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Zuzu's Place, a co-op house in Masachusetts for and by psychiatric survivors, a great resource and social experiment, needs eleven new members to survive. it also will hold a conference and social later in this month.


NEWS: Your Mind & Freedom - 12 Feb. 2004
MindFreedom
- please forward

Psychiatric Survivor Run Residential
Alternative Fights for Survival.

Zuzu's Place to Host Emergency Conference,
Urgently Seeks New Residents.

by David Oaks, director, MindFreedom

We get the calls in the office all the time:

"I need a place to live where I'm free of forced
psychiatric drugging."

"I want a place to live where I can organize with
other psychiatric survivors for human rights!"

Well, there is such a place. It's called Zuzu's
Place in Massachusetts. It's totally independent
of the mental health system, with the intent of
being run totally by and for psychiatric survivors.
Zuzu's Place is dedicated to ending forced psychiatry.

Zuzu's is a beautiful, 20-room, furnished building,
just south of Boston, that is ready, willing and
able to be the home for about a dozen psychiatric
survivors, with affordable rent. Zuzu's Place is a
Sponsor Group in MindFreedom.

But there's a problem. And it's about all of us
reading this.

Zuzu's Place needs *all* of us who support
deep change in the mental health system to
support it now! They need more people to
live there, soon, or it may close! They need
volunteers and support.

The organizers say:

"With your help, Zuzu's Place can be as
important to our movement as the Underground
Railroad was to the fight against slavery.
You can help us keep this opportunity alive!"

To help turn things around, Zuzu's Place
is holding an emergency conference
about psychiatric survivors creating
places of our own. I'm honored and
pleased to fly in to be one of the speakers!

BELOW is the conference announcement
from Zuzu's. Note they have scholarships
available, and do not intend to turn away
anyone from the conference due to lack
of money.

AT BOTTOM is an urgent & important
plea from Zuzu's Place about their
wonderful project, and how you can
support them.

Please spread this far and wide to all
those who seriously want to change the
current mental health system.

- David Oaks, Director
MindFreedom Support Coalition International

___________

12 Feb. 2004

URGENT MESSAGE FROM ZUZU'S PLACE!
web: http://www.zuzusplace.org
e-mail:
contact@zuzusplace.org
ph: 617-834-5463

JOIN US IN A CRUCIAL BATTLE IN THE FIGHT FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS IN MENTAL HEALTH!!!

"The Next Step for Psychiatric Survivors:
Creating Places of Our Own"

A conference featuring:

* Judi Chamberlin ** David Oaks *** Robert Whitaker

We are all working toward the day when no
one will have to submit to the horrors of
forced psychiatric "treatment." To achieve
this, we need places -- actual physical
structures -- where people can live with
freedom and dignity.

Join us in a discussion about how to create
genuine alternatives. Hosted at Zuzu's
Place, one of the first survivor-run
cooperative residences in the United States,
this conference will bring our community
together to confront the challenges we face
in creating places of our own. (More
information on Zuzu's Place follows below,
after this announcement.)

HOLD THE DATE!

When: March 26 to 28, 2004. (Evening reception
Friday; workshops and plenary sessions
Saturday through early Sunday afternoon.)

Where: Zuzu's Place in Whitman, MA, USA

Accommodations: Limited space available for
free accommodations at Zuzu's Place and
nearby residences. Inexpensive motels are
available nearby.

Cost: $110 pre-registered, $130 at the
door. NOTE: Full and partial scholarships
available. No one will be turned away
for lack of money!

For more information about this event and
how to register, email us at
contact@zuzusplace.org

A full schedule of events will soon be
posted at http://www.zuzusplace.org.
______________

*Judi Chamberlin is the author of _On Our
Own_, a seminal work in the history of the
psychiatric survivors' movement. See: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/about/profiles/judicham.html.

**David Oaks is the Director of MindFreedom
Support Coalition International and a leading
survivor/activist. See http://www.mindfreedom.org

***Robert Whitaker is an award-winning
investigative reporter and author of
_Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine,
and the Enduring Mistreatment
of the Mentally Ill_. See:
http://www.madinamerica.com/.


_____________________________________

IMPORTANT & URGENT:

More information about Zuzu's Place below!

_____________________________________

THIS NEXT STEP IN THE SURVIVOR MOVEMENT
NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!

We are engaged in a crucial battle in the
fight for human rights in mental health.

WHO ARE WE?

We are psychiatric survivors who choose to
live in community. In Boston, we have
created Zuzu's Place
(http://www.zuzusplace.org), our own
residential cooperative. Unlike a "group
home" or a "halfway house," our cooperative
is controlled and run entirely by the
members. At Zuzu's Place, we have the
complete freedom to live as we decide, for
as long as we wish.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

We all know the horrors of coercive
treatment. Zuzu's Place is currently one of
the only survivor-controlled cooperatives in
the world. Once successful, Zuzu's Place
will demonstrate the truth: Loving human
relationships are the best way to heal from
severe emotional distress.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Zuzu's Place is in crisis. We've got a
beautiful, furnished, 20-room house,
properly zoned (no small feat) -- but not
enough members. We have 3 months to find 11
survivors who want to form a thriving
cooperative community. Unless this happens,
the project will run out of funding and a
vital and unique opportunity for the
survivor movement will be lost.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

- Contact Zuzu's Place for information on
becoming a co-op member, referring others
who may want to live in the house, making a
donation, or volunteering.

- Join us at the March conference --
http://zuzusplace.org/index.php?id=
conference -- and help us develop a vision
for survivor-run alternatives.

With your help, Zuzu's Place can be as
important to our movement as the Underground
Railroad was to the fight against slavery.
You can help us keep this opportunity alive!

Please call Zuzu's Place at 617-834-5463. For more
information, go to
http://www.zuzusplace.org.

Your allies in the struggle for human rights,

Members and Friends of Zuzu's Place

- end of announcement -

please, pass on and forward widely. (cross-posted to any community that seemed relevant.)
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