Graves, Anna Melissa, 1875-1964
Geneva (Switzerland) - Thoroughly criticizing her "surprise and distress" at the periodical's attitude towards Liberia, on the basis of her personal experience and extensive knowledge of that country.
1955 Feb. 3
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
New York (N.Y.) - Du Bois's letter to the editor describing Formosa's history and current state, and inquiring "by what far-fetched logic [...it can....] be regarded as necessary for the protection of our western border?"
1950 Nov. 29
Richardson, Channing B. (Channing Bulfinch), 1917-
New York (N.Y.) - Commenting on crises and conundra in the U.S.'s relations with Russia and China; musing on who or what is to blame for the situation; and attempting to draw certain lessons from related debacles. See mums312-b129-i340 for Du Bois's comments on his assessment.
1979 Sept. 18
Mental Patients Liberation Front
Cambridge (Mass.) - Members of the Mental Patients' Liberation Front express their outrage at the paper's coverage of a nurses' strike at the Institute of Mental Health in Cranston, Rhode Island; the story, featuring National Guardsmen called in to take care of patients, make it clear that mental hospitals are prisons by another name.
1980 June 10
Pilette, Wilfrid L.
Boston (Mass.) - Letter in which the Pilettes describe a vacation they took to Hawaii where they attended a public forum on leprosy; they say lepers are political prisoners who have been deprived of their civil rights in Hawaii, and parallels this with individuals with mental illness in Massachusetts. The Pilettes say that many mental patients are living better lives in community settings, but some would be better off... more
Chamberlin, Judi, 1944-2010
Elmhurst (New York, N.Y.) - In response to an anonymous article in an issue of Glamour magazine, Chamberlin encourages the author to consider the stigma she is facing as a former mental patient. Using her own experience, Chamberlin gives the anonymous author advice on how to navigate life as an ex-patient and invites her to join the mental patients' liberation movement.
1981 Nov. 30
Network Against Psychiatric Assault
Berkeley (Calif.) - Taking issue with the irresponsible reporting of an article on electroconvulsive treatment. Including the fact that more than 70% of the estimated population of those receiving ECT are women, implying that the treatment is used as a form of social oppression. Identifying the real benefactors of ECT as those who administer the treatment.