Abolition Is Disability Justice | Tina Minkowitz | Madness Radio

First Aired: 09-09-2023 -- 2 comments | Add comment

Why are assault, kidnapping, and torture legal – when you have a psychiatric diagnosis? Is psychiatry’s legal double standard unjust in the same way a double standard would be for being female or Black? Should equal rights for the disabled also mean equal rights for mad people –  because society sees us as disabled? Does disability justice mean psychiatric abolition – and reparations? Tina Minkowitz, survivor of psychiatric institutionalization and a human rights lawyer, helped draft and negotiate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Tina joins Will Hall to discuss why abolition of forced psychiatric treatment means the non-negotiable right to be an equal human being. Tina is founder and president of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, and author of Reimagining Crisis Support: Matrix, Roadmap and Policy. 58 min version transcript here

National Council on Disability from Privileges to Rights report
10th International Conference on Human Rights and Psychiatric Oppression
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Reimagining Crisis Support: Matrix, Roadmap and Policy (free download) 

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2 comments on “Abolition Is Disability Justice | Tina Minkowitz | Madness Radio

  1. very interesting! thank you for the information.great conversation by the way. i personally don’t believe children have rights until they can begin to think as if they do, until then, we as parents holds authority over our children. and as far as believing the establishments wanting to punish us, i don’t think so, maybe they have a way of working that needs improvements, but definitely not trying to punish us.

  2. Thanks for this interview. I really appreciate the work that Tina has done in advocating for the fundamental rights of people with disabilities.

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