From: "Andrew Phelps <>"


Cc: Friends

Subject: [S-ACC] render awareness of oppression

Date: Monday, February 20, 2017 9:04 PM


To the "Social Accountability" people:

When some of us set up the Social Accountability Work Group, the thought was that we needed to work out how to challenge the oppressive character of the "mental illness" ideation and of "behavior management." Neither protest behavior nor funded collaboration with the "mental health" system seemed to rise to that occasion, albeit such activism has been - by and large - productive.

Now matters have evolved and the "oppression" is being worked at from many sides. Today the difficulty is more that society - and most intellectuals - talk about oppression (and related phenoma, like intersectionality) and do not however mention nor recognize the "client/survivor" situation in a parallel manner. Thus "disability" is sometimes mentioned yet the structural incompetence of that advocacy renders only a superficial aspect of our oppression. We need to work so as to render that awareness of "disability justice" more in a general context.

Yesterday I attended a "Standing up to Hate" forum in San Jose, (see  for more info). About 700 persons were there, on the 37th "Day of Remembrance" of the 1942 internment of the Japanese Americans. One of the main speakers was a Muslim American, who presented on their parallel concern, that obtains today. What struck me was how the experience of oppression and resistance became public and has been written more and more into the present Japanese American cultural context.

The above advocacy against oppression has taken 75 years to develop, and ours will not come quickly either. Many people on our list are making strides in different manners - I'd mention in particular Pamela Inaba, herself with parents who were interned in World War II. She is now working to organize the Western Recovery Conference March 4:  HERE. My current project involves putting Psychologists for Social Responsibility on a path to discuss [a] reconciliation and [b] "culture change in psychology," and thus help develop a "psychology" voice against our oppression (more later).



Andrew Phelps