MindFreedom International News - 13 April 2009

http://www.mindfreedom.org

Emergency message from David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom 
International:
 
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Monday, 13 April 2009
 
Dear Friend of Human Rights in Mental Health:
 
Had a chance to check out the "Web of Link$" surrounding Ray 
Sandford's life yet?
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota
 
It's super-urgent to ACT on these links now.
Why?
 
In just two days, Ray is scheduled to be woken up early in his 
basement room in a group home in a quiet residential neighborhood 
just north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
Against his will, Ray will be escorted the 15 miles north to Mercy 
Hospital, put under anesthesia, and given another involuntary, 
outpatient electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
 
Ray's has had more than 40 of these court-ordered electroshocks to 
his brain. No end is in sight.
 
By a rotten coincidence, this next forced electroshock is on USA Tax 
Day, Wednesday, 15 April 2009.
 
So especially during these next 48 hours please *act* on Ray's Web of 
Link$!
 
*ALL* of these many groups and individuals involved in Ray's life 
receive taxpayer funding, directly or indirectly. A few are helping 
Ray, some are harming him, many are silent:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota
 
Like Ray, do not give up. Never ever give up.
 
For the months I've worked with Ray on his campaign, both he and his 
mother have continued to clearly, passionately and reasonably argue 
against his ongoing forced electroshock.
 
I'm spiritually disgusted that during a time of economic crisis, our 
scarce taxpayer dollars are wasted torturing an American citizen.
 
I say it's time to peacefully throw some tea into the harbor.
 
Are you with us?
 
Please ACT with Ray Sandford, his Mom, and all of us now:
 
1) Visit Ray's Web of Link$:
 http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota
 
2) Contact as many of the agencies and individuals as possible with a 
civil message of support for Ray. Yes, there are more than two dozen. 
Just do what you can. A few are supporting Ray, many are not.
 
3) Forward this alert to others.
 
4) Link to all of Ray's Web of Link$ if you have a blog, web site, 
Facebook page, posting on web forums, etc. Your linking can help make 
it easier for all to search for who is helping Ray, and who is not.
 
The updated list of links is in this message *Below*, or click here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota  
Thank you, everyone, for your emergency support of Ray, his family, 
and his human right to say "no" to electroshock.
 
Act now!
 
David
 
David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International
 
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Ray's web of links [updated 13 April 2009]
 
A few of the below support Ray Sandford's right to say 'no' to 
electroshock. Others oppose him. Many remain silent. All receive 
taxpayer money directly or indirectly.
 
Important note: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. 
Even if an individual or agency BELOW opposes Ray's human rights, 
MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil.
 
(Note that some of these web addresses are long so you may need to 
cut and paste, or use the alternate 'tiny' web address provided.)
 
Allina Hospitals and Clinics - Owns clinic where Ray is given 
taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/allina
or use: http://tinyurl.com/allina
 
George F. Borer - Attorney for taxpayer-funded Lutheran Social 
Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) who issued letters attempting to stop 
alerts and videos supporting Ray.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/george-f-borer
or use: http://tinyurl.com/george-f-borer
 
Terri Bradley - Ray's taxpayer-funded Guardian ad Litem directly 
in charge of his forced electroshock.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/terri-bradley
or use: http://tinyurl.com/terri-bradley
 
Satveer S. Chaudhary - Ray's elected state senator has been 
contacted about Ray: No comment.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/satveer-s-chaudhary
or use: http://tinyurl.com/chaudhary
 
Bernard M. Coelho, MD - Ray's electroshock doctor who administers 
the procedure, paid for by taxpayers.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/bernard-m-coelho
or use: http://tinyurl.com/b-m-coelho
 
Marybeth Dorn - Elected judge who continued Ray's forced 
electroshock
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/marybeth-dorn
or use: http://tinyurl.com/marybeth-dorn
 
Jon Duckstad - Attorney paid with public funds who Ray said did a 
terrible job representing him.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/jon-duckstad
or use: http://tinyurl.com/duckstad
 
Keith Ellison - Ray's elected US representative has been 
contacted about Ray: No comment.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/keith-ellison
or use: http://tinyurl.com/keith-ellison
 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - ELCA's Minnesota Synods 
own LSSMN, which is taxpayer-funded.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/elca
or use: http://tinyurl.com/elca-lutheran
 
Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA - Refuses any "supervision" of taxpayer 
funds used by LSSMN.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/bishop-mark-hanson
or use: http://tinyurl.com/bishop-hanson
 
Pamela Hoopes, MDLC - This attorney started an "ECT Work Group" 
to explore changing laws to help Ray.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/pamela-hoopes
or use: http://tinyurl.com/hoopes
 
Eric Jonsgaard, Senior Director, LSS Guardianship Options - 
LSSMN, using taxpayer funds, has put up obstacles to Ray's campaign.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/eric-jonsgaard
or use: http://tinyurl.com/jonsgaard
 
Amy Klobuchar - Ray's elected US Senate has been contacted about 
Ray: No comment.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/amy-klobuchar
or use: http://tinyurl.com/klobuchar
 
Dean K. Knudson, MD, psychiatrist - Oversees Ray's case, 
including his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/dean-k-knudson-psychiatrist
or use: http://tinyurl.com/knudson
 
Carolyn Laine - Ray's elected state representative has been 
contacted about Ray: No comment.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/carolyn-laine
 
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) - General guardians 
for Ray who have put up obstacles to his campaign using public funds.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/lutheran-social-service-of-minnesota
or use: http://tinyurl.com/carolyn-lane
 
Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota - Joined ECT 
Work Group to change laws in order to help people like Ray.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/mental-health-consumer-survivor-network-of-minnesota
or use: http://tinyurl.com/minnesota-csn
 
Mercy Hospital - The Coon Rapids, Minnesota clinic where Ray 
receives his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/mercy-hospital
or use: http://tinyurl.com/mercy-hospital
 
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesota - Has met 
with Ray and appointed informational liaison.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/metropolitan-center-for-Independent-living/
or use: http://tinyurl.com/minn-cil
 
Minnesota Disability Law Center - MDLC has started an ECT Work 
Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/minnesota-disability-law-center
or use: http://tinyurl.com/minn-dlc
 
Brian Nystrom - Owns Nystrom & Associates which employs Ray's 
psychiatrist Dean Knudson.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/brian-nystrom
or use: http://tinyurl.com/brian-nystrom
 
Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman - Joined the ECT Work Group to explore 
new laws to help people like Ray.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/roberta-opheim
or use: http://tinyurl.com/opheim
 
Governor Tim Pawlenty - His public affairs office said the 
Governor believes Ray's forced electroshock is "safe and legal." Has 
appointed Brian Nystrom (CEO of agency employing Ray's psychiatrist) 
to state counseling board.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/governor-tim-pawlenty
or use: http://tinyurl.com/tim-pawlenty
 
Richard R. Pettingill, CEO of Allina, which owns the clinic where 
Ray is forcibly electroshocked using public funds.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/richard-r-pettingill
or use: http://tinyurl.com/pettingill
 
Victory House - Ray's group home in Columbia Heights has put up 
obstacles to Ray's campaign using taxpayer funds.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/victory-house
or use: http://tinyurl.com/victory-house
 
Teresa R. Warner - Elected judge who signed Ray's forced 
electroshock order.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/teresa-r-warner
or use: http://tinyurl.com/t-r-warner
 
Tonya Wilhelm of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - Using 
public funds, Ms. Wilhelm has put up obstacles to Ray's campaign.
 
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/tonya-wilhelm
or use: http://tinyurl.com/t-wilhelm
 
Disclaimer: The information on this alert is the opinion of the 
author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of 
their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let 
MindFreedom know.
 
Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped research this Web of 
Link$ and who continue to update it.
 
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Please forward this alert to all supportive people on and off 
Internet! Check back here for changes to Ray's Web of Link$:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota
 
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