Respect

A poem about the hypocrisy of people who abuse someone, then criticize that person for showing the effects of their abuse. Respect* You verbally, physically, and sexually . . . abuse me. And, of being nuts—and a slut—falsely accuse me. Then hide . . . behind your crosses. Your wealth and . . . your gold rings. And your titles. And your land. And your fancy clothes and things. And all o’ your other . . . so-called signs . . . of respectability. I’ll…

Eric Jonsgaard, Senior Director, LSS Guardianship Options

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota provided general guardianship services for Ray Sandford, which means that they ought to have supported his passionate campaign to stop his involuntary outpatient electroshock. Instead, their division that works on guardianship, LSS Guardianship Options, actually opposed his campaign in several ways. The director of these guardianship services within LSS is…

City of Eugene Police and Mental Health

The City of Eugene, like many cities, is re-examining the role of police in responding to individuals who are considered to be in a mental health crisis. Depending on whether or not principles of empowerment and self-determination and humane alternatives are included, such re-examinations could be beneficial or harmful.  Mental Health Crisis Response Committee Testimony…

City of Eugene Passes Resolution for Choice in Mental Health

Info Other cities are encouraged to follow the lead of the City Council of the City of Eugene. On 26 October 2009 they unanimously passed a resolution on affirming the city’s commitment to human rights, self-determination and choice in mental health care. The resolution No. 4989 says “special emphasis should be placed on providing diverse…

City of Eugene Passes Resolution for Choice in Mental Health

Info Other cities are encouraged to follow the lead of the City Council of the City of Eugene. On 26 October 2009 they unanimously passed a resolution on affirming the city’s commitment to human rights, self-determination and choice in mental health care. The resolution No. 4989 says “special emphasis should be placed on providing diverse…