The MindFreedom Mad Pride Theater Troupe invites you to be part of a Youtubed peaceful street theater in front of a Chamber of Commerce office. What is called “normal” is wrecking Earth’s environment, and the Chamber is one of the main entities blocking action on the Climate Crisis. Have fun asking, “Is it possible to be crazier than ‘normal’?”

  • Street Theater
  • Protest
When Oct 10, 2011
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 1401 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon, USA
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-345-9106
Attendees All are welcome who follow MFI’s nonviolence guidelines.
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MindFreedom International News Release

Eugene Street Theater for Youtube to launch “Boycott Normal Campaign”

Eugenians are invited in front of Eugene Chamber of Commerce:

Campaign asks “Can you be Crazier Than What is Called ‘Normal?”

Date: Monday, 10 October 2011 — World Mental Health Day and Columbus Day

Time: 4:00 pm

Place:In Front of Eugene Chamber of Commerce, 1401 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon

The human rights group MindFreedom International (MFI) is inviting all Eugenians to a “peaceful street theater” for Youtube to launch a global campaign to “Boycott Normal.” Their location: In front of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce. The date: World Mental Health Day.

Said David Oaks, Director of MFI: “The US Chamber of Commerce is one of the main groups opposing action on the climate crisis. The undeniable truth is that the climate crisis means it’s time to question what is called normal. The Eugene branch of the Chamber refuses to speak out about the US Chamber’s unethical behavior. All Eugenians are invited to peacefully show us your ‘craziest’ for up to one minute. Our psychiatric survivor judges will decide if you can beat the irrationality of the Chamber of Commerce.”

Lined up so far are Eugenian’s showing their ‘craziest’ skits, poetry, dance. Leading the event is professional street theater activist KATINA ANDONIADIS of Laughing Matters.

The event has a serious side, too: The American Psychiatric Association is preparing to approve their new ‘label bible’ — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5. MindFreedom asks why behavior destroying the planet never seems to get into these ever-expanding diagnosis guides.

MFI’s hope is that a nonviolent “flash mob” in front of Eugene’s Chamber of Commerce will question the so-called “normality” of doing NOTHING about the climate crisis. The resulting Youtube video will promote their Boycott Normal campaign, which culminates on 5 May 2012, the date the American Psychiatric Association gathers for their Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Said Oaks, “Everyone who cares about Earth is invited to 10/10 at 4 pm. For the benefit of humanity, this campaign was initiated by survivors of psychiatric abuse who have successfully resisted attempts by the richest corporations in history to control them. When humanity is caught like deer in the headlights right now, it’s time to ask the real experts in what is called ‘crazy’ for help!”

Background on Boycott Normal Launch

The campaign questions the way what is called “normal” is causing and allowing a Climate Crisis unprecedented in human history. And the campaign questions the way the psychiatric industry is manufacturing new labels, except for destroying the planet.

The Boycott Normal Campaign also encourages people to tell their story to give young people given psychiatric know. Said Oaks, “There is life after labels! It gets better for mental health consumers, too.”

You can download a one-page color BOYCOTT NORMAL flyer here:

MindFreedom is supporting and cooperating with a national campaign about the Chamber and Climate Crisis you can read about here:

To be in the Youtube video of this peaceful guerilla street theater for the Boycott Normal Campaign, go to the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce at 14th & Willamette, at 4 pm on Monday, 10 October 2011 at 4 pm, which is both World Mental Health Day and Columbus Day.

The US Chamber of Commerce is one of the main organizations blocking action on the climate crisis. MindFreedom asked the local branch to end its silence about this. For a year MFI have tried dialogue with Dave Hauser, head of the Eugene Chamber, but he has refused to speak out about the US Chamber.

The campaign asks: If crazy exists, is it possible to be “crazier” than blocking action on the climate crisis? You can try that day, 10/10, and “judges” complete with white wigs, robes and gavels will vote.

Said Oaks, “A Eugene City Councilor told the world that Eugene likes to celebrate the ‘strange and weird.’ Well, the Eugene Chamber of Commerce exhibits some of the strangest and weirdest behavior we have ever seen. Celebrate at the 10/10 event at the Chamber of Commerce, 14th & Willamette, at 4 pm, rain or shine, bring friends! Afterwards we head — where else — to Ken Kesey Plaza to celebrate the Boycott Normal Campaign, and the 25th anniversary of MindFreedom International based here in Eugene, Oregon.”

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Katina Andoniadis is an amazing treasure for street theater activities here in Eugene. She’s led creative peaceful activist events in the street for decades. Katina organized the recent successful MFI Mad Pride Theater at the Oregon Country Fair!

You can read more about Katina here:


MindFreedom International is a nonprofit coalition based in Eugene celebrating its 25th anniversary winning human rights and alternatives for people in the mental health system. MFI has NGO Consultative Roster Status with the United Nations. More info about MindFreedom International is

Any questions about the event itself, email to For more info or to call ahead for wheelchair accessibility, phone the MFI office 541-345-9106. Or drop by to 454 Willamette, Suite 217.



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