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AIMI Promotes HR3543 - Justice Is Not for Sale Act
07/03/16
The H.R.3543 - "Justice Is Not For Sale Act" was introduced in U.S. Congress in September 2015 by Senator Bernie Sanders and other representatives. CommonDreams reports that the bill proposes to 
  • Bar federal, state, and local governments from contracting with private companies starting two years after the bill is passed;
  • Reinstate the federal parole system to allow "individualized, risk-based determinations regarding each prisoner and restore fairness in the system;"
  • Increase oversight to prevent companies from overcharging inmates and their families for services like banking and telephone calls; 
  • End the requirement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement maintain a level of 34,000 detention beds; and
  • End immigrant family detention.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/09/17/justice-not-sale-sanders-leads-charge-against-profit-prisons

Those changes include some of the things AIMI members fight for, especially barring government contracts with private prison companies. Passing H.R.3543 would eliminae the conflicts of interest that many legislators have regarding giving treatment before tragedies, because some of them are prison investors and others get campaign contributions from private prison companies. It should be illegal for lawmakers to financially profit by passing the "tough on crime" laws. Hopefully, some representative will eventually introduce a bill saying that legislators on the federal, state, and local levels must Divest or Resignhttp://DivestorResign.blogspot.com >>

Helping Families with Mental Health Crisis Act - H.R.2646
07/27/15

The Helping Families with Mental Health Crisis Act was re-introduced in 2015 by Rep. Tim Murphy and by Rep. Eddie Denise Johnson. The new number is H.R.2646. It features assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs, crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers, and resumption of Medicaid insurance for psychiatric inpatients on a limited basis.

Learn more about the U.S. congressional bill in video presentations by Rep. Murphy: 
http://murphy.house.gov/helpingfamiliesinmentalhealthcrisisact



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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act - H.R.3717
06/17/14

Rep. Murphy: Mental Health System Embarrassing, Immoral

The mental health system is an embarrassment on the nation.


Rep. Tim Murphy was a practicing psychologist before running for public office. He has served in the U.S. Congress as Pennsylvania's representative from the 18th congressional district since 2003. Rep. Murphy understands mental illness and the failures of the mental health care system. In December 2012, he introduced H.R.3717 - "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." He discussed the bill in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, which is featured in the video http://youtu.be/gsUd8hMBAbA
"New Bill Decreases Mental Health Funding, but Increases Mental Illness Funding," by D.J.Jaffe
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dj-jaffe/newbill-decreases-mental-_b_4454811.html

H.R.3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013" (read the summary)
http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/3717
Thank you, Rep. Tim Murphy and co-sponsors, for your Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill and those at greater risk for incarceration or death-by-police due to a common, treatable health condition.
MaryLovesJustice Neal, Director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com
678.531.0262
AIMI's Wednesday Blogtalkradio Broadcasts on NNIA1
10/21/13

Radio broadcasts for Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill. We broadcast on Wednesday nights on Blogtalkradio - NNIA1 at  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1 at 9pm Pacific Time. The call-in number is (818)572.2947. 
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, hosted by Mary “Loves Justice” Neal 

Advocacy to end police violence against the mentally ill, end solitary confinement, decriminalize mental illness, remove barriers to timely psychiatric treatment, increase mental hospitals, reinstate insurance coverage for hospital inpatients, relax laws blocking involuntary commitment, establish assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs that mandate continued psychiatric care and medications and provide subsistence assistance (food and housing) for mentally ill people released from correctional facilities and hospitals, eliminate incarceration without trials, block execution of mentally ill and retarded inmates.

Guests include people who did or do wrestle with mental illness in themselves or close relatives as well as people with specialized knowledge about mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Contact: Mary “Loves Justice” Neal and Dr. Floyd Harris
MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com also email xyfloyd@aol.com



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AIMI is Growing! New Google+ Home
03/07/13

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) has become a Google+ community!Visit and comment at any time. 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108448922585036678747

Bring your petitions for mentally challenged people you care about, stories of rights denied, triumphs, prison stories, poetry, and information about mental health care.


Did you know AIMI is at Facebook? 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Assistance-to-the-Incarcerated-Mentally-Ill/295716950438625


We will stay right here at Care2, also, despite CoIntelPro. To find all our online sites, just Google "Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill." 


Blessings!

You're Invited to Atlanta on May 20th for a Justice Symposium
05/07/12

Hello, AIMI members and online guests! We are sponsoring a Justice Symposium in Atlanta, GA on May 20th and invite you to attend at the Auburn Avenue Library from 2:00pm until 6:00pm.   YOUR full invitation is online at    http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/six-invitations-from-marylovesjustice.html  The five(5) presenters include:


1) Esteban Garcia, author of "U.S. Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual," who will sign his new book for guests, "U.S. Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual, The Unconstitutional Plea." Garcia is director of Texas/Missouri Writ Writers Association and the U.S. Prison Reform Coalition, responsible for 120 overturned convictions;


2) William Windsor, justice advocate and candidate for the U.S. Congress from Georgia, producer of "Lawless America - The Movie";


3) Fred V-man Watson, founder and director of Victory Over Violence program, host for a popular television show featured on People's TV in Atlanta;


4) Gilbert Young, renowned artist who created many popular portraits, including "He Ain't Heavy;


5) Mary Neal, director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill 

Please plan to join us on May 20 in Atlanta at the Auburn Avenue Library and Culture Center a few blocks from the King Center - free admission for all. Five other invitations are at the link above. After enjoying your friendship online for years, I look forward to actually meeting you in Atlanta on Sunday, May 20 and speaking with you in one of the conference calls or radio shows to which you are invited. 

THANKS FOR HELPING TO BRING ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL!     http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi 

  Please HELP US MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Share the invitation link with all your online groups and friends! Your help is always appreciated. Unity makes it happen! If you have any questions or comments, email Mary Neal at MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com or call me at 678.531.0262. If you receive no response to your email or voice mail message within 48 hours, please assume I did not receive it. Thanks in advance for helping to carry this invitation to everyone who cares about justice.

Boycott 4 Justice: No Shopping April 9
03/29/11

Hello AIMI members and online guests. Please stop shopping at midnight on April 8 - Join the BOYCOTT 4 JUSTICE shopping moratorium on the 9th of every month throughout 2011.Corporate greed and government misdeeds led to the rise of the prison industrial complex that has 1.25 million mental patients incarcerated after avoidable crimes ranging from simple vagrancy to murders. In the 1960s and 70s, officials reduced funding and caused mental health services to be less accessible. When Medicaid insurance was deleted for inpatient care, hospitals closed across the nation. Outpatient psychiatric and drug programs also suffered reduced funding, and strict "danger to self and other" laws were enacted that prohibit treatment for loved ones who are beyond making reasonable health decisions.  If "deinstitutionalization" in the absence of subsistence assistance and continuous psychiatric treatment had worked, we would not have over a million mentally ill prisoners in America.  No money is being saved, but many sick people and their families are suffering because mental illness was criminalized in the U.S.A.  

 

Americans sign petitions, hold rallies, march, and make impassioned pleas for changes we feel are warranted, but unless there is a financial consequence for wrongs, offenses against our human and civil rights continue.  A one-day shopping boycott will not damage the economy.  Shop again on April 10.  But buy no groceries, clothes, electronics, cars, online or in person on April 9 or the 9th of any other month during 2011.  This is the people's 9/11 response to corporate greed and government indifference.  We can use our collective strength as consumers to demand respect as customers and constituents, and most of all, as human beings.  TAKE IT BACK - POWER TO THE PEOPLE!  See the link at AIMI's billboard to learn more about the Boycott 4 Justice, or Google "Mary Neal Boycott 4 Justice." There are other issues besides mental health care that concern you.  Use the shopping boycott to protest any injustice you detest, and tell the world why you are not shopping on the 9th of any month in 2011 on your websites, during phone conversations, at your civic and religious meetings, etc.  The more people who join the Boycott, the stronger we will be and the better our response will be from decision makers.  

 

Blessings!

Boycott 4 Justice March 9 - No Shopping!
02/28/11

Boycotts have long been used as a nonviolent approach to inspire Big Business and government to be more fair.  Imagine a day when no one buys groceries, gasoline, electronics, cars, or anything whatsoever.  CAN YOU HEAR US NOW? What is the commonality between criminalizing mental illness, high incarceration rates, war, unemployment, reduced funds for education and other social programs, weak environmental protection laws, capital punishment, and other justice issues?  CORPORATE GREED.  It is time to address unethical business practices financially.  Individuals and groups rally, march, and make heartfelt pleas for change, but corporate America cannot hear us.  Money matters, so keep yours on March 9 and on the 9th of every month throughout 2011.  It is our 9/11 attack on corporate greed.  Please see and share the four (4) articles at the links below, and give me your feedback.  Thanks!

Boycott 4 Justice March 9 -No Shopping!

http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/boycott-4-justice-march-9-no-shopping.html  

 

Mary Neal's Black History Month 2011

 http://hubpages.com/hub/Mary-Neals-Black-History-Month-2011

 

Stop Torturous Executions in the U.S.A.

 http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/stop-torturous-executions-in-usa.html   

 

Freedom for Egypt, Iran, and Mary Neal!

http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/freedom-for-egypt-iran-and-mary-neal.html

 

 

 

For the Love of Money


For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ~ 1 Timothy 6:10

Join the BOYCOTT 4 JUSTICE - No Shopping on March 9 and the 9th of each month throughout 2011.  It is our 9/11 attack against corporate greed.

 

 

 

Thanks for helping to give ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL.

 

Blessings!

Mary Neal

True Voice Magazine Publishes Larry Neal Story
04/25/10

   HELLO, AIMI and ONLINE GUESTS!   GOOD NEWS!  True Voice magazine is featuring The Wrongful Death of Larry Neal story in its Spring 2010 edition.  You can order copies of the magazine at this link:  http://truevoice.weebly.com/bulk-order-pricing.html  - Thank you for your support regarding the justice quest for Larry Neal and millions of other mentally challenged people and family members who love them.
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Blessings!
Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill,
a/k/a The Dorothea Dix Group
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

Call, Write, and Vote for H.R.619 - Hospitals, Not Prisons!
04/12/10

~ JOIN THE TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN!  Your help is needed to decriminalize mental illness.  Grab a phone book and make ten calls to let religious and civi organizations know about H.R.619 - the congressional bill to resume Medicaid for psychiatric inpatients.  It costs no more to treat than to punish people for being sick.  Read about this congressional bill at this link:   http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h619/show  

~JOIN THE LETTER DRIVE!  Ask your pastor, rabbi, civic group, and human/civil rights organizations to draft a letter of support for H.R.619.  Use NAMI's letter as an example:  http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1405992       H.R.619 is the congressional bill to resume Medicaid for psychiatric inpatients.  START WITH YOUR CARE2 GROUPS!  Medicaid presently has an exemption for mental hospitalization that has been in place since the 1970's.  As a result, our jails and prisons filled with sick people!  Read about this congressional bill at this link:   http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h619/show  

~VOTE at OpenCongress.org for H.R.619 to resume the Medicaid funding that was withdrawn in the 1970's and led to 1.25 million mentally ill people being imprisoned - sometimes after terrible tragedies that could and should have been avoided by treatment.  Use this link:   http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h619/show  

Read more about these opportunities to give Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill in AIMI's discussion posts with blue action tabs.  Thanks!

Telephone 10 now!  

Write a letter of support now!  

VOTE NOW!

Nazi Extermination of People with Mental Disabilities (Jewish Virtual Library)
02/18/10

Discrimination against Americans with mental disabilities is akin to the cruelty such people suffered during the Dark Ages and centuries later in Nazi Germany.  Under Hitler's rule, isolation was followed by extermination like what happened to a schizophrenic heart patient in Memphis, Tennessee in 2003 who was my brother, Larry Neal.: 

Blog: Nazi Extermination of People with Mental Disabilities (Jewish Virtual Library)
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Isolating citizens who are mentally dysfunctional under cruel circumstances is not new; it is Nazi.  In WWII Germany, extermination followed isolation.  Today, 60% of America's inmates in solitary confinement are psychiatry patients.  ...  more

 

Class Action Lawsuit for Psychiatric Parity
11/10/09

NOTICE: We're discussing a large class action lawsuit by people incarcerated for mental illness or their relatives and next friends on their behalf.  Mental illness is the only disability treated legally, not medically.  If a diabetic man blacks out at the wheel and injures or kills commuters, he goes to the hospital. If a psychiatric patient kills or injures, he goes to prison.  If a woman has a heart attack in the china store, falls and breaks plates, she goes to the hospital.  If a bipolar sufferer has a crisis and breaks plates, she goes to prison. The suit will be for PSYCHIATRIC PARITY UNDER THE LAW.  Each person who opts in will need to pay $100 to help raise the legal retainer.  We will demand that mentally ill people go to hospitals or are released under Kendra's law.  There are 1.25 million incarcerated mental patients, so it should be a large class.  Give me your thoughts.  We're at the planning stages and talking with other prisoner activists.  eMail me at MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com  


JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to decriminalize mental illness. No one deserves to be punished for having a disability.

Listen to Recording - Mary Neal on Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk - Oct 11 2009
11/01/09

Mary Neal of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill was the guest on BlogTalk radio - THE REV. PINKNEY SHOW - 10/11 @ 5:p.m. EST.  Rev. Pinkney invites us to listen and talk back online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Rev-Pinkney or CALL IN AT 347-994-3644.  Access our Oct. 11 show at the link below:

  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Rev-Pinkney/2009/10/11/MARY-NEAL-A-WARRIOR


Rev. Pinkney understands the censorship applied to Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, because he is the only American minister ever incarcerated for quoting the Holy Bible.  He quoted Deuteronomy 28, and a judge took it as a personal threat against his person and had Rev. Pinkney jailed.  After his prison term for quoting the Bible, Rev. Pinkney was under house arrest for nearly three months.  He was freed from house arrest on Oct. 16.

Rev. Pinkney advocates against injustices, as do many other groups and organizations, like AIMI does.  We congratulate him on his freedom and thank him for the opportunity to address his radio guests. 

If any other AIMI members call radio programs and make comments that relate to mental health care or to our advocacy at AIMI or if you write articles or comment at news submissions in this regard, please be sure to post a link at AIMI.

On Rev. Pinkney's show, we did not get to cover many of the prisoner issues we intended to address on 10/11/09, but there will be other opportunities.  Numerous improvements have been made, and I will soon update the Steps Toward Justice at HubPages with some of them.

Blessings!

Mary Neal

Mary's Radio Interviews (3) - Add Yours Here!
06/06/09

AIMI members, it is time to  be more proactive!  Below are three of my radio interviews.  Please call in to radio shows and express YOUR views about decriminalizing mental illness.  We can work together to decriminalize mental illness
         Get on your soapbox today!
 

Mary Neal’s Radio Interviews:


Wake-up Call BlogTalk Radio

Jan. 2008:  "The Wrongful Death of Larry Neal Show"

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wakeupcallshow/2008/01/22/TBA
Real Talk with Brothas Keepa

May 2008:  "Mental Illness in the Black Community"

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nbbta/2008/05/28/Real-Talk-With-Brothas-Keepa

 

The NVO Radio Hour  ~ Second Guest - Mary Neal

March 2009:  "CHANGE the Justice System"

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/NVO/2009/03/26/The-NVO-Hour

Please make it a goal to call in to a radio show, send one letter to the editor of a newspaper or other media forum, and/or contact one of your local or national representatives THIS WEEK.  Sign and launch petitions for this cause.  YOU are human rights activists, AIMI members. 

You have the power to effect needed change.  Above are three of my radio interviews.  Mention AIMI when you comment on CARE2 News and at other online sites.  Put our link - http://Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI.  Visit AIMI's album and grab a group invitation graphic for your Care2 pages and websites!  Use the "invite friends" button on AIMI's home page to tell others about this advocacy.  Please feel free to add links to this strand with YOUR radio interviews. 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Start stepping, AIMI members!  YOU are the change that is needed.  TAG - It's your turn!

BECOME SOMEONE'S BRIDGE TO WHOLESOME LIVING TODAY.

Stand Up for Imprisoned Mental Patients
04/18/09

STAND UP FOR SOMETHING, OR YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING.

I lifted this graphic reminder of that truth from our newest member to Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill group. (Click the "more" below on this screen to see it.) 

To paraphrase what Dorothea Dix, our forerunner, said:
"There is so much wrong in the world, I felt there must be something for me to do." 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket 

Thank you for coming to stand with me and help decriminalize mental illness in America.  Together, yes we can!

A video for you!

Stand Up for Love, by Destiny's Child
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3QNZWgO2EM



JAIL IS THE LAST THING MENTAL PATIENTS NEED ... AND TOO OFTEN, JAIL IS THE LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join us in our quest to decriminalize mental illness in America.
No one should be punished for having a disability.



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Help Bridge The Chasm From Prison to Treatment Today!
03/04/09



This is AIMI's bridge for the incarcerated mentally ill WITH your help.


Thanks for coming to help bridge the gap back to wholesome living for imprisoned mental patients.  Many of them are waking up this moring in cells no larger than a small closet where they will spend another 23 hours alone and afraid. That is why we are so glad you came to join our efforts to decriminalize mental illness! 


Here is AIMI's bridge WITHOUT your input.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters




I Believe Equal Justice Is Possible!   Together, yes we can! 



Please contact your congressional representative today and demand that hospitalization replace incarceration for the mentally ill people in your state. http://www.house.gov/writerep



Bridge to Springtime   Be someone's bridge today! 


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"Jailing Children for Dollars" KIDS THE NEW VICTIMS
02/02/09

GREETINGS AIMI MEMBERS AND VISITORS!  It is just as I wrote months ago, "First they came for the mentally ill."  Now America's children are targets!  Please read this share right away:

"Jailing Children for Dollars" - Pennsylvania Judges Pled Guilty
          http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1031368

Send this share far and wide.  Only by exposing the hypocrisy of the criminal justice system can we hope to help hundreds of Pennsylvania children and deliver ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this project.  Please send the Share to everyone on your Friends list immediately, and ask them to send it to their friends.  There has been enough victimizing America's most vulnerable citizens - the greedy private prison owners (I call them werewolves) started with our mentally ill loved ones, and now they're coming after our children!  Remember:

ALL IT TAKES FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING.

America has become a prison nation, with 1 in every 99.1 adults incarcerated as of January 2008.  Business people work to improve their profit margins, and private prison owners and investors have done that.  In 2004, there were 1 in every 134 people in prison, most  for non-violent offenses and many who never went to trial.  The targeted groups are our most vulnerable:  the mentally ill, the poor, and now, children! 

Crime and punishment should not be "for profit" enterprises.  Will we wait until 1 in 50 people is in prison before we demand CHANGE?  For black young men, the figure is already 1 in 9! 

Soon, who will be left to pay the $50,000 per prisoner that taxpayers are charged to imprison their neighbors?

WE SHALL OVERCOME!

Blessings,

Mary

I edited and reposted this message from a 1/31/09 Host Announcement.

First, they came for . . .
11/23/08

Hello, Members and friends!  Can you find the fallacy in this famous, timeless poem that carries a warning for world citizens?  Please read the first host share on AIMI's home page to discover the fallacy!

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

The associated host share is at this link:  http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/961442


Thanks for your attention!

Mary


HERE WE GROW AGAIN!
11/21/08

Hello, AIMI members and friends.  I have an exciting announcement to make!   

     CONGRATULATE YOURSELVES!  Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill now has three (3) Internet homes!  They are: 

Care2:  http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

Ellen DeGeneres Community Network: 
http://community.ellentv.com/group/aimi?xgi=30gVBwu

 

Prison Hearts
http://prisonhearts.ning.com/group/assistancetotheincarceratedmentallyill

 

   As I wrote on a Share recently, this is a brand new year, and a new year can start any day you choose.  We at AIMI choose for our efforts to begin a new way for America to deal with acute mental patients - not jail, but treatment. 

Our site on Prison Hearts gives AIMI an opportunity to correspond directly with prisoners and their families.  Care2 and Ellen offer wide visibility on the Internet and we communicate with network members before the whole wide world (www.).  AIMI presently has 149 members.  I hope all of you will be inspired to find a Committee or an AIMI site to dedicate yourselves to today!  If not, know that you already helped just by joining AIMI and registering your disapproval of imprisoning mental patients.

Thank you for all of your support and effort as we work to decriminalize mental illness in America.  Here is that Sharebook post I mentioned above. 

Volunteer Positions for AIMI
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/952719


Please use the link above or see Petitions, Call to Action on AIMI's home page to select a spot for yourself on a committee and help us work for the least of these, His brethren.  If you are not able to join a committee yet, no problem!  Just keep telling your friends about AIMI, noting our news, signing the petitions AIMI supports, and cheering your fellow members on! 

Blessings, and again, Happy New Year, AIMI!  Let's  work like never before!  Thousands of families are counting on U!

 

 

Pls. Read and Respond - Time to get to work, members! You ready?
11/14/08

**NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS:  PLEASE RESPOND WITH YOUR CHOSEN COMMITTEE, by responding to this post.  Let me know if you wish to head the committee or to simply work on it.  We are a working group - human rights activists, and we are stronger because of your effort, talents, and gifts - please get involved! 

1. Lobby Washington and Local Representatives Committee

2. Ellen Community Site Committee (Jenny D. heads this one)
Check out A.I.M.I. on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
http://community.ellentv.com/group/aimi?xgi=30gVBwu

3. Maintain AIMI on Care2 Committee (Mary and hosts head this one, and we need more hosts!)

4. Help C.C.'s Son Committee (14-year-old facing jail for mental illness)

5. Internet Research Committee - gathering news of abuse to mental patients

6. Promote Petitions Committee - only those petitions AIMI promotes


7. Collaboration with other Prisoner Activists Committee (I'll head this one, since I already started)

8. Collaboration with National and Grassroots Mental Health Organizations Committee - sending them regular updates on AIMI's activities - receiving their news and passing it on to us here at AIMI - keep AIMI apprised of upcoming legislation we should support, etc.

9. Abolish Private Prisons Committee

10. Individual Help to Impacted Persons Committee (dealing with other people like CC who need immediate help - letters to authorities, etc.)

11.  Membership Drive Committee (contact everyone who responds to one of my articles about how the prisoners are treated and send them a personal invitation to please join AIMI.  Check periodically with inactive AIMI members and let them know how much we appreciate them and need them to take a more active role, if they can)

AIMI is unlike other groups on Care2. We are not an Internet social org. or here to merely disseminate information among ourselves about what is wrong in the world.  Publishing information is very important, but we must do more!  WE ARE AN ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION established to effect positive CHANGE!  What do you think?  Are you ready to use your home computers and work for the incarcerated mentally ill?

FOLKS HAVE BEEN SO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT I PUBLISH ON THE INTERNET -- THEY AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET! WAIT UNTIL THEY SEE WHAT 130+ PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER CAN DO!  WE ARE THE DOROTHEA DIX GROUP.  WE WILL DECRIMINALIZE MENTAL ILLNESS IN AMERICA. 

Please read about Dorothea Dix, AIMI members.  See what one determined woman did for the mentally ill in the 1800's when women were not even allowed to vote! If she did it, so can we!
 Dorothea L. Dix
 
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/865865 

Blessings,
Mary



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MARY'S FRIEND REQUEST TO YOU
11/11/08

Hello, AIMI members.  I am so pleased that you came to assist us as we work on behalf of suffering humanity - mental patients victimized by the system, captured and imprisoned for reason of a common, treatable health condition - abused and killed with regularity.

WILL YOU ALSO BECOME MY Care2 FRIEND?  This would make communication between us much easier, and we would have an opportunity to share in our emails instead of only online in the world's view.  Just send me a friendship invitation, if you will accept me in your circle of friends, and I will be so honored!

Thanks again for following your heart and joining AIMI. I'll be looking and hoping for your friendship invitation!

Many green stars to you for joining us!         

Mary Neal

 

Meet Dorothea Lynde Dix, Our Predecessor
11/02/08

 ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL ("AIMI") WORKS IN THE TRADITION OF DOROTHEA DIX, who was a great human rights advocate on behalf of the indigent mentally ill during the 19th Century.  Here is her story as presented by several sources.

NOTE:  Full Article is at this link:  
 http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/865865

Dorothea Lynde Dix (April 4, 1802 - July 17, 1887)

Excerpt from psychiatry article at
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/160/7/1245

In 1841, Dorothea Dix, a 39-year-old teacher and pioneer inthe field of social work, volunteered to teach a Sunday school class in a jail outside of Boston. While at the jail, she was shocked to see large numbers of mentally ill prisoners held under inhumane conditions. She observed inmates who appeared to be mentally ill chained in cages, held in cells without heat, and saw them beaten with rods by their jailers. Ms. Dix, whose own father suffered from mental illness, was moved by compassionfor their plight and began a crusade to create a system of care for mentally ill prisoners across the eastern United States.  She successfully lobbied state legislatures, and 30 public psychiatric hospitals were created. In 1880, 40 years after she began her efforts, a census taken in U.S. jails found that only 0.7% of inmates suffered from mental illness.

HISTORY SEEMS TO BE REPEATING ITSELF.  There is again a substantial number of mentally ill individuals behind bars. In a review of the established literature, studies place the overall prevalence of mental illness in jails . . . (See link above for full article)


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Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia offers information on Dorothea Dix at this link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Dix   

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Excerpt from
Dorothea Lynde Dix
by Vasantha Reddi, PhD

An early nursing pioneer, Dorothea Lynde Dix was a noted humanitarian, reformer, educator and crusader. She is perhaps best known for her patient advocacy in fighting to improve the conditions of jails and mental asylums  in North America and Europe.

  • Early US nursing pioneer--predecessor and contemporary of Florence Nightingale
  • Strong advocate for the mentally ill and for prisoners
  • Civil War Superintendent of Union Army Nurses

YOU Are Helping Imprisoned Mental Patients!
10/29/08

Hello AIMI Members and Visitors, GOOD NEWS!  Your concern is making a difference in the visibility of the problems faced by acute mental patients behind bars.  Please see my new Host Share on AIMI's Home Page, after the DISCUSSION posts.  When you note articles regarding the abuse of mental patients caught in the prison system and you make comments, the plight of differently able people gets the attention we need for them to effect positive CHANGE!

 

Thanks for all you do!

 

Mary

Thanks for Visiting AIMI, Members and Friends
09/23/08

Thanks for taking the time to read and to post your views on the terrible practice of imprisoning mental patients!  Before you end your visit, please select the handy "INVITE FRIENDS" button at the upper, right side of AIMI's home page. 

  Use it to invite at least ONE of your Care2 friends to join in our efforts every time you visit, OK? 

Please notify me if you have any problems inviting friends or posting your news and views to AIMI!  We want your  participation!  Many mental patients are COUNTING ON YOU!

Thanks!

Welcome Members, Visitors, and Friends!
09/18/08

Would you also consider becoming my friend, if we are not already Care2 friends?  If so, please do me the honor of sending me a friendship invitation.  I sometimes need to send emails to my friends that are not for the general public.  I would welcome you into my circle of friends, and I'd be very pleased to become yours.  Just for handy reference, remember you can also e-mail me personally at AIMI@groups.care2.com  and mneal000@yahoo.com  or mln@wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com . 

Thanks so much for the time and attention you devote to helping AIMI become a powerful voice for positive change in the lives of acute mental patients and the people who love and value them.

Mary



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CARE2 RULES OF CONDUCT
09/10/08

One of the best aspects of the Care2 Community is that, like the real world, our membership is diverse. There are people with vastly different views regarding the environment, politics, human rights, and many other topics that you will find on our boards. We see this diversity and variety as a real strength, and see dialog and debate as an integral part of the educational process as well as an important tool in exploring different sides of complex issues. We ask that all of our members respect this diversity, and the diverse views and beliefs held by others on our site.

We are committed to allowing freedom of expression for our members, including maintaining a safe space for people with opposing views to express themselves. While we will not remove posts on the basis of the views expressed, we do demand respect and courtesy from our members. We will not tolerate abusive language or personal attacks on our boards, and reserve the right to remove any posts, threads or groups which we feel are in violation of our Code of Conduct for Care2 or the Terms of Service for Care2 membership. Additionally, users who violate these rules can be removed from using our boards or blocked from using our site.

Code of Conduct:

  1. Respect and courtesy - All Care2 Members are entitled to express their views and beliefs in a safe environment without feeling attacked. Members may not infringe on the rights of any other person to express themselves in a safe environment. This policy includes:
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    4. Any racial or ethnic slurs or insults relating to the mental, physical or intellectual qualities of any member.

  2. Vulgarity - All Care2 members agree to not post text or images that are vulgar, obscene, graphically violent or sexual in nature.

  3. Violent action - No member of Care2.com may use our boards or network messaging system to advocate violence against others, even in jest.

  4. Illegal activities - No Care2 member may use our services to promote illegal actions or to instigate illegal activity from other Care2 members.

  5. 'Hate messages' - No member may post or email 'hate' messages. This includes any messages that may incite violence toward someone because of their age, disability, gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation, including:
    1. Advocating violence or aggression against persons because they are a member of any of the above categories.
    2. Implying or stating that members of one of these categories 'deserve' or 'earned' death or violence towards them.
    3. Degrading or insulting whole classes of people, or using such statements to justify actions taken against them.

  6. Privacy - No Care2 member may use our site to collect personal information about other Care2 members, or to post such information for others to view. This includes telephone numbers, addresses, etc.

  7. Stalking - No member may stalk or otherwise harass others on our site.

  8. Copyrights - No Care2 member may post, email or otherwise distribute information or content which infringes on a copyright, patent trademark or other proprietary right of another party.

  9. Disruptive posts - No member may disrupt the discussion boards by posting repeatedly with the same information or by otherwise preventing the use of these boards by other Care2 members.

  10. Anonymous posts - If anonymous posts are abusive, do not adhere to our Respect and Courtesy Guidelines, or otherwise violate the Care2 Code of Conduct, they will be removed. Members who repeatedly are posting inappropriate anonymous posts will be blocked from making anonymous posts, as the Care2 administration can track anonymous posts to membership registrations.

  11. SPAM / Bulk mailings - No member may upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized commercial advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.

  12. Impersonation - No member may impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Care2 official or group forum leader; or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.

  13. Minors - Care2 Members may not post, email, or otherwise take action that endangers or harms a minor in any way.

  14. Problems and abuse reporting - Do not respond to abusive posts or otherwise engage in the furthering of inappropriate topics and posts. If you encounter a member that is abusing our system, report them directly using the 'Flag' tool so that appropriate action can be taken.

The Code of Conduct is intended as a guideline for how members should interact with each other on the Care2 forums. Just like a real community, you may have different opinions than other Care2 Groups users. While the Care2 Groups experience is best when people abide by the guidelines, it is up to each Group Owner to interpret and enact the Code of Conduct as they see fit. Note that the Code of Conduct guidelines do not substitute or override the Care2 Terms of Service which all members must abide by.

Thank you for participating on Care2, and for abiding by our rules. We enjoy and appreciate all the different backgrounds, views and beliefs of our members.

Group Settings, Guidelines, and Etc.
08/17/08

Hello!  Regarding settings, I had a chance to study our options last night.  Whew!  For now, AIMI will have open enrollment.  Some patients and family members are still working on overcoming the stigma attached to mental illness, and I would not want the application process to prevent their joining.  Whomever will, let them come.  I will expunge those who do not behave.

We'll just have to diligently visit AIMI daily whenever possible to make sure our members are not posting unacceptable things.  Generally, as long as they are within Care2 rules, their posts can stay.  Some of the members' posts may not be as sensible as we would like all of the time, because some of our members may be the very people we want to help, as we hope.  That's all good, as long as they honor Care2 standards.

One host setting was changed last night to allow only the owner the privilege of expelling members.  That takes the heat off you guys.  Just send me suggestions by private e-mail if you feel someone needs elimination, OK?

 

With open enrollment and members being allowed to post without prior approval of their posts, the group ought to practically run itself, except for oversight on our parts.  Let's see for a few weeks if this level of freedom will be too much, OK?

Please don't forget to invite your friends to join.  We must make them aware that our main focus is advocacy for decriminalizing mental illness, and who we need are advocates for this cause.  Naturally we will have some patients who are interested in joining also, and they are welcome and encouraged to do so, but mostly, we need activists!

CAREFUL!  None of us is qualified to offer any diagnosis or medical or mental health advice, and I am sure that is against the law.  If anyone ever asks for advice having to do with medications or anything remotely related to treatment, we will ALWAYS respond by suggesting that they confer with their psychiatrist or medical doctor, period.  We must not even attempt to answer any such question or give any advice that can be construed as medical.  We're just here to share and allow people space to share their experiences, but the less we comment on their comments, perhaps the better.  It might be best to respond by saying, "Thank you for sharing that," and let that do.  Your call, but be careful.  If the members want to talk with each other about such things, that's their business, but we as owner and hosts cannot.  Agreed?

Please always feel free to write to me whenever!  I love you and truly appreciate you.  God sent you.  Some may not be religious, and that is OK, but I am, and I hope you will not be offended at my often mentioning how glad I am that God sent you to help change things for the least of these, His brethren. 

 

Blessings!

Mary

Communication
08/09/08

Hello!  Thank you so much for co-hosting.  I gave you every right I have to the group as the owner, because this is fully your group, also.  If you have any ideas, I trust you -- go for it!

 

One question:  Could you send me your regular e-mail address?  So often I see stuff I want to share with you while I am surfing the Internet, but I don't know how to send it to you without logging into Care2 first and then sending you a message.  Is there another way to do it within Care2?  If there is not, then please send me your Yahoo or AOL or whatever personal e-mail address you want me to use to contact you ordinarily, and let me know if it is something I can share with other hosts, or if I should keep it tight to my breast.  Here are my e-mail addresses:

 

mln@wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com

 

mneal000@yahoo.com

 

Use the "wrongfuldeath" one most -- it will send you an auto response if the email is received.

 

Thanks in advance.  Rather than a host, you are actually fully endowed with the same privileges as I am, and you are now hereby knighted "Co-Owner"!

 

Couldn't do it without you!  Pray that God sends us some patients to encourage, some families to comfort and enlighten, some professional mental health people to share their knowledge and experiences with us and our members. 

 

Blessings,

 

Mary

 

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