Ms. Stella March
NAMI StigmaBusters, with its dedicated advocates across the country and around the world, are successfully fighting the pervasive and hurtful stigma that exists toward persons with mental illness -and- also commending print media, TV and films that send accurate messages to the public.
NAMI StigmaBusters now number 8,600. Numbers do count, so let your voice be heard.
We have received many responses about your email messages to the NY Times editors being returned, which may be the result of a large volume being sent or recipients "blocking" them. Let's not let them off the hook that easily.
The following are revised e-mail addresses to re-send or send your action messages:
Here is the original information:
SITUATION: As reported in February, StigmaBusters contacted the section editors of the New York Times, about offensive words in the Times Crossword Puzzle which perpetuate prejudice and discrimination against people with mental illnesses. They thanked us for bringing it to the newspaper's attention, and said that it would be corrected internally. They agreed that the examples we provided did not meet New York Times standards, and asked us to let them know if it happened again.
Unfortunately, it did, on April 17, 2002 with the following two items:
We again contacted the editors. The response was the same as before, but this time, it's not good enough--especially when the New York Times this past week has been running a three-part, front-page series about the abuse of people with mental illness in adult homes. We commend the newspaper's investigative reporting, but must point out the offensive hypocrisy that exists between the newspaper's front- page and the recurring prejudice of the Crossword Puzzle.
All StigmaBusters nationally are needed to get the New York Times to take notice! Please send complaints about the crossword puzzles not just to the puzzle editor, but also his supervisors. Also send a separate Letter to the Editor (same address) pointing out the hypocrisy.
The following contact information is no longer valid:
Joseph Lolyveld, Executive Editor
New York Times
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036-3959
John Rockwell, Arts and Leisure Editor e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Shortz, Crossword Puzzle Editor e-mail: email@example.com
Previous incidents included:
02/02/02: Item # 22: Clue = Fruitcake/ Answer = Loon
10/18/01: Item #37: Clue = Zoo so to speak / Answer = Loony-bin
08/12/99: Item #08: Clue = Candidate for a psych ward / Answer = Sicko
Stella March, Coordinator
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