Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ray Sandford & MindFreedom: Call to Action: Telephone Governor Pawlenty


Ray Sandford & MindFreedom: Call to Action: Telephone Governor Pawlenty on Wednesdays

MindFreedom has a call to action to telephone Minnesota Governor Pawlenty every day and ask these questions regarding the forced ECT treatment of outpatient Ray Sandford:


"Action: Telephone Governor Pawlenty's office now: From anywhere in the world phone (651) 296-3391. From inside Minnesota phone toll free: (800) 657-3717.You can leave a message at any time. You can reach staff any non-holiday weekday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time.Call any day, but especially call on Wednesdays.


Be polite but be firm and persistent. Ask one or more of these questions:


1. Does the Governor support Minnesota laws allowing involuntary outpatient electroshock?

2. Is the Governor aware that some Minnesota citizens are being escorted from their homes using court orders to receive involuntary electroshock?


3. How many Minnesota residents receive electroshock against their wishes, as either an inpatient our outpatient?


4. Who collects this data?


5. How is this data reported to the public?


And if you have any doubts about this campaign, go ahead and ask,


6. "Are reports on the Internet true that some Minnesota residents receive electroshock involuntarily on an outpatient basis?"


You may be directed to another department such as Human Rights. Do not give up. Keep asking. If you do not get a return call soon, call back to complain.If you do receive any helpful information, e-mail it to news@mindfreedom.org.


UPDATE 10:43 am Pacific Time: Staff in several offices is definitely aware of this campaign.


Phone calls to Governor now mainly seem to be re-directed to a voice mail. Please leave a clear message and ASK FOR A CALL BACK. If you do NOT get a call back in a day or two, please phone again asking for a call back.


I urge every Mental Health Blogger that believes forced ECT is Wrong and Inhumane to copy and paste this article to their site.


Thank you,

Stan

7 comments:

susan said...

Stan,

Want to cut and paste this to my site, may I have permission?

Thank you! ;-)

Stan said...

Dear Susan:

I encourage all mental health bloggers to copy/cut and paste this on their site. So an emphatic YES!

Yours Truly,
Stan

Ana said...

Governor Pawlenty is a son of a gun.
He has received enough e-mails to at least say something.
But it's not an issue where he can appear on a front page with a headline.
I'll copy and paste, of course.
Thank you.

susan said...

Hi Stan,

I get the dumb blonde award.

I posted it, but don't know how to hyperlink it, so there is a note pointing to my blogroll.

I also called your blog "awesome".....
Sorry didn't tell you last night, kitty came home but she seems to be ill again and is going back to the vet at 9 am EST.

Sigh.

Stephany said...

Yes, all blog authors should highlight Ray Sandford's story, and make the phone call!

It could be any one of us, that's the scary part.

Radagast said...

I was just reading your comments on Furious Seasons, on the subject of forced ECT... Get off the fence, and say what you really think, man! I feel quite sorry for E/Neuroskeptic, etc, in a way: it must come as a helluva shock to have to come face to face with the idea that not all mental health patients are drooling imbeciles. In fact, probably none of them are, until they've had the ECT! I doubt either of those guys has ever been so roundly trounced in an argument, in their lives!

Anyway, while I'm here, I should mention that I'm struggling to access Hotmail, just now, so if you send me something, and I don't respond in my usual prompt manner, that's the reason.

Matt

Fiddy said...

Youv'e been tagged.

Please read:

http://fiddaman.blogspot.com/2008/11/8-random-facts.html

Fid

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