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Speak Out to Break the Silence: President Trump Appoints Mental Health Leader Who Campaigned for Involuntary Outpatient Drugging

Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Activism, Alternatives, Commentary, Environment, Legislature, Mental Health, Peer Support | 6 comments

By David W. Oaks I am a survivor of human rights violations in the mental health system. And even though this was a long time ago, back when I was a college student in the 1970’s, the issues are more relevant than ever. My friend, Patch Adams, MD, has connected the dots for me: Our society needs to be very agile right now, but has to overcome centuries of mental health oppression. But with compassion, we can have a global nonviolent revolution!  Recent events show that mental health human rights violations are important for everyone....

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Patch Adams: Love, Earth & Revolution Now!

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Activism, Environment, Mental Health, Peer Support | 4 comments

My Chat with Patch Adams on Nonviolent Revolution Last week I talked with my friend Patch Adams, MD, the hero in the movie by that name. Patch is a peaceful revolutionary in many ways, especially on the topic of medicine. Our chat turned into an interview. Your comments here on this blog are invited. Do you support revolution? What kind? Every time I talk with Patch I learn a bit more about nonviolent revolution, from the very first time I worked with him in 1992 when he spoke at a MindFreedom International (MFI) event. Over the years,...

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You Are Invited to a Free Street Theatre in Eugene! Ghost Buskers 40

Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Peer Support | 1 comment

Do you live in or near Eugene, Oregon? Then you will want to enjoy our free street theater skit tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Really! Below is info about this, including a flyer you can download and a Facebook event page. Since the event is based on street theater in a busy location, we expect mainly an audience from passers-by. But the more the merrier, hope you can be there! Saturday, April Fool’s Day, April 1, 2017, at 6 pm, at Kesey Square, in downtown Eugene, a little troupe of us will be doing a free street theatre skit, Ghost...

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Violet Oaks, Mom, Would Be 100 Years Old March 29, 2017!

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Activism, Peer Support | 2 comments

Dear friends, relatives, and readers!  If you ever met my mother, Violet Oaks, you know that she almost always smiled. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, she would have turned 100 years old. She died just short of her 98th birthday, apparently in her sleep over at the Eugene Hotel, an active retirement center that she lived in her last decade here in Eugene, Oregon. If you did not know my Mom, her smile may reach you somehow. At bottom is a little letter that I shared with some friends and relatives. You will find links with bio info, still photos,...

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Ruby Rogers Center in Danger of Being Defunded by Massachusetts

Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Activism, Disability, Fundraising, Mental Health, Peer Support | 7 comments

Ruby Rogers Center in Danger of Being Defunded by Massachusetts

One of the very first community centers run by and for psychiatric survivors is at risk of losing its funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I know about the roots of this user-run space, because as a senior at Harvard College back in the 1970’s, I was placed at Mental Patients Liberation Front as an intern by Phillips Brooks House, Harvard’s social service group. MPLF, with the leadership of the late Judi Chamberlin, author of a book on empowered mental health centers, created the community gathering locations that...

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My Return to Sam Bond’s: Stand-up Comedy (Or Should I Say Lean-back) This Saturday

Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Disability, Mental Health | 1 comment

You can download free one-page flier here: oaks-flier-20170225 Free! This Saturday: David Oaks, stand up comic …or should we say lean back comic One of many at Bleepin’ Funny, Sam Bond’s, 407 Blair, Eugene, OR Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5 pm – 7pm. Get there early and eat, drink, and tip well! More info...

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Disability Movement Tips About Supporting Each Other During Crisis (Like a Trump Presidency)  

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Disability, Environment, Mental Health | 1 comment

  A Gold Lining: People Are Finally Using the Word, “Revolution”!   More Than Ever, Let Us Support MindFreedom International   By David W. Oaks Stand up now & fight back! “Now” in Lithuanian, my heritage, is “Dabar”! Dabar! Last month we watched my nation’s presidential inauguration. The reality of the USA’s catastrophic election started to sink in. Even if you voted for Donald Trump, my intuition is that your disappointment has already started, dabar. But I notice a number of gold linings,...

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Winona, Water Protectors, Kogi & Gold Thread: My Newest Letter in Eugene Weekly

Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Activism, Environment, Peer Support | Comments Off on Winona, Water Protectors, Kogi & Gold Thread: My Newest Letter in Eugene Weekly

Here is my brief letter to the editor this week in Eugene’s main alternative newspaper. So far, I am in dialogue with the editor of the University of Oregon Emerald, and he does not see any reason to publish it. LISTEN TO ELDER BROTHER Winona LaDuke, Native American environmental leader and executive director of Honor the Earth, spoke to many hundreds of us in Eugene in November. Before the program, attendees might have noticed a spool of golden thread was unraveled person-to-person, starting near the front and reaching individuals in...

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Letter to Editor of Eugene Weekly: Dakota Access Pipeline & Chamber of Commerce

Posted by on December 15, 2016 in Activism, Environment, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | 1 comment

The local alternative paper, Eugene Weekly, published my letter to the editor today, 12/15/16. At the end, please see a way you can email a peaceful, strong note to Mandy Jones. Climate Crisis The Native American Water Protectors’ victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) may seem remote, but there is a way this climate crisis issue is directly in front of me, and all Americans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, based in Washington, D.C., is one of the main groups championing DAPL and the petrochemical-industry rape of Earth. The climate...

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Our “Tour” to the Office of Our Congressperson, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Opposing Forced Psych Drugs

Posted by on November 6, 2016 in Activism, Legislature, Mental Health | 1 comment

We are hearing a lot about how the Democratic and Republican parties are so separate. But when it comes to psychiatric survivors, both parties have been willing to throw our folks under a bus. The US Congress simply does not represent us. Our local alternative newspaper, Eugene Weekly, described our event this way: International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment says it hosts a “little peaceful Speak Out Against Psychiatric Dosing” event in Kesey Square 1:30 pm Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Organizer David Oaks says,...

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