NADA Full Circle: Looking Back into the Future (Event 4)

Nov 19, 2021



November 19, 2021  | 4-6 pm Eastern Time 

For our fourth community history series event, join moderator Johanna Fernández in conversation with several special guests including Tatsuo Hirano and Franklin Apfel. Additional speakers TBA.

In 1978, the city of New York forcibly removed the political collectives that founded the People’s Detox Program at Lincoln Hospital. Why was this revolutionary health program a target of city and state officials for shutdown? What continued for 30 more years after the month-long closure of the Lincoln Detox program? And what does this mean for the NADA community today?

In case you missed it, check-out our third conversation with Walter Bosque and Carlos Alvarez ‘How was the NADA protocol developed?’

Thank you Carlos and Walter for the revolutionary dreams that they brought into the world in one of the poorest districts of this country. This inspires us to continue this practice and also to build a world where healthcare is humanistic, preventative, and not-for-profit.”

-Johanna Fernández (NADA Full Circle Session #3)

About the Speakers

Tatsuo Hirano has been involved with the healing arts for over 45 years. He visited Lincoln Detox in the early 1970s and received his initial acupuncture training at BAAANA Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York City.

Franklin Apfel was a member of the medical doctors collective at Lincoln Detox and an important factor in the initial research into using acupuncture for research at the program. He was a member of Students for a Democratic Society and later became a founder of Doctors without Borders.

More Speakers TBA.

About the Moderator

Johanna Fernández is Associate Professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY) and author of The Young Lords: A Radical History, on the Puerto Rican counterpart of the Black Panther Party. Her Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) lawsuit against the NYPD, recovered the largest repository of police surveillance records in the country— over one million NYPD surveillance files, including those of Malcolm X. She is a leading member of the movement to bring home Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners.

More about the 4th History Series Event

In the last session, Johanna Fernández led a conversation with Walter Bosque and Carlos Alvarez about the development of the NADA protocol in the 1970s at Lincoln Detox. This brought us to the important year of 1978, which is the focus of our next conversation.

There are questions that remain about those who were purged [in 1978] and those who were allowed to stay. This is a complex history. And not an easy one to contend with. But We are going to try to parse through this difficult history in the 4th session.

-Johanna Fernández (NADA Full Circle Session #3)

On November 19th, we’ll bring together a group of special guests to discuss what led to the closure of Lincoln Detox in 1978, removal of activists from the program, and what this history and revolutionary visions might mean today.

About the 2021 NADA History Series

Over the course of 2021 we are exploring questions of how we got to where we are today and the stories we’ve told and not told about NADA’s origins. We held our first event ‘Setting the Scene’ in March 2021 (view the recording). The series will be a space for community dialogue, connection, and healing. Our goal is to have a more complete understanding of NADA’s roots and legacy. With a more conscious awareness of these origins, we can intentionally fulfill our mission of making the NADA protocol available and accessible to all as a tool for community building, healing, and liberation. Learn more.


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