Catch da Flava - July 11th, 2017

Radio Blog - July 11th, 2017

This week on Catch Da Flava we talked to Lead Organizer of Toronto Mad Pride Tim Brown about the history of Mad Pride along with how this festival jammed packed with the art, culture and heritage of psychiatric survivors became what it is today. Tim spoke with co-hosts Judy and Diamond about events to expect during this annual event celebrating and advocating for those around the world labelled as “ mentally ill”.

We discussed how mad activists and the mad community seek to reclaim language ; such as “mad”, “crazy”, “lunatic”, “maniac”, and “psycho” ;just as the LGBT community have reclaimed the word “queer”; in an effort to challenge the discrimination they faced in the past and in the present day.

Tim also spoke about how Mad Pride week is held corresponding to International Mad Pride Day on July 14, and Bastille day in which during the French Revolution, citizens stormed the Bastille to liberate prisoners and  mad people.

This year the Toronto Mad Pride festival will run from July 10 -16  2017 and will host a number of events such as Art ,Tea and Cake at the Mad Hatter Marketplace Tea Party as well as the historic Bed Push & Parade, organized throughout the week that will surely  make your experience truly “maddening”. 

Check out more information about the rest of the events scheduled for the Mad Pride Week at http://www.torontomadpride.com/

We thank Tim for being a part of our show and helping us learn about the mad community and the significance and history of Toronto Mad Pride! ------------------  For our second half, co-hosts Judy and Diamond held a panel discussion about the National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Canada and the anger towards the disorganization caused by resignations of senior staff within the inquiry. Resulting in families of the victims frustrated with the lack of clear strategy and strong partnerships with Indigenous communities across the country.

With the recent resignation of 5 commissioners including  Marilyn Poitras, we discussed how many have questioned the leadership of the inquiry and whether this leadership problem should result in the inquiry being represented and driven by indigenous people.

Furthermore, we brought to light how families feel less willing to participate in the process as their ability to claim justice for loved ones and victims are greatly affected by these resignations.

We express our thoughts on the history of social and cultural oppression of indigenous people ;primarily women with respect to the issue; and what root causes and trends we think may have led to violence against women as well as the legitimacy of the national inquiry.

For more information about the National Inquiry into missing and murdered and employment opportunities within the inquiry visit ​http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/en/


By: Diamond Bailey

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