Confederate flag down at South Carolina Capitol


From: Andrew Phelps <>


Subject: [S-ACC] flag down

Date: Fri 07/10/15 11:43 AM



Ttt, with the Murphy Bill we have the "second class citizen" dynamic coming forward in full force.

You wrote:

Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania re-introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) last month. If this should be passed, they will definitely reopen hospitals. This bill will: increase use of forced treatment and hospitalization; Divert [b]illions of Medicaid dollars from community services to increase hospitalization; deny mental health block grants to states that do not have involuntary outpatient commitment laws; prescribe qualifications for certified peer support specialists in law; eliminate Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and several other actions just as drastic. Somebody needs to be pulling some grassroots together to fight at least part, if not all, of this bill. I see it as a possible super giant step back into the past.

Yes. Such activism is/would be of great importance.

I want to speak of a personal experience which reflects a parallel situation. You met Sue Poole in Portland 2005 when we did a workshop together described here.

Today July 10, 2015 the Confederate flag has came down at the South Carolina Capitol building.

I recall that Sue was a student at the University of South Carolina there in Columbia. She left after her freshman year because of the racist social climate symbolized by the culture that put the flag at the nearby State Capitol. She went to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where she was psychiatrically hospitalized after she climbed a tree while contemplating a lesson in early English literature. With disability advocacy she was eventually able to return and graduate, yet always with the social role implications that [thereby] obtained.

Her deep concern - which involves disability justice - was never fully worked through, despite many efforts, in her situation. Sue's presentation at Portland here carried forward her thinking while "on the tree."

Today Sue has passed (May, 2010) and the argument that comes forward following the Charleston shooting has "changed the conversation." That is what is on my mind today, as I pursue my daily activity.