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I received sad news this morning from several good friends of long- time mad movement activist Judi Chamberlin in Massachusetts.
I'm sorry to provide this news to you all by e-mail, but last night Judi died at the age of 65. I send my support to Judi's relatives and friends, and everyone who admired and loved her.
Many were aware that she was in hospice for some time. True to the amazing passionate and practical person she was, Judi had a hospice activist blog you can find via Google at:
Judi Chamberlin hospice blog
Judi has been a good personal friend of mine since we met in Mental Patients Liberation Front in 1976, and she has been a unifying leader with so many organizations in our mad movement, including for many years on the board of directors of MindFreedom International.
Judi has sometimes been called the "grandmother" of the mad movement, beginning with her pioneering work for empowering alternatives for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors with her book "On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System" (1978).
I'm sure there will be information and remembrances soon about this remarkable heroine and human being. While she was alive, Judi's friends and relatives held a celebration of her life this past 20 August 2009.
When we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. on his holiday tomorrow, 18 January 2010, let's also remember all late leaders for a nonviolent revolution in all justice movements, including Judi Chamberlin.
MAD PRIDE, JUDI, MAD PRIDE!
David W. Oaks, Executive Director MindFreedom International 454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284 Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA