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Life on the Street – Occupy Medical Tales

Occupy Medical clinic sets up every Sunday in downtown Eugene, Oregon. It is a free street clinic being run as a living example of what patient driven care looks like. This is how single payer changes healthcare. It brings humanity … Continue reading

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SWAT the Tailgaters – Snarky Skits

Setting: Tailgate party Dad: This is the best tailgate party ever! We have a cooler full of beer, hot dogs on the grill and sky box seats to the first home game of the year! Go bulldogs! <hooting and hollering> … Continue reading

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Holiday Strays

The rain was miserable. It was gray and misty in between bursts of heavy downpours. It got into every crevice. I was just as grumpy as the weather. My coat was wet. I was overloaded with stuff to do. I … Continue reading

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Snow Day Philosophy

The day was not promising to be easy. Ice had hardened the snow on the streets of our little town in a chunky mass. Tree limbs were falling from the sudden weight of the ice. They popped like fireworks and … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Feet

I am not a big church person any more. I was raised in a strict Christian household but I abandoned the church in my 20s. Although I have retained a tight moral code which was founded on my faith, I … Continue reading

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A Little Perspective

Volunteering for Occupy Medical‘s free clinic can get fairly hectic. Paying bills, juggling volunteer schedules, calling for lab orders, running to meetings, and hunting down donations take up quite a bit of my time when we aren’t serving patients. Usually, … Continue reading

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Taming Bears

Free clinics get all sorts of patients. That is the point actually. Every one can come to Occupy Medical to get free, professional, holistic care no matter what their economic situation is. (We are even nice to rich people.) Some … Continue reading

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My Country for a Tooth

Today was a tough day. Today was Dental Clinic day. Occupy Eugene Medical Clinic (OEMC) opened the doors to a free mobile dental clinic for one day in cooperation with Medical Teams International (MTI) and St. Vincent de Paul. The … Continue reading

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Eugene Police VS. Homeless Kids

On Sunday, June 3, 2012, a campaign to target homeless youth downtown began. After a bit of behind the scenes negotiating by my fellow Occupy Eugene volunteers, the police backed down to a more reasonable presence. The Eugene Exclusion Zone … Continue reading

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Occupy Medical Clinic is Born*

Occupy Medical started as a humble first aid tent at the Occupy Eugene site on October 15, 2011. A handful of medically trained volunteers began to serve the movement with their specialized skills. We had a pop-up canopy, a few … Continue reading

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