Re: Massachusetts DMH Human Rights issues...woops, forgot!

P. Myers (
Mon, 4 May 1998 13:45:40 -0700 (PDT)

If things become *really adversarial, consider carrying a loaded tape
recorder to any meetings, with blank tape.  Just set it on the table, and
let it "record the minutes."  any objection should raise questions.

Pat Myers

On Mon, 4 May 1998, P. Myers wrote:

> Bruce, if you decide to do this, not only say it but write it...a journal
> on legal pad...write edge to edge (important), with dates, times.  If you
> stop writing, mark out the entire rest of the sheet, so that no one may
> add, and include something to the effect that initials don't count.  when
> you stop writing and the sheet is fully marked, then sign and date.
> Don't want you to be paranoid, but watch your back; that is the purpose of
> documenting.
> Re speaking with your superiors, be ready to let them know, if they try to
> intimidate you out of your plan, how you will intend to deal with this
> action (whatever) on their part.  
> This is nothing more than information-giving on your part.  And to let
> them know that you have thought this through, and have determined that,
> should you meet resistance, your next steps will be....of course you don't
> share that until and unless they decide to put up roadblocks, or restrict
> your work, repeatedly.  we *try (wink) to move from negotiation to an
> adversarial posture, slowly and deliberately, and as a function of the
> reaction of the other.
> Good luck and keep us posted.  Pat Myers
> On Mon, 4 May 1998, Tom Boland wrote:
> > Bruce, when you go into work, I suggest that you say something like this to
> > your supervisor(s) and co-workers:
> > 
> > "I plan to investigate the alleged complaint(s) by residents, but to do so
> > with utmost carefulness about the facts of the case(s).  I neither want to
> > sweep actual abuse under the rug, nor permit sanctions on the unjustly
> > accused.  However, I must make clear that it is my legal responsibility as
> > Human Rights Officer to investigate all alleged abuse.
> > 
> > If you feel that I am mistaken about my legal responsibilities, I invite
> > you to go with me to those officials whose mandate is to see that I do my
> > job as Human Rights Officer, and let these officials clarify my duties."
> > 
> > In short, let them know that you are serious in a business-like tone,
> > without either being rude or backing down.--Tom
> > 
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> > 
> > 
> > 
> *********************************
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> in the Borderland, where desire,
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>                     Henry Giroux

"To live dangerously is to live
in the Borderland, where desire,
justice and love meet."
                    Henry Giroux