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Ray’s Web of Link$

http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota

Web of Link$ Around Ray Sandford: Survivor of Electroconvulsive Therapy

by David W. Oaks last modified 2009-04-10 18:14

Here is a list of more than two dozen agencies and individuals involved in the life of Ray Sandford, the Minnesota citizen receiving ongoing forced outpatient electroshock. All are receiving taxpayer funding directly or indirectly. A few are speaking out for Ray, and should be thanked. But most are not helping Ray say “no” to his forced shock. Some directly profit from it.

updated: 10 April 2009

You are encouraged to add these links to your own blog, FaceBook page, web site, etc. so that more people can search for who is involved in Ray’s life. Help the taxpayers find out who should be thanked, or who should be peacefully asked to support Ray’s right to say “no” to his ongoing forced outpatient electroshock.

Some of the Groups and Individuals Around Ray Sandford: Shock Survivor

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray’s human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil. Individuals and groups listed are encouraged to submit responses, updates or corrections. In alphabetical order:
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 – 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
or use:

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 – 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 page 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. Check back for changes.

Filed under: Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Amy Klobuchar, Bernard M. Coelho, Bishop Mark Hanson, Brian Nystrom, Carolyn Laine, Coon Rapids, Dean K. Knudson, electroshock, Eric Jonsgaard, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, George F. Borer, Governor Tim Pawlenty, involuntary hospitalization, John Duckstad, Keith Ellison, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Marybeth Dorn, Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota, Mercy Hospital, Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesota, MindFreedom, Minnesota Disability Law Center, MN, Pamela Hoopes, Psychiatry: Force of Law, Ray Sandford, Richard R. Pettingill, Roberta Opheim, Satveer Chaudhary, Satveer S. Chaudhary, Teresa R. Warner, Terri Bradley, Tonya Wilhelm, Victory House, ,

Lancet Criticizes Psychiatric Industry (Mindfreedom Alert)

The Lancet, a widely-respected international medical journal,
published an essay this weekend BELOW sharply critical of the
psychiatric industry.

The piece by Athar Yawar reviews two books: “The Myth of the Chemical
Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment” by Joanna Moncrieff
and “Side Effects: a Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling
Antidepressant on Trial” by Alison Bass.

http://tinyurl.com/lancet-yawar or

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/psychiatric-drugs/lancet-yawar

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The Lancet

February 21, 2009 – http://www.thelancet.com – pages 621 to 622 – Vol
373

Perspectives

Book Review

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The fool on the hill

The spinning chair. Bloodletting (copious). Removal of possibly
infected viscera. Extraction of teeth. Electric shock. Forcible
restraint, for days or weeks. Wrapping in cold blankets. Brain
damage. Repeated coma. Back-breaking convulsions. Slicing through the
brain with an ice pick. Sterilisation. Female genital mutilation.

Since the Enlightenment, all the above have been used to treat the
“mad”. Even the most grotesque treatments have often been introduced
as humane alternatives to existing options. In the 1950s, the
chemical lobotomy, or “hibernation therapy” was introduced. Patients
were given a drug that rendered them immobile and semiconscious for
days, on the assumption that they would emerge improved. The drug was
called a “neuroleptic”, or brain restrainer. Its name?
Chlorpromazine. Since marketed as an antipsychotic, it is used, at
lower doses, today. So too are a host of related drugs. Many doctors,
and some patients, swear by them (other patients swear at them).

Antipsychotics are, at times, cruel drugs. Some cause shaking,
salivation, restlessness, infertility, stiff ness, agitation, and
frail bones; others cause obesity, somnolence, and increase the risk
of heart attack, diabetes, and stroke. Antidepressants also have side-
effects, although theirs are typically less dramatic: sickness,
sexual dysfunction, a feeling of being numbed, or losing one’s
personality, and acutely increased risk of suicide. But side-effects,
when they occur, seem justified, since mental illness is extremely
unpleasant; and evidence indicates that the drugs work.

What if they didn’t? In “The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of
Psychiatric Drug Treatment,” psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff has
amassed copious evidence that perhaps the drugs don’t work. What have
we missed, all these years? Selective and misleading outcome
measures; inadequate follow-up; selective attention to evidence;
publication bias; and our ability to define questions whose answers
are predictable, but partial. Robert Whitaker’s “Mad in
America” (2001) provided a breathtaking overview; Moncrieff, by
contrast, examines many studies in detail. “The Myth of the Chemical
Cure” is not always easy reading, but I do not think that serious
psychiatrists can afford to ignore Moncrieff’s book. It is a mine of
information; a provocation to think creatively and compassionately
about patients; and a momento mori, the equivalent of a mediaeval
scholar’s skull staring back from his desk: our works are mortal, and
our paradigms always limited.

Psychiatrists are widely regarded (and not just by other
psychiatrists) as insightful and intelligent people. How can
systematic research errors influence practice? In “Side Effects: a
Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on
Trial,” Alison Bass illustrates the method. The book lacks a little
in intensity; it could be shorter than it is. However, it manages to
illustrate that drug companies fund and design research; academic
advancement depends on procuring research grants; and, especially
with materialist approaches to the mind requiring expensive tools,
ambitious doctors often have little choice about the paymaster. Bass
indicates, as William Broad and Nicholas Wade did many years ago,
that research fraud is not merely anomalous, but the result of
pressures placed on academics, some of them self-generated. Even in
the absence of research fraud, the mechanisms of research would often
not be conducive to original or patient-centred thinking. Moreover,
acceptance of (in retrospect) bizarre and cruel remedies predates the
growth of the pharmaceutical industry.

This occurs although psychiatry, of all disciplines, ought to be
based on the art of listening. A patient’s story is a symphony of
suffering, longing, meaning, understanding, hope, fear, loss, wit,
and wisdom. Not to accompany the person afflicted on his journey is
inhumane. People will always need psychiatrists. But do people always
need psychiatry? Instead of the art of expert companionship,
psychiatry has become the discipline of brain mechanics. Experiences
are matched to labels of descriptive poverty. “Depression” implies a
low level of something, presumably mood, rather than the rich and
complex turmoil felt by the patient. “Schizophrenia” means several
contradictory things, but does not reflect the search for meaning
that is at the heart of the disorder.

Is it a disorder at all? Madness is to sincerely hold beliefs that
society regards as insupportable. But no society’s knowledge is
complete. Our ancestors would regard us as mad, or, charitably, as
ill-informed; we observe with relief that we do not share all their
beliefs. Healthy societies have often regarded at least some madness
as serendipitous. If reason follows from incomplete assumptions,
madness, by outflanking reason, can complete the human picture. The
notion was enshrined in the King’s Fool: a measurelessly eccentric,
often holy, man who told the state, embodied in the king, what it
otherwise could not hear (the tradition died out in Britain after
Charles I was deposed, not long after his fool was expelled from
court, at the behest of a jealous archbishop). Our assumption that
madness is necessarily a disorder assumes that we are necessarily
sane. I would hate to make that an article of faith.

In focusing on, and stigmatising, people with mental illness, we tend
to ignore the context. In our fervour to understand mental illness,
we have applied grossly oversimplified biochemical models to the
brain, with usually unhelpful results. The search for a
“schizophrenia gene” has been heroic and, so far, labyrinthine; but
to be black, isolated, and urban in the UK increases the risk
manifold. Society, and circumstances, can drive people mad; the
epidemic of depression and anxiety is otherwise inexplicable. To
focus research on the person who has become ill can be a little like
concentrating on a damaged house after a tsunami has hit a village.
The cause may be elsewhere.

Some would argue that even if drugs work, they do not work. The
margin over placebo is not large; the number needed to treat is not
vanishingly small; prognosis may be worse than with the “moral
treatment” (rest, respect, good food, work, prayer) of 200 years ago;
patients’ adherence, especially to antipsychotic drugs, is patchy;
drug treatment attends to the symptoms, but not to the human being
who has the symptoms. We would, as a society, achieve a great deal by
listening to patients’ demands for good food, companionship, respect,
practical support, and gainful activity. As doctors, being with the
patient is one of the most powerful healing tools we have. It can
sound trite; but the phrase describes receiving the patient’s
humanity, and allowing it to come through crisis intact and enriched,
without the loss of dignity and self almost inherent in labelling. We
rarely have the time, or encouragement, to treat patients according
to their story, rather than our diagnosis; outcome measures are too
coarse to consider whether the patient has been allowed to preserve
and fulfill his or her humanity. The work of Moncrieff and Bass is a
warning that the doctor must be intellectually and morally free.

Athar Yawar

The Lancet, London NW1 7BY, UK

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Books reviewed:

“The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug
Treatment” by Joanna Moncrieff (Palgrave Macmillan) 2008. 296 pages.
ISBN 0-230-57431-9.

“Side Effects: a Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling
Antidepressant on Trial” by Alison Bass (Algonquin Books) 2008. 260
pages. ISBN 1-565-12553-3.

Filed under: MindFreedom, ,

Mercy Cancels Today’s Shock of Ray Sandford

MindFreedom International – 28 January 2009
Ray Sandford Alert Update #12 – Please Forward

http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray

Postponed at the last minute!

“It was a miracle,” says Ray.

Today’s involuntary outpatient electroshock
for Ray Sandford for today, 28 January 2009,
was POSTPONED, with Ray in the waiting room.

During this delay: How you may easily and peacefully protest
Ray’s future forced electroshock from wherever you are.

Ray Sandford’s forced electroshock today was postponed today.

As has happened many times before, early this morning Ray was woken
up in his assisted living home and escorted to a psychiatrist’s
waiting room at Mercy Hospital north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As he often does, Ray complained about his physical health. In the
past his complaint has not made a difference. This time it did.

A medical staff person told Ray his involuntary electroshock was
canceled that morning, citing Ray’s physical health as the reason.

Ray returned home and called the MindFreedom office, saying, “It was
a miracle. They were ready to go. I was sitting in the hallway where
you wait. There’s a big picture of one of my former doctors on the
wall that I was looking at. I was twiddling my thumbs. And someone
came out and said, ‘Oh by the way you’re not going to get ECT today.’
As far as I am concerned that was a miracle. I was prepared for the
worst. I am delighted.”

It’s not over yet, of course. Ray is supposed to have a check-up next
week to see if his forced electroshocks may be rescheduled.

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Background on today’s “miracle” [updating Alert #11]:

Ray Sandford was scheduled for another involuntary electroshock
today, Wednesday, 28 January 2009, just north of Minneapolis,
Minnesota, USA, all funded by taxpayer dollars.

After more than three dozen forced electroshocks, Ray knows the drill.

Last night, staff prepared by removing all of Ray’s food from his
mini-fridge in his basement room in a small assisted living home
called “Victory House” in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. This is
because Ray is not supposed to eat for a number of hours before
anesthesia is administered.

Early this morning Ray was woken up extra early, and an escort
brought Ray the 15 miles north on streets near the Mississippi River
to Mercy Hospital, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

Ray’s mental health workers always manage to find an escort for Ray’s
forced electroshocks or psychiatrist visits.

On the other hand, a few days ago Ray said he had to miss a dental
appointment that was supposed to help with his severe teeth problems,
because no attendant could be found that day.

Since Ray’s campaign started, an attendant is required to accompany
Ray any time he leaves his home. MindFreedom volunteers have been
banned from visiting. One such visitor, a disability advocate, even
had her employment threatened after Ray’s “helpers” filed a complaint
with her employer for bringing Ray to a Minnesota center for
independent living for people with disabilities.

Ray says that once more, the waiting room of his electroshock doctor,
Bernard M. Coelho, MD, at Mercy Hospital was full with about 10
patients who Ray believes are also scheduled for electroshock. Giving
multiple electroshocks on the same morning is a common practice,
sometimes called a “Shock Mill,” and can be very lucrative. Mercy
Hospital is owned by Allina Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

In the past, Ray has complained about various physical ailments that
he felt should cancel his electroshock. “They would just bring me
into Dr. Coelho’s office, and he would say I could have the
electroshock anyway.”

This time Ray brought up the fact that about two weeks ago he had
been brought to Regency Hospital by ambulance because of physical
complaints. Lab tests said his ammonia levels were too high, and he
brought this up today.

This time, Ray’s electroshock was called off.

If it had gone forward, Ray would have laid in a bed and felt an
injection as anesthesia and a muscle paralyzer administered to
suppress muscle writhing. Ray says Dr. Coelho would then runs
electricity through Ray’s brain, inducing a convulsion.

Ray calls the MindFreedom office almost every day, including just
before and just after his forced electroshocks. He says forced shock
is always scary, that it’s harming his memory and ability to
concentrate more and more.

Ray is asking us all to peacefully protest his ongoing forced
electroshock.

The nightmare of involuntary electroshock over the expressed wishes
of the subject has happened regularly since the very first
electroshock in Italy in 1937. But now the atrocity of forced
electroshock has climbed over the institutional walls, and is out in
our towns and cities, in our neighborhoods and homes.

Do not let this become “normal.”

Do not wait to see your neighbor escorted out into some early winter
morning for this.

Do not wait for that to be you.

MindFreedom reminds everyone that Ray’s campaign is nonviolent. Ray
values his religious principles, and MindFreedom has strict
nonviolence guidelines.

If you communicate with any potential opponent, please be strong but
civil. Anything else can be used against Ray.

Here are a few easy ways you may protest Ray’s electroshock from
wherever you are:

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*** ACTION *** ACTION *** ACTION ***

Please forward to all appropriate places on and off Internet.

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1) Protest to Richard Pettingill, Chief executive officer (CEO) of
Allina Hospital and Clinics:

Ask that your civil verbal protest be placed in Ray Sandford’s
medical record using their online web form:

http://www.allina.com/ahs/help.nsf/page/contact

Sample message (your own words are best):

“Dear Mr. Richard Pettingill:

“I request that my message be placed in the permanent medical record
of your patient Ray Sandford, who states that he is receiving ongoing
involuntary electroshock at Mercy Hospital administered by Allina
psychiatrist Bernard M Coelho, MD.

“While you cannot violate the privacy of a patient, I ask that you
respond in general about your policy of allowing involuntary
electroshock over the expressed wishes of the subject.

“Whether or not you feel this is legal, it is unethical, immoral and
traumatic to everyone in mental health care.

“The reason(s) I protest this forced electroshock are:

“My name and contact information: _______”

You may also try to phone Mr. Richard Pettingill’s office at
612-262-0601 or 612-262-5000.

UPDATE: Dr. Coelho direct phone number listed on the Allina web site
is 612-264-4379. However, for a while this phone number was
disconnected. If it does not work, you may try to leave him a message
at the above numbers, or Mercy at 763-236-6000.

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2) Bishop Mark Hanson of the Lutheran Church

While the Lutheran Church is not directly in charge of Ray’s
electroshock, they are supposed to help “guard” Ray, they are
supposed to care deeply about social justice, yet they are not
supporting Ray’s campaign to end his forced electroshock.

The six Minnesota Synods of the “Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America” [ELCA] — which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the
USA — own Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota [LSSMN], which is
Ray’s court-appointed general guardian.

ELCA and LSSMN have refused to speak out for Ray.

MindFreedom has been in touch with the office of Bishop Mark Hanson,
who leads ELCA. Bishop Hanson asked Ruth Reko, ELCA’s Director of
Social Ministry Department, to respond to MFI. Today, Ms. Reko told
MindFreedom, “Supervision is not a concept we enter into with
affiliates like LSSMN or our 299 other social service agency
affiliates.”

Please ask Bishop Mark Hanson, to encourage ELCA, its Synods and its
agencies to engage in productive dialogue on human rights and mental
health, especially involuntary electroshock.

Please e-mail to Bishop Mark Hanson here:

bishop@elca.org

Sample message (your own words are best):

“Dear Bishop Hanson:

“Please engage in dialogue about human rights and mental health. I am
not saying ELCA is directly in charge of anyone’s forced
electroshock, but ELCA could take a stand against it. In the name of
social justice, ELCA ought to have more oversight over its affiliated
social service agencies that receive taxpayer funds to guard clients.

“Your name and contact info: ___________”

You may also try phoning Bishop Hanson or Ms. Ruth Reko by calling
(773) 380-2700, wait for an attendant.

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3) Engage your local religious organizations in dialogue on human
rights and mental health

Ray has given us all an opportunity to encourage our local faith-
based communities to address the justice issues involved in mental
health care today.

Ask that your local church, synagogue, mosque, etc. find a way to
raise issues about human rights and mental health.

Those in the USA may also seek to engage in dialogue with
participants and leaders in your local ELCA church, which you may
easily locate here:

http://www.elca.org/ELCA/Search/Find-a-Congregation.aspx

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Please act today!

Because of today’s cancellation, MindFreedom does not know when Ray’s
next scheduled electroshock may be. It could be as early as 4
February or 11 February.

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Minnesota Nonviolent Protests for Ray

Several individuals and groups in Minnesota have told MindFreedom
they would like to help support and attend peaceful protests on
behalf of Ray in Minnesota.

Several MindFreedom members have even said they are willing to travel
from out of state and from out of the country to participate in
protests.

MindFreedom will broadcast more information as it is received.

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How to do and learn more on the Ray Campaign

For links to latest news, Ray Campaign blog, to hear the NPR radio
story on Ray, and read Frequently Asked Questions about the “No More
Shock For Ray Campaign” go here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray

To further participate in the MindFreedom campaign to support Ray,
current MindFreedom members are invited to get on the very busy
MindFreedom “zapback” e-mail list about electroshock, here:

http://www.intenex.net/lists/listinfo/mindfreedom-zapback

If you are not on the MindFreedom-News alert list and wish to be, sign up for this free non-profit public service here:

http://www.intenex.net/lists/listinfo/mindfreedom-news

Filed under: MindFreedom, Ray Sandford

Upcoming Radio: Amy Philo Speaks Out About Ray Sandford, Forced ECT & The MOTHERS Act

This Saturday, Dr. Rebecca Carley’s “What’s Ailing America” radio program will be devoted to Ray Sandford and forced electroshock.

Amy Philo will be interviewed during the first half of the show about the “treatment” received at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN, where she was an involuntary patient in 2004. Ray Sandford is being forcibly taken to Mercy for weekly ECT sessions.

For more information about Ray’s case, check out: http://www.mindfreedom.org/shield/ray/sandford-faq or listen to NPR’s coverage of the Ray Sandford campaign at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98273451

David W. Oaks, director of MindFreedom International, is scheduled to be on “What’s Ailing America” during the second half, and anyone can call in.

Call In Number: 800-313-9443
Show Time: Saturday, January 3, 2009, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern

To listen, when the show begins click: http://republicbroadcasting.org

The following Wednesday, January 7, Amy Philo will be interviewed on The Mental Health Edge radio program about The MOTHERS Act.

WTAN AM, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern
Call the SHOW HOTLINE: 727-441-3000
Listen to the show online: http://tantalk1340.com/

Filed under: ECT, MindFreedom, Psychiatry: Force of Law, Ray Sandford, , , , ,

Pro-Bono Attorneys Defend NY Against Forced Drugging: Call for Volunteers

PsychRights
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, Inc.
406 G Street, Suite 206, Anchorage, Alaska 99501 ~ (907) 274-7686 Phone ~ (907) 274-9493 Fax
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 18, 2008

CONTACTS:
Dan Hazen
(315) 528-3385
dan@psychrights.org

Jim Gottstein
(907) 274-7686
jim.gottstein@psychrights.org

PsychRights’ Launches Pro Bono Recruitment Effort with MindFreedom’s Ann L Human Rights Alert

As part of their Joint Task Force on Mental Legal Advocacy & Activism, and in connection with last week’s MindFreedom Alert: Say “No” to NY Forced Psychiatric Drugging of “Ann L, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) today announced the launch of its effort to recruit pro bono attorneys to help defend New York citizens facing the horror of forced psychiatric drugging in the community.

PsychRights’ President, Jim Gottstein, said, “people think forced drugging makes the community safer, but the opposite is true. It is well established that psychiatric drugs forced on people increase rather than decrease violence.” “The idea that forced community psychiatric drugging makes people safer is a fraud perpetrated on the public by organizations like the Treatment Advocacy Center,” continued Mr. Gottstein.

The scientific evidence on this, the ineffectiveness of these drugs for most and extreme harm to all caused by these drugs, along with a legal analysis, has been put together for attorneys in Memorandum (Preliminary) Forced Psychiatric Drugging in the Community –Pro Bono Opportunity of Great Significance. Dan Hazen, PsychRights’ Northeast Coordinator said, “We hope members of the New York bar will read the memorandum and decide this is an issue deserving of pro bono services.”

Attorneys interested in signing on or desiring more information may contact either Mr. Hazen or Mr. Gottstein at the contacts above or below.

David Oaks, MindFreedom’s Director, said, “We are very pleased to collaborate with PsychRights, combining legal advocacy and grass roots activism.” In closing, Mr. Gottstein stated, “If nothing else, attorneys should be offended by the sham nature of the legal proceedings in which New York citizens are ordered by the courts to take these very debilitating, largely ineffective, and extremely harmful drugs.”

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of unwarranted forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. PsychRights is further dedicated to exposing the truth about psychiatric interventions and the courts being misled into ordering people subjected to these brain and body damaging drugs against their will. Extensive information about these dangers, and about the tragic damage caused by electroshock, is available on the PsychRights web site: http://psychrights.org/.

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