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    Here you see an ex-patient participant at one of our rallies. He is weeping and holding on to a crucifix. This work is hard but offers many a chance to heal as well.
Slide 18
    The Boston Sunday Globe carried this headline about our work. Our work has also been featured on National Public Radio, WBZ radio, Channel 5 Investigative Reports, New England Cable News, Chronicle News Magazine, and Channel 7 TV news. Our work has also been covered in the magazine, US News and World Reports, as well as the Salem Evening News, the Danvers Herald, The Lowell Sun, and the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. All of this press coverage helps to create a new image of ex-patients as community leaders instead of "dangerous, violent mental patients".
Slide 19
    By the summer of 2000 we had successfully advocated for the state to put $44,000 toward the clearing of the two cemeteries and their upkeep for a three year period. Here is the smaller of the two cemeteries that has been cleared. We now have a bill (S.1530) in Senate Ways and Means to establish a statewide committee to oversee all cemeteries on all state properties - prisons, state schools, public health hospitals and state mental institutions. The cost of maintaining the cemeteries would be covered by .5% of the sale of state lands going toward the statewide committee.
Slide 20
    Here are members of the Danvers State Memorial Committee in the larger of the two cemeteries at Danvers State Hospital in the spring of 2001. See the joy on our faces! We had planted flowers earlier in the fall and they had survived the winter to bloom in the spring. This was a sign of renewal for us. We have worked hard to research the names of those buried and to match those names with numbers. By the late spring of 2002 we anticipate that we will have individual markers with names to replace over 350 numbered markers. We will have a wall of remembrance listing all of the remaining names that we cannot match to numbered markers. Through fundraising we hope to purchase benches, shrubs and perennials. Victory is close at hand!

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