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Vote: Don't Take Yours for Granted

Just ask Kansas. On Election Day, Nov. 2, Kansas will vote in a nationally important referendum on a proposed amendment to the state constitution.

The amendment would eliminate an existing provision that allows the legislature (if it chooses) to deny anyone living with a mental illness the right to vote.

If you have family or friends in Kansas, please call or e-mail them to encourage them to Vote Yes on 2. And don't take your own right to vote for granted while others are fighting for theirs. No matter where you live: don't forget to vote.

Vote Yes on 2

NPR Protest

NAMI has protested the recent remark by the CEO of National Public Radio (NPR) that a senior correspondent fired for comments about Muslims should have kept his feelings between himself and his "psychiatrist or publicist--take your pick."

NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick discussed the controversy in his Oct. 27 entry of the NAMI Blog, charging that the stigmatizing statement violated the letter or spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He called for NPR to adopt a plan to "educate and reassure" managers and employees about protections against unfair discrimination based on mental illness.

Tell NPR what you think. Send a message to the CEO at the address below or to its Ombudsman through the "contact us" feature of the NPR website.

Ms. Vivian Schiller
President & CEO
635 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-3753

Halloween Update

Congratulations to NAMI Ohio for its protest of Cedar Point amusement park's special attraction: "Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane." It provided an important "teaching moment" covered by regional news media and listed in the state news briefs section of USA Today.

Cedar Point is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment, which owns 11 major amusement parks and six water parks in the United States and Canada--at least one of which also drew Halloween protests. Traded on the N.Y. Stock Exchange, the company remains a target for anti-stigma education.

Contact Cedar Entertainment to demand that it stop the stigma in all its parks--next year and forever after. Halloween chills, thrills and fun don't require stigma, which the U.S. Surgeon General has identified as a public health hazard.

Would one of Cedar Fair's amusement parks ever sponsor a Halloween attraction featuring a cancer ward? How about one mocking victims of a collapsed roller coaster?

Richard L. Kinzel
Chairman, President & CEO
Cedar Fair Management, Inc.
One Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870-5259
(419) 627-2233

Eyes and Ears

Have you seen stigma in the news, entertainment or advertising media?

You are our eyes and ears! Send a report to

Because of the large number of messages received, they cannot all be answered individually; however, we appreciate every one and review and prioritize them for action. Please also contact the source directly.

You have more power than you know! We appreciate getting copies of any responses you receive.

Your help does make a difference.

D Mentend Asylum

LEFT: Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane drew the ire of NAMI Ohio, which publicly protested the stigmatizing attraction. (photo:

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