START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
Jul 24, 2009
Police Brutality | Photo 02 by duo 

This photo is part of this news story:

Sick Inmate Beaten to Death by Guard; USDC Denies Justice to the Neals

Unfortunately, prisons have become America's de facto mental hospitals.  Presently, there are 1.25 million mentally ill citizens behind bars.  This is due in large part to closings of inpatient mental health facilities, reduced services in communities, and policy changes requiring that mentally ill persons not be subject to enforced hospitalization or outpatient treatment unless and until they prove to be a danger to self and others.  However, when the mentally ill do prove to be a danger to self and others by breaking laws, they still do not go to a hospital, but to prison.  Once incarcerated, the mentally ill are usually subject to more cruelty than other inmates, including abuse by fellow inmates and guards, gassing and restraint chairs used for control, and they comprise 60% of the 25,000 inmates enduring solitary confinement prison torture - isolated 23 hours per day in a 6' x 9' cell, naked and alone. 

Americans with mental disabilities are subject to cruelty in their communities from their neighbors and law enforcement officers.  Unfortunately, even well-intentioned police officers have harmed or killed mental patients by using Tasers, which police are taught to think of as "non-lethal weapons" rather than "less-lethal weapons."  When citizens die in police custody, their deaths are frequently subject to cover-up conspiracies, such as Kathryn Johnston in Atlanta in 2006 and Larry Neal, a mental patient who died after 18 days of secret incarceration in Memphis Shelby County Jail in 2003.   -

The article at the first link above publishes another death of a mentally ill American who was beaten to death by Fulton County, Georgia guards. 
Federal investigators are working to uncover the truth about the Fulton County Jail wrongful death case as they did for Kathryn Johnston's murder by former Atlanta police officers.  Larry Neal's death is still covered-up and USDOJ refuses to investigate same due to the role that federal agency itself played in Larry's wrongful death cover-up.  After nearly six years, his family still has no arrest records or accountability for his demise - all requests to government agencies regarding his Guantanamo-style arrest and death for open disclosure and equal justice have been denied or ignored, and his death is kept out of mainstream news.  In fact, his family lives under threat for asking about him, suffer censorship, cyberstalking, and in-person stalking in violation of U.S. Code 18, Sections 242 and 245.  See articles about this in citizens news by Goggling "Cochran Firm Fraud."

Since the reduction in facilities and services to America's mentally ill, the criminal justice budget (including court costs, lawyer fees for the indigent, and $50 billion annually to prisons) has risen to around $185 billion per year.  There has been no taxpayer savings in imprisoning rather than hospitalizing sick people or facilitating community care on a broader scale.  In fact, the results have been prison overcrowding, increased burden on criminal courts, a drain of financial resources from other needed domestic programs, and avoidable suffering and deaths among the mentally ill and others.

Several bills are before Congress to bring needed change.  Interested persons can contact their representatives via email to express an interest in WHAT HAPPENED TO LARRY NEAL  and the bills below by using this link: 

~   Sen. Jim Webb (VA-D) introduced The National Criminal Justice Act of 2009 calling for a national commission to "undertake a top-to-bottom review of our entire criminal justice system."
~   Rep. Johnson (TX-30) introduced H.R. 619 to resume Medicaid payments for care in mental institutions (withdrawal of these funds helped cause hospital closings); and H.R. 766 to provide housing and financial counseling for individuals before their release from inpatient or residential institutions.


§ 1983. Civil action for deprivation of rights
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

The treatment of Americans with mental disabilities as evidenced by the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal and the denial of his family's right to due process of law are examples of a problem Rev. Martin Luther King spoke about:   "Be true to what you said on paper."  In a word, it has to do with integrity.

Excerpt from Martin Luther King's Mountaintop Speech:     - delivered on April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, on the eve of his assassination.

Particulars of Larry Neal case are in the first lawsuit against The Johnnie Cochran Firm for fraud - Lawsuit -

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
Mar 5, 2009
I appreciate the opportunity to read and note news posted by Care2 members.  I occasionally pass along news posted by members when I write articles at  under my pseudonym, duo to help support their causes.  Everyone should have a cause for positive CHANGE - whether it is to save the environment; advocate for animal rights; fight for government accountability; help the least of these, His brethren (the imprisoned mentally ill); or give voice to the voiceless, like Care2 does every day.  I am particularly interested in human rights issues. Reading Care2News today reminded me of this poem:

Let America Be America Again, by Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek--
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean--
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That's made America the land it has become.

O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home--
For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
To build a "homeland of the free."

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?

For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay--
Except the dream that's almost dead today.

O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME--

Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose--
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,

O, yes,
I say it plain
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath--
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain--
All, all the stretch of these great green states--
And make America again!

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)  American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. Hughes is best-known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance.

Feb 16, 2009

Hope this news story escapes my censorship force!
Pres. Obama's Picture Banned for Presidents Day at Peterson AFB

Obama at the Capital

US Politics & Gov't 


THE GALLOP POLL reports that President Obama continues to enjoy an overall approval rating in the mid-60's, among the highest of any president.  In fact, 54% or more Americans polled say they have more confidence in President Obama's ability to improve the economy, manage the federal government, and in his ethical standards now than before he took office.  But as they say, "You can't please everyone."  (Gallop Poll report at this link:

PRESIDENTS' DAY is set aside to commemorate the contributions of men who have served in America's highest office. However, Peterson Air Force Base took President Obama's picture down this week amid customer complaints . . .

You know, many things make me wonder if I am actually some time traveller.  Could this be the 21st century?  Mental patients in America are locked away in prisons, often in solitary confinement cells reminiscent of 14th cenury Old World dungeons.  Now I learn that because President Obama is a black man, his picture is not displayed in a military installation over which he is Commander-in-Chief.  Amazing!

(tags: government, elections, democrats, AfricanAmericans, PetersonAFB, PresidentObama, MaryNeal )
Submitted for discussion to:  minority rights network, aimi, ai, dnc unplugged, mother jones

Submitted as news to note to:  mad, dnc, hot debates and shocking news
Visibility: Everyone
Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted: Feb 16, 2009 1:21pm
Jan 23, 2009

Since we seem to have a new White House Administration that seems interested in restoring citizens' rights, I hope that my freedom of speech and freedom of press will be honored. 

I sent a help ticket to Care2 and asked that my photo album be allowed to run at 5-second delay, the way I set it, even when the slideshow gets to pictures that people who censor me want to hide.  Presently, it runs on a 5-second delay until immediately before my photo slideshow gets to the pictures having to do with the two homeless, mentally ill men in Florida (one of whom killed the other), the photos race at a speed too fast for one to see the pictures.  I asked that Care2 examine my photo album for any codes that have been put in place to make this happen.  The picture below should be a link to my photo album on Care2: 

homeless on the corner
Homeless Veterans with PTSD
(Click on picture to see gallary)

I sent a help ticket to Care2 requesting that my Care2 page be freed of any codes that prevent it from scrolling correctly It comes up extremely slow, as though to discourage visitors from viewing it, and then it scrolls in waves rather than a smooth action.  Data is regularly deleted from my Care2 page, apparently by dragging same from the page from the bottom margin of the area where I put data about the advocacy for incarcerated mental patients.  See the last sentence in that section, cut off in mid stream, for instance.  The link to my Care2 page is carried most of my articles, and people who wish to censor Mary Neal and Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill do not allow my page to navigate as it should.  Sometimes, they deactivate my comments and vidoes in the comments area.  Here is a link to my Care2 Page:

* Please note that Care2 may know nothing about the censorship that is employed against me. 


President Obama is off to a great start to help restore America's freedoms! 

Hopefully, President Obama and his newly appointed Attorney General will do something to restore justice to the United States Department of Justice, which did not seem to care to uphold the law in recent years, especially as it pertains to USDOJ's responsibilities to uphold the rights of institutionalized persons, such as mental patients in prisons, jails, and substandard mental hospitals.

See what the ACLU reports our new president has already accomplished!

In addition to addressing the need for CHANGE regarding America's Freedom of Information Act, President Obama signed four executive orders in one day
  • Ordered Guantánamo Bay shut down
  • Banned torture
  • Ordered a full review of U.S. detention policies and procedures, and
  • Delayed the trial of Ali al-Marri, an ACLU client whose case is at the center of the Supreme Court’s review of indefinite detention policies.

AIMI looks forward to much success in 2009 working together with human rights activists, mental health orgs., and prison rights groups to promote compassion and justice for the mentally ill, particularly those in prisons and jails who should be in treatment instead. 



Mary Neal



Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.


Mary Neal
, 5, 2 children
Atlanta, GA, USA
Shares by Type:
All (582) | Blog (577) | Alert (1) | Poll (1) | Photo (1) | Message (2)

Showing shares tagged with: africanamericans [show all]
(0 comments  |  discussions )
New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
New Petition! Speak out against Time-Warner Merger with Comcast! Let your opinion be know before your bill goes up and your programming choices dwindle.\\r\\n\\r\\nUrge DOJ and FCC to Not Allow Merger of Time-Warner and Comcast\\r\\nhttp://www.t hepetitionsi...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
 \\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\nW hy this is important\\r\\nAs a community comprised of members actively using the tools provided by this site to accomplish needed improvements to various aspects of all life (animal, human, environmental), we, the undersigned, are her...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Message to the President, and to the Congress:It\\\'s very simple. We can aim for a UNIVERSAL Standard of $15 an hour Minimum Wage for ALL - that would be {frugally} a living wage these days. One should not have to be employed, and on government assista...
by Jack S.
(0 comments  |  discussions )
The Winter issue of my BSC NEWS is available now at www.burlingtonseniorcente
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nThis is my Message that I send every week or so, to the President, my Representative, and my two Senators. {And in this instance, to the Vice President also.} \\r\\nThe Majority of the people of this country, approve that the President {and Vice Presi...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nWe declare that no man nor nation nor race have a greater right than others to enjoy the fruits of their work, as the ecological sphere is our common condition of life http://www.beat Nous déclarons qu\\\'auc...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\n\\r\\n\\r\\n \\\"The only thing necessary for the triumph\\r\\n\\nof evil is for good men to do nothing.\\\" ~ Edmund Burke ~ \\n\\r\\n\\n
(0 comments  |  discussions )
I feel Care2 members should KNOW about the \\\"work from home\\\" ads, RECRUITING \\\"MULES\\\" TO CARRY OUT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES. Just like the Drug Cartels do... A person who was recruited unwittingly by one of these ads, was given in a arti...
(0 comments  |  0 discussions )
\\nEvery week or every other week, I send a Message to the President and to my Representative and Senators. This is the text of my latest:\\r\\nI have just sent the following message to President Obama; and I believe all Congresspersons need to hear it a...