On this week’s episode of Talking Radical Radio, Elizabeth Carvahlo, Jeremiah Bach, Peter, and Alisa talk about their work as organizers of the Mad Pride festival in Toronto.
Political organizing by people who have experienced the mental health system has been a reality in Canada since at least the early 1970s. Initiated in the 1990s as “Psychiatric Survivor Pride Toronto,” Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival that is one of the current manifestations of such organizing. It is a chance for people who have experienced the mental health system and their allies to connect around shared struggles, to build the capacity of the mad community, and to both create and celebrate mad culture. It will be happening this year in Toronto from July 8 to July 14, and similar events will be happening in many other cities as well. The four organizers talk about the event, the mad movement, and mad culture.
To learn more about Mad Pride Toronto, click here.
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