Well, I have to confess that I was astonished by the crowd packed into the auditorium for yesterday’s presentation on the Markingson case (and the Swanson case) in the medical school. I know it can’t have been terribly comfortable for all those people sitting on the stairs and standing along the walls, but I was pleased to see it anyway. Even more gratifying was the support of the crowd, which was overwhelmingly on the side of justice. There have not been many high points in the battles over this case, but yesterday’s event was one of them. It almost felt as if the revolution is coming.
We all owe a special thanks to Mike Howard and Kathy Swanson for having the courage to come to the medical school and speak out so forcefully. I only wish that Mary Weiss could have been there.
We passed around a sign-up sheet for people who may be able to help with a protest, vigil or another as-yet-to-be-determined action surrounding the next meeting of the Board of Regents on May 8-9. If you’d like to help and didn’t get your name on the sheet, get in touch with me here or through the Facebook page, Community Alliance for Ethics in Minnesota Psychiatry.
Onward. Or, as they used to say in Durban: Amandla!