Updated: Monday Dec 2nd – See below for before or after gathering. Also see how you can help where ever you live.
Flash Gathering: Eugene Area Chamber of Climate Crisis
Tongue in Cheek Award Ceremony
Contact: David Zupan
At 12:30 pm on December 5th, local citizens concerned about the global climate crisis will gather at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, 1401 Willamette, to give them an award. The Golden Ostrich trophy will be presented to the Eugene Chamber because of their support for the US Chamber of Commerce and its blockade of progress on addressing The Climate Crisis.
The weather on Dec 5th is supposed to be unusually cold, ironically. We will protest what ever the weather. Before and or after the event cold participants may want to gather at a near by coffee shop:
Speakers at the protest itself will include:
To view previous street theater’s on YouTube see http://www.davidwoaks.com/street-theater-at-saturday-market-having-fun-while-challenging-the-climate-crisis
You can help where ever you live. For more info about the campaign by the climate crisis group 350.org to ask local chambers to say “no” to the US Chamber see http://chamber.350.org/
Also you can phone and email our Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce a peaceful, civil but strong message from where ever you live. There contact info is here: http://www.eugenechamber.com/contact/
The award for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is by Eugene artist Tim Boyden.
If you would like to visit the FaceBook event Page on this see https://www.facebook.com/events/576399752413531/?source=1
Below is an announcement from wonderful supporters who are planning a national fundraiser about the same time and place as Alternatives 2013 Conference (totally separate, of course). Please spread the word, and if possible attend:
Support David Oaks’ Independent Living
Sponsored by Friends of David Oaks
The Friends of David Oaks Committee invites participants from Alternatives 2013 in Austin, Texas to a fundraiser dinner to support David to obtain a wheelchair accessible van. David Oaks is the former Director of MindFreedom International. He has given 30 years of his life to activism and fighting for human rights in the mental health system. Let’s give back to him in his time of need!
(For more info:)
There is a campaign to impact peacefully the US Chamber of Commerce by reaching the local chambers about the climate crisis. My friend David Zupan took a video of our street theater. Here is his blurb about our guerrilla theater:
Watch activist David Oaks in “How We Stop Worrying and Deny Climate Change,” a new 10 Min film now on vimeo at:
In spite of a recent spinal cord injury, David leads friends to the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon to engage the public in playful but thoughtful dialogue about climate change. In the role of cheerful “climate change deniers,” they collect signatures in support of giving prizes like the Golden Ostrich award to the best deniers like the Chamber of Commerce.
David Oaks wants to do more activist work as he did full time before his spinal cord injury. See his previous protest at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce:
But he desperately needs an expensive van designed to fit his special type of wheelchair.
You can find more video and information about David and how to contribute to the “David W. Oaks Trust Fund” by visiting this website:
Thank you for any help you can provide including sharing this video and one at his website titled “Down But Not Out.”
To help lobby the Chamber of Commerce to end its climate denial, call Eugene PeaceWorks: 541-484-9167 and visit 350.org
For the still photos on global warming, we thank the following:
“Global Warming” by federico stevanin
“Drought” by prozac1
“Global Warming” by Carlos Porto
Thanks for the yoyo
and songs provided
by Lady Rain:
Hear more of her music at ladyrainshow.com
Thanks to the actors:
Lisa Jordan Cascade
This is David W. Oaks talking. My friends are raising money for an accessible van for me. You can help by spreading the word and contributing, even if you do so for a second time.
The good news is that my friends and family have raised enough for a used van. So your donation will help my van be better and better. SAny extra money to my trust fund will go to accessibility items not covered by Medicaid, such as massage.
Below is the plea on behalf of my friends and family, from my very good friend David Zupan:
A Personal Appeal from David Zupan
Over the past forty plus years, I’ve enjoyed living in Oregon and being part of communities uniting to provide aid for many worthy causes and folks in need whether or not we know them personally. That’s why I am shamelessly and without apology asking you to help my dear friend David Oaks who has helped so many others. The past 30 years he has worked tirelessly for a non-profit advocating for human rights in mental health.
In December of 2012, David fell and broke his neck. After numerous surgeries and a severe infection that almost took his life, he left the hospital paralyzed from his shoulders down, and doctors say he probably will be in a wheelchair the rest of his life.
Despite the catastrophic nature of his injuries, David is courageously exhausting every rehab option available to him and continues to work hard to regain as much function as possible while maintaining his signature sense of humor and love of life.
David and his wonderful wife Debra have given me permission to share the details of their desperate financial situation and ask for help. Since David’s accident, he and Debra have exhausted their savings.
Friends and local agencies have donated some of the labor toward the remodel of their house to fit David’s wheelchair, but usually not the cost of materials. The cost of daily life has increased tremendously. To continue working, David will need technological help with the internet, a computer and a specially-equipped van.
Thanks to his supporters’ generosity so far, we are half way to our goal of $100,000 to assist David with his immediate and long-term expenses. I am asking you to help make a significant difference in his life!
Here is how to donate:
Drop off a check or mail to Chase Bank, 1100 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97401 Make payable to “David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust” Write account number 3008433244 in the memo line. Or go to http://www.supportdavidoaks.org/ to give now using a credit card or to schedule a monthly donation. You will also find links there to videos about David.
Finally please pass this message along to your friends and family. You can also help by liking the “Support David Oaks” page on Facebook and sharing it with your Facebook friends.
On behalf of David and the Friends of David Oaks and with heartfelt gratitude, thank you for your continuing love and support!
My friends and family launched a Crowd Source Campaign to get me an wheelchair accessible van.
The campaign was launched around my 58th Birthday (September 16th). Here is how you can help and/or spread the word. I will use this vehicle for activism including on the climate crisis, so please excuse the irony, but it looks like I will use this well.
My network wants to try and get a new vehicle, though a used one will suffice.
Here is the blurb from my good friend John Jordan-Cascade:
No doubt by now you have heard about the terrible accident last December suffered by my friend David Oaks, former Executive Director of MindFreedom International.
As a member of the Friends of David Oaks fundraising committee, I am excited to announce the launch of a crowd-source fundraising campaign on Razoo.com. I’d like to invite you to participate!
Please visit the campaign page:
Will you help David and his family raise the money needed for a wheelchair-accessible van like the one in this YouTube clip? http://youtu.be/d9TFgbf0fe0
Please join me in supporting this exciting campaign to raise the money needed to purchase a specialized, wheelchair-accessible van. This van will allow David to get to his vitally important medical and rehab appointments and continue his work for a better world. He will be continuing his active involvement in defense of psychiatric patients’ rights and disability rights and helping raise awareness about the climate crisis from his home in Eugene, Oregon.
If you have yet to contribute to help David, now’s your chance to make a significant difference in David’s life!
If you cannot give to this campaign today, please pass this message along to friends and family whom you think might be interested in taking part in this opportunity. We are relying on your willingness to help us spread the word via email–or on Facebook.
Remember, every donation helps move us one step closer to our goal.
On behalf of David and the Friends of David Oaks and with heartfelt gratitude, thank you for your continuing love and support!
*If you need to pay with a check, please make it out to “David W. Oaks Irrevocable Trust” and mail it directly to:
For more about David and his story, please visit his web site: http://www.supportdavidoaks.
I want to encourage thinking, so “way to go” USA for pausing to consider the pros and cons of replying to Syria’s civil war and apparent poison attack. I will watch that debate, but it brings up two other poison attacks.
First, what should be our response to our so-called normal society’s chemical warfare against citizens who are considered crazy? I am referring to psychotropic drugging of people diagnosed with mental health problems. If you find these drugs helpful, then I am not talking about you.
I am talking about the coercive administration of neuroleptic anti-psychotic drugs: Long ago that was Thorazine, Haldol, etc. and now Abilify, Zyprexa, etc. These drugs are often the ones given forcibly by injections on wards. Now they are the chemicals often court ordered on people living in there own homes in the community.
These drugs are being given from the young to the old. We are seeing two year old children given these drugs, because loving parents have been tricked into thinking their kids have a chemical imbalance. All the elders on many hospices are being put on these drugs.
This family of drugs can shrink the frontal lobes which were once targets of the lobotomy.
So how do we respond to this chemical attack on the marginalized and dis-empowered?
This amounts to a chemical crusade causing untold suffering to so many people all over the world. Author Robert Whitaker shows the scientific evidence that non-drug alternatives such as open dialogue, peer support, and cognitive behavioral therapy can often be more effective in the long run for mental health problems.
Second, how about the chemical warfare by the so-called normal against Earth herself such as the emission of green house gasses? The climate crisis threatens our whole ecosystem. So how do we respond to this poison attack on our planet?
I do not have an easy answer for any of these chemical attacks. But maybe this week of thinking might remind us that we just celebrated Martin Luther King’s dream speech.
If we the people flexed our non violent muscles in a united and powerful way, couldn’t we reply to all of these attacks through our creative maladjustment?
By the way, MLK’s prepared written remarks fifty years ago talked about creative frustration, but he instead improvised about his dream. Let us all this week be as creative as he was.
At the top of this blog see how my wonderful wife Debra was creative with the rose petals on my face. Thanks to the great personal assistant Michael for his support on this blog entry.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Here are my top 5 ways that the disability movement intersects with the civil rights movement and the environmental movement, especially the climate crisis.
1. The Movement
When I began my activist career in the 1970′s we called ourselves The Movement, meaning we were all in one movement. I visited the civil rights museum in Atlanta near the Martin Luther King memorial. There is a clear connection in that museum from the civil rights movement to the the launch of the modern disability movement. I was glad to hear that today’s March on Washington commemoration included many other issues including voting rights, l/g/b/t marriage equality, and even climate crisis. Of course. MLK summed up his work as a creating the Beloved Community, which now means all people and the environment.
2. Creative Maladjustment.
If and when we really have a non-violent revolution that includes the climate crisis, however it looks, it will not look normal. If you are not familiar with MLK talking about Creative Maladjustment for more than a decade, repeatedly, then use your favorite search engine to explore that phrase. The disability movement, particularly the psychiatric survivors movement, is about marginalized people thinking outside the box we call normal. Normal isn’t.
3. From Despair to Delight.
It is a stereotype of those of us with what are called major disabilities that we face despair. Well, I have news for you. All of humanity, 100%, confronts despair. To find delight despite overwhelming odds is a human task. As humanity faces its common threat of environmental catastrophe, then our universal humanity will become more clear. Perhaps we should all turn to our disability leaders for tips such as using mutual peer support to overcome despair and find delight. Here is a photo of my amazing wife Debra and me in our back yard on our new deck. Thank you Debra for welcoming me home and transforming our living space into something more accessible.
4. Bridging to the 1%.
The environmental movement is the common ground, literally, that bridges class differences. We must face economic imbalance for us to have real change. For instance, jobs are very important, but what good are jobs if our world looks like Venus?
Disablism says we are either independent or dependent. As any environmental problem like a hurricane quickly shows, we are actually all interdependent. We are in a way all disabled to some extent or another. So far we have had the luxury to pretend that we are divided into normal and not normal. But the climate crisis shows that we are all, 100%, facing a new normal.
I’d like to know about your own thoughts about the links between today’s celebration of the March on Washington, Disability and the Climate Crisis.
My whole adult life I have been an activist for people in the mental health system, part of the larger cross-disability general social change movement. Since my accident about 8 months ago, I have been working on my own independent living. One of the most challenging parts of my recovery has been getting back on the Internet frequently and independently.
My disabilities include: Being labeled a quad in a power chair with limited movement of my hands. This is a little better in that I actually swatted my smart phone and managed to bring up an app myself this week. My voice is better says my wonderful speech teacher Helen this afternoon, but it is still weaker and so I am giving voice recognition a vocal rest for now. One of my great aids Camas is helping me do this blog entry, and maybe you might be part of my journey to be back on the web in the next few weeks? If you have tips or ideas let me know.
In the meantime here is a brief inventory of my interaction with the web, and how you can stay in touch…
My main posts right now will be on my blog. The web address for my blog is:
My friends and relatives have created a special web site to support me, for instance with news and fundraising. Watch for a crowd sourcing fundraiser for a van soon:
My personal Facebook page is:
Here is a Facebook cause I created for Independent Living for me David W Oaks:
Here is my LinkedIn site. If you are unsure that I know you, then when you LinkedIn with me include a few words about you so I know it is not spam:
Hey get my occasional brief tweets here:
There is a brief Wikipedia article about me here:
Here is my Google plus address:
And finally, here are a few of my current projects and boards…
Martin Luther King called for an International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment or IAACM. Here is their Creative Maladjustment Week Facebook page to help your networking and your leadership:
I have been elected to another term on the board of United States International Council on Disability, one of the main coalitions in the USA disability movement:
I’m still on the board of the state-wide coalition in Oregon on mental health:
And of course I still support MindFreedom even though I am no longer employed there:
By the way, since I am no longer employed there I am phasing out all my e-mail addresses that end in mindfreedom.org.
If you want to reach me by e-mail use email@example.com
Thank you everyone who has and is supporting my independent living, including getting back on the Internet.
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