Listen to Us: Black Survivors in the Mental Health Care System

In few days the Black History Month will finish and Spectacle is contributing to this important event by republishing an old and powerful documentary about institutionalized racism in mental health care. The documentary “Listen to Us: Black Survivors of the Mental Health Care System“, collects experiences of mental illness and the impact of institutional treatment on black people’s lives.

The trailer:

Unfortunately the experience of unlawful detention in mental health care institutions and the effects of the stereotype of being “black and dangerous” is still relevant today. We hope this document from the ’90, will raise awareness and contribute to make mental health care better.

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Rooting for the Home Team

President Blatter and FIFA, can we count on you?

Today is a big day for football, aka soccer. National teams across the globe are competing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Thousands of people in Brazil are also wondering today, “will my community still exist when the World Cup comes to town?” We sure hope so. And that is why we are posing this question to FIFA and its president Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, “can we count on you to prevent this displacement?” With so much influence in the process and a mission of social responsibility and having positive impacts on society, we know FIFA can prepare for the Cup without destroying communities and moving residents out of site.

Please join us in posing this question via twitter! Here are some sample tweets to get started: 

Communities in Brazil are at risk of displacement ahead of #WorldCup. @SeppBlatter can we count on u to prevent this? bit.ly/R4HOME

Communities in Brazil are at risk of displacement ahead of #WorldCup. @FIFAcom can we count on u to prevent this? bit.ly/R4HOME

Brazil communities at risk of displacement ahead of #WorldCup. @SeppBlatter @FIFAcom can we count on u to prevent this? bit.ly/R4HOME

.@SeppBlatter Pls work with Gov’t of Brazil to prevent displacement ahead of 2014 #FIFA #WorldCup bit.ly/R4HOME #hometeambrazil

.@FIFAcom Pls work with Gov’t of Brazil to prevent displacement ahead of 2014 #FIFA #WorldCup bit.ly/R4HOME #hometeambrazil

Be sure to follow @Rooting4Home and #hometeambrazil for updates!

For the Home Team,

KICKOFF!

http://www.rootingforthehometeam.org/

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Elephant Amenity Network

Action for a regeneration that benefits local people:

Members of the Elephant Amenity Network have published an open letter to the Chair of the Elephant & Castle Community Forum.

The letter (downloadable here), contains a detailed appraisal and critique of the E&C regeneration plans and consultation process to date.

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Playground Appeal

On October 8th Wandsworth Council plan to lay off all the staff at Kimber Road, York Gardens and Battersea Park adventure playgrounds. This would involve knocking down all the wooden structures, that the children themselves have often helped build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to help us campaign to try and reverse these appalling plans, then please contact Wandsworth Against Cuts: wac.doc@btinternet.com

For more information visit: www.wandsworthagainstcuts.co.uk

Keep our children safe, and the adventure playgrounds fully staffed.
Time is short.

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EU to ban film on victims of rape in Afghanistan

London based film-maker, Clementine Malpas, has been threatened with legal action by the European Union after making a documentary that exposed the abuse of women in Afghanistan.

The EU hired  Ms Malpas, 30, to highlight the life of battered wives and rape victims convicted of moral crimes by anti-female Afghan courts. But only 24 hours before the film was due to be delivered, EU officials stated that they did not want to “upset relations with the justice institutions” in Afghanistan.

Ms Malpas is now accused of breaching her contract after breaching her contract after claims the film was screened for outside viewers.


She obtained written consent to film Gulnaz, 19, who was jailed for 12 years for adultery after being raped, and Farida, 26, also jailed for adultery after fleeing her abusive husband. Both women risked their personal safety to speak up and the EU insists that it is protecting them by hiding their identities.

An EU spokesman said: “The woman and their families must be protected, which means their identities can under no circumstances be revealed. The film in its current state does not conceal the persons in question.”

Ms Malpas, who has produced a number of human rights films in Africa, told the London Evening Standard: “It is the women’s choice to tell their stories and I admire their clever-eyed courage. It is not for us to veto their votes.”

These women are well aware of the fact that they’re putting their own and their families’ lives at risk in order to tell their horror stories. They have made up their mind, so who are the EU to dictate what they’re allowed to say? These women’s bravery should be applauded – not shut down.

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