Toronto, Montreal and MindFreedom Ireland all protested electroshock on Mother’s Day 2007. Here is background, announcements, press release and posters, along with links to reports. MindFreedom International endorsed these peaceful protests of electroshock.

Don Weitz, Bonnie Burstow and Paivi Laine at news conference in Toronto about 13 May 2007 protest of electroshock.

Report from the Toronto protest.

Report from the Montreal protest.

Report from MindFreedom Ireland protest.

Before the protest, a news conference was held in Toronto. For more photos of the news conference in Toronto go here:


This news release below was e-mailed to MFI from Bonnie Burstow announcing the protest:

Join us for an anti-shock Mother’s Day event in Toronto Canada

Sunday, May 13, 2007

2 to 4 pm

in front of Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canda

(march begins at the Clarke Institute, 250 College Street at 1:15 pm)
“The Gentleman’s way to beat up a woman.”
 -Ollie May Bozarth (1976)
** Electroshock is touted as the treatment of choice for post-partum depression

** Women receive electroshock 2 to 3 times as much as men

** Elderly women are the greatest risk of electroshock- 52% of electroshock treatments are given to women over 60
Proudly Sponsored by: CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault);Sistering; and The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University

Proudly Endorsed by: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty; TheToronto Rape Crisis Centre/ Multicultural Women Against Rape; LunaticLiberation Front; Mind Freedom International; School for DisabilityStudies at Ryerson University; Greenspiration; Resistance AgainstPsychiatry; The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE/UT; TheTransformative Leaning Centre at OISE/UT; Friendly Spike Theatre Band;Canadian Alliance for Rights in Health Care; Parkdale Community LegalServices; Street Health;The Edmund Yu Project; Street Health; and MadStudents Guerillas; Women’s Counselling Referral and Education Centre;Action Autonomie; Call Us Crazy; York University Access Centre; TorontoDisaster Relief Committee; Ithaca Mental Patients Advocacy Coalition;Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor Advocate Program, George BrownCollege.

For more information or to get involved call Don Weitz 416-545-0796 or email Shaindl Diamond at sdiamond@oise.utoronto.ca.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby)
BYOMAG (Bring Your Own Mother and Grandmother)


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