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From: "'Andrew Phelps' starfish@northcoast.com [S-ACC]" <S-ACC@yahoogroups.com>

To: s-acc@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [S-ACC] stereotypy and advocacy

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:24 AM

 

Uvw, Ttt, Cde:

IMHO you are all right and have good things to say about the direction of our movement. I wasn't speaking to "answers," rather to the matter of taking up meaningful conversation.

My use of the "1%" term amounts to a kind of stereotypy - thanks Uvw for pointing that out. Pulling our struggle together involves bringing in understandings and dedications of the sort you are describing as "senior involvement."

And Ttt, you recognize and express your recognition that there is an underlying problem of the system, which fits into the "1%" stereotype. I'd call that one "structural violence" - that's quite a complex phenomenon, as you are fond of indicating.

Cde, the main organizer of the Menlo Park event was the attorney who runs the MHAP, "patients rights" for the Silicon Valley. He looks to find constructive work forward, as you indicate. He gave me the microphone once, to ask question of the radio announcer - he said, "No lecture, please." And we both knew that when County was working on their MHSA crisis intervention innovation, he and I - and Allison Torres - were all kicked off that committee for taking stances that engaged the problem of police involvement somehow in "too direct" of a fashion.

Overall, what's important is not the stereotype of "fighting the 1%" but the down-to-earth from-the-heart understandings and actions, in many creative ways from many people, that constitute "grassroots advocacy." I want to look at how that can be enhanced at the "new level" of today.

We have much we can address from divergent perspectives.

 

Best

Andrew

One and one is two
Two and two is four
Four and four is .. too many

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