MindFreedom International News -
04 March 2009
- Ray Sandford Gets Another Forced Outpatient Electroshock
- Ask President Obama to Stop US Funding of Forced
Protests in April and May!
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by David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International
Ray Sandford was woken up early again this Wednesday
morning, 4 March
2009, in his basement room in a small assisted group
home north of
As has happened about 40 times before, Ray is escorted
will and under court order the 15 miles north to Mercy
is put under anesthesia, given another involuntary
Ray is not a criminal.
Ray is not violent.
Ray's only offense is peacefully, clearly, repeatedly
saying "no" to his electroshock.
Join MindFreedom in sending your personal message about
Ray and an
out-of-control mental health system to President Barack
Buzz Words vs. Reality
Today's "modern" mental health system has a lot of buzz
Transformation. Empowerment. Recovery. Human rights. Self-
determination. Alternatives. Peer-driven services.
But here is
morning, as happens about twice a month, Ray is getting
outpatient, maintenance electroshock over his objections.
Obama announced he spends time each day at his desk reading
some letters from constituents. He needs to hear about the
health system, today. Show national and international
act, Ray may reach his personal attention. But no matter
message is forwarded to federal agencies.
you, the USA government can never say, "We never knew."
President Obama and the USA government know in your own words:
-- including President Obama -- must speak out against
electroshock! Stand up for Ray!
~~ If you
have personal experience with mental health care --
as a mental health worker, or through a loved one -- let
Your brief personal story is powerful!
money" is not enough to change the mental health system:
What is your
~~ There is
a criminal waste of taxpayer money in mental health care
change begins with what kinds of real choices we offer our
electroshock is torture worse than waterboarding!
~~ Ask for a
reply about his position on federally-funded involuntary
* * * Action! * * *
Action! * * * Action! * * *
You can use an easy White
House web form to write in just seconds!
For all contact info for
President Obama including web, fax, comment
phone and postal mail,
~~ If you have a moment,
please also postal mail a copy of your
letter to the White
House. Double your chances!
~~ Please also e-mail a
copy of the text of your letter to
posting on the MindFreedom web
site, and to be sent to
No matter what, your
comments may be read by others, and give Ray
As the President knows,
community organizing works! Act now,
together, everyone, by
~~ Please forward this
alert on and off the Internet to all
supportive people, now.
April & May protests:
Ray's main request makes
plan to go to Minnesota to join protests about
Ray Sandford at the end
of April. You may speak out about Ray
wherever you are. Or join
the MindFreedom protest in Minneapolis/St.
Paul. Or join ADAPT
protesters who are protesting about choice and
all disabilities at the
same time in Washington, D.C.
Groups are protesting
electroshock in Toronto, Montreal, Ireland and
elsewhere in May.
MindFreedom is protesting the American Psychiatric
Meeting in San Francisco. Watch for details and
join us! If you can't,
plan your own leafletting, vigil and/or
Who Profits From Ray's
Lots of people, including
the owner of Mercy Hospital, where Ray gets
forced shock. This is the
enormous medical corporation based in
MindFreedom's Gloria Gervais investigates
against Allina here:
Ray on the Web:
Did you know there is a
"Frequently Asked Questions" [FAQ] page about
the Ray Sandford
Have you wondered…
~~ Why Ray does not
~~ What the system's
"excuse" is for forcibly electroshocking him?
~~ What media coverage
there has been?
~~ How you can write Ray
and send your support?
To read Ray's FAQ, as
well as a campaign blog, this alert with
photos, past alerts, and
more, go through this gateway:
Talk live on MindFreedom
web radio about President Obama's mental
MindFreedom monthly live
free web radio show on Saturday, 14 March
2009, will feature Judi
Chamberlin and Dan Fisher.
Dan advised the Obama
campaign on mental health. You can call in.
Host: MFI Director David
Oaks. For more info click here:
Unite with others in the
To further participate in
the MindFreedom campaign to support Ray,
members are invited to get on the busy
e-mail list about electroshock, click here:
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few groups in the world to break the
silence about existence
of involuntary electroshock for over two
MindFreedom is the group
that got the World Health Organization to
come out against all
This people power is why
Ray had somewhere to turn, when he asked his
local library to find
human rights organizations! Take action.
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