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A New Chapter in Portland Radio

XRAY FM- on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Streamed, and broadcasting, newly licensed LPFM community radio. A bastard cousin of Radio23, brainchild of Jeff Simmons.



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Here is a list of useful constants, etc.:


  • 1 inch = 2.54 cm
  • 1 mile = 1.6 km
  • 1 km = 1000 m
  • 1 m = 100 cm = 1000 mm = 109 nm
  • Planck Legnth = 1.616252×10-35 m = sqrt (hbar G/c3)
  • Classical Electron Radius = 2.81794×10-15 m = e2/ me c2
  • Proton Radius = 0.83×10-15 m = 0.83 femtometer = 0.83×10-13 cm
  • 1 Angstrom = 10-10 m = 10-8 cm
  • 1 Earth Radius = 6.37814×108 cm = 6.37814×106 m (Equatorial)
  • 1 Jupiter Radius = 7.1492×109 cm = 7.1492×107 m (Equatorial)
  • 1 Solar Radius = 6.959910 cm = 6.9599×108 m (Equatorial)
  • 1 Moon’s Mean Orbital Radius = 384,400 km = 3.8440×108 m
  • 1 AU = 1.4960×1011 m = 1.4960×108 km (Astronomical Unit)
  • 1 ly = 9.4605×1015 m = 9.4605×1012 km (light year)
  • 1 pc = 3.0857×1016 m = 3.0857×1013 km = 3.261633 ly = 206264.806 AU (parsec) = 3.0857×1018 cm
  • 1 Mpc = 106 pc (Megaparsec) = 3.0857×1024 cm
  • DH = c/H0 = 3000 h-1 Mpc = 9.26×1027 h-1 cm (The Hubble Scale)


  • 1° = 1 degree = 60′ = 60 arcminutes
  • 1′ = 60″ = 60 arcseconds
  • 1 radian = 360° /2 pi = 57.2957795131° = 206264.806″
  • Area of a Sphere = 41252.96124 square degrees = 4 pi Steradians


  • 1 amu = 1.6605402 x10-24 gram = 1.6605402 x10-27 kg
  • 1 amu c2 = 931.49432 MeV
  • 1 Hydrogen Atom Mass = 1.007825 amu = 1.673534 x10-24 gram
  • 1 Helium 4 Atom Mass = 4.00260325415 amu
  • 1 Carbon 12 Atom Mass = 12.0000000 amu
  • 1 Proton Mass = 1.6726231 x10-24 gram
  • 1 Neutron Mass = 1.674920 x10-24 gram
  • 1 Electron Mass = 9.1093897 x10-28 gram
  • 1 kg = 2.20462 lb
  • 1 Solar Mass = 1.989×1033 gram = 1.989×1030 kg
  • 1 Jupiter Mass = 1.899×1030 gram = 1.899×1027 kg
  • 1 Earth Mass = 5.9736×1027 gram = 5.9736×1024 kg
  • 1 Lunar Mass = 7.3477×1025 gram = 7.3477×1022 kg
  • (Proton Mass)/(Electron Mass) = 1836.15
  • Earth’s Mean Density = 5515.3 kg/m3
  • Moon’s Mean Density = 3346.4 kg/m3


  • 1 Planck Time = 5.39124×10-44 s = sqrt (hbar G/c5)
  • 1 Sidereal Day = 23h 56m 04.09054s
  • 1 Solar Day = 24h = 86400 s
  • 1 Sidereal Year = 3.155815×107 s
  • 1 Tropical Year = 3.155693×107 s


  • 1 Joule = 2.39×10-1 calorie
  • 1 Joule = 107 ergs
  • 1 eV = 1.602177×10-12 erg = 1.602177×10-19 Joule
  • 1 Solar Luminosity = 3.826×1033 ergs/s = 3.826×1026 Joules/s = 3.826×1026 Watts
  • Sun’s Absolute Magnitude V = 4.83, B = 5.48, K = 3.28
  • Vega’s Absolute Magnitude V = 0.58, B = 0.58, K = 0.58


  • Solar Surface Effective Temperature = 5770 K

Physical Constants:

  • Avogadro’s Number = NA = 6.0221367×1023 /mole
  • Gravitational Constant = G = 6.67259×10-8 cm3 gram-1 s-2 = 4.301×10-9 km2 Mpc MSun-1 s-2
  • Planck’s Constant = h = 6.6260755×10-27 erg s
  • Speed of Light = c = 2.99792458×1010 cm s-1 = 2.99792458×108 m s-1
  • Boltzmann’s Constant = k = 1.380658×10-16 erg K-1
  • Stefan-Boltzmann Constant = σ = 5.67051×10-5 erg cm-2 K-4 s-1
  • Radiation Density Constant = a = 7.56591×10-15 erg cm-3 K-4
  • Rydberg = RH = 1.09677585×10 5 cm-1
  • Electron charge = e = 4.8032×10-10 esu = 1.6022×10-19 Coulomb
  • 1 Coulomb = 6.24151×1018 e

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September 1st, 2010

Second day of not feeling well. Yesterday I felt like I was swimming through Jello all day long. Today starts much the same. A sensation of weariness, unwellness, being generally unsatisfactory in all realms. Normally I would attribute these sensations to diabetic issues such as prolonged high blood sugar (something I have a great deal of experience with, as I am a Type 1 diabetic). But, no, blood sugar has been between 90 and 150 all week; good for me, very good.

Work today will involve first a group in the 50 building on “problem solving”. Not actually a topic I proposed but the good people in charge of the 50 Bldg Treatment Mall misunderstood my proposal. So it goes.

As everything feels hard but still I am functioning, I ask myself: “who is dragging this corpse around?” Not me, I assure you. I am pooped out.

Blah blah blah- wait- something good: My friend Arthur (who was once known as Arun) sent me a book by Robert Rankin. Something new to look at (not that I don’t have many books).

I need to review some things, pray/ meditate: not necessarily in that order; before my group. Today will be busy. Not one moment unscheduled it seems. Whomsoever it is that is walking me through this world can do what they want with me, as usual. I’ll try to just watch.


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I have deleted “Watch This Space”

Because there is nothing to watch.

I haven’t been recording anything new, the old recordings suck, so bye bye. If I ever do try to record my songs again I’ll post on the home page.

I’ve also moved the Cheap Suit Serenaders. Go figure.

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MLBM Radio

Mad Liberation

By MOonLight

KBOO Radio 90.7 FM

1- 2 a.m. Late Friday night

(yes, I know that it is technically Saturday morning- relax, it’s just a radio show)

May 31st, 2008

Dedicated to Everyone

who has ever been given a psychiatric label, to anyone who experiences mental health challenges and to anybody who has the misfortune (or good fortune) of being awake at that hour.

You can participate!

Call in at (503) 231-8187

Friday nights from 1 am to 2 am following the full-moon, will be a segment on KBOO radio (90.7 on your fm dial, to the left of NPR), also streamed on the internet on their website, http://www.kboo.fm/index.php will be time for of Mad Lib by Moonlight. The program is part of the usual Friday night show, The Outside World.

Your Radio really is talking to you. Join the conversation.



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Ron Unger Presents-

This information is forwrded from MindFreedom International. Ron Unger is a a therapist in Oregon who embraces the CS/X movement and teaches cognitive approaches to recovery from serious mental health issues.


MindFreedom Oregon – 12 May 2008
http://www.mindfreedom.org – human rights in mental health



Oregon alternative treatment in mental health seminar:

Ron Unger is a longtime MindFreedom member, and coordinator of
MindFreedom Lane County, who advocates for a treatment alternative
called “cognitive therapy for psychosis.”

This therapy might sound like common sense to many of us: noticing
that people who sound “crazy” can really be understood if we try,
noticing that their problems aren’t that much different than anyone
else’s, and finding the story of how the problems got going and
looking for practical ways to shrink the problem.

However, this therapy is revolutionary in a mental health system that
insists that “psychosis” is a biological brain disorder that can only
be treated with medications!

Details on the seminar are below: this seminar is very affordable to
mental health workers who need CEU credit, and is free to consumers
who might be interested.


Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis: an evidence-based psychological
approach for delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia

A Seminar In Corvallis, Oregon, on Friday June 27, 2008

Learn to:

– Conceptualize psychosis as an understandable reaction to life events

– Use proven cognitive methods to reduce psychotic thinking

– Help clients recover by activating their own rational and self-
organizing process

– Offer an effective alternative to people who receive limited
benefit from medications or who prefer less dependence on medications

Most current treatment approaches frame psychotic experiences as non-
understandable, address them only with medication, and then ask
clients to resign themselves to living with the symptoms medication
does not control.

Cognitive therapy for psychosis, developed mostly in the UK and still
little known in the US, is an evidence-based method with a different
perspective. In this seminar, you will gain insight into the
connections between everyday psychological difficulties and the more
extreme ones we call psychosis. You will become able to track the
story of how psychosis develops and how people became trapped in it.

Then, by hearing about basic cognitive therapy principles,
participating in exercises, and exploring case examples, you will
learn how to collaborate with clients in exploring evidence and
explanations for experiences, and in testing coping ideas. This
process works to restore the client’s role as an active problem
solver capable of making decisions that reduce psychotic symptoms,
and as an active partner in a journey toward recovery.


Ron Unger, LCSW, is a therapist specializing in cognitive therapy for
psychosis. He has given numerous seminars about cognitive therapy and
other psychosocial approaches to psychosis, and on trauma and the
relationship between trauma and psychosis. His presentations
emphasize simple, practical, and humanistic ways of understanding and
relating to human difficulties that can too easily be perceived as
being “beyond understanding.”


* Refute misconceptions that have often discouraged professionals
from attempting psychotherapy for schizophrenia or other psychotic

* Learn about research showing that medical model explanations
actually increase stigma, and identify a better approach

* Understand psychotic symptoms as existing on a continuum with other
human reactions to distressing circumstances

* Utilize the style and the essential steps of cognitive therapy for

* Explore a variety of case examples that illustrate effective

* Identify 3 ways to integrate this psychological approach with
existing treatment methods



A cognitive perspective on psychosis

Continuum from “normal” to “psychotic”

Inter and intra-personal dialogue and its breakdown

Nonlinear causality in psychosis

Stress and trauma as factors

Limits of biological explanations

Multi-factorial understanding and hope for recovery

*Therapeutic Style

Relationship considerations always primary

Goals structured around client concerns

Balance between confrontation and collusion

Collaborative Empiricism

Drawing out client’s rationality

Empathy even when it is challenging

Self disclosure of unusual experiences by therapist

*Two Key Procedures

“Normalizing” psychotic experiences

Developing a formulation

*Approaches for specific issues


Hallucinations and voices


Thought disorder

Negative symptoms

*Putting it into practice

Case examples

Difficulties and possible solutions

Three levels of integration with the existing system

Target audience:

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Case
Managers, Addiction Counselors, and other mental health professionals.

Cancellation Policy:

If you contact us before the seminar date, you can receive a tuition
refund, less a $30 cancellation fee.

Seminar Schedule for Friday, June 27, 2008:

8:00 Check in/Continental Breakfast

8:30 Program Begins

11:50-1:00 Lunch /(on your own)/

4:30 Program ends

Questions? Call 541-513-1811, or email ronunger@efn.org

Credit Information: 6.25 NASW CEU credits approved – attendees
registering for CEUs must attend the full seminar.

Guarantee: If the quality of this seminar does not meet your
expectations, simply explain the reasons for your dissatisfaction, by
mail or email, and you will receive a full refund.

Call early with your ADA needs!

Seminar Location Details:

LaSells Stewart Center

875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis


http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gettinghere.html for more details on
finding the site, and on parking. Note that while the website says
parking costs $5, it is actually free the day of the seminar due to
OSU being out of session.

Include the book listed below with your seminar registration and save!

*Cognitive Therapy of Schizophrenia (Guides to Individualized
Evidence-Based Treatment) (Paperback)*
by David G. Kingdon and Douglas Turkington

Drawing on the authors’ decades of influential work in the field,
this highly practical volume presents an evidence-based cognitive
therapy approach for clients with schizophrenia. Guidelines are
provided for collaborative assessment and case formulation that
enable the clinician to build a strong therapeutic relationship,
establish reasonable goals, and tailor treatment to each client’s
needs. Described in thorough, step-by-step detail are effective
techniques for working with delusional beliefs, voices, visions,
thought disorders, and negative symptoms; integrating cognitive
therapy with other forms of treatment; reducing relapse risks; and
enhancing client motivation. Special features include reproducible
client handouts and assessment tools. List Price $25: available with
this seminar for just $20!

To Register, please complete entire form (to notify you of any
seminar changes):


Employer Name_________________________________



Home/Cell Ph ( )______________Dept. Ph ( )___________________

Email address______________________________

To register together with another person: send both registrations in
at the same time, and write in the name of the other person(s) here:


Please note: Confirmation/receipts are sent only via email.

Please return entire registration form

Register by Fax: 541-686-2440

Register by Phone: 888-214-3263

Register by Mail:

Ron Unger LCSW

1257 High St. Suite 7

Eugene, OR 97401

Check tuition (includes refreshments)

_____ $99 single registration postmarked three weeks prior to seminar

_____ $79 per person for 2 or more pre-registering together
postmarked three weeks prior to seminar date

_____ $89 per person for 2 or more pre-registering together if *not
*postmarked three weeks prior to seminar date

_____ $109 Standard

_____ Scholarship (free attendance for consumer/survivors and family
members who want to learn more about this approach)

_____ $20 to purchase the book */Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia /
*(See below for a description of this book. It will be distributed at
the seminar – saves you $5 plus shipping costs!)

Indicate method of payment (All registrations must be prepaid):

_____ Check enclosed payable to Ron Unger LCSW

_____ MC (16 digits)

_____ VISA (13-16 digits)

_____ AE (15 digits)

_____ Discover Novus (16 digits)

Card #______________________________ Card Exp. ______________________


V-Code #*: ________________

(MC/VISA/Discover: last 3 digit # on signature panel on back of card.
American Express: 4-digit # on face of card.)

Registrations due one week in advance of the seminar! Walk-in
registrations at the seminar are welcome, but admission cannot be

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Homemade music

Today I thought I’d just post/ repost some of the songs I’ve recorded. The recordings are poor quality- I’m doing this on my own with a cheap mike and a PC and I haven’t the foggiest notion of how to do it correctly. Bear with me.

This Lullaby I wrote as a comfort to myself:


This is an open letter to god- I was a bit angry at the time. I haven’t included all of the lyrics in this version. Most people are ready to stop listening before I get to the end:


This is a song my family sings before meals. The primary lyrics are traditional, the overlay words are mine as as is the music.


A song I wrote for Erin when she was 2 years old (I have songs that I wrote for all my kids; sometime I’ll try to record them; sometime I’ll try to do a better recording of this one, too):


On a completely different note-

An update from David Oaks re the Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Coalition:

Hi OCSC Talk,

I just got off phone after long and, I feel, productive discussion
with Erinn Kelley-Siel, who is advisor in Governor Kulongoski’s
office about human services.

Some of the main points:

* Erinn absolutely agrees to a meeting with OCSC representatives
personally herself, fairly soon. Because more than one board member
of OCSC is right in Salem, this would seem to be do-able! And I think
it can be helpful. I’ve let Mark (as volunteer on communications for
OCSC) and Tracey (as board president) know.

* Erinn agrees she will RECOMMEND that the Governor meet with
representatives of OCSC. Of course, standard disclaimers apply: She
can’t speak for Governor, he has extremely limited timeline, but she
feels such a meeting would be a good idea. I argued that this issue
is beyond money… that it would be helpful for the Governor to send
a signal that Oregonians with mental health issues are citizens, too,
with a voice, and that he supports a new paradigm.

* We both agreed that (a) the constituency we are working for is
extremely disempowered, (b) Oregon is behind on supporting the state-
wide voice of this constituency, (c) moving forward will be a two-way
street: it will take advocacy by elected officials, and also work by

* We agreed that “a new day” has dawned here in Oregon, with
increasing strength of consumer/survivor movement, the depth of
leadership and activity. I brought up names of several leaders whose
names she recognized, and we both agreed these leaders are good
example of this effort: Becky, Rollin, David R., Tracey, and others.

* I was surprised she hadn’t heard about the great work of
Empowerment Initiatives, and I told her about that. Same thing with
Dan Fisher’s work — she hadn’t heard about that. Dan, it would be
great for you to get a packet of your info to her! You and anyone
else is welcome to get her info. Here’s her contact info: Erinn
Kelley-Siel, Human Services Policy Advisor,Office of Governor Ted
Kulongoski, 900 Court Street, Room 160, Salem, OR 97301, ph:
503-378-6549, 503-378-6827 – Fax. E-mail: Erinn.L.Kelley-

* She can’t guarantee on any budget item of course, but she said she
would do what she could to support budget for consumer/survivor voice.

* A key personal concern for her right now is the placement of
housing in community people convicted of crimes — folks under PSRB.
She said there is intense opposition from community groups. We agreed
that mental health client groups — by putting human face on consumer/
survivors — played a key role in responding. And that these are
difficult issues, but a first step should be VOICE of consumer/
survivors in such efforts. I pointed out this needed to be beyond
tokenism. She said there are some meetings about PSRB coming up, and
she personally would like support from people in those, she said
she’d keep me in touch about them.

* She pointed out that just because Bob Nikkel supports consumer/
survivor voice, it may not get into Governor’s budget. She estimates
that out of 100 items that Bob asked for he got 13. I don’t know how
accurate this, but even if that’s at all close to the truth, it is a
big challenge.

All in all, I think it was a constructive meeting. If anything, we’re
certainly doing the right thing by reaching out, creating dialogue.

Consider: As I’ve said, both USA Senators from Oregon (Smith & Wyden)
are extremely passionate about mental health issues. But neither have
ever met with representatives of a state-wide coalition of mental
health consumers/psychiatric survivors. We can’t blame them for that
— such a coalition has not existed until now! I think there’s a
reasonable chance both would agree if asked and the timing is right.
But even if they don’t agree, at least by ASKING the ball is in their

Clearly, now, with the Governor’s office — the ball is in their
court… an indirect benefit of the launch of OCSC already….


Electroshock news, etc.:

Information about electroshock, also called electroconvulsive therapy.

Stop New York State from Forcibly Shocking Simone D!

Info and alerts to resist the State of New York order for even more forced electroshock of Simone D., who has experienced more than 200 involuntary electroshocks (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT).


News Analysis

Electroshock in India: News Analysis

by David W. Oaks — 2007-04-22 07:41

On 1 April 2007 — April Fools Day — in the city of Pune in India, a mental health center held a major event promoting electroshock. The organizers of the promotion covered up hazards about electroshock and gave false information. MindFreedom has a sponsor group in Pune, Center for Advocacy in Mental Health, a project of Bapu Trust. Advocates from Bapu Trust attended the shock promotion event, and here is their news analysis.


New, Free Web Book

The Electroshock Quotationary: New, Free Web Book

by David W. Oaks — 2006-11-25 16:04

Leonard Roy Frank is a survivor of forced electroshock, a long-time human rights activist, an expert editor of quotations, and a passionate MindFreedom supporter. Here is Leonard’s news release about his new book of quotations available online for free.


Download Free PDF of Leonard Roy Frank Electroshock Quotationery

An Electroshock Quotationary edited by psychiatric survivor Leonard Roy Frank is available as a free PDF download.


A Mind to End Shock Therapy

A newspaper article in the Toronto Star in Canada quotes several electroshock activists about the idea of ending electroshock.


A writer on electroshock

A writer reflects on how electroshock has impacted memory. This anonymous piece was posted on the excellent blog by Philip Dawdy, called Furious Seasons.


Evidence of Electroshock Harm

This is a YouTube link to a video with Steven Wittenberg speaking on how ECT harmed his wife Sue.


Call for ECT to be Banned

This is a link to a YouTube video by MindFreedom member Sue Clark-Wittenberg who says ECT should be banned.


NY State New Guidelines on Forced Electroshock

Apparently in response to the state-wide outrage following MindFreedom human rights alerts about two individuals slated for forced electroshock, NY State has issued new “guidelines” about use of involuntary electroshock over the wishes of the subject. MindFreedom’s response: No Means No.


Flyer: “Electroshock = Permanent Brain Damage”

A one page flyer, available in both PDF and Powerpoint format, highlighting the link between electroconvulsive therapy and brain damage.


Psychiatrist tries to silence forced electroshock survivor

In New Zealand, a psychiatrist, Stephanie du Fresne, was administering involuntary electroshock (also known as electroconvulsive therapy). During an outing the recipient of the electroshock went to a TV station and got on national television about her human rights abuse. Dr. du Fresne filed a complaint against the television station, claiming the TV station was violating the right of her allegedly-insane patient to “informed consent” about appearing on national television. On 7 February 2008, a New Zealand High Court “quashed” the psychiatrist’s attempt to stifle free speech.


Gathering in Montreal to Ban ECT

Place Emilie-Gamelin (metro Berri-UQAM), from 2008-05-10 11:00 to 2008-05-10 13:00

The Quebec Committee to ban ECT is honoring Mother’s Day with a gathering to say NO to ECT.


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Another MindFreedom news release from lazy blogger


This is for everyone in Oregon

In case you missed any of these news items, here is a link to April
2008 alerts about changing Oregon’s mental health system:


If that link is too long for your browser, try clicking on this link:


The big picture for April 2008?

As you may know by now, Oregon’s mental health system has two unusual
honors in the USA in 2008:


Oregon is one of the FEW USA states that is actually BUILDING new
huge psychiatric institutions. That’s right, the last legislative
session found $500,000,000 (half a billion) for the bricks, concrete
and energy for this. Whatever your stand is on replacing Earthquake-
prone buildings, consider:


Oregon is one of the FEW states to continue to have ZERO funds for
the state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors. For five years Oregon has had no funding for a state-wide
newsletter, state-wide advocacy, state-wide conference, office of
consumer affairs, etc. for mental health consumer/survivors.

Five years! Not a cut-back, zero!

Well, more and more Oregonians are *doing* something about it!

So check out the April 2008 news re-cap!

You’ll find out…

**** HOW *you* can easily ask Governor Kulongoski and his
administration “Why zero? Why zero for five years for the state-wide
voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors?”
MindFreedom Oregon has determined that Governor Kulongoski’s office
itself is one of the top obstacles, since there is widespread support
in the legislature, and within the Governor’s own bureaucracy!

You can attend remaining public hearings by Oregon Dept. of Human
Services in Portland, Wednesday, April 30; Salem, Tuesday, May 6, 9
a.m. – noon; Wednesday, May 7, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Eastern Oregon
interactive teleconference, Thursday, May 8, 10 a.m.

**** READ the front-page article in Willamette Week about an
Oregonian blowing the whistle on psychiatric drug industry fraud.

**** READ a news story in Street Roots about the launch of a state-
wide coalition by and for mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors. Read how Oregon’ Mental Health Division Deputy Assistant
Director Madeline Olson claims their choice was between funding a new
psychiatric institution, or funding voice for consumer/survivor
voice. (Really? But why ZERO? Not a cut-back: Zero?)

**** SEE theater in Portland in May & June exploring mental health

**** FIND OUT about a job opening in an Oregon empowering alternative
in mental health care, Empowerment Initiatives.

**** WITNESS the launch of the Oregon Mental Health Consumer/
Psychiatric Survivor Coalition.

Again, all the above April 2008 news items are here:


If that link is too long for your browser, try clicking on this link:


Other news:

REMEMBER, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 is the last day to register so you
may vote in the Oregon election — including presidential primary —
on 20 May.

PARTICIPATE IN “THE NORMATHON” — A free skit on challenging the
power of the psychiatric drug industry (watch for our Big Giant
Pill), to take place in Eugene, Oregon, Saturday, 17 May 2008, at 4 pm:

For info on the Normathon see:


More about activism to change mental health care in Oregon is here:


Join MindFreedom International here:


Check out an all-new Mad Market of books and DVD’s on changing mental
health system, proceeds fund MFI human rights campaigns, here:


Please forward this news to appropriate places on and off Internet!



David W. Oaks, Executive Director
MindFreedom International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 – POB 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

web: http://www.mindfreedom.org
email: oaks@mindfreedom.org
office phone: (541) 345-9106
fax: (541) 345-3737
member services toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRID[e] or 1-877-623-7743

United Independent Action for Human Rights in Mental Health!

MindFreedom International is an non-profit coalition with a vision of
a non-violent revolution in mental health. Accredited by the United
as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with Consultative
Roster Status.

Join now! http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate


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Oregon Consumer/ Survivor Coalition


New Oregon state-wide coalition of groups representing
mental health consumers & psychiatric survivors launches.

First board of directors and assembly of organization
representatives of “OCSC” officially begins.

Board unanimously elects Tracey Dumas, PhD first President.

Yesterday, 22 April 2008 was Earth Day. And there was some Earth-
shaking news for the future of mental health care in Oregon.

Yesterday, the state-wide voice in Oregon for mental health consumers
and psychiatric survivors became a little stronger. And if their
plans go well, that voice may become a lot stronger.

After a year of planning and development, a state-wide teleconference
facilitated by nonprofit attorney David Atkin launched the board of
directors and assembly of organization representatives for the new
alliance in Oregon.

For short, the name of the group is OCSC which stands for “Oregon
Consumer/Survivor Coalition.”

The longer name is Oregon Mental Health Consumer and Psychiatric
Survivor Coalition. Incorporation was on 31 August 2007 via a grant
from McKenzie River Gathering Foundation through MindFreedom Oregon
to supply technical assistance, and after months of preparation and
discussion of principles, mission, bylaws, the first board officially
began yesterday afternoon Tuesday, 22 April 2008.

The start-up board of directors resides in all five regions of Oregon
identified by the start-up committee, which felt that geographic
diversity in the large State was a high priority:


Tracey Dumas – President
Rebecca Edens – Chair
Rebecca Eichorn – Vice President
Mark Fisher
David Oaks
Erik Palmer
Beth Quinn – Secretary
Rollin Shelton
Nancy Snider – Treasurer
Amy Zulich

Tracey Dumas of Eugene, Oregon, OCSC’s first board president,
experienced involuntary electroshock at the age of 19, and yet went
on to win her PhD in sociology from the University of Oregon. Tracey
is a well-respected leader of mental health clients, and is widely
admired in Oregon and nationally.

For a Register-Guard newspaper article about Tracey’s work
challenging psychiatric drug company abuse, including a photo of
Tracey, see:


or if that link doesn’t work go to:


Also made official yesterday were the 14 initial sponsor
organizations in the coalition. Each group of mental health consumers/
psychiatric survivors in the coalition has a representative on an
“assembly” to hear throughout the year from the grassroots and —
after this start-up — to elect future board of directors. More
groups are welcome to invited to join:


# Safe Inc. – representative: Donalee Smith, Springfield

# MindFreedom Oregon – representative: David Oaks, Eugene

# State of Oregon Mental Health Consumer/Psychiatric Survivor
Advisory COUNCIL – representative: Rebecca Eichorn, Salem

# BEARS – representative: Marie Parcell, Corvallis

# Project ABLE – representative: Nancy Snider, Salem

# OCTA-Peer LiNC Oregon – representative: Rollin Shelton, Portland

# Empowerment Initiatives, Inc. – representative: Rick Snook, Portland

# Rainbow Clubhouse – representative: Beth Quinn, Bend

# ShelterCare Consumer Council – representative: Tracey Dumas, Eugene

# Oasis of Klamath County – representative: Pam Speaker

# GOBHI Consumer Caucus ? Baker Co – representative: Erik Palmer

# Lane County Mental Health Consumer/Psychiatric Survivor Advisory
Council – representative: Joyce Ann Findley

# The Union Drop-In Center in Grants Pass – representative: Mark Fisher

# A Place of Our Own – representative: Rebecca Edens, Tillamook


In their first order of business, the new OCSC board voted
unanimously to apply to become one of the sponsors in The National
Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO),
which unites state-wide organizations in the USA representing people
diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. For info about NCMHCSO see:


Most USA State governments provide some level of support for the
state-wide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors, such as a state-wide conference, newsletter, office of
mental health consumer affairs, etc.

Oregon is one of the minority of USA States to provide no funding at
all for such state-wide activity since that budget item was totally
eliminated in 2003. In the words of Oregon’s official State motto,
the historic beginning OCSC “flies with her own wings.”

For a newspaper article in _Street Roots_ about the OCSC launch see:


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