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Donations to OM Are Easier

Thank You for Your Support

Thank You for Your Support

We have Paypal now! Occupy Medical has, with the help of Wendy Moore (and her tech sauvie son), a lovely Paypal button that allows people to donate to our cause. All money donated goes directly to patient care for Occupy Medical patients and to promote improving the ailing healthcare system in Oregon.
We are not yet a 501c3 organization. If you have a sizable donation that you would like to get a tax write off for, contact CALC and they will help us get the donation while you get a little relief from the IRS.
Any size of donation truly helps us. Please help us continue our mission of bringing the care back to healthcare.

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.

OCCUPY MEDICAL BENEFIT SHOW

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.
www.steelwoolband.com
www.satoribob.com

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.

More Donations from an Old Friend

A Little Goes a Long Way

A Little Goes a Long Way

The Merry Hempsters is a local company owned and operated by a long-standing Occupy supporter. Even when Occupy Medical was just a few lawn chairs under a tarp, Gerry, the owner, saw to it that we had donations to keep us going.
Gerry has stepped up to the plate many times since then. He has brought us lip balms, lotions, containers and a hefty supply of raw materials to work with. His generosity is inspiring.
It is clear that he understands that Occupy Medical is more than a first aid tent. We are the pioneers in the healthcare revolution. Gerry has seen enough suffering and he wants to make a change.
Recently, Gerry stepped in with more donations from Merry Hempster: raw herbs and boxes and boxes of salves and lotions. Once again, my herb team stood in awe as we stared at the donations.
As volunteers, we get used to the idea of living on a shoestring. If we have the donation, we will give it, for free, to the patient. If we don’t have it, we scrounge around our supplies and make do or scratch our heads for places that our patients can get adequate substitutions.
This time we don’t have to scrounge or make do. We can just hand the patient with psoriasis the lotion he needs. We can just hand the woman with cracked lips that balm that she needs. We can reach into a box and pull out what we want, when we want it. We are getting spoiled.
Thank you, Merry Hempsters, for helping our people. Thank you, Gerry, for understanding that you are part of solution.

The Friends List

Occupy Medical

Occupy Medical

Every week Occupy Medical gives away donations of medicine, medical supplies, supplements and hygiene supplies to those in need. Our policy on healthcare is strict: Healthcare is for all. Our ability to heal should not depend on what lines your wallet.
This means that some of our volunteers are busy chasing donations to support the Sunday clinic throughout the rest of the week. The supplies that we need come from a variety of sources. Personal donations are most common. One woman drove up and opened her trunk revealing boxes of brand new wound treatment supplies. Her mother had passed a few weeks earlier. Her family did not need the medical equipment and she knew her mother would approve of sharing these with the clinic.
Other donations come from groups dedicated to charity. Interfaith Occupy and churches such as First United Methodist and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection have helped our people on a regular basis. They bring food, supplies and support that truly comes the heart.
Our allies support us in ways that make our lives much easier. Cahoots popped by unexpectedly with big boxes of wound care. White Bird Clinic has offer numerous supplies through the past year and 1/2. They generously got us started with basic supplies back in the early days of Occupy. Our local hospitals have donated medical equipment that has tremendously expanded the level of care we can offer our patients.
Now businesses are starting to step up as well. Mountain Rose has always been a generous supporter of our clinic but other small, local businesses are sharing with OM this year. One of the owners of Sol Botanicals taught a free workshop via our community education series. McKenzie Mist supplies us with spring water.
As of today, a new business has joined the pursuit of universal healthcare by sharing a grocery bag of vitamins and herbal supplements. To them, it was helpful to lighten the shelves to make room for new product. To us, it meant saving our people from malnutrition. Thank you, Evergreen Nutrition. Welcome to Occupy Medical.

Begging for Vitamins

Food not Bombs Provides Free, Healthy, Vegetarian Food Every Sunday.

Food not Bombs Provides Free, Healthy, Vegetarian Food Every Sunday.

We have patients from a wide diversity of backgrounds and lifestyles. Some have insurance and homes, some don’t even have shoes. One of the things that ties our patients together is malnutrition. This lack of healthy food both causes and perpetuates the medical conditions we treat.
Occupy Medical is always looking for way to deal with this problem. We have hosted church groups that shared a tray of peanut butter sandwiches and fresh fruit. We have allied with Food not Bombs to share healthy food with the community. We give away vitamins in little baggies to patients that need that extra boost. We have given out granola bars to patients who have so little protein in their blood that even simple wounds can not heal.
We need multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and single vitamins.

We need multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and single vitamins.

These gifts may not seem like much to the average person. To our people, it is a gift of life. We are always in need. If you have a connection that provide a sizable source of help to us with this problem, please contact us. If you would like to volunteer to help us find donations, please contact us.
Even if you have a couple of bags of baby carrots or a bottle of zinc capsules, please drop them by the clinic during our Sunday hours – 12-4pm. We are always at the Eugene Park Blocks on 8th and Oak doing what we can to save lives.

Tax Day Donation

Sue Accepts the Much Needed Donation  from Taxes for Peace not War

Sue Accepts the Much Needed Donation from Taxes for Peace not War

April 15th is the day that War Tax Resisters throughout America have chosen to publicly display their frustration with government supported aggression. The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee explains the motivation for movement best.

“In the U.S. war tax resisters choose to refuse some or all of their federal income tax and/or other taxes, like the federal excise tax on local telephone service. Income taxes and excise taxes are destined for the government’s general fund and about half of that money helps to pay for the military budget including all types of weapons of war and weapons of mass destruction.

People take many roads to war tax resistance:

some are protesting a particular war;
some find it against their religious convictions to knowingly support war;
some are horrified by massive U.S. military spending while human needs go unmet;
some are or would be conscientious objectors if called to military service and, therefore, feel they cannot in good conscience pay for something they would refuse to do themselves.

Most war tax resisters are motivated by a combination of reasons like these, and actively work for peace in many other ways too.”

While Occupy Medical is not a war tax resistance group, most of our volunteers do agree that government would wise to reconsider use of the hard earned tax money they do receive. We were happy to receive support from members of Taxes for Peace not War.
The event was cosponsored by Taxes for Peace Not War, Lane County Women’s Action for New Directions and Community Alliance of Lane County who staged the event in from the post office as an expression of their outrage at the government’s policy to fund the international war effort. Members of Occupy Medical showed up to accept the donation and cheer other activist groups on. We are proud of the work our allies do every day to make this world a better place.

http://www.kval.com/news/local/90992889.html?tab=video&c=y

Help for OM’s Herbalists

Beautiful Calendula

Beautiful Calendula

Last week, our herbalist team (Patti, Barb, T. and Sue) were desperate. Our herbal clinic was becoming the victim of its own success. We were running dangerously low on herbs. For the low income patients that had come to rely on these herbs to help them with wounds, blood pressure and anxiety, this was a critical situation. If they could not get access to donations channeled through Occupy Medical, they would simply go without. It was a serious situation so we put out a plea for help. (See the post below.)
Almost immediately, we received an answer to our clarion call. One local herbalist, Tree Knowlton, who has been connected to the clinic since it’s inception, opened her cupboards and generously brought us a shoebox filled with both bulk tinctures and bottles to repackage them in. The variety was as much of a blessing as the quantity of the herbs. Everything was beautifully labelled and organized. I would expect nothing less from Tree. She is a fabulous woman.
Later, another local herbalist answered the call. Sherri Brown, whose class I had the privilege of taking a few years ago, offered another box just brimming with tinctures. It was almost magical to see how many of the herbs that she donated were on our “dangerously low” list. These are herbs that she had taken such care to harvest and preserve. These were plants that she put love and care into and were sharing with us – no strings attached. It was a beautiful gift.
Just when we were getting comfortable with the idea that our clinic may survive after all, another local herbalist answered the call. Gerry Shapiro, the owner of Merry Hempsters, drove his truck into town loaded with boxes of herbal donations. Gerry had been a generous donor when Occupy first started, we were happy to have him back.
Our herbalist team was gathered at Sue’s house for a meeting. Our jaws dropped as Gerry started filling Sue’s driveway with box after box of fabulous herbal offerings. He shared jars of herbal oil that shone with vitality, bags of dry herbs just begging to be popped into liquid tincture goodness and a lion’s share of empty jars for processing.
These were all items coveted by herbalists everywhere and our hands shook with delight. As I examined each bag of dry herb, the faces of the patients that dearly needed this medicine passed through my mind. I could not wait to share these treasures with them. Gerry smiled at our questions. He gave processing advice and batted ideas around for other ways of using these herbs for the special needs of our unhoused patients. Before he drove away, he gave us all hugs and offered more donations whenever we needed it.
All of these gifts arrived within a few days of each other. Our herbalist team is overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. People keep asking us how we find the time and the energy to do what we do every week, rain or shine. Sometimes our project seems so big – too big. This week gave us more than resources, it gave us the courage to carry on.

A Call for Help

Herbal Medicine for the People

Herbal Medicine for the People


Eugene’s OCCUPY MEDICAL clinic continues to grow and expand. Last quarter we had an average of 25 patients and already our numbers have risen to 30-40 per clinic. We expect the trend to continue. One of our primary jobs is serving the medical needs of our community. We operate on a shoestring budget that is based 100% on community donations. Many of our donations come from total strangers who understand the need and want to be a viable part of the solution. A significant amount of our volunteers and donors are previous patients or friends and family of patients. Many now wish to complete the circle of reciprocity with the generous gift of their time and/or resources.
A unique feature of OCCUPY MEDICAL is that we are not just an emergency care clinic. We provide preventative and managed care with 48% of our patients returning for further assistance. All of our treatments are completely free, which provides an opportunity for our patients to make personal healthcare choices that are best for them, not just what they can afford at the time.
The nutritional and herbal department has increased in popularity as our patients learn the qualities of herbal medicine. Even patients who previously did not have the slightest interest in plant medicine are now requesting this care. The herbal remedies that we provide are high to medium dose botanicals. We offer several different forms (tinctures, vinegar based, and capsules) for internal consumption, in addition to our topical salves and infused oils. It is not uncommon for us to give away between 8 and 10 oz of tincture, 400 herbal capsules, multiple doses of essential oils, a wide array of nutritional supplements and several bottles of homeopathic medicine per clinic. We move through inventory quickly and need your help in sustaining this facet of OCCUPY MEDICAL, especially with our services expanding to Fridays in addition to our regular Sunday clinic. Our need will double in a few short weeks.
WE NEED DONATIONS!
If you are an herbalist and are willing to donate your tinctures, we would be more than appreciative to share them with the community. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden with culinary and/or medicinal herbs that we may harvest to craft medicine from, please let us know. We need your help so that we may continue to offer alternative modalities of health and healing. We wish to make plant medicine accessible to those that we have the privilege of serving.
OCCUPY MEDICAL is changing the future of “traditional” medicine to welcome various alternatives in care. It is not an easy journey and we cannot achieve our goal alone. Please help us in any way you can. Our website http://occupymedics.wordpress.com/ lists the herbs that are in high demand, as well as the nutritional supplements that we regularly use. Please feel free to stop by one of our clinics and speak with Sue or “T”.

In solidarity,
T and Sue