Home-care Workers: Permanent and Fill-In Positions March 2014
Work with long-time activist and recently-disabled David Oaks.
I am looking to hire more home-care workers. I have worked in disability rights, especially mental health, my whole life. In December 2012 I broke my neck. I am in a power-chair with paralyzed legs and partly disabled arms. This disability impacts my voice and has even fused my spine. Except for those pesky things I’m doing alright!
My main interest now for my activism is the climate crisis. You may find out more information about me at my blog: http://www.davidwoaks.com/ You may also Google my full name David W Oaks. I am now 58 and I’m very grateful for a wonderful team of people who help me and my wife Debra at home here in the Churchill neighborhood of Eugene.
If you are interested in the below positions please reply by email first. Email me with a brief explanation of your interest including a resume to email@example.com If possible and relevant, include a list of what shifts you are available to work. If you have applied or been interviewed by us before please indicate that.
You will need a State Care Provider Number for these positions. If you do not have a provider number, you may read about obtaining one here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/pages/ltc/inhome.aspx
Hey everyone, this is Debra and David talking. Thank you everyone for the van. It arrived the other day. It is a 2013 Dodge with low miles and it is fully accessible. Thanks to everyone who donated and supported this goal. We pledge to use this van for many good trips, including challenging the climate crisis!
All of my grandparents came from Lithuania so we wondered why my grandfather (on my mother’s side) wanted to name his first born with the Italian name Giordano. My 96-year-old mother told me this story a few years ago so I read up on my grandfather’s hero Giordano Bruno. By the way, my grandmother did not follow her husband’s wishes and my uncle was named after the famous Lithuanian Vytautas the Great. It turns out that Giordano Bruno is a very interesting historical figure, mainly making a name for himself by being the last heretic burnt at the stake by the Catholic church in 1600. Every year on this date 17th of February, this figure is remembered in Rome by his statue in a celebration of free thinking. I have read some of Bruno’s interesting writings about philosophy, nature, magic, and memory. Just using his intellect and logic he was able theorize that the stars up in the sky were just like our sun but of course were very far away. Not too shabby for a guy without a telescope. February 17th is also World Human Spirit Day. You may read more about Giordano and the annual celebration here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno By a small coincidence, Monday Feb. 17 is also the start for collecting material for my sale here in Eugene from Feb.21 thru Feb.23. You may read the next blog entry for info about that event: http://www.davidwoaks.com/feb21-22-23-eugene-oregon
If you have a contact who is within driving distance of Eugene Oregon…or if you are local…please support donate to and attend the below fundraising sale to help me.
Here is the announcement from Friends of David Oaks (FODO):
Her is a PDF color poster you may download or view of the event:
If you are on Facebook, get out this Facebook event to your contacts and say you will attend: https://www.facebook.com/events/188931397984319/
The Friends of David Oaks fundraising committee invite you to a Living Estate Sale in North Eugene, starting Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23rd.
WHAT: Living Estate Sale to raise money for David Oaks’ medical/rehabilitative care needs
In his speeches and essays for more than a decade, MLK referred to the idea of Creative Maladjustment. He in fact said the world is in dire need of a new organization: International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment or the IAACM. MLK talked like this more than a dozen times in ten years.
We have a Facebook page for the IAACM here:
Her are some MLK quotes about IAACM:
The Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, Register-Guard daily newspaper ran a huge piece by journalist Randi Bjornstad about me, my fall, my broken neck, activism, our supportive community, changing the mental health system, and even the Chamber of Commerce protest on climate crisis. There are two great photos by professional photographer Paul Carter, plus how to give to my irrevocable trust fund.
You may read the article on the R-G web site here:
You can read, download, print a PDF of the article here: R-G-DavidWOaks-1-5-2014
You may wish to write a letter to the editor about this excellent article, contact information is here: http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/#letter
For news about the protest of the Chamber of Commerce, see the next blog entry below:
On December 5, 2013, about 5 groups united together to hold a nonviolent protest about the pivotal role of the Chamber of Commerce blocking progress addressing the climate crisis. For several years, I held an email dialogue with the director of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Dave Hauser. This last summer several of us held a street theater event at the Eugene Saturday Market and together we nominated the local Chamber for a Golden Ostrich Award.
We used humor to point out that our local Chamber should join 56 other local Chambers that have said “No” to the horribly Earth-damaging U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. We gave the award plaque to our local Chamber just before weird lingering snowy weather in Eugene, which scientists predict will be an indicator of the climate crisis.
Below is a brief 5 minute video of our award presentation, in which I become a bit emotional. Below that is more info about our campaign.
Our Golden Ostrich Award to the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce because of the climate crisis.
Action you can take from anywhere in the world to help our campaign:
1. Please contact our local Chamber by email or phone (541-484-1314) with your peaceful, civil, but strong message. Your sample message: “Please say ‘No!’ to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is one of the main blockades to addressing the climate crisis.”
2. For extra credit, you may contact the Eugene Chamber Board: http://www.eugenechamber.com/contact/leadership.aspx
I have good news to report: The big medical school in Portland, Oregon Health Sciences University, has taken the material from MindFreedom while I was director for twenty-five years. For many years I have encouraged archives for our movement, but there are very few.
We have compiled posters, newsletters, journals, letters, photos, etc. I would like to give a lot of credit to my mother Violet Oaks, who volunteered eight years in the office often three days a week. Mom must have gone through almost every piece of paper in the office applying her seventy-plus years of office experience and changing our messy office to one that had a very good filing system, thank you Mom! Mom is now 96 years old so she is working from home by doing thank you notes for gifts to my trust fund. (more…)
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