1978 June 12
Mental Patients' Liberation Project
New York (N.Y.) - An anarchist newsletter that contains articles and other writings on various movements, including the psychiatric survivors movement, feminism, and anti-capitalism. This issue contains articles about the oppression of American Indians, nihilism, and meetings of activists who were against the development of the Westway highway in New York City.
Cynthia rescinds her anger at John and tries to explain the matters that led to it. She cites the things that they share and fears, including the fear Cynthia holds that she can't be needy because she is a woman, but also that she is defines as meeting others needs.
1978 Aug. 2
New York (N.Y.) - A short letter in which Project Release informs Cynthia that a reporter for the New York Times, Richard Severo, is interested in doing a story on the use of tranquillizers in institutions and wants to speak with the Project Release group about it. His available days for interviews are given, as well as his number.
1986 Sept. 24
New York (N.Y.) - Kalisa writes to Robert Levy, an attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, to ask for his advice on getting part of her records sealed, or bringing action in Rhode Island, where she was institutionalized, or New York. She also asks for advice in answering a question on two NY law school applications.
National Mental Health Consumers' Association
Philadelphia (Pa.) - A newsletter by the National Mental Health Consumers' Association which contains news from other consumer self-help groups across the United States, information about the NMHCA, and article on how to start a self-help or advocacy group, a list of subject areas in which reading material is available from the National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse, and updates on legislature involving p... more
A flier about police murdering people who are part of minority groups, more specifically those who are not white and are considered mentally ill. Specifically two incidents are cited: the murder of Luis Baez, a mentally ill Hispanic man, and Elizabeth Mangum, a poor, mentally ill black woman. The Black United Front Support Committee calls for white people to support the efforts of Black and Hispanic c... more
New York (N.Y.) - Kalisa writes to John trying to get a hold of him, as she has not heard from him in some time. She details some of the things that have been happening in the psychiatric oppression movement, including setting up a meeting with Diane Lacey, the black community representative on the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation. Kalisa asks John about members of the movement who would be good to include in giving ... more
1980 May 20
New York (N.Y.) - A flier for The Lesbian Support Network advertising a community meeting and potluck dinner, where lesbians will be provided with a forum to speak out against the institutions of psychiatry. The flier mentions that the network would like to provide alternatives to therapy and institutionalization. On the back of the flier, Kalisa has written about her experience being raped and then hospitalized and ho... more
Ponzio, Butch Mandatta
Groton (Vt. : Town) - A newspaper featuring personal stories and advice from psychiatric survivors. Some of the writers involved in Counterpoint had a meet up to discuss and reclaim the word "madness" as it has been applied to those who are mentally ill. One woman details helping her brother through a crisis and coming to a better understanding of him and her place in the psychiatric survivors movement. There are poems by ... more
Kalisa mentions not having basis for a suit related to her stroke. She went to a Harvard Neurologist for an opinion and he suggested that she might be having a depressive episode. He talked to her about the genetic component of her alleged disease, and Kalisa mentions that her uncle was a geneticist at Berkeley.