Electroshock survivor and activist Deborah Schwartzkopff was arrested for Criminal Trespass during a protest on Saturday against the controversial practice at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center .
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is still widely practiced in the United States, despite public perception that it is largely a thing of the past.
A campaign to ban the procedure in the 1970’s and 80’s had some visibility and achieved at least one outright ban in Berkeley, California in 1982, but since then it has mostly faded from public awareness.
Schwartzkopff underwent numerous series of shock treatments for depression and says she has lasting neurocognitive damage as a result. 7:45 minutes (10.65 MB)
Despite a common public perception that it has largely gone away, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), better known as electroshock or shock therapy, is still a widespread practice.
As we reported on Tuesday, this Saturday, May 16 is an international day of protest against electrock.
Survivors of ECT and their allies will gather in local communities around the world to protest the widespread use of a practice that they say has limited effectiveness and causes lasting damage.
In the Portland area, both Kaiser Permanente and the Oregon Health Sciences University utilize electroconvulsive therapy, and numerous other facilities in the region also engage in the controversial procedure. 15:25 minutes (21.17 MB)
Author Alice Eve Cohen has told two stories of personal upheaval that have visited her family in the last six years; "What I Thought I Knew" in 2009, and her most recent memoir, "The Year My Mother Came Back". She talks with Don Merrill about what those two different stories have in common, how she balances cynicism and optimism and how writing for children early in her career brought her storytelling to where it is today.
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In the nation of India, deaf activists are organizing to challenge the discrimination they face. In March, a deaf teenager was raped and killed, and just this week, a deaf child was badly beaten by a teacher in India for failing to understand an assignment. KBOO’s Sarika Mehta produced this report about the situation in India for deaf people:
The full version of this story aired on KBOO’s Political Perspectives last week. You can find it here.
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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)
A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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