Thursday, July 08, 2010

Urgent Call For Raising Awareness, Building Communities

[Last Week A federal appeals court has ruled that New York State must comply with a lower court’s order to begin immediately transferring thousands of people with mental illness in New York City out of large, institutional group homes and into their own homes and apartments, where they will continue to receive specialized treatment and services.]

[It is imperative that all our communities, organizations, activists, people of faith, etc. support the work Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities has been doing in whatever capacity possible.] We must ensure those brothers and sisters finally being released are provided with solid foundations and alternatives that'll lead them a normal way of life and not disregard them, so that the nypd can't target them and generate revenue for the prison industrial complex.

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Herbert Von King Park Amphitheater: Tompkins Ave and Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Lisa Ortega: 646-260-6575 ,,

MAP:; Transportation:G to Bedford-Nostrand; B43 bus via Tompkins & Throop; B38 via Lafayette & Dekalb

If you or your loved one is in a psychiatric crisis are you afraid to call 911/the police? Do you wish there was a more humane and effective response to mental health crisis calls in NYC. Did you know that NYC is one of the only major cities in the US that does not have a specialized response to mental health crisis calls?

Join Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities in a Community Day. It is time to bring light to the challenges that people with mental illness face. We as a community can bring about change. We can break the stigma.

We hope that all in the NYC mental health community (and beyond) will come out and support this event. This day will give us an opportunity to create more awareness for the issues that people with mental illness face in our communities. It will also be an opportunity to gain support for the many solutions that exist including Community Crisis Intervention Teams.

The afternoon will include entertainment from local artist as well as presentations from people who have been effected by the criminalization of mental illness.

Please get the word out about this very important event. We are looking co-sponsors as well as artists to share their talent with us for this important community event. If you are interested please call Lisa Ortega at 646-260-6575 or

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