Here’s a report from Don Weitz, one of the organizers of the Toronto protest of electroshock on Mother’s Day, 13 May 2007.
We had a great anti-shock march & demonstration, “Stop Shocking our Mothers and Grandmothers,” today at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
A participant counted 140.
My special thanks to Bonnie Burstow who did a superb job, as usual, coordinating the event and the many essential tasks leading up to today, the Media and Arts Committees for their hard work, the puppet-makers and performers for their creativity, Shaindl and her mom Bonnie Diamond for buying and bringing lots of good food, Paivi Laine and her daughter Liisa for giving courageous personal statements, and a few other survivors including Sue Clark in Ottawa, Leonard Frank in San Francisco, and Mary and Jim Maddock who sent us strong support statements which we read out, and relatives and friends who also courageously testified.
Without a doubt, for me and I hope most other people, especially many women who were at the demonstration, this was a most important, empowering, memorable and historic event, a breakthrough for CAPA, shock survivors and antipsychiatry activists everywhere.
I will also send out brief reports of the Montreal & Cork,Ireland demos after they give me permission which they probably will soon.
Photographer John Bonnar took several black and white photographs of the protest,.
For other photos of the Toronto Mother’s Day 2007 protest of electroshock go here:
For audio clips go here: