Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Groundbreaking, Ceiling Shattering, Box Destroying . . . Dr. Bonnie Burstow's Toronto Public Library Talk on "Psychiatry and the Business of Madness"

If you really want to understand why psychiatry is such a threat to humanity, watch Bonnie Burstow's (Dec. 6, 2016) Toronto Public Library Talk on Psychiatry and the Business of Madness. 

I believe that your future self will thank you for it.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How Progressives Can Win

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Emergency: Senate Vote on Amendment to HR 34 is NEAR. update on #PsychiatrictsuNAMI

If amended, HR 34 will change your life. 

The amendment to H.R. 34 targets: babies, children, teens, young adults, college students, pregnant and lactating women, seniors, veterans, and everyone who uses medical services. 

Please, before Monday morning – leave as many messages on your Senators AND Representatives Voicemail opposing the scam of amending the HR 34 the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015 as the 21st Century #CuresAct amendment which includes awful versions of the Murphy Bills and multiple other bills that Senators are still attempting to amend before a vote.

Our legislators are pushing this through, and if you can believe, Senators are even still adding amendments. 

The Senate will take up the proposed amendments on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 3PM Eastern or earlier – so keep an eye out for another sneak attack. 

Even if the Senate pulls off this state-sanctioned scam of what an aid from a Representative’s Office explained to me as “a simple parliamentary procedure”, it will have to go back the House of Representatives and if it passes there, on to the President. 


To be clear, our government took a bill that passed, HR 34, Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2016 and replaced the text with the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes the controversial Murphy Bills, and acted as if what they have done is legitimate. 


On Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 9PM Eastern, call in to (267)521-0167 to be part of the program.  This is an urgent call for you to speak out to your legislators.  
On this show, Yvonne Smith, Lauren Tenney, and others will discuss things that you can talk about with your Senators AND Representatives concerning the scam of amending the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015 H.R. 34 as the 21st Century #CuresAct amendment, which includes awful versions of the Murphy Bills and multiple other bills that Senators are still attempting to amend before a vote. They are pushing this through and if you can believe, Senators are even still adding amendments.
Senate will take up the proposed amendments on Monday, December 5, 2016, or earlier.
To reach your SENATORS:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WARNING: A Psychiatric Tsunami Is Upon Us



The Murphy Bill (HR 2646) has been merged with the 21st Century Cures Bill 
and snuck into H.R. 34 as an an amendment. 

The 996 page bill includes multiple provisions for forced psychiatry 
not limited to IOC/AOT, ACT Teams, and Prison Psychiatry.
H.R. 34 also include:
SAMHSA reorganization,
condoning of HIPPAA violations,
a study of peer support specialists for future controls of the field, 
multiple attacks on young people and veterans,
and a host of other potential human rights violations.
Psychiatry is a fraud and this bill perpetuates it.
Today, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016 tell your legislators to VOTE NO on H.R. 34, Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015.
Demand that your legislators stop sneaking controversial, 
damaging bills into other bills at the last minute.

The American people deserve more.

Find your representatives here:

For more information about the hearing on H.R. 34 11/29/16:

Here, an aid to a congress person explains that it is not a scam, just a "simple parliamentary procedure". 

For a more in-depth analysis from Lauren Tenney:

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Death of the Liberal Class? Death to the Liberal Class!

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Death of the Liberal Class? Death to the Liberal Class!

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For as long as I’ve been involved with progressive political movements, activists and organizers have been trying to reform the Democratic Party with little to no success.
Unfortunately, none of this is new as activists have tried to reform the Democratic Party since the 1960’s, only to see the Dems lurch further and further to the right over the past several decades.
In America, we don’t talk about history. If we do, it’s either a bunch of watered down bullshit, or outright myths and fallacies. That being said, it might be useful to talk to today’s young activists about the dark legacy of the Vietnam War, a war many consider to be the worst international crime of the second half of the 20th century.
According to military historian Nick Turse, over 4 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians were killed as a result of Uncle Sam’s limitless aggression in the pursuit of power. Today, Agent Orange continues to ravage not only U.S. veterans, but most importantly the people in Southeast Asia.
In order to understand today’s Democratic Party, progressives and liberals must come to grips with the history of their party. Consequently, we should never forget who got the U.S. into Vietnam in the first place: namely, JFK and LBJ, two Democratic-liberal heroes, of course.
Both JFK and LBJ adhered to Eisenhower’s “Domino Theory,” (which was an extension of George Kennan’s containment policy) the idea that Communism, like a cancer, would spread throughout the world if left unchecked. Therefore the U.S. Empire’s primary objective (at least nominally and ideologically) was to stop Communism wherever it raised its ugly little head – Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, etc.
For those who are willing to look, the Liberal Class’s disgraceful legacy during the Cold War has been forever sealed in the annals of history.
After 9/11, the modern Democratic Party continued its imperial legacy when it fully bought into and promoted George W. Bush’s “War on Terror.” Without question, Democrats share equal responsibility for the death and destruction that followed the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Not only did they overwhelmingly vote in favor of both wars, they also failed to cut funding when they had the power to do so (2006-2008).
Obama, a life-long adherent to the idea of “American Exceptionalism,” carried forward many of Bush’s policies. In December of 2009, Obama escalated the war in Afghanistan, sending 30,000 extra troops to the war-torn nation. Today, the war continues, with no end in sight.
In fact, Afghanistan is in worse condition today than it was after the Soviet invasion ended in 1989. Political corruption is rampant. Terrorism is the new normal. And poppy production is at an all-time high. This, not democracy or peace, is Obama’s legacy in Afghanistan.
Obama also expanded Bush’s NSA surveillance operations. His war on whistle blowers is unprecedented. And by now, the world is aware of Obama’s love for drones and Special Operations Forces, especially those living in Yemen, Syria and Libya.
Of course, all of this has taken place without a peep from MoveOn, the major unions, liberal NGOs or Democrats in U.S. Congress. Unsurprisingly, the Liberal Class has been all but silent during Obama’s reign as commander-in-chief of the largest and most murderous empire in the history of humanity.
Today, the Liberal Class attempts to normalize the Neofascist-freakshow, Donald J. Trump. Even the mainstream news commentators who are now attempting to cover Trump with an iota of journalistic integrity are normalizing characters like Glenn Beck in the process. For example, Glenn Beck was recently a guest on Anderson Cooper’s program, 360°, where Beck detailed the “horrors” of the Alt-Right.
Apparently no one remembers the many years Glenn Beck spent on FoxNews, demonizing progressives and painting Obama as a political radical who wanted to completely remake America in the image of Karl Marx. Anyone who thinks Beck is some sort of conventional conservative should read excerpts from his book, America’s March to Socialism: Why We’re One Step Closer to Giant Missile Parades. Short memories proliferate today’s media landscape.
The liberal media outlets have benefited greatly from Trump’s campaign, both as the Republican nominee, but also during the GOP primaries. Remember, during the primary season, Trump was a regular guest on virtually every major “news program” on MSNBC and CNN.
Liberals ate it up. They figured, like the Clinton campaign, that they could use the Neofascist buffoon for ratings, while simultaneously propping him up as a viable candidate, for they assumed there was no way Clinton could lose to a reality TV star, right?
Now that President-elect Trump is two months away from taking power, Obama, the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, the Clintons, etc., tell us to root for The Donald because it’s time for the nation to “heal.” On the contrary, millions of people have taken to the streets in defiance of the Liberal Class. These trends will continue as the Democratic Party has learned nothing from the 2016 elections. Not only has the Liberal Class given us Fascism, they’re now normalizing it.
The unions are no better than the media or the politicians. They don’t educate their members. And they’re completely beholden to the Democrats. Political independence is an afterthought, which is a tragedy because organized labor played such a significant role in shaping progressive politics over the past 100+ years. But those days are gone. The traditional labor movement is all but dead.
Today, in many cases, the labor movement represents everything that is dysfunctional and wrong with the Liberal Class. Nearly every major union, with the exception of seven (APWU, NNU, ATU, NUHW, UE, CWA and ILWU), endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist.” The same was true in the Chicago mayoral election of 2014, where the vast majority of unions in the Chicago backed the Neoliberal candidate, Rahm Emanuel, over community activist and Latino, Chuy Garcia.
NGO’s, Organized Labor and the Democratic Party represent a failed past. They also represent a lack of imagination. Undoubtedly, everyone should support the activists who are currently demonstrating in cities and towns across the United States. Popular rage should be understood as the only logical reaction to Neofascism.
That being said, we’re going to need more than popular anger and outrage: we need serious alternatives to the Liberal Class and its many institutions.
At this point, I beg the people who will read this article: do not waste your time trying to reform the Democratic Party. History matters. And history tells us that “reforming” the Democratic Party (whatever that means, as the left has no unified vision) is not only a lost cause, but symptomatic of an American population that lacks anything resembling creativity or independence.
The Tea Party comparison is equally absurd, as the Tea Party was backed by millionaires and billionaires. The Elites had a vested interest in pushing the Republicans even further to the right, which is why the movement was so successful. Anyone telling you different either lacks ideas or has a vested interest in continuing the same failed bullshit progressive organizers and activists have been doing for decades.
In the meantime, everything has gotten worse, from the police state and the rise of the prison industrial complex, to the U.S. Empire and climate change. We are running out of time. We don’t have two or three decades to transform electoral politics.
Let’s avoid the terrible pitfalls of Bush-era activism, where the three dominant organizational influences were sectarian groups (Revolutionary Communist Party), liberal NGOs (MoveOn) and undemocratic unions (take your pick). We need principled movements. We need movements who are willing to stand up and speak out regardless of which party holds electoral power.
Most importantly, we need new ideas, programs, strategies and tactics. So far, more than a week after the election, I have yet to read an article that’s suggesting anything different than what I was reading during Bush’s second term, almost ten years ago. That’s not a good sign.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

What We Can Do

What can we do? First, form citizens oversight committees to oversee police, courts and other government officials. Get involved.

Realize that we are in inverted totalitarianism and the levers of power have been seized by the ruling class and we only are lead to believe that we have true democracy. Manufactured consent results in comments like “We must support our police", when we live in a police state…yes…a police state (why do you think we have police getting military equipment….tanks, machine guns….this is for the coming of the failure of capitalism). Remember: Police and Blackwater troops have already been used against American citizens in New Orleans. They turned their guns against poor blacks trying to escape the flood waters of hurricane Katrina and shot some of them dead.

Robots are taking the jobs and they are not coming back. The idea of exchanging money for labor is obsolete. The wealthy see this coming and they are ensuring that we have a strong military and police force to defend them. There is an acute shortage of natural resources, including water…the war in Syria is a resource war over water.

Examine white privilege and the damage it does to us all …along with income inequality.

Black slaves and their families never got the 40 acres and a mule that were promised to them. Blacks have never been able to participate in the capitalistic system. Reparations could include a permanent tax free status for blacks to make up for 500 years of slavery, Jim Crow, inequality, dishonored treaties, destroyed legacies, loss of interest and property…….. and injustice.

A formal apology for slavery and Jim Crow should be issued. Slaves should be honored for their uncompensated labor that made this country great.

Evaluate: communities of color and poor communities have been chained by the justice system and prisons …and…these chains are being readied for the rest of us.

The ruling class does not want to see us at peace or to see our families happy or healthy.

They want to reduce the population. Why do you think they prosecute wars and fight so hard to prevent universal healthcare. 66% of our budget goes to war…not to schools, not to hospitals, healthcare, housing..the weak and vulnerable….in fact, only 1% goes to anti-poverty programs and they keep wanting to cut that to reduce the deficit.

Stop the war on drugs and mass incarceration. Invest into new schools instead of new prisons.

Eliminate student loans and make education free for all (we can afford it) the bloated defense budget is proof of that. European nations, Asian nations…do not have to have large military forces. OUR TROOPS are protecting them, so, they have four day work weeks and massive paid vacations.

Reevaluate this primitive tradition of locking up criminals. Let’s rehab them…as they do in Europe.

Let’s treat our elderly with dignity. Build Disney like facilities that have buildings, food, music…like the old times and allow them to live out their lives in dignity (this is done in Europe…down to having old cars). THIS instead of horrible nursing homes.

Eliminate items  and institutions that honor the Confederacy…as Germans have done with the Nazi’s and Hitler. No more Robert E. Lee High and black cheerleaders wearing “The Rebels” on their uniforms. No more Edmund Pettis Bridge. No more Confederate flags. Black people should not be forced to honor the Confederate criminals no more than Jews should be forced to honor Hitler and the Nazis or Americans to honor Osama Bin Laden, The Taliban.

The black community has always been a canary in the coal mine. What happens to them eventually happens to all. The police that kill black men now, will kill others, later.

Just as conservatives and neo liberals engineered the drug wars to destroy the civil rights movement and communities of color in the 1960’s, now, white males are dying at higher numbers than anyone else in the addiction war.

Most of us, have been taught what to think, not how to think. The lame stream media creates this false picture of police and military forces with all the police shows, movies and embedded news anchors. 

We have to tell our own stories, to know the truth.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hannibal B. Johnson: Special Broadcast - The Worse Race Riot in U.S. History

Special Broadcast: Featuring Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq. as we discuss the mass killing of black people by whites in Tulsa, OK in 1921.

Tulsa, OK 1921. The total number of black people killed will never be know. 

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The interview with Hannibal will take place between 9 AM and 10 AM.
Callers will be able to vent their opinions between 10 AM and 11 AM.

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Hannibal B. Johnson is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He did his undergraduate work at The University of Arkansas, where he completed a double major in economics and sociology. Johnson is an attorney, author, and independent consultant specializing in diversity & inclusion/cultural competence issues and nonprofit governance. Johnson has also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa College of Law (legal writing; legal ethics), Oklahoma State University (leadership and group dynamics; business law [MBA Program]), and the University of Oklahoma (ethics; cultural diversity; race & reason; The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot; nonprofit leadership & management).

Johnson is past president of Leadership Tulsa, past president of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and past president of the Northeast Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of The Community Leadership Association, an international leadership organization, during 2001 – 2002, and is a founding director of the Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. He currently serves on the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and as Immediate Past Chairman of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Johnson directed Anytown, Oklahoma, a statewide human relations camp for teens, for more than a decade. He has served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma and on the Advisory Board of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest. Johnson served as chairman of board of directors of The Rotary Club of Tulsa, 2015 – 2016, and chaired the Club’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee during that same period. 

He serves on the Institutional Review Board for Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, on the Tulsa Public Schools Fine Arts Advisory Board and is a past chair of the board of directors of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Humanities Council. He served on the Programs Committee for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and organized the Center’s annual symposium for several years. In 2004, Mr. Johnson graduated with the inaugural class of the national “Connecting Community Fellowship Program” based in Richmond, Virginia.

Johnson’s books include: Images of America: Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District; Black Wall Street--From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District; Up From the Ashes—A Story About Community; Acres of Aspiration—The All-Black Towns in Oklahoma; Mama Used To Say—Wit & Wisdom From The Heart & Soul; No Place Like HomeA Story About an All-Black, All-American Town; IncogNegroPoetic Reflections on Race & Diversity in America; and Apartheid in Indian Country?: Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement. Johnson’s play, Big Mama Speaks—A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story, has been performed at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Philbrook Museum of Art, and was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Johnson is a contributing writer to the Encyclopedia of African American History (New York, New York: Facts on File, Inc. 2010), penning two articles: Langston, Oklahoma and the Birth of the All-Black Town Movement; and Edward Preston McCabe—The Father of the All-Black Town Movement).

Johnson’s honors include: the 2016 Whitney M. Young, Jr., Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America; the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Association of Fundraising Professionals; the 2013 “The Inclusives” diversity award from Tulsa’s Young Professionals; the 2012 “Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award” from the Oklahoma Bar Association; the “Don Newby/Ben Hill” award from Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry; the “Keeping The Dream Alive” award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society; the “Outstanding Service to the Public Award” from the Oklahoma Bar Association; the “Ten Outstanding Young Tulsans” award from the Tulsa Jaycees; the “Distinguished Leadership Award” from the National Association for Community Leadership; the 2005 “Ralph Ellison Literary Award” from the Black Liberated Arts Center; the 2006 Oklahoma Human Rights Award from the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission;  induction into the 100 Black Men of Tulsa, Inc. “Hall of Honor” in 2007; and the “Goodwill Appreciation Award” from the Islamic Society of Tulsa in 2008.


Hannibal B. Johnson

  • Apartheid in Indian Country? looks at the controversy over the citizenship status of the descendants of persons of African ancestry who lived among the Five Civilized Tribes, the “Freedmen.” The ancestors of some of the Freedmen were enslaved by the Five Tribes, while others were free persons living among those tribes. The Freedmen claim treaty, blood, and affinity relationships to the Five Tribes. [Audience: high school students and adults] (Eakin Press; ISBN 13: 978-1-935632-34-4) 

o   Black Wall Street traces the history of Tulsa’s African-American community, renowned nationally in the early twentieth century for its preeminent Black entrepreneurs. Tulsa was the site of the worst race riot in American history in 1921. Some 300 people were killed and property damage ran into the millions.  Tulsa’s African-Americans overcame. The Greenwood District was rebuilt and, by 1942, boasted 242 black-owned and black-operated business establishments. The book is a testament to the human spirit. [Audience: high school students and adults] (Eakin Press; ISBN 193464538-9)

  • Up From The Ashes tells the story of the development, destruction, and rebuilding of a dynamic neighborhood from a child’s perspective. Based on actual historical events, it is a positive, life-affirming book. Readers will discover what it means to be part of a community, with all its ups and downs.  The book demonstrates many of the timeless virtues we all cherish, not just for ourselves, but for our children: faith, determination, integrity, humility, and compassion. [Audience: elementary school students] (Eakin Press; ISBN 978-1-940130-43-9)     

o   Acres of Aspiration tells the story of the all-Black towns in Oklahoma.  Prominently in Kansas, then principally in Oklahoma, all-black towns founded by black seekers mushroomed in the post-Reconstruction era.  Weary Southern migrants formed their own frontier communities, largely self-sustaining.  Black towns offered hope—hope of full citizenship; hope of self-governance; and hope of full participation, through land ownership, in the American dream. Despite an auspicious beginning, the all-black town movement crested between 1890 and 1910, a time when American capitalism transitioned from agrarian to urban. This and a host of other social and economic factors ultimately sealed the fates of these unique, historic oases. Many perished.  Most faded. Only the strong survived. The few that remain serve as testaments to the human spirit and monuments to the power of hope, faith, and community. [Audience: high school students and adults] (Eakin Press; ISBN 1-57168-664-9)

  • Mama Used to Say captures one mother’s wit and wisdom on a whole host of twelve select topics: life & living; family & relationships; right & wrong; money & work; time; success & failure; race; religion; love; respect; education; and integrity.  At once witty and poignant, Mama Used to Say, through its anecdotes, adages, meditations, and reflections, offers the reader opportunities for self-examination and personal growth.  The common thread running through Mama Used to Say is the universality of a mother’s love and seemingly boundless capacity for nurturing, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. [Audience: high school students and adults] (HAWK Publishing; ISBN 1-930709-46-3)

o    IncogNegro recounts, poetically, stories of race and diversity. Listen.  Listening breeds empathy, evokes compassion, and moves us a step closer to walking the proverbial mile in someone else’s shoes. Everything begins with that first step. Ultimately, like actors on the world stage, each of us has some role, however small, to play in fostering an accepting, inclusive, diverse community. (PublishAmerica; ISBN 1-60474-696-3).

o    Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District recounts the Greenwood story in captioned photographs. [Audience: high school students and adults] (Arcadia Publishing; ISBN978-1-4671-1128-7)


Diversity & Inclusion: Diversity is. Inclusion may or may not be. Understanding and appreciating our differences and core commonalities is essential. Let an expert help you leverage your human capital.

o    Diversity and inclusion assessments
o    Diversity and inclusion lectures, workshops, and one-on-one consultation
o    Promoting mutual respect/understanding differences
o    Fostering awareness of our ever-changing diversity 
o    Encouraging strategic thinking about diversity
o    Stimulating critical thinking about diversity issues

Nonprofit Leadership & Management: In today’s world, nonprofit organizations are more important than ever. Let an expert assist you with your nonprofit needs, from training and development to coaching.

o    Understanding board/staff roles & responsibilities
o    Creating a diverse board
o    Conducting effective board meetings
o    Examining legal rights & responsibilities

Strategic Planning: It is critical to have a plan. Let an expert help you and your organization decide what is really important and how best to achieve those ends.

o    Setting goals
o    Developing implementation strategies and timelines
o    Assigning accountability
o    Measuring outcomes

Group Dynamics: No one is an island. Let an expert help you gel as a team and learn to work with one another, even when the going gets rough.

o    Developing cohesive teams
o    Communicating effectively
o    Resolving conflict

Leadership: Identifying, developing and empowering individuals is the essence of leadership. Let an expert help you facilitate this process in the context of your organization.

o    Identifying values & vision
o    Understanding the leadership context
o    Developing leadership skills 

Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq.

Author, Attorney & Consultant

121 North Greenwood Avenue, Suite “G,” Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120
918.585.6770 (office); 918.406.8934 (cell);

Another Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police: San Diego Area

Monday, September 26, 2016

After the Presidential Debate: Disability and Diverse Communities Call In and Speak Out 11PM Eastern

Disability and Diverse Communities Speak Out about the Presidential Debate and How the Candidates will Impact Our Communities.
This is a current events show that will be looking at our analysis of the Clinton/Trump debates and how the candidates will impact our diverse communities.
One candidate has in the recent past talked disparagingly about persons of different ethnicities, religions, and disabilities.
What can we expect from each candidate?
We will be keeping in mind people with disabilities intersect with various communities and asking that people speak out.
We will set up our own poll.
Call (267)521-0167 on 9/26 11PM Eastern
With Yvonne Smith of Late Night with a Hero
Lauren Tenney of Talk with Tenney