14 October 2011Hi MindFreedom Member, I know many of you, like me, are fascinated by and supportive of the historic, peaceful "Occupy Movement" that began weeks ago in Wall Street, New York City, and has even reached smaller towns, like MFI's hometown here in Eugene, Oregon.MFI is proud to have members with widely diverse backgrounds and perspectives, but I think most of us appreciate the Occupy Movement's support of the disenfranchised.For 25 years MindFreedom International has called for global peaceful revolution. Some considered that 'crazy.' It is great to see so many people talking about that peaceful vision now, too!Perhaps you've heard of the butterfly effect. It's impossible to predict complex things.... But even the flap of a butterfly's wing can influence a hurricane. Perhaps all of your butterfly wings have had some influence here, impossible to say!But the 42-year-old psychiatric survivors liberation 'mad' movement has been about free thought.... 'creative maladjustment'... empowerment... and a vision of peaceful and more humane mental and emotional support for all...Now is the time to live our principles. Given the Climate Crisis, in a way this is a deadline....Tomorrow, Saturday, 15 October, 2011, a number of cities internationally are protesting in solidarity, including OCCUPY EUGENE. There may be a protest or even encampment near you. Apparently activists in more than 700 cities may participate this weekend.In my 35 years of activism, I have not quite seen anything like this. If you can't be at a rally for whatever reason, consider how in your own way you may "Boycott Normal"! This past Monday MFI successfully launched that campaign with a street protest, that also supported the Occupy Movement. You can see the fun Youtube skit we did, here:http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/boycott-normalHow do you feel the MindFreedom International community can best support the emerging Occupy Movement?I'm open to your ideas and suggestions, which you can email in. Some ways to join a dialogue with other members on this include: ** Find out more about Occupy actions via Google, Facebook, etc. ** Network with other MFI members about this, via MFI lists and Facebook. Attend events together. MFI's board president, Celia Brown, is planning to attend the original protest, Occupy Wall Street.* Several of you are or will attend local Occupy organizing events. You can email your report and photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or share them via Facebook, etc.* At Occupy Eugene we are encouraging a PEER SUPPORT SPACE, to provide some respite and mutual support info. We're also looking into doing some of our street theater to help morale!* MFI's web radio show last week was on theme of the Occupy movement -- or as we put it "Occupy Normal." You can listen to the archive here:http://bit.ly/mfi-radio-201110 (The next radio show on 12 November at 2 pm ET will also cover this, watch for details.)* MFI's next monthly teleconference on Sunday, 23 October, at 4 pm ET will be a little different than past months. We will open this up to MFI members of course, but also to non-members who are attending and supporting Occupy events. The topic will be about how the movement to change mental health and Occupy can work together. Watch for details.We cannot predict what will happen in a few weeks. But I can tell you NOW -- at this MOMENT -- this is an opportunity to model deep change.For all of us who have ever made the personal or group choice to achieve some level of recovery and wellness, despite overwhelming trauma and oppression... We know that choice can be made, now. Whether or not you can get to the encampment, "Boycott Normal" and "Occupy Normal"!Let's all support a vision of nonviolent global revolution. I hope you know Martin Luther King called for an "International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment." You can read about his quotes on our web site:http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-global/iaacmLet's help this IAACM dream come true! As we said in the peace movement, I do know if this can happen. I just know this *must* happen!Lead on! Thanks, David David W. Oaks, Executive Director MindFreedom International454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USAweb: http://www.mindfreedom.orgemail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone: 541-345-9106 fax: 480-287-8833member services toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRID[e] or 1-877-623-7743Unite for a Nonviolent Revolution in Mental Health. Donate: http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.