[Hpn] FW: STREETWISE UPDATE FEB 27
Tue, 27 Feb 2001 23:23:43 -0500
fight on toothless wonder.
where's the lawyers ? labor issues are union (iww?) and where's the union
take the means of production. vendors are part of the slave labor market, why
aren't they organized? and if they are where's the communal spirit necessary to
obtain the means of production? commie ? no, joe hill
uncle scam is getting a beautifull set of blue choppers for the coming season.
chance martin wrote:
> sorry folks, I sent the correction to this message out of sequence, and then
> the message got bounced. I got my dentures Friday, and I'm not doing pain
> medication today, if that comprises a good excuse for being feeble.
> From: Karilyde@aol.com
> Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 15:39:40 EST
> Subject: STREETWISE UPDATE FEB 27
> STREETWISE UPDATE FEB. 27
> Things just keep getting worse at StreetWise newspaper.
> We urge supporters to contact the board of directors again with their
> thoughts about recent developments. (Info below)
> One of the most atrocious things is that both the Coalition for the Homeless
> and a local Bishop have offered to fund an outside mediator to help resolve
> the conflict. The Board has refused to accept this offer. Instead, Board
> president Pam McElvane offered to bring in a mediator from her own staff at
> Black MBA magazine.
> Most recently, Pam McElvane told Charity Crouse that she was upset that Kari
> Lydersen and JOhn Wilson were allowed back to work and that she is adamant
> we have to be fired. She is saying she has complete control over this since
> Kari Lydersen is "not an employee" -- this is a bizarre point of contention
> because while Kari is a contractor paid a regular biweekly wage ($11,000 a
> year), StreetWIse is collecting about $30,000 in grant money a year from the
> Woods Fund for the purpose of hiring Kari full-time and StreetWise has been
> reporting to the fund that this money is going to pay Kari's salary as a
> full-time employee.
> This is just one of several grants of which there is evidence of gross
> misuse. Another grant of at least $20,000 which was slated to go to the work
> empowerment center is also completely unaccounted for.
> Censorship of the paper by Pam McElvane and Operations Chief Diane Kenner is
> constant. Pam is forcing the staff to print a retraction of a letter from
> Seattle street paper editor Timothy Harris which ran in the last issue. She
> also prohibited us from running a letter from Rev. Bob Bosse. And she is
> forcing us to print things favorable to the board. She is saying StreetWise
> is not a newspaper, but a product equivalent to a mug, so the board can
> the editorial department to do whatever it wants.
> Also, the hostile atmosphere at the office is terrible. In the past week,
> several staff members have been called "snakes" and "Communists" to our
> by vendors, who have been fed these lines by Anthony Oliver. The other day a
> vendor went up to Charity Crouse in front of Anthony Oliver and called her a
> snake and made hissing sounds. Anthony then patted the vendor on the back
> told him he was doing a good job.
> On Feb. 26 Pam McElvane held a meeting for vendors in which she told lies
> about the editorial staff's motives and actions. When several vendors asked
> questions, Charity Crouse tried to answer and was silenced by Pam.
> The board has also failed to respond to us as promised at our meeting Feb.
> 12. Aside from a letter sent out to readers, which completely misrepresents
> the nature of the conflict, we have had no contact with the board.
> We think it is important people continue to let the board know their
> about the situation and about the board's now blatant refusal to do anything
> of substance to investigate or remedy the situation.
> Thank you for your support.
> For more information contact Karilyde@aol.com.
> Executive Director ANthony Oliver
> 312-554-8341 or 312-554-0060
> Fax: 312-554-0770
> Board of Directors:
> President Pam McElvaine
> Black MBA Magazine
> 312-236-2622 ext. 8276
> Fax: 312-236-2631
> Vice President Peter Wilkins
> iBEAM Broadcasting
> Fax: 773-281-9850
> Treasurer Judd Horowitz
> Fax: 847-677-9331
> Secretary Rhiannon Schmieg
> Fax: 847-605-4356
> Vendor Rep Greg Pritchett
> Fax: 312-554-0770
> Gail Waller
> Fax: 312-642-3547
> Zemira Jones
> ABC Radio President and General manager
> Fax: 312-782-6349
> Bruce Crane
> Crane Carton Company
> Fax: 773-722-3510
> Congressman Danny K. Davis
> Fax: 773-533-7530
> Mark Blankenstein
> Fax: 425-799-4336
> Willa Holden
> United Airlines
> Fax: 847-364-0103
> Bob Szafranski
> PCI Communications
> Fax: 312-558-5425
> Dan Hynes
> State Comptroller
> Fax: 312-814-4682