Justice for Barbara Warren-Jones

In 2017, while I was incarcerated against my will in a psychiatric institution in Buffalo, NY for ten days, I shared a room with a woman named Barbara Warren-Jones.

She was Barbara to me at the time, although on one occasion, I asked her for her last name and I wrote it down in my composition notebook. Tonight, I looked through the pages of that notebook for her name. I have not been able to bear to look at what I had written during my time in hell with my friend until now. I found what I could handle reading for tonight. Three words:

Barbara Warren Jones.

Barbara, a retired hospital administrator, a colorectal cancer survivor, a proud African American woman, and a devout Christian in her mid-eighties, was on dialysis at the time that I met her. She was brought from a retirement home or some kind of rehabilitation center/home to the worst of all area psychiatric hospitals, and she was admitted and labeled with some form of severe psychiatric illness – probably psychosis. In other words, Barbara was thrown away into a snake pit. Continue reading “Justice for Barbara Warren-Jones”

Jarrah Hodge

Eulogy for the Green-Skinned Space Babe

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Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas’d,

Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,

Raze out the written troubles of the brain,

And with some sweet oblivious antidote

Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuff

Which weighs upon the heart?

– Shakespeare (1606), Marta (2268)

We still don’t know exactly why they sent Marta to the asylum. Continue reading “Jarrah Hodge”

Gaslighting

What Is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting: manipulating someone, by psychological means, into doubting their own sanity.[1] This may involve saying something and later denying having said it, making you question your memory, making you feel that everything is your fault, and even outright lying to you (and possibly those around you). Continue reading “Gaslighting”

MITA Presents: Gaslight – A Free Screening

Madwomen in the Attic will be hosting a FREE screening of George Cukor’s 1944 film GASLIGHT, based on the 1938 play GAS LIGHT by Patrick Hamilton and starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Angela Lansbury. The screening, held at The Screening Room on April 3rd at 7PM, is free and open to the public, and the space is accessible. We ask for small donations from those who can make them to help cover copyright and space/screening costs. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase through The Screening Room. A brief community conversation will be held immediately following the film. A crisis services volunteer will be available for additional support.

 

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