Support for Alternatives to Psychiatry

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on here and I'm fairly new to Olympia. I moved here two years ago after living in San Francisco and Portland over the past 8 years.

In Portland I was involved in a group called Rethinking Psychiatry which provided education, community and resources for people seeking alternatives to psychiatry.

I also was the community organizer for the Mental Health Association of Portland and facilitated hearing Voices groups which were forums for people to discuss and depathologize the experience of hearing voices, regardless of diagnosis.

In Olympia I had started some community discussions, film screenings and gatherings around these topics last year when I had first moved here. There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest but some of the co-organizers moved away. I put the project on hold for awhile. 

You can read the blog I wrote about bringing this conversation to Olympia here. It includes a bit more of my story, which you can read more of on my website as well (the one linked).

We screened a few films including one called Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting Of The Minds, which is a documentary. The conversation afterward was passionate and there was clearly interest and need for more.

These discussions, by the way, did and do not exclude or stigmatize people who choose to take psychiatric drugs for any reason. They are more about informed consent and options, as well as how to create access for those options for more people.

they also exist to validate the very real harm and suffering that many experience from psychiatric drugs and withdrawal.

I've been thinking about creating some classes, events and workshops to share more of the work I've done nationwide and worldwide with the Olympia community.

"Confront protofascists with mockery"

June 6, 2017:

The man who organized Sunday’s pro-Trump free speech rally in Portland has set his sights on The Evergreen State College in Olympia.

“Yes, Evergreen State College, you should start freaking out,” Joey Gibson told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “Have your meltdown. We are coming.

Joey Gibson has not announced a date yet.

For some background concerning what Olympia has successfully done before to deal with assorted fascists:

Fight Fascists With Mockery, Not the Violence That Feeds Them, Dave Neiwert's post includes celebration of Oly tactics

"confront protofascists with mockery"

These current fascists have an entirely different fashion aesthetic for us to mock. These are not the Hollywood Nazis of our past. These guys and gals mix Trumpian bling, motorcycle helmets, cosplay, street fighter ...... heavy on the flags, weak on fashion poetry.

I'm thinking some frivolous pageantry is in order. Prepare thy costumes and practice thy performances. If fascists come to town, give them what they don't want - which is mockery. Mock, laugh, jest, dance, sing, play, clown. Prance, moon them. Have a blast. Frivolous enjoyment is the best revenge.



Capital Productions brings Grease

This popular rock musical takes us to Rydell High in 1959.  After Sandy (Sidney Grimm)

and Danny (Kameron Bustetter) met and fell in love on the beach during the summer, little

did they know they would be attending the same school.  Challenges await them as they

realize the social expectations and complexities of fitting into the mold of high school life. 

We meet the “Pink Ladies” and the “Burger Palace Boys” and journey with them as they

struggle with social issues and adolescent relationships.    Audiences will want to sing along

to the familiar tunes from this crowd favorite!  ***Some reference to smoking, drinking,

pregnancy, and sex.  

The show runs April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29. Each performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and

will be held in the Performing Arts Auditorium at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave

N.W., Olympia. Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens and $10 for the general

public. Visit the Capital Theatre website at , order tickets online at http://wa-, or call the box office at (360) 596-8053 for more

Stingray Spy plane over downtown right now. Stingray or Dirtbox

Circling overhead now in the downtown/Capitol area. Probably the kind that acts as a fake tower and captures cell phone tranmissions.

Community Sustaining Fund -- Fall 2016 Grant Cycle

The Community Sustaining Fund of Thurston County is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 grant cycle.  Grant applications are now available to groups and individuals interested in progressive community oriented activities. The deadline for submitting grant applications is Friday, November 13, 2015. Grant criteria and application forms are available at our website or by request at

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