MindFreedom News Release - 24 April 2009


contact: office 541-345-9106 or office@mindfreedom.org
more info: http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray
May Day for Ray!
On Friday, 1 May 2009:
Protest to Be Held in Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda to stop forced
electroshock of Minnesota Resident.
MindFreedom International announced that it will peacefully protest 
the ongoing forced electroshock of Ray Sandford, a 55-year-old 
resident of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. The protest will take place 
inside the Rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. 
Paul, Minnesota on Friday, 1 May 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A news conference will be held at 11 am.
A six-month campaign to stop Sandford's electroshocks has gained 
international attention. Sandford has been shocked more than 40 times 
on an outpatient basis under a court order even though he and his 
family have clearly stated his desire not to be shocked. Sandford 
lives in a residential group home and is under the general 
guardianship of Lutheran Social Services.
"It's amazing that a man who is supposedly being protected by 
Minnesota court-appointed guardians and who has been represented in 
court hearings by a Minnesota public defender is suffering this kind 
of human rights violation," said Al Galves, PhD, a member of the 
MindFreedom board of directors.
Friday's protest will feature a number of speakers including:
** David Oaks, Executive Director of MindFreedom from Oregon;
 ** Al Galves, a retired psychologist from New Mexico;
 ** Louisa Bouta, a long-time activist for psychiatric rights in 
 ** David Culver, a disability advocate; and
 ** Daryl Trones, a mental health advocate.
A public speak-out will also be held.
Galves said that electroshock -- also known as electroconvulsive 
therapy or ECT -- subjects the patient to as much as 600 volts of 
electricity for between one-half and four seconds. "It disables the 
brain," Galves said.
MindFreedom International is an independent nonprofit coalition of 
psychiatric survivors and others who advocate for the increased 
availability of safe, humane and effective care for people who are 
experiencing psychiatric emergencies and who oppose involuntary 
treatment.  MindFreedom can be contacted at office@mindfreedom.org.
For more info on the Ray Campaign see:
Action * Action * Action
Ray Sandford's psychiatrist, Dr. Dean K. Knudson, has announced he 
intends to quit as Ray's psychiatrist because of public pressure. But 
Dr. Knudson has still not been replaced, and Ray's next forced 
electroshock is still scheduled for mid-May.
You can peacefully increase that public pressure now!
Please forward this news release to all appropriate places on and off 
Internet, especially interested media, individuals and groups in 
Please print out, copy and post, the flyer and news release for the 
protest here:
A PDF of above news release may be downloaded here:
or use this web address: http://tinyurl.com/ray-news-release
A PDF of protest flyer with photo of Ray may be downloaded here:
or use this web address: http://tinyurl.com/ray-flyer
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