Mind Your Justice: Uniting Mental Health, Disability & Climate Activists for a Global Nonviolent Revolution!

David Oaks, Nonviolent Revolution Consultant, and Sandy Goodwick

We’ll share stories of individuals with lived experience of the mental health system & allies. How do we bridge diverse perspectives from both empowered consumers of mental health care, as well as from survivors of human rights violations, abuse, and neglect in that system? What’s our Consumer/Survivor (C/S) Mad Movement vision? Mind Your Justice! Let’s draw from the wisdom found through the intersectionality of people additionally affected by racism, sexism, ageism, eco-crisis and/or other oppressions. Since all oppression eventually disables, the cross-disability movement would appear to be obviously aligned. But the bridge between the Mad & disability movements has unique challenges that we will explore.

For too long, injustices that have impacted people considered to have all kinds of disabilities – whether the individual rejects or accepts their labels – have routinely gone under the media’s radar. It appears these injustices make little news because they are considered “normal” in a world dominated by ableism, the mistaken assumption that people who are not disabled are the ideal. Our Mad Movement has often said, “Normality is destroying the living world.” Now more than ever we need global nonviolent revolution! Is that crazy? Then you’ve come to the right place. We are mad with the truth.

Learning Objectives:

  • How do mental health human rights issues bridge to neurodiversity and other communities of people perceived as mentally disabled?
  • What are some best practices for the mental disability movement to unite with cross-disability and other marginalized groups?
  • Why should legal advocates/attorneys unite with grassroots activists?
  • What special history for our Mad Movement has been in Portland, Oregon?