Regional Event for DC/Mid-Atlantic: Operation Psychout at APA Meeting It's early yet, but in the other thread, the conclusion seems to be that "The church hates psychiatry" isn't a strong enough message for a global protest in May. Not so, for Washington, DC. From May 3-8, DC will be hosting the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting/convention at the Washington Convention Center. It is the biggest gathering of psychiatrists in the world, and 25,000 are expected to attend, along with numerous pharma industry flacks and students. We have information that the CoS frontgroup the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) may be attempting to subvert or disrupt the meeting, possibly with picketing, possibly with a booth at the actual convention center, possibly from an event room nearby. Anonymous aims to be there. Not just as a counter-protest, but to see if we can recruit the aid of some of the mental health profession to our cause, and to inform them of the potential the CoS has to hurt them and their livlihoods. Background: IMO, we can be pretty persuasive given the right tools, and I see no reason we couldn't recruit a few psychiatrists for our protests and draw donations from a few others. One wonders how a bullbaiter will deal with a psychiatrist in person - either recognizing that they're human beings, or losing composure and going completely nuts, are both acceptable outcomes to Anonymous. These people brag about the number of psychiatric licenses they've been able to get revoked with lawsuits, and have sued every professional organization and drug company (including the APA) in recent memory. They're also responsible for casting aspersions on the psychiatric community that amount to celebrity-backed slander, and causing numerous people in dire need of mental health treatment to put it off or refuse it altogether. If it were possible to do a study on the suicide rate in the Scientologist community, I suspect it would be dramatically higher than the general population, based on anecdotal accounts. Psychiatrists have not just a business or professional reason to join us, but they share some of the moral reasons we fight as well. I think this would serve well as a regional(rather than simply local) event for Anonymous, and I think it would benefit all of us. The APA meeting is an international gathering, and there will be psychiatrists from every city who might feel it's a worthy cause. We are currently in the preliminary stages of planning this - it's possible we'll be allowed to walk the halls of the convention handing out information for free, it's possible we'll be required to pay for a booth, it's possible that only APA members and students would be allowed in, and it's possible we'd be restricted to the sidewalk at the entrance. Our resources (both funds and APA members) may end up determining our options and how compelling our message is - and we're not sure what we have yet, so planning is fluid. ------ We need any APA members to come forward ASAP for planning/organization/credential reasons - either post in this thread or join the anonymousDC.com forums here, or PM Hubbard-Telescope on the AnonymousDC.com forums.