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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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I’m Employed (and other stuff)

I was hired a couple days ago, start work on Monday (11/3/08). Peer Recovery Specialist at the Oregon State Hospital (OSH), also known as the “notorious Oregon State Hospital”.

My “Hire Letter” click for full size):

Other stuff

McCain is a hard man:

Never kick a child:

Consumer confidence (click for full size):

When I grow up:

Song sent by a friend… Let’s pretend that the Iraq war isn’t like Vietnam…okay?

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John Prine- still makes me cry….

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Mad Radio- new links:

http://fullmoonradio.wordpress.com/

Stay up to date on mental health consumer/ survivor radio and related information.

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Change-

Let’s see… Moron oil industry puppet and bald warmonger-

Yep! The GOP knows about change!

As long as I’m on the offensive:

More for fun:

Fun with dog:

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Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Coalition & stuff

Oregon Consumer Survivor Coalition delegation meets with Oregon’s
governor

by Rebecca Eichhorn

In June 2008, representatives from the Oregon Consumer Survivor
Coalition (OCSC), Mental Health America, and several individual
consumers were invited to meet with Governor Ted Kulongoski. The
purpose of this historic meeting was to brief the Governor on matters
concerning mental health and consumer affairs in Oregon.

The hour long conversation offered an opportunity to familiarize the
governor with issues facing consumers and the public mental health
services.

Some of the topic discussed at the meeting included:

** The history of the consumer movement

** the concept of “recovery”

** consumer/survivors as partners in treatment

** peer support services, and

** the need for a continuum of mental health services.

The Governor set the agenda and led the conversation asking questions
and indicating genuine interest in each topic discussed. There was
not enough time to cover the Governor’s entire agenda. However, the
topics that were discussed seemed well received and layed the
foundation for a future meeting and continued dialogue with the
Governor regarding consumer voice and issues facing the mental health
system.

Rebecca Eichhorn, MS
OCSC Board Member
Consumer Affairs Specialist
Consumer Care Partnerships

New York Times covers Mad Pride!

http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/media/mf/new-york-times-mad-pride

Protests against forced electroshock-

From MindFreedom news-

(lazy blogger)

May 2008 Protests of Electroshock

by David W. Oaks last modified 2008-05-15 15:00

Electroshock — also known as electroconvulsive therapy — was protested by MindFreedom members in Cork, Ireland; Ottawa, Canada; Montreal, Canada. Here are brief reports from each.

May 2008 Protests of Electroshock

MindFreedom Ireland in Cork, Ireland on 3 May 2008 protesting electroshock.

BELOW are reports from three May 2008 electroshock protests: Cork, Ireland (photo in upper right); Ottawa, Canada; Montreal, Canada.

The reports were compiled by Sue Clark, who is chair of the MindFreedom ZAPBACK Committee to end electroshock.

Update: A photo is now on this web page for each of the three protests.

MindFreedom Lane County will also include protest of electroshock in their 17 May 2008 skit protest The Normathon.

The reports begin with Ottawa, followed by a brief report from Montreal, and then from Cork, Ireland.

May 2008 Electroshock Protests

Photo of protest in Ottawa, Canada on 11 May 2008 of electroshockOttawa protests electroshock on 11 May 2008

[Photo on right, more photos click here.]

by Sue Clark

Hello everyone:

Here are two articles re the ECT protest yesterday in Ottawa. The first one is from the CBC national news. There was a radio show yesterday on CBC radio at 7:30 p.m. I was told and there was a whole show on ECT. I will try to get the transcript. The first article from the CBC they put in Dr. Peter Breggin’s’ name wrong, and put in “Paul Breggin”.

The second article from CTV.ca said in the article “patients” I have free of psychiatry since 1990 and have not been a patient since then.

The ECT protest was also covered by CFRA radio, CJOH TV news in Ottawa, and A channel News in Ottawa. The CBC had a whole story on ECT on CBC radio on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and I did not hear the show. If anyone did, please let me know.

We will be holding the ECT protest every year on Mother’s Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Thank to all who participated in this ECT protest in Ottawa: Steven Wittenberg, my husband, Don Weitz, Graeme Bacque, Jane Scharf, Marco, Phillip and Jen, Cristian and Francois, Elisabeth Ziegeler and Jay, Debbie and Jennifer, Michael, Barbara Mainguy, Karen Dawe, and to the others who were there and to all the people who sent statements and encouragement to to the event: Mary Maddock from Mindfreedom Ireland, Helene Grandbois from Montreal, Dr. Bonnie Burstow from Toronto, Leonard Roy Frank from San Francisco, and Dr. John Breeding from Texas, and to David Oaks and his staff for their support and encouragement.

I will be on a radio show today on CHRY radio 105.5 at 5:30 p.m. which is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
talking about the ECT protest yesterday and other antipsychiatry issues.

Regards,

Sue Clark-Wittenberg
Chair
MFI committee on ECT & Human Rights
Ottawa (613) 721-1833

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Despite criticism, electroshock therapy commonly used in depression Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2008 | 12:22 PM ET CBC News<http://www.cbc.ca/news/credit.html&gt; http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/05/12/electroshock-therapy.html

(you can make comments at this link) – Sue

Despite protests calling for a ban on the treatment, electroshock therapy is frequently used by Canadian psychiatrists to treat severe depression.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) estimates that last year, the procedure, which dates back to 1938 and involves passing electrical currents though the brain to trigger seizures, was used more than 15,000 times in the country.

The figure has remained virtually unchanged since 2002, CIHI says, showing that the popularity of the procedure remains strong.

A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week shows the procedure is commonly used to treat drug-resistant depression in seniors.

However, critics of the procedure believe its usage should be stopped, and it is a painful procedure that leads to brain damage.

On Sunday, about a dozen protesters rallied in Ottawa, calling for a ban of the procedure.

Protest organizer Sue Clark-Wittenberg had electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) 35 years ago, and says it has kept her from getting an education and a good job.

“The bottom line is electroshock always damages the brain. Electroshock always causes memory loss,” she says.
ECT survives calls for ban

Dr. Nizar Ladha, a psychiatrist based in St. John’s, has been using ECT for three decades. He says the procedure does induce seizures, but they’re not painful and don’t cause convulsions.

“As an effective and lifesaving treatment, it rates right up there with the discovery of penicillin,” he told CBC News.

Ladha says he has seen ECT help fight depression and prevent many suicides.

The Canadian Psychiatric Association argues that ECT is safe and effective, though the Canadian Medical Association says it can cause memory loss.

But Dr. Paul Breggin, a New York-based psychiatrist, is in a minority of psychiatrists who says the procedure should be banned.

“We’re treating human beings as if they are a very crude machine which can be battered back into shape.”

Still, Dr. David Goldbloom, a psychiatrist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, predicts it will become even more popular, having survived numerous calls to ban it and two provincial inquiries.

“Each time the conclusion is the same — that the balance of evidence supports retaining this to try to help people with depression.”

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Shock therapy ‘barbaric, inhumane,’ say protesters

Updated: Sun May. 11 2008 18:29:27

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Past patients of electroshock therapy took to Parliament Hill today, requesting a ban on what they say is torture.

“Stop electroshock before it stops you,” chanted Sue Clark Wittenberg, a former electroshock therapy patient and vocal opponent to the practise.

Also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association have deemed ECT to be safe and not cause brain damage.

The protesters claimed ECT is barbaric and inhumane.

Wittenberg said she was subjected to ECT 25 years ago. Now, she claims she suffers from memory loss and difficulty learning. Wittenberg and other patients want the Canadian Government to ban what is considered a therapeutic practice.

“The Canadian Psychiatric Association says on their website that electroshock therapy is safe. That is not true, look at me,” Wittenberg said.

Wittenberg claims 14,000 people in Ontario are subjected to electroshock therapy every year.

According to the Canadian Psychiatric Association, ECT is effective in the treatment of patients with major depression, delusional depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and catatonia.
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Protest in Quebec in May 2008 of electroshockQUEBEC PROTESTS ELECTROSHOCK


Montreal protest to ban ECT Saturday May 10, 2008 (photo on right).

Our protest was real success. About 50 persons were there. We had our choir perform two times and chant our slogans.

We had a bannière with “Disons non aux électrochocs Urgence d’agir”.

I made two times a speach one more general on my motivations to make ECT banned and a translation I made of Sue testimony that she send me.

Two other speakers made speeches. Two TVs station were there TVA and Radio-Canada who made a very good report of the situation about ECT not just a report from the protest but also they documented the fact that our Ministry of Health did nothing from the Banken report recommendation 5 years after the report.

Nobody was interviewed to counterfact our statements. The Ministry of Health was interviewed and could just say they do nothing to monitor or to tcheck about the situation of ECT and the women and elderly that were shocked. On the web site of both Radio-Canada and TVA our statement are well put into evidence. We also had interviews for a radio program that will be on the air on next friday night at 8 o’clock cannot say the result of this. We will see.

In general the protest was energizing and everybody who was there will sing our songs with us and say our slogans. Really a very exciting event.

As Mary said we shall overcome
Take care
Love
Hélène

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MindFreedom Ireland protests electroshock in Cork, Ireland


Press Release – For more information contact Mary Maddock of MindFreedom Ireland

3 May 2008

Members of MindFreedom Ireland, the organisation which campaigns for human rights in the mental health system, protested against the use of electro shock as a ‘treatment’ both in our Irish hospitals and worldwide.

It took place outside the G.P.O. Oliver Plunket St. Cork, Ireland between 1.p.m. and 4.p.m.

Many members of the public expressed their own shock! that this barbaric practice was still performed both worldwide and in our Irish hospitals today ‘in the name of help.’

They were more outraged that it could even be legally forced on vulnerable people.

Many of them signed a petition to abolish the practice.

Four electro shock survivors from Cork spoke out and confirmed that it did indeed cause brain damage.

Last year both Kathy Sinnott, MEP and Dan Boyle, Green Party took part in the protest.

The protest was part of a worldwide demonstration in conjunction with Mother’s Day in Canada, to highlight the fact that two thirds of the recipients of shock are women. Messages of solidarity from Canada were read out.

On the same day MindFreedom Ireland celebrated the ratification of the UN treaty on the rights of people with disabilities (this importantly includes people with psycho/social disabilities) which hopefully will stop forceful ‘treatments’ used in present day psychiatry including electro shock.

Mary Maddock was the focus of an article about electroshock in in a major Irish newspaper, to read the article click here.

Some important facts about electro shock commonly known as ECT ( Electro Convulsive ‘Therapy’.

· CAUSES BRAIN DAMAGE, MEMORY LOSS AND DISORIENTATION

· IS AN ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

· CAN BE LEGALLY FORCED ON PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL

· TWO THIRDS OF SHOCK VICTIMS ARE WOMEN – MOTHERS AND
GRANDMOTHERS

· IS PSYCHIATRIC TORTURE

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)

July 25th, 2008

(Please do not note that the lunar calendar would generally put the show on July 18th but I can’t be in town that night- sorry for the incontinence. You can still listen to KBOO and be surprised at whatever you hear. Try not to get confused, I know I’m trying my best and it’s not working very well. The show will be on July 25th, 1:00 a.m. Friday night.)

This show is dedicated to Everyone

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

You can participate! Call in at (503) 231-8187

Please call in!

(Set your alarm if you aren’t usually up at that time)

Friday nights from 1 am to 2 am usually 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.

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R.I.P., Utah

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Enough said.

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Saturday Soup

When I was growing up, when my father was alive, we could count on at least one thing (other than that my parents would be drunk). All of the leftovers from the week’s dinners would go into a pot, be heated to boiling and called Saturday Soup. Because my folks were not particularly creative about what they made for dinner, the soup usually amounted to the same basic ingredients, in varying proportions depending on our appetites for particular meals. The main ingredient was spaghetti and meatballs. This was a meal my dad made that was always made in such quantity that there were leftovers, without fail, even on Saturday (quite a thing really- my brother and I generally ate the leftover spaghetti for breakfast and snacks). Another common ingredient was stew. This was made in smaller amounts because it involved buying “real meat”. Another weekly staple was navy bean soup (cheap to make and my dad was in the navy for 23 years). Some items that made it into the soup less dependably but maybe alternating week-to-week included corned beef and cabbage, pork chops, meatloaf, sloppy joes and sometimes things that my folks brought home in “doggie bags” when they went out to dinner (this could be anything from chop suey to steak.

I always like Saturday Soup.

So, today is kind of a Saturday Soup- odds and ends from the past week. Working my way back through time…

Tadpole/ frog habitat reconnaissance

Yesterday I walked quite a bit along the Springwater Corridor and on Powell Butte (near my home) to check on the status of the annual spawning in marginal habitat. Summary:

  • Many wetland/ swampy areas I had identified a few weeks back on the south side of Powell Butte along the Springwater Corridor were already dry, including some spots where I had previously seen plenty of frogs eggs. So much for these guys- there’s always quite a bit of this going on. The frogs don’t seem to have any idea of whether or not the place they spawn will be viable for tadpole maturation. On the other hand, I found several places where the new habitat restoration project in the Johnson/ Kelly Creek watershed had created what look like great spawning places. Some of which has heavy foliage cover for shade and protection from birds. I even saw some baby fish (I was surprised- I thought that it would take many more years for fish to return to this mangled area). For more info on the wetlands restoration project, see my archives or just go to: https://rickpdx.wordpress.com/?s=Kelly+Creek&submit=Search or to

http://www.portlandonline.com/BES/index.cfm?a=106235&c=33213

  • On Powell Butte I concentrated on the primary northside drainage system (there is also a pond on the southside that is always healthy and I don’t worry about it). Somebody, I’m thinking the park caretaker or maybe volunteers or just some frog nut like me, had earlier in the spring placed debris and rocks at intervals in the (leaky) concrete lined ditch. A really good idea and I wondered why I hadn’t though of it before. I have been worried about the ditch especially this year because of a less rainy spring and unseasonably hot weather. Even though some of the ditch inflow has dried up, there is still a thriving community of tadpoles, more eggs and algae (for food- before they morph, the babies eat the algae).
    We are still, today, having very hot weather for this time of year. I am hoping that we get some rain soon because the ditch will dry up sooner than usual if this keeps up.
  • There are always a large percentage of the frog babies that don’t make it. Typically, the ditch dries completely by the end of Portland Rose Festival (around the second week of August). At that time I will find almost a solid layer of dried/ dead tadpoles at the bottom of the ditch. My annual effort is to save as many of these as possible before they “croak”. I gather generally a hundred or more at the last possible moment, take them home and grow them in an outdoor tank until they’re mature enough to climb out of the tank and go out into the world. Our current location is close to other wetlands and good basic tree-frog habitat.
  • The trick will be knowing when to gather them. I don’t want to do it too soon because it’s best for them to grow up in the place where they were born. If I’m too late, though, the little guys won’t make it.
  • If you are up at Powell Butte and you see some guy capturing tadpoles (against park regulations), don’t report me or throw rocks. I’m a friend to amphibians.

Mad Liberation Radio

Last night was supposed to be the monthly Mad Liberation by Moonlight show on KBOO but I opted towait 2 more weeks because I had forgotten to publicize it. So, the show will be the last friday night in May, 1 a.m. I will post more info at some later date. I hope to have a dynamite show with several guests.

I’m still looking for work

Enough said. Let me know if you have any leads.

Interactive Theater

We did a presentation this past Tuesday at the First Unitarian Church Downtown and it went well. This Spring’s production is mental Health, Family and Work and is called “A Day at the Office”. There are some more performances but I don’t have a flyer handy so I’ll post them at another time. I believe the next one is June 1st at PSU but I could be wrong.

If you are unfamiliar with Interactive Theater/ Theater of the Oppressed, it is based on the work of Augusto Boal who developed the concept in Brazil as a way of getting urban dwellers and peasants to work together to solve social problems. The way it works is that we present a short play that consists of a series of conflicts that have increasingly bad outcomes. After one performance where we just follow the script, in the second time through the audience is invited to stop the play at any point and take the place of one of the actors to see if they can change the outcome. They are encouraged to avoid taking the place of the “oppressor” in the scene (because in real life you don’t just have that person suddenly have a change of heart and solve the issue as if by magic). They are encouraged to take the place of potential allies (who are present in each scene but who don’t act in a way that helps). We let them take any part they wish, though, because there are always things to learn. The challenge to the actors is to ad lib based on their understanding of their character. (We spend a lot of time in the rehearsal phase doing things to develop the underlying aspects of each character, to understand their thinking and their unspoken reactions to events.

It’s loads of fun for the actors and the audience. And it really does help educate the public and generate creative responses to situations of oppression. Our little group is called From the Inside Out and we are running on a shoestring with individual donations. The actors/ director etc. are all people with a mental health diagnosis and are volunteers. (We’d love to get some money for our expenses, travel and time but we don’t have enough financial support yet.)

Short article: Self-help and recovery by Joann Lutz

My experience with spiritual emergency and recovery has taught me the need to grow beyond cultural conditioning, beyond other’s expectations, to discover what ideas and behaviors are truly life-affirming and growthful for me. My recovery was based around the practice of yoga. It gave me validation for the profound changes which I experienced which were pathologized in the mental health system, such as early morning awakening, fasting, and vegetarianism, which lowered my anxiety level; self-esteem which I cultivated through the slow mastery of the yoga postures; peace of mind from the calming effects of the breathing practices; and an expanded view of who I really am, separate from my personality and its constant ups and downs.

I also experienced the healing power of dance; re-experiencing myself moving through the developmental stages as an infant, toddler, playful child; accelerating my feelings of aliveness; feeling energy moving through my body which was more compelling than the thought patterns which I had falsely identified as myself.

I learned about the value of regular exercise, of a daily spiritual practice, wholesome eating, positive relationships, solid emotional support, inspiring thoughts, connection to the natural world, awareness of body sensations and deep relaxation, in building health.

What I was doing, essentially, was creating my own world, keeping what was positive and staying away from what was not. My yoga teacher, Swami Satchidananda, talks about thinking of our body and mind as a country protected by border guards which will not let anything harmful in. For me, that meant staying away from violent movies, from watching TV. indiscriminately, from overeating, from cigarette smoke, and from negative-thinking people. As time went on, it became easier and easier to build this positive world. I began to see my spiritual emergency as an opportunity for transforming my life rather than as a disability and my feelings of inferiority dropped away.

Joann Lutz, L.I.C.S.W., is a psychiatric survivor currently working as a licensed, holistically-trained psychotherapist and stress-reduction teacher in Northampton, MA and Brattleboro Vt. She can be reached at 413-586-6384.

This is great! Olberman rant on MSNBC re Bush: “Shut up!”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/14/olbermann-to-bush-this-wa_n_101831.html

I love it. You can almost feel the spit hit you from the monitor listening to this.

Miscellaneous items for your amusement

Pictures, animation, whatever.

This is me above…

Below, some songs I recorded, wrote many years ago:

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I didn’t write this. Yoko Ono. Suprisingly melodic, enjoyable. Don’t be afraid, just listen-

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First in a series: The Great Love- Listen to the rest at http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/talks/details?num=OM690&c=p

That’s enough for now.

Have a great weekend.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

* 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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Homemade music

Today I thought I’d just post/ repost some of the songs I’ve recorded. The recordings are poor quality- I’m doing this on my own with a cheap mike and a PC and I haven’t the foggiest notion of how to do it correctly. Bear with me.

This Lullaby I wrote as a comfort to myself:

lullaby-by-rick

This is an open letter to god- I was a bit angry at the time. I haven’t included all of the lyrics in this version. Most people are ready to stop listening before I get to the end:

rick-erins_ghost

This is a song my family sings before meals. The primary lyrics are traditional, the overlay words are mine as as is the music.

rick-may_you_dwell_in_the_heart

A song I wrote for Erin when she was 2 years old (I have songs that I wrote for all my kids; sometime I’ll try to record them; sometime I’ll try to do a better recording of this one, too):

rick-frogy_girl_ok

On a completely different note-

An update from David Oaks re the Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Coalition:

Hi OCSC Talk,

I just got off phone after long and, I feel, productive discussion
with Erinn Kelley-Siel, who is advisor in Governor Kulongoski’s
office about human services.

Some of the main points:

* Erinn absolutely agrees to a meeting with OCSC representatives
personally herself, fairly soon. Because more than one board member
of OCSC is right in Salem, this would seem to be do-able! And I think
it can be helpful. I’ve let Mark (as volunteer on communications for
OCSC) and Tracey (as board president) know.

* Erinn agrees she will RECOMMEND that the Governor meet with
representatives of OCSC. Of course, standard disclaimers apply: She
can’t speak for Governor, he has extremely limited timeline, but she
feels such a meeting would be a good idea. I argued that this issue
is beyond money… that it would be helpful for the Governor to send
a signal that Oregonians with mental health issues are citizens, too,
with a voice, and that he supports a new paradigm.

* We both agreed that (a) the constituency we are working for is
extremely disempowered, (b) Oregon is behind on supporting the state-
wide voice of this constituency, (c) moving forward will be a two-way
street: it will take advocacy by elected officials, and also work by
OCSC.

* We agreed that “a new day” has dawned here in Oregon, with
increasing strength of consumer/survivor movement, the depth of
leadership and activity. I brought up names of several leaders whose
names she recognized, and we both agreed these leaders are good
example of this effort: Becky, Rollin, David R., Tracey, and others.

* I was surprised she hadn’t heard about the great work of
Empowerment Initiatives, and I told her about that. Same thing with
Dan Fisher’s work — she hadn’t heard about that. Dan, it would be
great for you to get a packet of your info to her! You and anyone
else is welcome to get her info. Here’s her contact info: Erinn
Kelley-Siel, Human Services Policy Advisor,Office of Governor Ted
Kulongoski, 900 Court Street, Room 160, Salem, OR 97301, ph:
503-378-6549, 503-378-6827 – Fax. E-mail: Erinn.L.Kelley-
Siel@state.or.us

* She can’t guarantee on any budget item of course, but she said she
would do what she could to support budget for consumer/survivor voice.

* A key personal concern for her right now is the placement of
housing in community people convicted of crimes — folks under PSRB.
She said there is intense opposition from community groups. We agreed
that mental health client groups — by putting human face on consumer/
survivors — played a key role in responding. And that these are
difficult issues, but a first step should be VOICE of consumer/
survivors in such efforts. I pointed out this needed to be beyond
tokenism. She said there are some meetings about PSRB coming up, and
she personally would like support from people in those, she said
she’d keep me in touch about them.

* She pointed out that just because Bob Nikkel supports consumer/
survivor voice, it may not get into Governor’s budget. She estimates
that out of 100 items that Bob asked for he got 13. I don’t know how
accurate this, but even if that’s at all close to the truth, it is a
big challenge.

All in all, I think it was a constructive meeting. If anything, we’re
certainly doing the right thing by reaching out, creating dialogue.

Consider: As I’ve said, both USA Senators from Oregon (Smith & Wyden)
are extremely passionate about mental health issues. But neither have
ever met with representatives of a state-wide coalition of mental
health consumers/psychiatric survivors. We can’t blame them for that
— such a coalition has not existed until now! I think there’s a
reasonable chance both would agree if asked and the timing is right.
But even if they don’t agree, at least by ASKING the ball is in their
court.

Clearly, now, with the Governor’s office — the ball is in their
court… an indirect benefit of the launch of OCSC already….

David

Electroshock news, etc.:

Information about electroshock, also called electroconvulsive therapy.

Stop New York State from Forcibly Shocking Simone D!

Info and alerts to resist the State of New York order for even more forced electroshock of Simone D., who has experienced more than 200 involuntary electroshocks (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT).

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/simone-d/

News Analysis

Electroshock in India: News Analysis

by David W. Oaks — 2007-04-22 07:41

On 1 April 2007 — April Fools Day — in the city of Pune in India, a mental health center held a major event promoting electroshock. The organizers of the promotion covered up hazards about electroshock and gave false information. MindFreedom has a sponsor group in Pune, Center for Advocacy in Mental Health, a project of Bapu Trust. Advocates from Bapu Trust attended the shock promotion event, and here is their news analysis.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/pune-india/

New, Free Web Book

The Electroshock Quotationary: New, Free Web Book

by David W. Oaks — 2006-11-25 16:04

Leonard Roy Frank is a survivor of forced electroshock, a long-time human rights activist, an expert editor of quotations, and a passionate MindFreedom supporter. Here is Leonard’s news release about his new book of quotations available online for free.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/the-electroshock-quotationary-new-free-web-book/

Download Free PDF of Leonard Roy Frank Electroshock Quotationery

An Electroshock Quotationary edited by psychiatric survivor Leonard Roy Frank is available as a free PDF download.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/frank-electroshock-quotationery.pdf

A Mind to End Shock Therapy

A newspaper article in the Toronto Star in Canada quotes several electroshock activists about the idea of ending electroshock.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/toronto-star/

A writer on electroshock

A writer reflects on how electroshock has impacted memory. This anonymous piece was posted on the excellent blog by Philip Dawdy, called Furious Seasons.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/writer-reflects/

Evidence of Electroshock Harm

This is a YouTube link to a video with Steven Wittenberg speaking on how ECT harmed his wife Sue.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/ect-harm/

Call for ECT to be Banned

This is a link to a YouTube video by MindFreedom member Sue Clark-Wittenberg who says ECT should be banned.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/call-for-ect-ban/

NY State New Guidelines on Forced Electroshock

Apparently in response to the state-wide outrage following MindFreedom human rights alerts about two individuals slated for forced electroshock, NY State has issued new “guidelines” about use of involuntary electroshock over the wishes of the subject. MindFreedom’s response: No Means No.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/ny-state-guidelines/

Flyer: “Electroshock = Permanent Brain Damage”

A one page flyer, available in both PDF and Powerpoint format, highlighting the link between electroconvulsive therapy and brain damage.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/mfi-ect-flyer-2007/

Psychiatrist tries to silence forced electroshock survivor

In New Zealand, a psychiatrist, Stephanie du Fresne, was administering involuntary electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy). During an outing the recipient of the electroshock went to a TV station and got on national television about her human rights abuse. Dr. du Fresne filed a complaint against the television station, claiming the TV station was violating the right of her allegedly-insane patient to “informed consent” about appearing on national television. On 7 February 2008, a New Zealand High Court “quashed” the psychiatrist’s attempt to stifle free speech.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/new-zealand-du-fresne/

Gathering in Montreal to Ban ECT

Place Emilie-Gamelin (metro Berri-UQAM), from 2008-05-10 11:00 to 2008-05-10 13:00

The Quebec Committee to ban ECT is honoring Mother’s Day with a gathering to say NO to ECT.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-abuse/electroshock/montreal-gathering-2008/

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