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From Armchair to Action: Winning Human Rights in Mental Health!

Posted by on August 11, 2021 in Activism, Alternatives, Mental Health, Peer Support | 0 comments

You’re Invited to a Free MindFreedom Campaign Action Webinar:  All who support human rights in mental health are welcome! Free Zoom Webinar, THIS Sunday, August 15, 2021 For decades, MindFreedom International (MFI) has been one of the strongest independent coalitions for human rights in mental health. Join us whether you’re a past, current, or possible-future MFI member.  How can you work with others in MFI to effectively win alternatives and human rights through united campaigns? What steps can you take to begin...

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David W. Oaks on Green Disability

Posted by on July 13, 2021 in Activism, Alternatives, Disability, Environment, Mental Health, Peer Support | 1 comment

Thursday, 15 July 2021, I gave a live, 45-minute online workshop on Green Disability as part of the Alternatives 2021 Conference. We will post the video as soon as it is available. Below is more information about that workshop: Green Disability: Peer Support Unites the Mental & Physical Disability Movements How can peer mutual support in both physical & mental disability movements help humanity prepare for disasters including climate crisis? Our society seems too complacent, but peer support is a practical way for...

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Updates Behind the Scenes: Mad In America Launches My Blog About SAMHSA

Posted by on June 29, 2021 in Activism, Commentary, Legislature, Mental Health, Peer Support | Comments Off on Updates Behind the Scenes: Mad In America Launches My Blog About SAMHSA

Updates Behind the Scenes: Mad In America Launches My Blog About SAMHSA

Mad In America, major webzine for “rethinking psychiatry,” just published, today, June 29, 2021, my new blog: “Will US Agency New Head End Stonewalling About Money for Involuntary Outpatient Mental Health?” The US Senate confirmed President Biden’s nomination for the new leader of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, an African-American psychologist. SAMHSA has been supporting involuntary outpatient mental health, which can mean court-ordering US citizens to take...

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Waiting For My Blog, Breaking Heat Records Here In Eugene

Posted by on June 27, 2021 in Activism, Commentary, Disability, Environment, Mental Health, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | Comments Off on Waiting For My Blog, Breaking Heat Records Here In Eugene

I have recently submitted my newest blog to Mad In America. The topic is about the betrayal of a federal agency regarding involuntary outpatient psychiatric drugging. This is my 45th year working for human rights of people in the mental health system.  To be very clear, let me begin by saying I very much wanted to have my Covid-19 vaccination. My wife and I felt a great relief and gratitude after we got our vax. We knew we were not only helping ourselves, but our community in general is supported by having a high vax...

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Oregon Action Alert, June 2021:

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in Activism, Alternatives, Disability, Legislature, Mental Health, Peer Support | Comments Off on Oregon Action Alert, June 2021:

Prevent Wasting Money on Misinformed, Coercive Mental Health Overreach! The below alert is especially for Oregonians who support human rights and alternatives in mental health. However, even if you live outside of Oregon, your voice will help show legislators they need to urgently stop this flawed bill. Oregon State Senator Floyd Prozanski has had a Work Group on mental health issues. Within this Work Group, the Subcommittee of Oregonians with Lived Experience of the Mental Health System OPPOSES a harmful bill sponsored by Sen....

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Attention All Residents of Lane County, Oregon, USA: Climate Survey

Posted by on May 12, 2021 in Activism, Disability, Environment | Comments Off on Attention All Residents of Lane County, Oregon, USA: Climate Survey

Deadline to take the Lane Community Climate Survey is Friday, 21 May 2021. The climate crisis demands immediate emergency attention. Below is a news release about an important survey you can take now. This has links to the survey in English and Spanish. Residents of Lane County, please take the survey today and distribute it widely, especially to marginalized communities. Contact information:Lane Climate Equity and Resilience Task ForceHaley Case-Scott, Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer541-313-8447...

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Cripping the Red Carpet: Disability Documentary May Win Oscar, Sunday, April 25

Posted by on April 24, 2021 in Activism, Disability, Peer Support | 1 comment

From a poster for the movie Crip Camp, a Disability Revolution I loved the documentary about the disability movement, Crip Camp, on Netflix. It is one of the flicks nominated for an Academy Award. I hope you join me watching & cheering during this free Zoom webinar, info from the organizers: CRIPPING THE RED CARPET on Sunday, April 25th at 3 pm PT, 6 pm ET. Celebrate Crip Camp’s Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature! A historic moment for the disability community, Crip Camp at the Oscars will truly be a night to...

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Virtual Vigil Public Service Announcement: Honor Ivory McCuen

Posted by on April 7, 2021 in Activism, Alternatives, Disability, Mental Health, Peer Support | Comments Off on Virtual Vigil Public Service Announcement: Honor Ivory McCuen

To download a one-page flyer of the below text, click here:Download Sunday, 18 April 2021, 5 pm PT At that time click: tinyurl.com/ivorypeer This is a free webinar in honor of the late Ivory McCuen (1990-2021). Ivory died homeless of exposure at the age of 30 on 24 Jan. 2021 at 17th & Chambers in Eugene, Oregon. Ivory was a mother of two boys, and a frequent user of the mental health system. Ivory was known for her love of nature, art, and singing. Live music by folksinger David Rogers Speakers include: Breezy...

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17 February: Let Us Remember Giordano Bruno, Freethinker

Posted by on February 16, 2021 in Commentary, Normalgeddon | Comments Off on 17 February: Let Us Remember Giordano Bruno, Freethinker

Statue of Giordano Bruno in Campo de’ Fiori, Rome, Italy Tomorrow, 17 February 2021, is a special day for me. Along with many people all over the world, I remember the life and times of Giordano Bruno. He was the last individual burnt at the stake by the Inquisition on 17 February 1600. A few years ago, I had the privilege of hosting my Mom from Chicago here in Eugene, Oregon for a decade. She shared many stories. One of the most startling was the revelation that my grandfather, an immigrant from Lithuania who spent many years...

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Unitarian Universalist Online Access Forum: Sunday 31 January 2021

Posted by on January 30, 2021 in Activism, Disability, Mental Health, Peer Support | Comments Off on Unitarian Universalist Online Access Forum: Sunday 31 January 2021

Updated: Now watch this webinar live, either on Zoom or Facebook, tomorrow, Sunday 31 Jan 2021: Download the flyer here:Download Free Public Disability Webinar   UU Values & Disability Unitarian Universalist Online Access Forum Mental Disability, Mental Health & UU Values TOMORROW Sunday, January 31, 2021 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST Watch live on Zoom: tinyurl.com/uu-mental-disability Or watch live on Facebook: facebook.com/UUEugene All are welcome: Mental disability, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI),...

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