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Whoa

First, this news from “Verge

Massive Botnet Using Brute Force to Attack WordPress Sites” and this, of course, is a wordpress site. They have been good to me over the years and I have found them to host many useful and diverse blogs around the world.

Just learned of these two today- Bhardmazbhardmaz and Full of Roses Inspirational Photography and Poetry. Sometime I should just do a page of good wordpress blogs that I follow.

So, I plan to change my password, try to make it more obscure and difficult to remember.

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Mine landslide

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Caturday:

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Computer parade, east germany:

Berlin, 750-Jahr-Feier, Festumzug, Computer

Cuteness explosion invades [caturday]:

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Um. cute explosion-

 

The usual?

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Not all assassins are very good at it:

as above

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Anniversary Today

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Today is the 39th anniversary of the infamous killings of four student antiwar protesters at Kent State University by members of the Ohio National Guard. Nine other students were wounded, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

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Some of the students had been protesting on campus against the American invasion of Cambodia, which then-President Richard Nixon had recently announced in a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had merely been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv4u5dIRouM

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3727445416544720642&ei=FVP_Se6bBYzwqAP_xc2QBA&q=Kent+State+Shooting+protest&hl=en

This info from http://dept.kent.edu/sociology/lewis/lewihen.htm:

WHY WAS THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD CALLED TO KENT?

The decision to bring the Ohio National Guard onto the Kent State University campus was directly related to decisions regarding American involvement in the Vietnam War. Richard Nixon was elected president of the United States in 1968 based in part on his promise to bring an end to the war in Vietnam. During the first year of Nixon’s presidency, America’s involvement in the war appeared to be winding down. In late April of 1970, however, the United States invaded Cambodia and widened the Vietnam War. This decision was announced on national television and radio on April 30, l970 by President Nixon, who stated that the invasion of Cambodia was designed to attack the headquarters of the Viet Cong, which had been using Cambodian territory as a sanctuary.

Protests occurred the next day, Friday, May 1, across United States college campuses where anti-war sentiment ran high. At Kent State University, an anti-war rally was held at noon on the Commons, a large, grassy area in the middle of campus which had traditionally been the site for various types of rallies and demonstrations. Fiery speeches against the war and the Nixon administration were given, a copy of the Constitution was buried to symbolize the murder of the Constitution because Congress had never declared war, and another rally was called for noon on Monday, May 4.

Friday evening in downtown Kent began peacefully with the usual socializing in the bars, but events quickly escalated into a violent confrontation between protestors and local police. The exact causes of the disturbance are still the subject of debate, but bonfires were built in the streets of downtown Kent, cars were stopped, police cars were hit with bottles, and some store windows were broken. The entire Kent police force was called to duty as well as officers from the county and surrounding communities. Kent Mayor Leroy Satrom declared a state of emergency, called Governor James Rhodes’ office to seek assistance, and ordered all of the bars closed. The decision to close the bars early increased the size of the angry crowd. Police eventually succeeded in using tear gas to disperse the crowd from downtown, forcing them to move several blocks back to the campus.

The next day, Saturday, May 2, Mayor Satrom met with other city officials and a representative of the Ohio National Guard who had been dispatched to Kent. Mayor Satrom then made the decision to ask Governor Rhodes to send the Ohio National Guard to Kent. The mayor feared further disturbances in Kent based upon the events of the previous evening, but more disturbing to the mayor were threats that had been made to downtown businesses and city officials as well as rumors that radical revolutionaries were in Kent to destroy the city and the university. Satrom was fearful that local forces would be inadequate to meet the potential disturbances, and thus about 5 p.m. he called the Governor’s office to make an official request for assistance from the Ohio National Guard.

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ON SATURDAY MAY 2 AND SUNDAY MAY 3 AFTER THE GUARDS ARRIVED ON CAMPUS?

Members of the Ohio National Guard were already on duty in Northeast Ohio, and thus they were able to be mobilized quickly to move to Kent. As the Guard arrived in Kent at about 10 p.m., they encountered a tumultuous scene. The wooden ROTC building adjacent to the Commons was ablaze and would eventually burn to the ground that evening, with well over 1000 demonstrators surrounding the building. Controversy continues to exist regarding who was responsible for setting fire to the ROTC building, but radical protestors were assumed to be responsible because of their actions in interfering with the efforts of firemen to extinguish the fire as well as cheering the burning of the building. Confrontations between Guardsmen and demonstrators continued into the night, with tear gas filling the campus and numerous arrests being made.

Sunday, May 3rd was a day filled with contrasts. Nearly 1000 Ohio National Guardsmen occupied the campus, making it appear like a military war zone. The day was warm and sunny, however, and students frequently talked amicably with Guardsmen. Ohio Governor James Rhodes flew to Kent on Sunday morning, and his mood was anything but calm. At a press conference, he issued a provocative statement calling campus protestors the worst type of people in America and stating that every force of law would be used to deal with them. Rhodes also indicated that he would seek a court order declaring a state of emergency. This was never done, but the widespread assumption among both Guard and University officials was that a state of martial law was being declared in which control of the campus resided with the Guard rather than University leaders and all rallies were banned. Further confrontations between protestors and guardsmen occurred Sunday evening, and once again rocks, tear gas, and arrests characterized a tense campus.

WHAT TYPE OF RALLY WAS HELD AT NOON ON MAY 4?

At the conclusion of the anti-war rally on Friday, May 1, student protest leaders had called for another rally to be held on the Commons at noon on Monday, May 4. Although University officials had attempted on the morning of May 4 to inform the campus that the rally was prohibited, a crowd began to gather beginning as early as 11 a.m. By noon, the entire Commons area contained approximately 3000 people. Although estimates are inexact, probably about 500 core demonstrators were gathered around the Victory Bell at one end of the Commons, another 1000 people were “cheerleaders” supporting the active demonstrators, and an additional 1500 people were spectators standing around the perimeter of the Commons. Across the Commons at the burned-out ROTC building stood about 100 Ohio National Guardsmen carrying lethal M-1 military rifles.

Substantial consensus exists that the active participants in the rally were primarily protesting the presence of the Guard on campus, although a strong anti-war sentiment was also present. Little evidence exists as to who were the leaders of the rally and what activities were planned, but initially the rally was peaceful.

WHO MADE THE DECISION TO BAN THE RALLY OF MAY 4?

Conflicting evidence exists regarding who was responsible for the decision to ban the noon rally of May 4th. At the 1975 federal civil trial, General Robert Canterbury, the highest official of the Guard, testified that widespread consensus existed that the rally should be prohibited because of the tensions that existed and the possibility that violence would again occur. Canterbury further testified that Kent State President Robert White had explicitly told Canterbury that any demonstration would be highly dangerous. In contrast, White testified that he could recall no conversation with Canterbury regarding banning the rally.

The decision to ban the rally can most accurately be traced to Governor Rhodes’ statements on Sunday, May 3 when he stated that he would be seeking a state of emergency declaration from the courts. Although he never did this, all officials — Guard, University, Kent — assumed that the Guard was now in charge of the campus and that all rallies were illegal. Thus, University leaders printed and distributed on Monday morning 12,000 leaflets indicating that all rallies, including the May 4th rally scheduled for noon, were prohibited as long as the Guard was in control of the campus.

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News from MindFreedom

Just sharing-

1 May 2009 – This Friday!
State Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

May Day for Ray: Protest Forced Electroshock of Ray Sandford

Join MindFreedom International in protesting the ongoing forced 
outpatient electroshock of Ray Sandford of Minnesota wherever you 
live: Vigil, write letters to the editor, speak out! If you can get 
to Minneapolis/St. Paul you can join MindFreedom activists David W. 
Oaks of Oregon and Al Galves, PhD, of New Mexico in several days of 
protests, vigils, news conferences and activism.

See ‘Gateway to Ray Campaign’ for info, including downloadable flyer 
and news release:

http://mindfreedom.org/ray

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
9 May 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Say No to Electroshock

Comite Pare-chocs is holding a gathering on Mother’s Day to protest 
ECT, highlighting the fact that it is used much more frequently on 
women than on men.

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10 May 2009
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

‘Stop Shocking Our Mothers and Grandmothers!’

The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) is organizing a 
protest that will take place in Toronto, this Mothers Day.

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10 May 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Electroshock Protest

Another Mothers Day protest against ECT is being organized by the 
International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE).

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14 to 15 May 2009
San Francisco, California, USA

Two Seminars Presented by Ron Unger

Two seminars, led by Ron Unger LCSW, will be held just before the 
protest of the APA convention in San Francisco. The first seminar on 
May 14
will be an introduction to cognitive therapy for psychosis, 
which is a psychological approach to helping people who hear voices 
or have beliefs so ‘far out’ that most mental health workers would 
propose drugs as the only possible treatment. The second seminar on 
May 15
will focus on the relationship between ‘psychosis’ and trauma, 
a relationship usually denied by the mental health system which 
instead attempts to convince people they have a strictly ‘biological 
illness’ or ‘biochemical imbalance.’ Ron is coordinator of 
MindFreedom Lane County Affiliate in Oregon.

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15 May 2009
San Francisco, California, USA

Free Meeting Before the APA Protest

MindFreedom will hold a free reception in advance of the protest of 
the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. 
Come to meet other MindFreedom members, socialize, organize, boost 
your spirits, maybe make some signs, and get informed!

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17 to 18 May 2009
Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

Nonviolent Protest of the American Psychiatric Association

When the American Psychiatric Association holds their large Annual 
Meeting in 2009 in San Francisco, once more MindFreedom International 
will be there to greet them with a nonviolent protest, this time 
complete with skits that will be YouTubed. Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm
and Monday, May 18 at 10 am.

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30 May 2009
Cork City, Ireland

‘Stop Shocking our Mothers and Grandmothers’

MindFreedom Ireland is holding a peaceful protest against ECT this May.

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22 June 2009
Dunstan Hall, Norwich, United Kingdom

Critical Psychiatry Network Conference 2009

The Critical Psychiatry Network is hosting its tenth annual 
conference, entitled ‘Promoting the critical mental health movement.’

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13 to 19 July 2009
Everywhere!

Mad Pride Week!

Mad Pride events are again planned in Europe, Africa, North America 
and more. Hold your own Mad Pride event, small or large, wherever you 
are and let MFI know.

While you can hold Mad Pride events at any time, The City of Toronto 
in Ontario, Canada has proclaimed July 13 to 19 2009 as MAD Pride 
Week! Ruth Ruth of Friendly Spike Theater, who is chair of the 
MindFreedom International Mad Pride Committee, said MAD Pride 
Organizers in Toronto will be holding an exhibition, theater events, 
an Annual Bed Push Parade and more. Planning meetings are every 
Friday afternoon at 3 pm
from now until June.

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9 to 12 September 2009
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

NARPA 2009 Annual Conference

The next conference of the National Association for Rights Protection 
and Advocacy (NARPA), which was a founding organization of the 
MindFreedom International coalition, is scheduled for September.

For more info:
http://www.narpa.org

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9 to 10 October 2009
Syracuse, New York, USA

ICSPP 2009 Conference

The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, 
Inc. (ICSPP) is a sponsor group of MindFreedom. This is an excellent 
conference, especially to network dissident mental health 
professionals critical of the current psychiatric system.

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28 October 2009 – 1 November 2009
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Alternatives 2009 – Save the Date

This is an event funded by the US federal government. From their 
publicity material: This is the largest national annual mental health 
conference organized by and for people with psychiatric labels. Each 
Alternatives conference offers technical assistance on peer-delivered 
services and self-help/recovery methods. Deadline for scholarship 
application to federal government: 5 June 2009.

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MLBM Radio

Mad Liberation

By MOonLight

KBOO Radio 90.7 FM

1- 2 a.m. Late Friday night

(yes, I know that it is technically Saturday morning- relax, it’s just a radio show)

May 31st, 2008

Dedicated to Everyone

who has ever been given a psychiatric label, to anyone who experiences mental health challenges and to anybody who has the misfortune (or good fortune) of being awake at that hour.

You can participate!

Call in at (503) 231-8187

Friday nights from 1 am to 2 am following the full-moon, will be a segment on KBOO radio (90.7 on your fm dial, to the left of NPR), also streamed on the internet on their website, http://www.kboo.fm/index.php will be time for of Mad Lib by Moonlight. The program is part of the usual Friday night show, The Outside World.

Your Radio really is talking to you. Join the conversation.

Flyer:

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Lazy me, more MindFreedom news

The below free MAD PRIDE event is worth traveling to from anywhere in
Oregon! A documentary video crew is traveling two hours to be there!
But no matter what, please spread the word, it’s hilarious. Download
the poster, it’s a blast!

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OREGON NEWS RELEASE – immediate release
http://www.mindfreedom.org/norm
more information: 541-345-9106 lane@mindfreedom.org

FREE ACTIVIST EVENT IN EUGENE, OREGON:

“Mad Pride” group plans public street theater for YouTube
broadcast.

Worship of “Big Giant Pill” during skit called “The Norm-a-Thon”
to poke fun at power of psychiatric drug industry.

Feeling a little crazy? What with war, climate crisis and economic
chaos, who isn’t?

No worries! You are invited to bring all of your problems to an
enormous replica of a psychiatric pill in a free public skit to be
held in Eugene, Oregon, USA, this Saturday, 17 May 2008, at 4 pm.

The street theater — called “The Norm-a-thon” — is organized by the
nonprofit coalition MindFreedom International as part of an
international “Mad Pride” movement that encourages everyone to exlore
their “creative maladjustment.” It’s a unique way to celebrate May,
which is considered “Mental Health Month.”

Update: An out-of-state participant will be part of The Normathon:
Long-time activist Ted Chabasinski from Berkeley, California will be
one of the players. Ted has been a psychiatric survivor activist for
35 years after experiencing ten years of about by the psychiatric
system as a youth. Now an attorney, Ted is a legend in our mad movement!

NEW YORK TIMES covers Mad Pride!

Adding to the excitement… Sunday’s New York Times, 11 May 2008,
covered
Mad Pride, including Eugene’s own MindFreedom and director David Oaks!
Read the article on MindFreedom’s web site at

http://www.mindfreedom.org

WE NEED YOU — YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS HISTORIC SKIT *THIS* SATURDAY!

Just show up!

The skit will include a “Bed Push,” in which a manequin named “Norm”
strapped onto a bed with wheels will be chased through Eugene by
mental health workers in white coats, along with their Big Giant Pill
of course. Mad Pride Bed Pushes have been held in UK, Canada and USA
to challenge human rights violations in the mental health system.

The organizers intend to upload a video of The Norm-a-thon onto
YouTube, as part of an international Mad Pride movement that now
stretches from Canada to Australia, from Africa to Europe. The Mad
Pride events are promoted by the International Association for the
Advancement of Creative Maladjustment (IAACM), chaired by
International physician, clown and celebrity Patch Adams, MD.

Mental health worker Ron Unger, a moderator at the event, will chant
psychiatric labels as participants worship the Big Giant Pill.  One
of The Norm-a-thon organizers, David Oaks, director of MindFreedom
and psychiatric survivor, said, “We promise to question reality,
normality, media and psychiatric drug industry bullying… and have
fun at the same time. We are pro-choice about personal health care
decisions. A number of our members take prescribed psychiatric drugs.
But we all agree it’s time to call for more choices in mental health
care besides drug, drug, drug, drug, drug or drug.”

When not using humor, MindFreedom is also involved in serious
campaigns this month, including the launch of an international United
Nations
treaty on disability and human rights. MindFreedom is the
only group of its kind that is accredited by the UN as a Non
Governmental Organization.

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The Norm-a-thon:

When: Saturday, 17 May 2008 from 4 pm to 6 pm (start gathering at 3 pm).

Where: Ken Kesey statue (ironically enough) at Broadway & Willamette,
Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Who: You! Come as you are or bring props, signs and costumes (normal
or strange). Just show up, or contact MindFreedom for rehearasal.

What: A peaceful protest prank we will broadcast globally on web via
YouTube!

*** Bring your problems to our Big Giant Pill while a mental health
worker chants.

*** Speak, sing, scream or act your real true feelings in a videoed
Mad Minute.

*** Oppression Olympic Trials! Win valuable prizes, like a nonviolent
revolution.

*** Cheer for a performance by Youth Committee of Psychiatric Survivors.

*** Free “Normality Screenings” using authentic rubber chickens.
After 1,000 screenings, none has been found.

*** Join a Bed Push so a mannequin named Norm tied in restraints can
escape.

[Later on that evening celebrate at a benefit by a MindFreedom
sponsor group, Life & The Universe. The concert will be nearby at 7
pm, Fenario Gallery, 881 Willamette.]

Volunteer now at the MindFreedom office at 454 Willamette, Suite 216,
Eugene, Oregon, USA
.

ph: 541- 345-9106 email: lane@mindfreedom.org

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More info on web about The Norm-a-thon including poster you may
download:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/norm

More info about Mad Pride:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride

More info about Patch Adams and IAACM (which was first named by
Martin Luther King, Jr.):

http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/madpride/patch-adams-iaacm

More info about MindFreedom and United Nations disability treaty:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/global/disability-convention

Also in May: Premiere of documentary, “Little Brother, BIG PHARMA” on
25 May 2008 at Bijou Theater:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/resources/new-madmarket

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More Mental Health nik-naks

From: David Oaks <oaks@mindfreedom.org>
Subject: Re: [OCSC-talk] dialogue with office of Governor
To: Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition <ocsc-talk@intenex.net>
Thanks Dave R.

I’m thinking about the times we testified and met with legislators
about bills.

I’ve been visiting the legislature for about 20 years.

In the early years we were mainly just stopping bad bills. That’s it.
And it was uphill.

It just seems more and more legislators are supportive of mental
health consumer/psychiatric survivor voice, involvement, etc.

Enough? No not enough. But more and more.

Plus there are more consumer/survivors speaking out!

Here’s a photo of two OCSC group representatives (Marie Parcell of
BEARS and Rick Snook of EI) testifying during the last legislative
session:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/us/or/sb363-364

Here are more photos:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/us/or/sb363-364/photos-sb363-sb364/

A number of people who showed up had to do so on very last minute
notice, fairly early in the morning, and wait through a lot of other
bills. And thank much to folks like Drake, Beckie and others who have
helped promote these bills. (And thanks to ADAPT trainers who came in
for a state-wide brainstorming session a few years ago that helped
get these bills started.)

True, we won one bill, lost the other… but we’re finally taking the
initiative, filing a bill, and winning.

And yes we have a long way to go, but my point is about the RECEPTION
we had from some legislators. Quite a few know us, support us, etc.

As one legislator passionately put it to us, “You are preaching to
the choir.”

Enough? Not enough. But a bit of hope.

Maybe people could post some of their “legislators who give us hope”
who might support us… that is, elected state legislators who know
some of us personally, who seem to get some of our issues, who
express warm support.

Again, I’m not saying it’s enough, some have a lot to learn.

A few from my point of view from Lane County: Sen. Prozanski, Sen.
Morrisette, Rep. Holvey,

Others?

David

On May 4, 2008, at 8:14 PM, David Romprey wrote:
> Excellent thoughts, and ideas to build on, Pat.
> Also, I learned through David Oaks personally that there are some
> very positive updates in our image on Capitol Flats (I say this due
> to there is NO hill around our Oregon Capitol building, and
> actually somehow seems LOWER than most of the city!).
> David Oaks tells me some Coalition members are being much better
> received.  Part of the image problem is simply knowing and learning
> TOGETHER how well we are doing.  I’m happy about the good news, and
> hats off to some intentional relationship work by folks working
> closer to this cause than I am!!
> The best,
> David R.
> On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM, Patricia M DAVIS
> <Patricia.M.Davis@state.or.us> wrote:
> In response to David and Dan’s comments:
>
> Hello OCSC Friends,
> Recovery Thinking and Mutuality filled the halls of the Portland
> State University’s conference center last week, April 24-25, as Dan
> Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., National Empowerment Center Director, person
> in recovery, inspired all in attendance to see dreams become
> reality in taking hold of recovery personally and advancing
> recovery thinking in our society and its systems of care.
>
> That fancy sentence to say, it was an awesome event with Dan and a
> room full of people listening and becoming change agents in their
> own neighborhoods/communities!  People who identified themselves as
> consumers/advocates/patients and x-patients, people who identified
> themselves as family members, people who identified themselves as
> therapists, state hospital employees, people working in provider
> agencies, and people who identified themselves as students.  People
> with all sorts of experience wanting to come together in empowerment!
>
> By the way, Dan’s presentation was a direct result of behavioral
> health workforce development efforts!  PSU asked consumers on the
> BHWD Committee to coach them on new thinking and the consumer/
> recovery movement last year.  As a result, PSU has added an entire
> Behavioral Health Training Series to their Continuing Education
> Department so that the next generation of “helping professionals”
> will be recovery and empowerment minded.
>
> The group of friends of the OCSC instilled such hope in me that all
> of our efforts for change over the years is really making a
> difference.  What a fantastic group!  16 members of the group
> signed up to be “official” friends of the work of the OCSC.  The
> group asked to be formally linked to our OCSC web site and  they
> will also stay in touch with each other to support one another in
> their efforts to support you and transform the part of the system
> they touch.
>
> So group, I’ll create an email group for these change leaders and a
> directory of these friends for you to refer to, but I need to ask
> you about linking them to OCSC.  How would you like this done?
> Should the “friends” nominate someone from their group to get
> connected and be part of the “talk” group, etc.?  A few in the
> group are  in recovery and  working in the system.    Like the
> Oregon Stop Stigma slogan goes…People…JUST People, like you and
> me!
>
> Which leads me to “whole person” thinking and the wellness
> initiative The more we see wellness and illness as a common human
> experience…all of us move up and down on the continuum, that you
> cannot have wellness in our society or in the body without treating
> the whole person (mind, body, spirit)…and that even the people
> serving at the Capitol can and do move along this SAME continuum,
> the more we reduce stigma and discrimination.  When we go to the
> Capitol and speak, or speak individually to Legislators, we speak
> on behalf of “them” as well as “us.”  We become “all” just people
> and the “us” and “them” must disappear!
>
> As to “repairing” our image at the Capitol or anywhere.  (In my
> opinion) It’s all about trust, relationship building, and being the
> strong, brilliant unified voice we have become.  Sticking together,
> presenting concise facts, sharing our stories, working in our own
> communities, finding the leader’s at the Capitol who “get it” and
> following other good civil rights movements like that of the
> physical disabilities movement.
>
> Raising awareness May is Mental Health Awareness Month Educate
> every chance you get!  We are the living evidence!
>
> Happy Friday All,
> Pat
>
> Patricia M. Davis-Salyer, M.Ed.
> Training and Development Specialist
> Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH)
> Workforce Development Unit

Hi,

Can I ask for your help to show there is national and international
concern about the mental health system in the State of Oregon in the
USA?

Oregon’s Governor Kulongoski budgeted zero [0] for the state-wide
voice of Oregon’s mental health clients for five years.

At the same time Oregon is one of the very few USA states building
brand new huge psychiatric institutions.

The Governor found half a billion ($500,000,000) for bricks and
mortar for new psychiatric institutions.

But not a dime for the voice of mental health clients. Again and again.

Please take a moment to show there is international concern.

*BELOW* is a letter to the editor by me that was published today, 6
May 2008, in Eugene, Oregon’s daily newspaper, _The Register-Guard_.

Please read my brief letter.

And then ask Governor Kulongoski in a civil way:

“Why Zero?”

Easy ways to ask the Governor via the web are here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/zero

Or see links at the bottom of this alert.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

LETTER TO EDITOR – Published 6 May 2008 in The Register-Guard,
Eugene, Oregon, USA:

The Register-Guard’s recent guest viewpoints and letters about humane
alternatives in mental health are appreciated. This community
dialogue is healing and necessary.

I’ve studied the history of the mental health system over the
centuries. Minor reform is not enough. Reform often results in more
money for more of the same. One step to deeper change is to start to
listen to the diverse perspectives of mental health consumers,
psychiatric survivors and their organizations.

Most of the states support the statewide voice of mental health
clients in some way, even if small. Most states fund an office of
mental health consumer affairs, a statewide conference or a
newsletter to support the empowerment of our citizens who are
diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. Many leaders in Oregon’s
mental health system and Legislature endorse this common sense idea.

Our advocacy group concludes that a top obstacle to real change in
Oregon’s mental health system is in the office of Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

Since Kulongoski took office, his budget item for the statewide voice
of mental health clients has been eliminated. The governor has
continued to recommend that this funding stay at zero, even while he
raised about half a billion dollars to build huge new psychiatric
institutions.

Now I hear Kulongoski say that as a superdelegate he may override the
majority of Democratic voters in Oregon’s May 20 presidential
primary. Is there a pattern here of the governor squelching the
voices of Oregonians? Let’s all ask him.

David W. Oaks

Executive director

MindFreedom International

Eugene, Oregon, USA

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* ACT NOW * ACT NOW * ACT NOW *

Two easy actions you can take to ask “Why Zero?”

Encourage funding Oregon’s state-wide voice of mental health clients
in your own words!

1) ASK OREGON’S GOVERNOR!

Just use Governor Kulongoski’s web contact page here to send e-mail,
phone or postal mail:

http://www.governor.state.or.us/Gov/contact_us.shtml

2) COMMENT ON OREGON’S BUDGET!

The Governor’s Department of Human Services is asking for public
input *now* about their next budget!

E-mail your comment here:

dhs.budget-input@state.or.us

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Mental Health grab bag

An assortment of news and information releases related to the consumer/ survivor movement, broadly:

Mental care – As the nonprofit tries to right itself, critics trace
the crisis to early leadership

by ARTHUR GREGG SULZBERGER

The Oregonian

Even though he moved to France more than two years ago, the chief
information officer at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare continues to
collect a hefty paycheck as a full-time employee, telecommuting
across many time zones.

Like the other three members of Cascadia’s executive team, Jeff
Poolin worked at the small predecessor organization that aggressively
built itself up into the state’s biggest provider of mental health
services.

Critics say that small team, leading an insular and top-heavy
management, played a big role in steering the massive nonprofit
toward collapse.

The organization has tried to answer its critics and change its
culture with a leadership overhaul that has for the first time
shifted the agency out of the hands of the small group that built it.
Upper managers were cut by 40 percent. Most strikingly, Poolin is the
only longtime executive still there (and he is still in France).

The changing of the guard might help explain why the state and
Multnomah County stepped in this week to ensure that Cascadia could
continue to work with the 23,000 people it serves each year. Their
eleventh-hour $1.5 million cash infusion will keep Cascadia operating
for at least another two weeks.

But how the company will go on after that and in what form are the
complicated questions now facing the governments that send millions
of dollars to the agency to treat their hardest cases.

To explain the current crisis, it makes sense to go back to the
beginning.

How did Cascadia start?

In the 1970s, after years providing mental health services itself,
the county decided to decentralize the local mental health system. It
divided the county into quadrants and contracted with four nonprofit
companies to provide the bulk of care in those areas.

But in the mid- to late 1990s, those agencies and a number of smaller
mental health nonprofits struggled financially. Leslie Ford — the
CEO of Network Behavioral HealthCare in Southeast Portland, one of
the four geographic companies — made a series of aggressive mergers
and acquisitions with the goal of consolidating services under a
single banner.

In 2002, Ford successfully united the companies and called the new
amalgam: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.

Cascadia struggled financially from the start, partly because the
merger included the debt-laden nonprofit charged with providing
mental health services for the west side of Portland.

But it has continued to expand. In the five years since its
inception, the company grew an additional 45 percent. It now has an
annual budget of $58 million, with more than 1,000 employees and 90
facilities.

Cascadia provides a full spectrum of mental health care — from
housing to counseling to crisis treatment. The roles include
operating walk-in clinics, crisis response and a network of housing
for low-income people with mental illness. Though the bulk of its
business occurs in Multnomah County, Cascadia also provides services
in Clackamas, Lane, Marion and Washington counties and directly to
the state.

Why is Cascadia struggling?

Cascadia has been constantly shadowed by looming financial crisis.
While management decisions and rapid growth played a significant
role, much of the trouble is linked to the thin margins that come
with working in the mental health field, experts say.

Most of the money in Oregon’s mental health system comes from the
state and federal government in the form of Medicaid reimbursements.
That money is passed to counties, which determine how to spend it.
Some counties provide their own services, but most contract with
private nonprofits to provide service.

Because of the dependence on government funding, mental health
providers have coped for years with budget cuts and, more recently,
with mandated changes to how they conduct business. The most
significant is a switch in how they get paid.

Multnomah County and other counties until recently provided up-front
payments to mental health agencies for each client and allowed broad
spending discretion. In 2006, Multnomah County mandated a change:
Agencies now would be reimbursed for specific services after clients
received them. The move was touted as a way to increase fiscal
transparency and ensure that money was going for services rather than
administration.

But Cascadia managers said that while the new system was good at
caring for people with mild or moderate mental illness, it failed to
provide resources to care for the very sickest clients. That’s
because it provides no money to track down and help people too ill to
enter or stay in the system on their own. Cascadia’s success reaching
out to those individuals before they ended up in expensive hospital
beds or jail beds was core to the company’s mission.

In June, a consultant estimated that Cascadia employees spent about
30 percent of their work days providing billable services and would
have to double that ratio to break even. That same consultant warned
about incorrect record-keeping. Months later the state ordered the
nonprofit to pay back $2.7 million because of improper payment
records. Cascadia still owes the money.

What has happened so far?

In recent months, Cascadia has laid off more than 250 staff, or about
of a fifth of its work force. Last week it replaced Ford as CEO with
Dr. Derald Walker, who has worked at the nonprofit for just two months.

County and state officials still refused to bail out the agency by
backing its loans.

On Wednesday, the Capital Pacific Bank drained most of Cascadia’s
cash accounts, saying the company had defaulted on a $2 million loan.
Cascadia was only able to make payroll because the state and county
accelerated a $1.5 million payment for services Cascadia already has
provided.

The company remains deeply in debt and many of its vendors have
stopped providing services unless paid cash in advance.

Nevertheless, Walker said this week that Cascadia’s focus on cutting
staff and increasing productivity are starting to pay off with
growing revenues.

What happens next?

County officials already have spent weeks working with state and
local mental health leaders planning to shift contracts from Cascadia
to smaller providers and have drafted detailed plans for an emergency
partitioning of the rest of the company’s services and assets should
it be forced to declare bankruptcy.

The county will wait until an independent audit of Cascadia’s
finances is completed later this month before making any big decisions.

Arthur Sulzberger: 503-221-8330; arthursulzberger@news.oregonian.com


News Release – 3 May 2008

United Nations Treaty on Disability and Human Rights Now in
Effect Globally.

Psychiatric Survivors Play Important Role in Creating the
Legally Binding Treaty.

MindFreedom International (MFI) joins with the international
disability rights community in celebrating the entry into force of
the “United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities.” The UN Convention — a type of binding international
treaty — enters into force today, 3 May 2008, after 20 countries
ratified it.

Celia Brown led the MFI UN team of psychiatric survivors inside the
United Nations. “It’s been great to be in the United Nations with
survivors of psychiatric abuse and many international disability
groups from around the world,” said Celia. “We’re all fighting
together for human rights, self-determination and freedom.”

For the full news release — text or PDF — click here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/global/disability-convention
or here: http://tinyurl.com/5s5j3k

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(2) News Report – 3 May 2008

MindFreedom Ireland Holds Successful Protest of Electroshock

Members of MindFreedom Ireland protested in Cork, Ireland on 3 May
2008 against the use of electroshock as a ‘treatment’ both in Irish
psychiatric institutions and worldwide.

For the brief report of the Cork Ireland protest of electroshock from
Mary Maddock, click here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/inter/mfire/ireland-electroshock-
protest
or here: http://tinyurl.com/54pnup

For news of other May electroshock protests and events click here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_sf

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Another MindFreedom news release from lazy blogger

Hi,

This is for everyone in Oregon

In case you missed any of these news items, here is a link to April
2008 alerts about changing Oregon’s mental health system:

http://www.intenex.net/pipermail/mindfreedom-oregon-news/2008-April/
date.html

If that link is too long for your browser, try clicking on this link:

http://tinyurl.com/4nlef3

The big picture for April 2008?

As you may know by now, Oregon’s mental health system has two unusual
honors in the USA in 2008:

1) MONEY FOR BRICKS

Oregon is one of the FEW USA states that is actually BUILDING new
huge psychiatric institutions. That’s right, the last legislative
session found $500,000,000 (half a billion) for the bricks, concrete
and energy for this. Whatever your stand is on replacing Earthquake-
prone buildings, consider:

2) NO MONEY FOR VOICE

Oregon is one of the FEW states to continue to have ZERO funds for
the state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors. For five years Oregon has had no funding for a state-wide
newsletter, state-wide advocacy, state-wide conference, office of
consumer affairs, etc. for mental health consumer/survivors.

Five years! Not a cut-back, zero!

Well, more and more Oregonians are *doing* something about it!

So check out the April 2008 news re-cap!

You’ll find out…

**** HOW *you* can easily ask Governor Kulongoski and his
administration “Why zero? Why zero for five years for the state-wide
voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors?”
MindFreedom Oregon has determined that Governor Kulongoski’s office
itself is one of the top obstacles, since there is widespread support
in the legislature, and within the Governor’s own bureaucracy!

You can attend remaining public hearings by Oregon Dept. of Human
Services in Portland, Wednesday, April 30; Salem, Tuesday, May 6, 9
a.m. – noon; Wednesday, May 7, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Eastern Oregon
interactive teleconference, Thursday, May 8, 10 a.m.

**** READ the front-page article in Willamette Week about an
Oregonian blowing the whistle on psychiatric drug industry fraud.

**** READ a news story in Street Roots about the launch of a state-
wide coalition by and for mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors. Read how Oregon’ Mental Health Division Deputy Assistant
Director Madeline Olson claims their choice was between funding a new
psychiatric institution, or funding voice for consumer/survivor
voice. (Really? But why ZERO? Not a cut-back: Zero?)

**** SEE theater in Portland in May & June exploring mental health
issues.

**** FIND OUT about a job opening in an Oregon empowering alternative
in mental health care, Empowerment Initiatives.

**** WITNESS the launch of the Oregon Mental Health Consumer/
Psychiatric Survivor Coalition.

Again, all the above April 2008 news items are here:

http://www.intenex.net/pipermail/mindfreedom-oregon-news/2008-April/
date.html

If that link is too long for your browser, try clicking on this link:

http://tinyurl.com/4nlef3

Other news:

REMEMBER, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 is the last day to register so you
may vote in the Oregon election — including presidential primary —
on 20 May.

PARTICIPATE IN “THE NORMATHON” — A free skit on challenging the
power of the psychiatric drug industry (watch for our Big Giant
Pill), to take place in Eugene, Oregon, Saturday, 17 May 2008, at 4 pm:

For info on the Normathon see:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/norm

More about activism to change mental health care in Oregon is here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/us/or

Join MindFreedom International here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate

Check out an all-new Mad Market of books and DVD’s on changing mental
health system, proceeds fund MFI human rights campaigns, here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate

Please forward this news to appropriate places on and off Internet!

Thanks!

David

David W. Oaks, Executive Director
MindFreedom International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 – POB 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

web: http://www.mindfreedom.org
email: oaks@mindfreedom.org
office phone: (541) 345-9106
fax: (541) 345-3737
member services toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRID[e] or 1-877-623-7743

United Independent Action for Human Rights in Mental Health!

MindFreedom International is an non-profit coalition with a vision of
a non-violent revolution in mental health. Accredited by the United
Nations
as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with Consultative
Roster Status.

Join now! http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate

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Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Coalition

NEWS RELEASE – 23 April 2008 – PLEASE FORWARD!
http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/us/or/ocsc

New Oregon state-wide coalition of groups representing
mental health consumers & psychiatric survivors launches.

First board of directors and assembly of organization
representatives of “OCSC” officially begins.

Board unanimously elects Tracey Dumas, PhD first President.

Yesterday, 22 April 2008 was Earth Day. And there was some Earth-
shaking news for the future of mental health care in Oregon.

Yesterday, the state-wide voice in Oregon for mental health consumers
and psychiatric survivors became a little stronger. And if their
plans go well, that voice may become a lot stronger.

After a year of planning and development, a state-wide teleconference
facilitated by nonprofit attorney David Atkin launched the board of
directors and assembly of organization representatives for the new
alliance in Oregon.

For short, the name of the group is OCSC which stands for “Oregon
Consumer/Survivor Coalition.”

The longer name is Oregon Mental Health Consumer and Psychiatric
Survivor Coalition. Incorporation was on 31 August 2007 via a grant
from McKenzie River Gathering Foundation through MindFreedom Oregon
to supply technical assistance, and after months of preparation and
discussion of principles, mission, bylaws, the first board officially
began yesterday afternoon Tuesday, 22 April 2008.

The start-up board of directors resides in all five regions of Oregon
identified by the start-up committee, which felt that geographic
diversity in the large State was a high priority:

OCSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tracey Dumas – President
Rebecca Edens – Chair
Rebecca Eichorn – Vice President
Mark Fisher
David Oaks
Erik Palmer
Beth Quinn – Secretary
Rollin Shelton
Nancy Snider – Treasurer
Amy Zulich

Tracey Dumas of Eugene, Oregon, OCSC’s first board president,
experienced involuntary electroshock at the age of 19, and yet went
on to win her PhD in sociology from the University of Oregon. Tracey
is a well-respected leader of mental health clients, and is widely
admired in Oregon and nationally.

For a Register-Guard newspaper article about Tracey’s work
challenging psychiatric drug company abuse, including a photo of
Tracey, see:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/psych-drug-corp/eli-lilly/reconsidering-
psychiatric-drugs

or if that link doesn’t work go to:

http://tinyurl.com/6rrczm

Also made official yesterday were the 14 initial sponsor
organizations in the coalition. Each group of mental health consumers/
psychiatric survivors in the coalition has a representative on an
“assembly” to hear throughout the year from the grassroots and —
after this start-up — to elect future board of directors. More
groups are welcome to invited to join:

OCSC ASSEMBLY

# Safe Inc. – representative: Donalee Smith, Springfield

# MindFreedom Oregon – representative: David Oaks, Eugene

# State of Oregon Mental Health Consumer/Psychiatric Survivor
Advisory COUNCIL – representative: Rebecca Eichorn, Salem

# BEARS – representative: Marie Parcell, Corvallis

# Project ABLE – representative: Nancy Snider, Salem

# OCTA-Peer LiNC Oregon – representative: Rollin Shelton, Portland

# Empowerment Initiatives, Inc. – representative: Rick Snook, Portland

# Rainbow Clubhouse – representative: Beth Quinn, Bend

# ShelterCare Consumer Council – representative: Tracey Dumas, Eugene

# Oasis of Klamath County – representative: Pam Speaker

# GOBHI Consumer Caucus ? Baker Co – representative: Erik Palmer

# Lane County Mental Health Consumer/Psychiatric Survivor Advisory
Council – representative: Joyce Ann Findley

# The Union Drop-In Center in Grants Pass – representative: Mark Fisher

# A Place of Our Own – representative: Rebecca Edens, Tillamook

OREGON COALITION APPLIES TO JOIN USA COALITION

In their first order of business, the new OCSC board voted
unanimously to apply to become one of the sponsors in The National
Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO),
which unites state-wide organizations in the USA representing people
diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. For info about NCMHCSO see:

http://www.ncmhcso.org

Most USA State governments provide some level of support for the
state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors, such as a state-wide conference, newsletter, office of
mental health consumer affairs, etc.

Oregon is one of the minority of USA States to provide no funding at
all for such state-wide activity since that budget item was totally
eliminated in 2003. In the words of Oregon’s official State motto,
the historic beginning OCSC “flies with her own wings.”

For a newspaper article in _Street Roots_ about the OCSC launch see:

http://www.streetroots.org/past_issues/2008/04_01/
news_mental_health.shtml

or use this web address:

http://tinyurl.com/5rs45b

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