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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 | 0 comments

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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No New Normal: MLK, President Joe & Green Disability

Posted by on January 18, 2021 in Activism, Commentary, Disability, Environment, Mental Health, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | 2 comments

Today, Monday, 18 January 2021, we celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In two days, we in the USA will have a brand-new President, thankfully. Every morning I listen to a lot of National Public Radio (NPR). With vaccinations increasing, NPR reported that a “new normality” may finally be possible. A few minutes later, an NPR editorialist warned us, as he should, that the surge of white supremacy must not become a “new normal.” With all this talk about “new normality,” let me tell you something that MLK wrote and spoke...

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Oaks Vlog #1: Mental Health, Disability & Revolution

Posted by on December 7, 2020 in Activism, Alternatives, Commentary, Disability, Environment, Legislature, Mental Health, Peer Support, Vlog | 1 comment

David W. Oaks Vlog text: Mental Health, Disability & Revolution 7 December 2020 Joe Biden’s Federal Mental Health Agencies I love you. I am David W. Oaks. And I love you if you’re quadriplegic/tetraplegic like me. If you are a psychiatric survivor like me. Or if you’re not any of those. My friend, the late Justin Dart, Jr. was a leader in disability. He connected mental health and physical disability. He said over and over and over: “No forced treatment ever!” And now I think he would say: “Black...

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Inside Story of My Keynote at Peerpocalypse 2020

Posted by on September 21, 2020 in Activism, Disability, Mental Health, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | Comments Off on Inside Story of My Keynote at Peerpocalypse 2020

Some of the hundreds of viewers for the David Oaks keynote at Peerpocalypse 2020. This Summer 2020, I was one of the four keynoters for the major gathering of hundreds of US mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, Peerpocalypse. Of course, this time it was on Zoom, and at the bottom you can watch my keynote. On Mad In America, I am doing a blog about my keynote, which they published Thursday, 8 October: https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/10/world-mad-pride-disability-revolution/ Peerpocalypse has a webpage with links to...

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Post Traumatic Spiritual Gifts with Rev. Schulman: Free Public Webinar 8/30

Posted by on August 23, 2020 in Activism, Disability, Mental Health, Peer Support | 2 comments

UUCE Accessibility Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene Community, Oregon Public Service Announcement UUCE Online Access Forum with special guest Rev. Phillip Schulman, “The Struggle & Dignity of a Minister with Traumatic Brain Injury: Post Traumatic Spiritual Gifts.”  Sunday, August 30, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST: tinyurl.com/uuce-access-2020-august Rev. Phillip Schulman: Mad Movement Minister 1989 Graduate of UU Starr King School for the Ministry, Phillip has served four UU...

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My Keynote at Peerpocalypse Tomorrow Tuesday 7/21/2020

Posted by on July 20, 2020 in Activism, Alternatives, Mental Health, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | 1 comment

Updated: 20 July, 2:26 pm PST I will be one of the five keynoters in the main international conference this year, PEERPOCALYPSE, for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. Spoiler alert: I will call for REVOLUTION. Below is how anyone can listen to my keynote live and free on Zoom tomorrow, Tuesday, 7/21. (If you miss it, it will be recorded and streamed free.) The conference is entirely on Zoom, and it is now all free (unless you want continuing education credits.) There are so many dozens of wonderful workshops and...

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Peerpocalypse Started Monday, 7/20/2020 until Thursday, 7/23/2020

Posted by on July 19, 2020 in Activism, Alternatives, Disability, Environment, Mental Health, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | 3 comments

Updated: 20 July 2:22 pm PST The main international conference this year for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors will be entirely on Zoom, and it is now all free (unless you want continuing education credits.) There are so many dozens of wonderful workshops and keynotes, along with a virtual display. There will be participants from all over the world. Unfortunately, unless you paid and registered (which is now closed), the only way to get links for the workshops is through the workshop presenter themself. Again, now...

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Re-establishing My Credentials: Psychiatric Survivor Activists are Needed by the 100%, Now!

Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Activism, Commentary, Disability, Fundraising, Mental Health, Peer Support | Comments Off on Re-establishing My Credentials: Psychiatric Survivor Activists are Needed by the 100%, Now!

The popular blog site Mad In America just published my post about my psychiatric survivor #MadPride #Disability journey since I broke my neck in 2012: (If you would like to hear this as a voice synthesized podcast, click play below.)  By David W. Oaks David W. Oaks, Revolutionary, Aciu! For more than four decades, I have worked as a psychiatric-survivor human rights activist. Then, at the end of 2012, I broke my neck. As readers of my blog posts, such as those on Mad in America, know, I have devoted the past few years to rehab...

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