Weitz spoke up for those without wealth or power

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Re: For prominent activist, resistance always mattered, Sept. 6

Don Weitz was one in a million — someone who spoke up about the things that matter. His was a strong voice challenging the oppression of psychiatric survivors and the use of aversive interventions in psychiatry. He fearlessly spoke out about the social ills that plague our society — racism, homelessness, discrimination against devalued people. His was a life of purpose and consequence.

In the past year Don became active in standing up for the rights of residents of long term care facilities, especially those subjected to the over use of psychotropic medications, and who suffered the ill effects of being institutionalized.

Many could learn a lesson in character from people like Don Weitz — one of the few who was unmoved by the trappings of wealth or power, and who often spoke up for those who had neither.

He will be sorely missed. Thanks to the Star for a wonderful obituary celebrating his life. He was one of the good ones.

Dr. Patricia Spindel, Ajax

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