Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
21 October 2010

Right2Know week of action

Week of Action: 19 – 27 October 2010

A responsive and accountable democracy that can meet the basic needs of our people is built upon transparency and the free flow of information. The gains of South Africans’ struggle for freedom are threatened by the Secrecy Bill (the Protection of Information Bill) currently before Parliament.

This Bill fundamentally undermines the struggle for whistleblower protection and access to information. It is one of a number of proposed measures which could have the combined effect of fundamentally undermining the right to access information and the freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution.

Join the Right2Know campaign’s Week of Action from 19th to the 27th October 2010 and send a clear message to the South African government: Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!

Take Action Now!

Show our support for the Right2Know: Sign the statement at www.right2know.org.za or SMS “R2K”, followed by your name and town/city to 32759;

Organize public meetings, workshops, pickets, or protests during the Week of Action. Invite a representative of the Right2Know to speak at your event;

Contact a member of Parliament and tell them your concerns. The chair of the Committee is Cecil Burgess – you can call him on (021) 403 2911 or email him at cburgess@parliament.gov.za;

Write a letter to your local paper or call into talk radio explaining your concerns about the Bill; Support other events planned for the Week Of Action:

For details of other events visit www.right2know.org.za.

Contact Us

Contact the Right2Know to get involved, learn more about the campaign, let us know what you are planning, or get support:

Gauteng: March to Constitution Hill

Tuesday 19 October, 12h00 (commemorating Black Wednesday)

Gathering outside Senate House, Wits Jorissen Street, Braamfontein.

Kwazulu Natal: March to City Hall

Thursday 27 October, 8h00

Gathing at Botha’s Garden, Durban.

Western Cape: March to Parliament

Thursday 27 October, 9h30

Gatheing in Kaizersgracht Street, Cape Town

National Coordinator: Mark Weinberg Gauteng: Tendayi Sithole Kwazulu Natal: Quinton Kippen Western Cape: Nkwame Cedile

mark@amandla.org.za organiser@fxi.org.za quinton@ddpdurban.org.za nkwame.cedile@gmail.com

0214617211 0114821913 0313049305 0214617211

Stay connected through: Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Right-2-Know-Campaign/126804837369790?ref=ts); Twitter: www.twitter.com/r2kcampaign; Join the campaigns discussion group: http://groups.google.com/group/InfoAccessNow.

Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!

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