Fragments of a letter to an unidentified recipient in which Kalisa discusses being moved by the unidentified recipient's story. She mentions preparing herself to speak out at a Psychiatric Oppression demonstration. She starts to talks about why the abuses that people suffer in the mental health industry 'concern everyone', but trails off.
In this fragment of a letter, Cynthia questions and comments an unidentified correspondent's paper. She brings up concepts like "battered woman syndrome" and how this brings up a question for her about the need of psychological witnesses to state the fitness of straight women and lesbians as mothers. She criticizes the correspondent's focus on feminist therapy. She also brings up a written threat to a... more
1983 Dec. 3
Kalisa writes to Kayla, who is apparently in an institution. Kalisa talks about her time spent in law libraries as she fills papers in a medical malpractice suit because of her stroke. Kalisa tells Kayla that she has given her contact information to Don Weitz, part of a Toronto group called On Our Own.
1985 Apr. 11
Berkeley (Calif.) - In this letter, an unidentified writer thanks participants for electing her to the MHLP board. She discusses the implications of the word "anti-psychiatry" and hopes that the movement will not be known as simply that. She points out that psychiatric oppression is "a part of social, economics, class, racial and sexual and other oppressions that most past and present inmates experience." The writer says... more
A draft of a letter for Judi Chamberlin that Kalisa sent to Leonard Roy Frank. The letter has several handwritten edits. After the draft of Judi's letter, Kalisa talks about how the neurologist she visited decided that her psych label was mistaken and how free that makes her feel. The neurologist recommended an article about the amount of misdiagnoses that occur and Kalisa discusses this article.
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.