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Intuitive Community Juice

Today on this Intuitive Public Radio of June 17, 2020…

Intuitive Community Juice is establishing necessary kitchen access, support, and equipment to multiply-marginalized, severely disabled people, especially in communities of color affected by environmental contaminants.

In the context of our Intuitive community network, this resourcing radically reduces and reverses racial health disparities across all communities.

As survivors and their families are strengthened by safe food after debilitative injury and illness, they gain economic independence and regenerate new and better (and as you know, urgently needed) resources for teaching cross-community cultural competence and racial justice.

Intuitive Public Media stands ready to help survivors build their own professional platforms at request, to amplify and respectfully interconnect their lived expertise across the Intuitive community network — especially where they can create ongoing income streams.

We recommend this:

Restore self-led recovery, creative expression, and economic freedom to communities of trauma and hardship. 

(Our favorite Intuitive Community Juice recipe!)

This effort is sponsored by Notes on RefugeIntuitive Public Radio Pittsburgh, and this Intuitive Social Kitchen.

Thank you for listening!

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May 28, 2020

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This is Max Megan Elizabeth Morris and Intuitive Public Radio.

I began writing this message May 27, 2020, and today is May 28, 2020.

I keep an audio journal. Processwork, expressing sound, listening, and audio together are deeply integrated for me since forever, as far as I can remember.

Upcoming in this breadth of northeastern Springtime is a series of community opportunities presented by the Process Work Institute, Processwork Online, and wonderful others — in which I am (stunned, gobsmacked, full of song) grateful to be participating.

This follows on the heels of more group work I have been very lucky to connect to, feeling increasing yearning to broadcast about: For instance…

May 21, I participated in a Transforming Body Image workshop led by Eugene, Oregon’s Amy Palatnick toward understanding, compassion, and deep acceptance of all parts, including spontaneously synchronous (amazing, and *continuing*) birdshit blessings. This epic experience is immortalized in my paper notes currently at flickr.com/photos/worldmegan on Flickr. (Am I going to change that URL later? I probably will. Not quite yet though.)

Amy Palatnick’s Facebook page has more on her workshops and URLs. Please find and support her work at https://fb.me/Amy.Palatnick, on Instagram @Amy.Palatnick, and https://tinyurl.com/AmyThePotter.

Though we at Intuitive Public Media have had IPR production paused since March 25-or-so (re: #severity, #disabilities) and there is wonderful content waiting to air when that production pause is done, I am going ahead with direct publishing of daily audio notes to our broadcast podcast archives at anchor.fm/Intuitive and our other podcast platforms.

As frequently as I am successful, you can follow my progress at https://Intuitive.pub/text and https://Intuitive.pub/radio.

I think we will figure out the flow of it.

For all time and in times like these, the work called process work deserves my highest recommendation. If your heart resonates for dreaming together in a way that heals community, here are a few ways you can learn more about it.

May 28, today, 2020, I am looking forward to Emetchi’s 9am Pacific (noon Eastern) trauma-informed Processwork oriented learning adventure offered through the Process Work Institute.

The efforts and offerings of the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon can be found at https://ProcessWork.edu.

Also today, Joe Bartholomew is talking with Paul Levy at 11:30am Pacific (2:30pm Eastern), whose work has been important to me through years of intense experiences and hardship.

This Saturday, May 30, is the Process Work Institute’s New World Leader-Facilitator Training Seminar with Arny & Amy Mindell, a blessing so particular for me, for a moment I will let my verbal function drop away with utter grace.

Though I’ve reached my typing-for-talking threshold for the moment, I haven’t mentioned it all. Even more freely available resources are coming up in subsequent days.

The efforts and offerings of Processwork Online, with members in Toronto, can be found at https://ProcessworkOnline.com, where there are two free Internet seminars coming up June 8th and more events scheduled through the end of the year.

Processwork Online also has a Facebook page, with an attached Facebook group where learners and practitioners are welcome. The Processwork Online Facebook page and group are linked at the top of fb.me/ProcessworkOnline and at the bottom of ProcessworkOnline.com.

All of these links can be found in today’s post at https://Intuitive.pub/radio with more soon in our broadcast documents linked from https://Intuitive.pub/text.

There are many more resources for process work available; and deeply related, conversations about the methodology called Open Dialogue, we’ll mention some days soon.

If you need help getting involved or practicing process work in community, please reach out to me.

If you’re looking for spur-of-the-moment opportunities, we are dropping links and more information in public Telegram channels, which you can browse to at the following addresses: t.me/s/IntuitiveSocialConference — we’ve got such a nourishing conference vibe going now, with multitudinous event offerings from so many different organizations — and t.me/s/IntuitiveSocialCalendar.

More earth-loving dreambody notes from this daily audio journal, upcoming. ✨🐆✨

This is Max (Megan Elizabeth) Morris. Thanks for tuning your tuners to Intuitive Public Radio.

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Today is full of important dreaming. And the dreaming started many days (many years) ago, it seems…

Emetchi with the Process Work Institute led us through a process of dreaming answers to our questions about covid-19, our challenges as individuals and communities, and our dreaming of the path of humanity.

My notes are here.

I’m not going to change that Flickr address, because it won’t let me. But in retrospect, that isn’t the only reason. It was a weird experience to have shared Internet handles with Megan Fox, when partners of mine behaved in such curious ways having to do with Megan Fox. All of that appears to go much deeper than I’m mentioning. But it was something from the outside reaching me in a strange, toxic way. Releasing all elements of toxicity, I suddenly remember why I chose that handle in the first place and what “worldmegan” originally meant to me.

Now affected by trauma, certainly, but not erased or eliminated.

Even the remnants are seeds.

They can grow back green.

While processing my relationship with the distant person who is Megan Fox, and my relationship with the many and varied people who are fans of her efforts, I feel how conflicted her environment may be. If that’s the case, I hope she finds refuge from it.

There are more conversations here I’m not ready to have yet.

But some days soon, we will have them.

rec-20200528-140518 Broadcast Stage – May 28, 2020

From May 26-27, 2020:

Hello there! I prefer to be called Max — a short form of my full name, Megan Elizabeth Morris.

Between 2013 and 2019, I sustained ongoing neurological injuries, death experiences, and severe physiological disability due to multi-marginalization, severe environmental illness, and toxic injury. I became a survivor of human trafficking, crossed international borders in desperation for safety, and was homeless for 3 years.

Through Intuitive community efforts and the tool sets I and others have built together, I have brought myself back from repeated fatal digestive failures using broad-spectrum, bioavailable food nutrient combinations through organic greens, green and low glycemic vegetables, fresh herbs and roots like turmeric and ginger, garlic, and other medicinal whole food ingredients. 

Collaborating with other Survivors of Severity, I have built a network of public platforms centering survivors of severe trauma and hardship in regenerating caring, self-healing communities.

Through these platforms, severely disabled people are extending caring community to other severely disabled people — growing roots, leaves, and branches of personal empowerment, embodied practice, economic independence, regenerative (and accessible!) community resources, self-led physical healing, and effective, interconnected recovery.

We have compiled private access documentation in what is called the Intuitive Community Knowledgebase, the vast collective work of severely disabled members of our network in day-to-day life threatening situations. 

We preserve their efforts amidst each individual’s obliterative neurological damage or environmental extremity so that their lived experience and expertise, over time and recovery, can become their ideal source of professional income generation and economic stability.

My work as part of Intuitive Public Media is in building and sharing professional multimedia tool sets to restore media privilege, representation, and access to survivors of severe conditions. We also broadcast to https://anchor.fm/IntuitivePublicMedia and are included in the programming of Intuitive Public Radio.

All Intuitive Public Media’s documentation is part of the Intuitive Community Knowledgebase, accessible through conversations and community relationships with members of our team.

If you’d like to browse some of our publicly shared resources for more projects like Intuitive Public Media, jump into the Intuitive community Telegram channel directory found here: https://Intuitive.community/Telegram/view  

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May 27, 2020

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Poverty Amidst Pandemic

‘ Long before coronavirus hit, medical care in prisons was substandard. Conditions inside and the land many prisons are on is toxic. Many facilities are old, dilapidated and unsanitary…I hear about black mold, brown water and food unfit for consumption. The combination of conditions and prisoners increased susceptibility to chronic illnesses brings us beyond crisis to extreme urgency.

– Shandre Delaney, Pennsylvania (Human Rights Coalition – Fed Up!) ‘

Poverty Amidst Pandemic: Everybody’s Got A Right to Live Digital Mass Meeting includes testifiers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan shining ‘ a light on the plight, fight and insight of those leading this movement, and how crucial this work is during the double pandemic of COVID-19 and systemic poverty. ‘

Joined by PPC Co-Chairs Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and Special Guests Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and Dr. Sharelle Barber of the PPC’s COVID-19 Health Justice Advisory Committee.

https://t.me/s/YoungstownIPR/265

In Covid Limbo – We The Unhoused (Episode 19)

** We the Unhoused ** with Theo Henderson, Episode 19: In Covid Limbo

Watch, listen, & support!
https://youtu.be/RYv6JM1wVvY
https://soundcloud.com/user-369990655/episode-19-in-covid-limbo
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Thank you to Mr. Henderson for his awesome work. IPR East, IPR West and our whole Intuitive community network wishes him safety and success! 🌻🌿

Broadcast Room – April 11, 2020

Find our live working transcript document here and at Intuitive.pub/text. (If you are available to help us transcribe, please email volunteer@intuitive.pub.)

Broadcast Room – April 11, 2020 – Recording segments for http://anchor.fm/Intuitive & http://Intuitive.pub/radio. Ping me and tell me what we should broadcast on the air. Breathe, release tension, and get your needs met in the best way you can. Tell everybody how they can help and support you. (Thank you.) 

(0) “System overload…” & piano flourishes from Gwynfyd (Home of the Heart); “Write or broadcast this: Wealthy people knew about covid-19…”; “We are a network of individuals who…”; New babies; Intuitive Public Intersections; and Survivors of Severity; https://www.facebook.com/megmorris23/videos/10156875087136078

(1) Audio samples from Gwynfyd (Home of the Heart) and music-making; https://www.facebook.com/megmorris23/videos/10156875228641078

(2) Audio samples from Gwynfyd (Home of the Heart) and music-making; Some Glitch Heaven; System Overload; Neurological Effect (What’s That?); Eisteddfodau; Max & Azine, Maritime; Waniya Locke & Morgan M. Page; Staying Home & Staying Healthy; Jim Gottstein, PsychRights, Eli Lilly, & The Zyprexa Papers; Questioning corporate gaslighting; https://www.facebook.com/megmorris23/videos/10156875282756078

Live Streaming & Zoom Meeting Links, Notes, & Transcripts: 🌿 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TEzve8PucJPDbjeQmi0gmyJeX8u1EIzvLAyGki8elcY/edit 🌿🌿

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Broadcast Room – April 8, 2020

Following on our April 5 conversation with Rob Talbert at Intuitive Social Horror, Michón Neal joins today’s broadcast room to talk with Max about embodied movement, resilience and recovery amidst trauma, and hir book Lilith: In the Time of Toba.

Listen to this episode on Anchor FM by clicking here.

Find our live working transcript document here and at Intuitive.pub/text. (If you are available to help us transcribe, please email volunteer@intuitive.pub.

Broadcast Room – April 4, 2020

[Douglas Rushkoff is speaking with Helena Norberg-Hodge on the Team Human podcast. Max Morris has been listening to this and other audio while preparing food in the kitchen and organizing to get her needs met for the day. The supportive neurological impact is measurable and — though she can almost never do this — she picks up the guitar and plays something. And sings something! This is astonishing and delightful, as so many encounters with caring community can be. Thank you to Douglas Rushkoff, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Team Human for the very real neurological repair (and morale boost).]

[Max sings with frayed, snapped, & yet functional guitar strings…]

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, Oooo
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, Oooo

This needs to be a cheerier song.

[Chord change — something like A minor changed to A major, amidst continuing intermittent dissonance.]

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, Oooo

[Max gets up to stop the podcast player. She stabs a finger toward the screen and says, “That… is really awesome.” She means the Team Human podcast and the wonderful people who appear in it. She sits down and starts playing (!) the guitar again. Tuneful dissonance. Max sings…]

Team Human is awe-some. (It is!)
Team Human is awesome. Awesome.
(…that’s a little better.)

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals…

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals…

[Max speaks while vamping guitar strings:]

Thank you to Douglas Rushkoff and Team Human, which you should search for if you use Medium.com or Twitter.com… or almost any podcast platform.

[http://twitter.com/@Rushkoff
http://twitter.com/@TeamHumanShow
https://medium.com/@Rushkoff
https://medium.com/Team-Human
https://patreon.com/TeamHuman
http://TeamHuman.FM]

[Guitar continues, and Max sings:]

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you, thank you
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you
Neurons, I love you. Ooooo…

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals, Oooo

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
They’ll give you healthy crisp
 and happy little vegetables
(… vegetables… vegetables…)

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
(No wonder you can’t finish the song…)
(… are we doing something wrong?…)

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals

[Max turns off the camera.]

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“Wash off your pesticides with pharmaceuticals…”

Welcome, brave listeners, to this Intuitive Public Radio broadcast room recording. Stop by; say hi. Listen to what I’m listening to in ambient time-space. Thank you for joining us in this real-time radio resonance compartment. 

Catch recent live broadcasts by visiting & subscribing to t.me/s/MaxMoRadio and facebook.com/IntuitivePublicRadio/live. You can also find us at Intuitive.pub/TV. Contact me at Intuitive.social/hello/Max. 🌻🌿

Support the work of this Intuitive community by visiting Intuitive.community/donations. Thank you for listening!

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[singing with the layered echoes of the Internet A/V signal]

Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals
Wash off your pesticides
With pharmaceuticals, -maceuticals, -maceuticals

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Azine shared the following. Please find direct links to her posts at Intuitive.pub/text, at the top of the page:   Coming up…   Broadcast Room – April 4, 2020 Intuitive Public Radio

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Old Problems, Newfound Hopes.
AZINE STEENBERGEN·SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020
‘ Can anyone give me an example of a country’s government that isnt now more cruel than usual to refugees, to Indigenous peoples, to houseless people, to disabled people, to the very young& the very old, to the working class and the financially destitute?
  That isnt using this time to push laws and changes that otherwise its people would have opposed by the thousands? Like privacy breaches, authoritarian coups, attacks on rights of minorities, or killing people; by state gun violence, desk murderers, or simply lack of care (with fulfilling the basics like food aid and medical care) and defunding into death…
  If you cant find a single country without these fatal responses, then please consider that government is part of the problem.
  Have you noticed the increase in mutual aid, the human instinct of looking out for each other, and how phenomenal it is? How many lives have been saved by solidarity, in these times and in ages past?
  What if we just continued to live that way?
  I hope that then more problems will be solved, up until the moment we dissolve the kyriarchy, and then in the era beyond.
  Wouldnt that be wonderful?
  (Title because this has always been my stance, but I amidst the draconian rules and catastrophes, I am seeing more and more people with newfound hopes and vision for better world) ‘
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Images: https://www.facebook.com/azine.steenbergen/posts/2775341445913897 🌿

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By IndigenousAction.org, published on March 19, 2020; Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto.

Aime Lilithe Graves published this on Telegram and it’s been traveling from channel to channel. Find these original messages at t.me/s/IntuitivePublicRadio/5365.

Please visit IndigenousAction.org to read their page and support their work. Excerpts…

Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto
http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto

Thank you for visiting IndigenousAction.org to read their full page and support the work they’re doing. You can follow more related links from our messages at t.me/s/IntuitivePublicRadio/5365 and Intuitive.pub/text for April 4, 2020. 

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I meant to read excerpts from the above link, but — as happens at times — the energy in my body said that reading it all out loud was the best way for me to absorb it effectively.

Often, I only get the first reading. I’m glad I read this.

Thank you Aime Lilithe for posting it.

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http://www.indigenousaction.org/about-2/
http://www.indigenousaction.org/shop/

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Broadcast Room – March 31, 2020

Barest amount of broadcasting today. Are there any snippets we can get out on the air?

Hello there. It’s 1755 in the evening, approaching the 55 second mark. March 31st, 2020. Terribly confronting challenges today — simultaneous to wondrous occurrences! 

With our gratitude to the USDAC — the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, which is *not* a government agency, shared its prodigious materials on facilitating Story Circles. Since we at Intuitive Public Radio have been creating Story Circle access for people who couldn’t get to the usual kinds of Story Circles, the passion sure matched up. We’ve launched our ongoing “event” to begin today, March 31st, in conjunction with The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, the USDAC, and this sixth annual People’s State of The Union.

Our event begins March 31st and never stops. Whenever you hear or read this, we’d like to invite you to join us.

You can find out more by visiting Intuitive.pub/StoryCircle, and I hope you will. Any excuse we can muster to keep doing what we’re doing — and reasons for joy!

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We have published
the Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons With Psychosocial Disabilities at anchor.fm/NotesOnRefuge, and I’d like to include the same segment here at anchor.fm/Intuitive as well. 

Please record your comments to share with us at anchor.fm/Intuitive/message. We’re interested to know more about your experiences.

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Broadcast Room – March 31, 2020Intuitive Public Radio

https://anchor.fm/intuitive/episodes/Broadcast-Room—March-31–2020-ec7k24/a-a1qpvhc

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COVID-19 and Psychosocial Disabilities

I am reading my highlighted excerpts from the Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities published by Tina Minkowitz on March 26, 2020 at Mad In America dot com. Please find the whole text at this Mad In America link, which we’ve included in our episode notes at Intuitive.pub/Notes, Intuitive.pub/Radio, and Intuitive.pub/Text.

Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities
Tina Minkowitz, Esq.
March 26, 2020, Mad In America dot com
‘ Meanwhile, the community of people with lived experience of psychosocial disability or psychiatry has been connecting in all the ways we can, especially online, to provide peer support and share information. Our love, creativity, and solidarity are needed now more than ever and show us our strength in the midst of crisis.
  Regional and international organizations have come together in this global pandemic to issue a joint statement making recommendations to governments on how to respect and ensure the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities who are among the groups that are more vulnerable to human rights violations as well as infection with and severity of the illness.
  The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry has dedicated a webpage to this joint statement, with downloadable versions in English and Spanish. Other translations will be added as available.
  The complete statement in English, composed jointly by the groups listed, is below.
  -Tina Minkowitz ‘
 . . . ‘ We, persons with psychosocial disabilities from regional and international organizations across the world, are concerned about the vulnerability of persons with psychosocial disabilities to COVID-19 infection and deaths. “Persons with psychosocial disabilities” refers to a historically discriminated and marginalised group that includes users and ex-users of psychiatry, victims-survivors of psychiatric violence, mad people, voice-hearers, and people with psychosocial diversity.
  People with psychosocial disabilities may be at increased risk of contracting coronavirus as a result of:
  their being placed and/or deprived of their liberty in psychiatric units and institutions, social care institutions, vagrancy homes, unregulated and informal ‘shelters’, jails, prisons, and correctional facilities, where they are unable to exercise social distancing as per their will and preferences;
  the inherent risk of infection in these environments, exacerbated by their being overcrowded and unsanitary, and places where ill-treatment tends to occur;
  barriers in accessing health information, including lack of information in plain language and communication support;
  barriers in implementing preventive hygiene measures due to poverty, unequal access to resources within households and homelessness;
  mistreatment and abuse;
  lack of social support networks and inclusive communities; and
  the systemic discrimination against persons with psychosocial disabilities, especially of women, children, older persons, LGBTQIA+ persons, indigenous persons, persons of diverse race, colour, descent, caste, national or ethnic origin, persons of different religious affiliations, persons with other disabilities, and other groups otherwise facing multiple and intersectional discrimination.
  People with psychosocial disabilities may also be at increased risk of developing more severe symptoms and dying due to:
  poor nutrition, healthcare and sanitary conditions in psychiatric units and institutions, social care institutions, group homes and prisons;
  weakened immune systems due to poor nutrition, neglect, institutionalization, and homelessness, including in children and older persons with psychosocial disabilities;
  long-term consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence and abuse, particularly against women with psychosocial disabilities;
  reluctance to access the health system due to experiences of discrimination, dismissiveness, neglect, violence, and traumatization in that system;
  underlying health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension caused or exacerbated by psychiatric drugs, often administered against people’s will or under coerced consent; and
  barriers in accessing healthcare and lack of health insurance coverage.
  States have the responsibility under international law to respect and ensure the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities on an equal basis with others. This responsibility is heightened during a national and global emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The vulnerabilities highlighted during the pandemic as a result of structural discrimination, discriminatory legislation, and practices of exclusion and violence both in communities and in medical and social care settings, must be taken into account and remedied both during the emergency and afterwards.
  We remind states that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires states to abolish involuntary admissions and treatment in mental health settings and to release those detained and treated against their will under such regimes. This obligation is not suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, as discriminatory detention is never justified, nor is the administration of mind-altering treatments against a person’s will.
  We call on national and local governments to implement the following measures:
  Institutional Settings
  Drastically reduce the number of people in psychiatric units and institutions, and institute a moratorium on involuntary admissions. Ensure that no one is compelled to remain in such settings against their will, where they are at greater risk of infection, more severe illness, and death.
  Urgently implement sanitary and preventive measures to avoid infections in psychiatric units and institutions, social care institutions and group homes, including environmental cleaning and disinfection, air circulation, regular hand hygiene and free access to sanitary supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and paper towels. People should not have to go to a centralised place to get sanitary supplies. Staff must be required to comply with all sanitary and preventive measures.
  Stop the use of seclusion, restraints, non-consensual medication, and any restriction on using the lavatories in psychiatric units and institutions. In addition to being contrary to people’s dignity and integrity, these practices inevitably generate unsanitary conditions and cause severe stress and physical deterioration, resulting in weakened immunity.
  Provide people in psychiatric units, institutions and group homes with access to the latest information about COVID-19, and enable them to keep in touch with their friends and family. People should not be banned from leaving their rooms or having contact with the outside world as a way to prevent infections. While preventive measures to avoid infections from visitors are needed, blanket policies barring visitors are disproportional and can expose people to further abuse and neglect. Alternative means of keeping in contact, such as telephone and Internet, must be allowed without restriction.
  Drastically reduce the population in jails, prisons, and correctional facilities, including by releasing those who are in pre-trial, imprisoned for non-violent offences, or scheduled to be released soon, including persons with psychosocial disabilities on an equal basis as others.
  Ensure in each and every case that people deprived of their liberty and those in congregate settings are tested in a timely manner, given their differential vulnerability, and that all such settings implement proper sanitary and preventive measures. When an outbreak occurs in an institutional setting, those affected must be moved to competent healthcare facilities, and the rest should be removed from the infectious environment. Any quarantine efforts must not result in persons being put into more restrictive environments, such as solitary confinement.
  Non-discrimination
  Ensure that persons with psychosocial disabilities have equal access to testing, healthcare and public information related to COVID-19. Quality healthcare should be provided to those infected without discrimination of any kind, and regardless of health insurance coverage. Persons with psychosocial disabilities should not be diverted from mainstream hospitals to psychiatric units and institutions for treatment, where healthcare for COVID-19 is often of a lower standard.
  Public restrictions based on public health, and actions of law enforcement and security personnel, must not discriminate in any way against persons with psychosocial disabilities. Psychiatric coercive measures must not be used as any part of the response to COVID-19. Human rights standards and mechanisms offering protection to persons deprived of their liberty and those in congregate settings, including those in psychiatric units and institutions, must remain in effect and not be reduced as part of emergency measures.
  No one should be compelled to take psychiatric drugs or other treatments that inflict suffering and that compromise their health or immune systems. Compulsory treatment orders must be lifted, and no new ones introduced, as required by international law.
  Ensure persons with psychosocial disabilities are not discriminated against in accessing the temporary measures implemented by governments to ensure the continuity of services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including education and social protection programs.
  Community Support
  Ensure continued access to support for people experiencing distress or unusual states of consciousness during the COVID-19 outbreak, including through call-in and online psychosocial support and peer support, based on respect for individual will and preferences.
  Step up efforts to develop a wide range of community-based services that respond to the needs of persons with psychosocial disabilities and respect people’s autonomy, choices, dignity, and privacy, including peer support and other alternatives to conventional mental health services.
  Guarantee voluntary access to psychiatric drugs during the COVID-19 outbreak for those who want them, and offer support to anyone who wants to come off their medication or experience home-based withdrawal.
  Prepare and encourage communities to be supportive of one another in an inclusive way, including of persons with psychosocial disabilities, during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is especially important since mandatory quarantine, home confinement and information overload may result in heightened states of distress.
  Provide practical support, such as support with obtaining food and supplies, for people with psychosocial disabilities who may be unable to leave their homes due to quarantine or experience difficulty with leaving home during this period of heightened concerns about contamination.
  Consider flexible mechanisms to authorize people with psychosocial disabilities to be able to leave their homes during mandatory quarantines, for short periods and in a safe way, when they experience particular difficulty with home confinement.
  Adopt additional financial measures to support people with psychosocial disabilities who may need to self-isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly those who live in poverty, or are unemployed or self-employed.
  Encourage media to report responsibly and accurately about the COVID-19 outbreak and the general population to exercise critical thinking and judgment when reading and sharing information on social media platforms.
  Vulnerable Groups
  Provide access to domestic violence information and services to support people, including children, experiencing abuse and violence at home. People with psychosocial disabilities, of any age, may experience increased risk of abuse and violence during home quarantine or home isolation.
  Conduct community outreach activities to identify and rescue persons with psychosocial disabilities deprived of their liberty or ill-treated at home or within communities, including by shackling and pasung* and provide adequate support to them in a manner that respects their human rights.
  Ensure access by homeless people, including those with psychosocial disabilities, to preventive measures against COVID-19 infection, such as access to well-supplied and clean sanitation facilities, as well as testing and treatment, without discrimination, and in a manner that respects their human rights. Governments must ensure that people with psychosocial disabilities who are homeless during the period of social isolation are not mistreated by authorities and provided with water, food, and shelter on equal basis with others.
  Guarantee the continued provision of harm reduction services, such as needle and syringe programs and opioid substitution therapy, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among drug users.
  Participation
  Consult and actively involve persons with psychosocial disabilities and their representative organizations in the state response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  Involve persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the independent monitoring of institutional settings. ‘
Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities
Tina Minkowitz, Esq.
March 26, 2020
https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/03/statement-covid19-persons-psychosocial-disabilities

I’ve just read my highlighted excerpts from the Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities published by Tina Minkowitz on March 26, 2020 at Mad In America dot com. Please find the whole text at this Mad In America link, which we’ve included in our episode notes at Intuitive.pub/Notes, Intuitive.pub/Radio, and Intuitive.pub/Text.