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Ray Gateway: Campaign Ended Forced Outpatient Electroshock of Ray Sandford

Ray Sandford is a 55-year-old Minnesota citizen who was receiving ongoing involuntary outpatient electroshock. He was court-ordered to leave his home regularly to receive this human rights violation. Ray has WON! Here is your gateway to news and background on the MindFreedom campaign to support Ray Sandford of Minnesota. As Ray puts it, "No more shock for Ray!"

Ray Sandford is a survivor of involuntary outpatient electroshock. Victory! Campaign Stops the Forced Outpatient Electroshock of Ray Sandford!

To help keep you updated, this RAY GATEWAY has an overview of the main Ray Campaign news sources, including the Ray Blog, media coverage and Ray Frequently Asked Questions:

Latest update: VICTORY DAY!

22 October 2009: It is official! After more than 40 involuntary, outpatient electroshocks (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT), and a year long campaign, Ray has won. The court has agreed to his change of guardianship.

To read the Ray Alert #22 about the victory, click here.

THANK YOU to all of Ray's supporters! You may now stop your campaign actions, and celebrate!

Minneapolis Newspaper City Pages Covers Ray Sandford Electroshock

Tuesday, 19 May 2009, City Pages published an article by Matt Snyders investigating Ray's situation.

Click here to read the article on the City Pages website.

NOW ONLINE: The City Pages cover story featured a provocative full-cover color illustration of a shock doctor holding jumper cables. To download a scan of the front cover, click here.

Ray's Last Electroshock, We Hope: 15 April 2009

Wednesday, 13 May 2009, Ray was scheduled to receive another surprise forced electroshock, but at the last minute it was "postponed." We hope this means his last shock will always be 15 April 2009:

National Media Coverage of Ray Sandford's Campaign to Stop His Forced Electroshock

Associated Press has run a wire service article nationally about MindFreedom's protest about Ray Sandford:

The successful protest in Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda was held 1 May 2009 to End Forced Electroshock of Ray Sandford. News and photos, see here:

For news release and downloadable flyer click here:

FAQ for Ray

For MindFreedom's updated Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ] on the Ray Sandford Campaign, including answer to question, "What's status of campaign today?" -- click here:

Ray's Web of Link$

An astounding network of groups and individuals are involved in some way in Ray's life, and receive taxpayer money either directly or indirectly, for more info click here:

Online Video of Ray Sandford and Supporters!

You can watch a new five-minute web video of Ray Sandford, his mom, and mental health advocate Daryl Trones, click here:


National Public Radio in the USA aired a significant segment about Ray Sandford and his involuntary electroshock on their popular "Day to Day" show, with an estimated 2 million listeners on 200 stations. To hear Ray Sandford and MindFreedom director David Oaks on National Public Radio about the Ray campaign click here:

Ray Blog

There is a special MindFreedom blog just about the Ray Campaign to end his forced electroshock. You can read some behind-the-scenes commentary and news about the efforts to end this extreme violation of Ray's basic human rights, here:


Current MindFreedom members may join the MindFreedom Zapback e-mail list, where the Ray Campaign is being coordinated, by clicking here:

Join and Donate to MindFreedom International

Strength in united numbers is a key to winning freedom for Ray and many others in the mental health system. Please donate, join, or renew your membership in MindFreedom today, click this link for more info:

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Jay Mahler

Jay is a survivor of forced electroshock who spent ten years in the mental health system. He is now a widely respected leader in California, where he founded Mental Health Consumer Concerns and the California Network of Mental Health Clients. Jay is pictured here at a MindFreedom strategy conference at Highlander. (Photo by Tom Olin.)
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