a variety of different perspectives. Some members are survivors of forced psychiatric treatment; others are family members of survivors who have seen the drastic impact that forced treatment has had on their loved one. The group is also home to psychologists and mental health professionals who advocate for humane, compassionate, unlocked alternatives to the psychiatric system. While some group members choose to reject medication and all forms of psychiatric treatment, other members identify as "mentally ill" and still choose to fight forced treatment. So far, Southern California Against Forced Treatment has focused their efforts on reaching out to various community organizations that support their mission. The group has been working with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, as Autistic people are significantly impacted by forced and coerced treatment, as well as the Westside Center for Independent Living and other disability rights activists. In addition, they have spoken to several libertarian groups in the LA area. They are also working on the campaign for Luca Barton, a neurodivergent City Council candidate who supports the complete abolition of all forced psychiatric treatment. www.socalagsinstforce.org
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