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New, Temporary Location for OM

EEH2013Poster-lgThis Sunday, July 21, 2013, Occupy Medical will be setting up shop in a new place. Since there is a conflicting event downtown, the good people who run the Emerald Empire Hempfest offered to share their permit with us so we could still host our weekly free clinic.

You may find our bus parked this Sunday at the end of the Fir Lane parking lot, just off of River Rd. at Maurie Jacobs Park. Volunteers are advised to show up early to help us secure a spot.

OM and EEHF have different mission statements but we both agree that caring for our community is vital. OM can not prescribe medical marijuana or sign medical marijuana cards.

Remember that this festival is free to the public and is family friendly(drug and alcohol free). Come out and enjoy all 3 days of food, crafts. education and entertainment. Please be sure to thank the fine folks at EEHF for sharing their space with us.

Look for OM in our usual spot at the Eugene downtown Park Blocks at 8th and Oak next Sunday between 12-4pm.

Surprises for OM

Watching Over US at OM - photo courtesy Mike Elliot (used by permission)

Watching Over Us at OM – photo courtesy Mike Elliot (used by permission)

Back in May of this year, three college students from the University of Oregon’s Journalism School constructed a video about Occupy Medical in the Kickstarter format to meet the needs of their assignment. In June, they released the video onto the internet and gave us permission to do whatever we wanted with it.

Our aim was to post it on Kickstarter as a campaign to raise funds for lab fees for patients that cannot afford to pay for their own. We only asked for $2500 because we we told that another lab in town would be willing to match those funds.

We never got around to finishing this project. The volunteers at OM had too much on their plates trying to mange the patient load that has increased 5 times in the last 6 months. We were working just to keep our heads above water.

Then came the surprise.

Upworthy stumbled on our video and posted it. We did not know about this until another supporter in our area notified us of this new development. We were startled but pleased. How nice that the message that we work so hard to actualize be shared with a larger group of people. Since we are a small troop of  volunteers who are used to struggling for every donation dime, we visualized a few checks coming in for ten, maybe twenty dollars.

Then came another surprise.

We received a phone call from our ally, CALC, that a local artist named Dianne Story Cunningham had contacted them about donating to help with our lab fees. We were thrilled.

Then came the next big surprise.

Another local supporter and long time Occupy activist, Mary Broadhurst, found me at our Sunday clinic. It had been a long day. We had to open the clinic late because of mechanical problems with the bus. The day was stiflingly hot. We were short on volunteers and long on patients. I had just given out the last of our vitamin C. It was the kind of day that makes you bone-weary.

Mary walked up to me with a big grin on her face. She asked if I had heard about an upcoming donation. I nodded and smiled. She asked if I had heard about the amount yet. I shook my head. Mary steadied me for the next surprise. This donor  was covering the entire amount that we needed: $2500. I blinked. Mary said it again more slowly so my foggy brain could take in the news.

This was when the tears started. Just like like that, one of the problems that we had been struggling with was solved. I thought of all the faces of the patients that desperately needed lab tests so that they could get more complicated care. I thought of our volunteer doctors whose hands were tied because they could not proceed any farther in treatment until we could scrape together enough to pay for lab results. I thought of other volunteers scrambling behind the scenes to find a way to help these people in whatever way they could.

The problem was solved. One person stepped forward and through the efforts of college students with video cameras, community allies that understand how work together as a team, volunteers giving selflessly every Sunday, and few people with the energy to make a positive change in the lives of complete strangers, this problem was solved. It was overwhelming to me.

I have seen this generosity before at Occupy Medical. Our little clinic seems to bring out the best in people. It never fails to amaze me though. It never fails to make me smile. I can’t say thank you enough. I know that there are people out there who have helped our people anonymously that I can’t thank personally.

People have said that one person can’t make a difference. I know that that is not true. One person makes a difference every day. The great thing is that it is never just one person. We all make a difference – together.

Thank you. Thank you one and all.


Steel Wool

Steel Wool

Occupy Medical is hoping your love of local music will help fill their coffers. At 6:00 on Sunday June 23 at Cozmic  (199 W. 8th in Eugene, OR), enjoy a slice of handmade organic pizza and a cold microbrew while taking in the local musical talent of STEEL WOOL and Satori Bob! Proceeds allow OCCUPY MEDICAL to continue their work in providing free and inclusive health care for all.
A team of volunteers donate their time, skills and care to making sure anyone and everyone in Eugene has access to health care. From a patient’s perspective, it’s what single-payer health care looks like, and it’s free.
On Sundays from noon until 4 pm you can walk up to the former bloodmobile painted red and white and emblazoned “Occupy Medical Mobile Clinic,” that’s parked downtown at the Park Blocks and get anything from a Band-Aid to a prescription for heart medicine. You can also get food, a haircut and proof that someone cares.
Everything at the clinic is at no cost to the patients and everything is donated, from the work of a herbalist and two other medical doctors, to bandages and prescriptions.
This event is your chance to directly help people in need right here in Eugene while you’re having a great time.

Tim Mueller of Steel Wool, featured at the benefit, says, “I wrote a song called “Occupy” when this movement started. We all look forward to playing it for this group. It’s all adrenaline!” Tim is songwriter, lead vocalist and acoustic/electric guitar player for Steel Wool; long time area musician TR Kelley is on bass and vocals, Nel Applegate does mbira, percussion and vocals, and Randy Hamme is the drummer. This Eugene, Oregon band features three part harmonies, inventive bass lines, exceptional rhythm guitar, great drumming and percussion accents, sweet love songs, call-to-action songs, rockin’ songs and ‘hey let’s dance now songs’. They describe their music as “harmony driven – all original, funky world beat folk rock, upbeat and happily serious.” Their first CD, “All the Love in the World”, was released this spring.

Satori Bob

Satori Bob

Satori Bob has evolved over many years, centered on the work and vision of singer/guitarist/composer John Baumann. John’s songwriting, musicianship and presence has earned him loyal fans across the US. The interplay between longtime accompanist Devin Newman on banjo, noted bassist Jeff Langston, and the highly creative Russ Wilbanks on guitars, round out this fast-rising Eugene, Oregon based acoustic/electric ensemble.
The band conveys a vibrant energy in diverse settings, bringing audiences into the performance with compelling lyrics, uncanny improvisational interplay and strong arrangements. Their appeal has the ability to cross many boundaries with songs ranging from gentle acoustic pieces to hard-to-ignore social commentary.

Yachats, OR

Yachats, OR

Be sure to take advantage of our raffle while you are there. We have a hand stitched quilt and a free night at the Sea Rose guest house in Yachats available to those who want to buy a raffle ticket. If you lucky, you could win both prizes. Imagine snuggling under a soft, cotton quilt in front of the fire with a glass of wine in your hand as you watch the sunset over the sea from a cozy deck chair at the Sea Rose. Sounds like splendor!

OM on Upworthy

OM Video Hits the Big Time

OM Video Hits the Big Time

OM on Upworthy

A group of U of O journalism students picked our clinic to do a kick starter model video for. A writer for Upworthy stumbled onto it and was impressed enough to post it. Look for a kick starter campaign to raise money for lab fees in the future.
Good citizens that want to donate to our cause may send us checks via snail mail. I am still chipping away at the paperwork to make us an official 501c3. You may send the check (made out to “Occupy Medical”) to our address: 3575 Donald Street, Suite 230,Eugene, Oregon 97405.
Remember that we can only offer services that we have the volunteers and/or donations to share. We are ALL volunteers. If you want an Occupy Medical clinic in your city, let us know and we will help you replicate this service. Join us. It’s a lot of work but it’s fun.