hello everybody. this is obadiah from arizona. i have a serious mental illness and work with others like myself. i am starting to get more involved in trying to make a difference in our community. i am starting to become outspoken about serious mental illness and speak out against stigma while also promoting hope for others like myself. i do public speaking and also write to make a difference. i'm new at activism, but i must make a difference. i can't be silent anymore. arizona has taken away many services away from individuals with serious mental illness and the general public is not aware of it because the media is saying almost nothing. punk music changed my life back in the eighties. it taught me to think outside the mainstream and inspired me to make a difference in the world. i am a social worker and am greatly concerned about social justice issues. i don't know what i am politically. i know i don't believe in capitalism because i see its evil effects on those who have mental illness, disabilities, who are poor, who are homeless etc... i also struggle with the blatant racism in my state. in the eighties, arizona got rid of the martin luther king jr day and the citizens voted to keep it away. when the nfl took away our scheduled superbowl, the voters voted for the holiday, not because of martin luther king jr, but so we could get the superbowl back. now my state just passsed a law where all who are suspected of being illegal can be asked for their proof of citizenship. if they don't have proof, they can be arrested on the spot. my wife, a mexican american, carries her birth certificate every where she goes. my sister-in-law, who was born in cambodia, is also scared. arizona is prett messed up right now.