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Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesota

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) is one of about 500 Independent Living Centers in the USA, and one of eight in Minnesota. MCIL is funded by the federal government to support the empowerment and self-determination of people labeled with disabilities. MCIL has met with Ray Sandford, and appointed an informational liaison to the campaign. (Updated 27 April 2009)

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in MinnesotaName: Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)

City, State: St. Paul, Minnesota

Several staff from MCIL met with Ray Sandford early in his campaign, in Fall 2008, to discuss his human rights concerns. Director David Hancox  appointed an informational liaison to the Ray Campaign, Julie Wegscheid.

On 27 April 2009 MCIL released a public statement about Ray.

MCIL public position on Ray Sandford's forced outpatient electroshock:


"MCIL is a consumer-directed Center for Independent Living. We support the right and desire of every individual with disability to live self-directed lives. We fully support Raymond's prerogative to refuse forced treatment, or treatment to which he has not given informed consent."


IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Whether or not an individual or agency supports or opposes Ray's human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil.


Action



Please contact MCIL and ask that they take action for Ray Sandford's human rights.

Contact info:

MCIL
1600 W University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104 USA

phone: 651-646-8342 |
e-mail: juliew@mcil-mn.org


Disclaimer: The information on this page is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.



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