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Saturday, November 22, 2014


Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 15:12:31 -0500
Subject: Re: BE IT
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Following FYI is an except from "The Greedy Old Bastards: A Systemic War on Women in the U.S." by Susan Morris-Carter (that's me) that just went onto Amazon and hard copy. It will be on Nook shortly.  It covers issues related to race that impact on women, such as Head Start, gentrification, jailing of black males and other subjects you may be interested in:

5   Prison-Industrial Complex 

"Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization."


Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you're a Black male in this country, you may as well go directly to jail without passing "Go."  That's the game of Monopoly, but it's just as serious as what's going on in the U.S. The private sector BUMs (BUsiness Men), joined by our judicial and justice system, have taken over the prison system, so it's now called the Prison-Industrial Complex (PIC). The prison population in the U.S. went from a low 113 years ago of 56,000 to quadruple since the 1980s. This is a result of mandatory sentencing laws, the war on drugs, and housing the mentally ill. The U.S. loves to decentralize by dumping everyone out of our institutions, then fails to adequately and effectively address where these people are going.  We did it with the orphanages and now with the mentally ill and insane. 


            Europeans have noted our national prison disgrace. The United Kingdom reported the U.S. has "the largest prison population of any nation in the history of the world" with a growth of 790% since 1980.  Further, we house the severely mentally ill, with horrific abuses such as rampant rapes, solitary confinement for weeks, many suicides, delayed or denied treatment for cancer and other infections, stabbings, beatings, malnourishment, chronic hunger, serious rat infestations, and filth. 


            Five years ago, 1 in every 31 adults (7.3 million) in the U.S. was behind bars, or being monitored (probation and parole) and about 93% of prisoners were male, with Blacks making up 40% of the 2.2 million of those in prison, according to the Department of Justice. And not all of these inmates are guilty as portrayed in television programs.  One young male refused to give up so that he and the others were freed after 18 years of confinement for a crime they didn't commit.  He said it took him 15 years to get documents under our "Freedom of Information Act," which is ludicrous and should be criminal.  Taxpayers will be paying for the white male mindset that "all Blacks are guilty until proven innocent" because of their skin color. This is what happens in a corrupt system of justice.


            The U.S. has a high number of drug offenders, higher crime rates and tougher sentencing laws, so we put more prisoners in jail than anywhere else in the world. We are ranked as No. 1 with 2.2 million, followed by China at 1.5 million and Russia at 870,000. But the population is significantly different:  the U.S. has over 318 million people; China has 1.3 billion; and Russia has 142.4 million.  So, while the US has only 5% of the world's population, it ranks first in incarcerating its own people at 25%. And we don't just jail more people; we also keep them there longer. About 100,000 women are in prison with increases due to recreational drug use and a lack of proper treatment facilities. 


            About 19.5 million (8.3%) Americans report they are on illicit drugs; another 54 million are admitted binge drinkers, and 15.9% heavy drinkers. That means over 75 million (37.5%) Americans, in specific ....
    Regards,  Susan
In a message dated 10/21/2014 8:51:23 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, batiste.f@bteks.com writes:
Thank you.
Even I found myself acquiescing to them........, but, after working beside them..., I found out that...,
I am smarter than them at databases and website design and it validated.... to me, what I new all along..., I am good at what I do, so why continue to ask for acknowledgement from them when I have already proven to myself that I am worthy. 
My Power is within me and I control it..... No one else. 
I bring skills in abundance to the table and when I leave, so does my skills.
I stand proud when I speak of my skills and I say that we all should do the same.
You see it in my website and they would have you believe that I don't rate in their world.....
On October 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM Isaac Decatur <decaturisaac@yahoo.com> wrote:


On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:01 PM, batiste.f <batiste.f@bteks.com> wrote:

We tend to allow others to determine our individual value as it associates to our worthiness in the work environment......
I was speaking with a Beauty Salon Owner who was unsure of her value and after about 5 good minutes of reminding her of all the encapsulated her set of skills as a Beautician and Business Owner, I reminder her that she was an extremely valuable person with a significant set of skills.....AND..... A Business Owner, and in closing, told her to remind herself that she was a Business Owner with a valuable set of skills.... so "Be It".
This Conversation reminded me of something that I have been intending to write about for at least a year.
Remind yourself daily..., you are a person that have many years of experience and you have earned the right to " BE IT", anywhere and everywhere you go.
On October 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM LawrLCL@aol.com wrote:

From: lesa@snowcrest.net
To: ttidwell@fs.fed.us, Secretary.Vilsack@osec.usda.gov, Krysta.Harden@osec.usda.gov, Valerie_Jarrett@who.eop.gov, Rncott1@aol.com, lawrlcl@aol.com, robert@donnelly-house.net, jwagoner@fs.fed.us, drrice@fs.fed.us, paiute4@yahoo.com, featherhvn@yahoo.com, dhall02@fs.fed.us, sueb999@yahoo.com, kutroskyc@yahoo.com, jmcfarland@fs.fed.us, marcelvreid@yahoo.com, mccray.michael@gmail.com
Sent: 10/3/2014 2:45:25 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Response to Chief Tidwell&apos;s September 30, 2014 Email
USDA, Forest Service
Attn: Thomas L. Tidwell, Chief
1400 Independence Avenue, SW                                                
Washington, DC   20250
October 3, 2014
Dear Chief Tidwell –
I received your September 30, 2014 email to all Forest Service employees entitled, "Chief's Message – 2014 Message on Sexual Harassment." Numerous employees forwarded it to me with various comments – none were positive. You admit that your letter was generated due to the Region 5 Female Firefighter Class (FFC) articles in the New York Times and High Country News. Those were two of multiple stories that have been done about the unequal treatment and abuse of women in the Forest Service. As you know, there have also been radio and television interviews. I am writing you this letter to respond to your claim that, employees' "safety and welfare are of utmost importance" to you and leaders across the Agency. Many employees, citizens, human rights groups and political officials do not believe this to be true. You and Agency leaders' actions (and inactions) belie this statement. By this letter I will provide examples that substantiate our belief.
To be clear, your email mainly addresses issues in Region 5, and my response will as well. While Region 5 is at the forefront of complaints about civil rights violations, it is important to note that these civil rights abuses are occurring throughout the Forest Service and USDA, including the offices of Human Resource Management at Albuquerque Service Center (ASC) and the USDA Office of Civil Rights.
In your September 30, 2014 email you state that the Forest Service takes all complaints or allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behavior in the workplace very seriously. In actuality, you and your leaders take a haphazard and disparate approach to reports of misconduct and inappropriate behavior.   In the recent past we reported egregious incidents of drug use on the job, guns and ammunitions brought to work, physical and sexual assault, and anti-gay attitudes.    We reported your managers, including Forest Supervisors and District Rangers for sexually assaulting, threatening, and harassing women; coming to work intoxicated, and directing their employees to use official time, personnel and property for personal gain. Nepotism is rampant. We reported numerous incidents of retaliation against employees who report civil rights abuses and manager misconduct.   Not one of these employees was held accountable for their actions, despite eyewitness reports.
In the alternative, you have disciplined and terminated employees (mostly women and minority employees) for minor inappropriate behaviors and trumped up, false charges. In addition, I receive many calls from Caucasian males (mostly firefighters) who are retaliated against for challenging civil rights violations, safety violations, or bad management practices. The culture you permit and condone is one of "go along to get along" or risk the wrath of management.
You state that only trained and professional investigators are used to investigate employees, and they use standardized processes and procedures. This is not true in many cases. Your managers who perform "pre-action interviews" often have no idea what they are doing. I recently asked one of your District Rangers why a supervisor who had an anti-gay poster in his office was not disciplined or sent to specialized training, and why it was not reported to Region within 24 hours. He did not know about the 24-hour notification or that his supervisor committed a civil rights violation. However, the man who reported the violation was suspended for minor actions such as running a chain saw when he was fatigued, having the wrong phone number on a sick leave document, and giving his Task Book to the Training Officer without his supervisor's permission.   Recently, one of your "trained" ASC investigators called one of the FFC agents who was at home on stress leave and threatened her. Employees are often contacted by an investigator and not given due process rights.   They are not advised whether they are a witness or subject of the investigation. They are not informed if the investigation is administrative or criminal. They are denied representation. If management wants a witch-hunt, then everybody and their brother will be interviewed. However, if management wants a cover up, then even eyewitnesses will not be interviewed. I must say here that one of the worst perpetrators of this problem is the Sequoia National Forest, where Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott has three of the seven FFC agents on his forest. Despite our numerous requests, nothing has been done to deal with this terrible work environment.
The Agency's own Compliance Team declared that sexual harassment is a major problem in Region 5. The sexual harassment "24 hour notification" process for investigating sexual harassment that you discuss in your email is often not made timely or at all. As you know, there are many times when I have made the notification myself because your managers refuse to report incidents. You do not hold your managers accountable for not following this policy.
Chief Tidwell, you know this is happening, i.e. discipline as a tool for retaliation, and lack of accountability for protected employees. Members of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees and FFC agents have given you multiple documents and have had personal conversations with you and your staff, and Secretary Vilsack and his staff about these matters.
In 2010 I met with you and Randy Moore. You denied your managers retaliated against employees, telling me you did not see what value there would be in doing that (Mr. Moore hung his head and would not give me eye contact because even he knew what you were saying was untruthful).  
In May 2011 the White House contacted Secretary Vilsack with concerns about the abuses against women in Region 5. In response, Secretary Vilsack removed employee relations and civil rights authorities from the Forest Service and gave that authority to Deputy Assistant Secretary Robin Heard. He directed her to meet with the women (I insisted that Caucasian and minority male employees be included) and act on his authority to "fix the problems in Region 5."  Ms. Heard was either unwilling or unable to do this. I think she summed it up best when she told me that Agency officials were not going to hold managers accountable because then they would have to hold themselves accountable and they were not going to do that. Oh, yes, she really said that.
In October 2011 Coalition members and Region 5 female employees went to D.C. and met with Secretary Vilsack to discuss issues and provide recommendations. You were at that meeting. The Secretary could only talk about how wonderful his Cultural Transformation program was. We advised him it had no positive impact on employees in the field. Our concerns were ignored.
In 2012 we returned to D.C. The Secretary and his staff, and you and your staff would not even meet with us. We told our stories at the National Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights, and to our political leaders.
In 2013 we returned to D.C. We met with Deputy Under Secretary Butch Blazer, your Deputy Chief Angela Coleman, your Civil Rights Director Ted Gutman, and Secretary Vilsack's Deputy Chief of Staff Oscar Gonzales. We discussed the civil rights abuses, provided you with recommendations, and requested collaboration on addressing the problems. I shared that I had been recently contacted by a female firefighter who had been raped on the job. She would not come forward because she observed how Alicia Dabney had been treated when she reported sexual assault (she was terminated) and she could not afford to lose her job because she had a family to support. Your staff appeared to be concerned. Mr. Gonzales, Mr. Blazer, Ms. Coleman, and Mr. Gutman all promised to work with us and to help individuals - all I needed to do was call. Throughout 2014 we had almost weekly conversations with these officials and Director of Civil Rights Adjudication Carl Martin-Ruiz. I asked for assistance for a disabled employee who worked at San Dimas. She had a Traumatic Brain Injury and was improperly terminated due to her request for a minor reasonable accommodation. The woman's health severely deteriorated. She lost her home, her car, and was living off the kindness of friends. Mr. Gutman and Mr. Blazer said they would "look into it."  They did nothing.  I later discovered that Robin Heard was one of the officials involved in her removal, just as Ms. Heard was involved in Alicia Dabney's removal. I asked for assistance for an employee with Type 1 Diabetes who was improperly terminated (San Bernardino National Forest – I ask again, when is someone going to stop Jody Noiron from randomly destroying employees' lives). With no livelihood this woman could not even afford her insulin. Mr. Gonzales told me he would "look into it." No action occurred.
Mr. Gonzales agreed to fly to California, meet with me, and put together a task force of female and male firefighters to deal with the female firefighter discrimination issues. Time went by and no action. Finally, when I pressed him for action in April, he denied making that promise. Coalition President Lawrence Lucas reminded him that he was present and witnessed Mr. Gonzales' agreement with me. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Gonzales stopped all communications with us. He admitted to Mr. Lucas that he had no authority and could not even get managers to return his calls. If that was true, then Secretary Vilsack never had any intention of working with us to address the civil rights violations in the USDA and Forest Service. Thus, the Region 5 Female Firefighter Class Complaint was filed. As you are aware, a majority of class agents are the same women who spent their own money in 2011, 2012, and 2013 to fly to D.C. and attempt to resolve the issues outside of legal action. You and Secretary Vilsack have only yourselves to blame for yet another Region 5 class complaint.
And finally, in your September 2014 email you recite a litany of processes developed to address the problems of sexual harassment, inclusiveness, and a respectful work environment. These measures are the same reactions we've seen for years – processes, teams, and paperwork that provide no results in changing the institutionalized culture of discrimination, bullying, and retaliation. The Agency created these very same smoke and mirror actions during the Bernardi lawsuit and the Donnelly lawsuit. We are not going to be fooled into believing that your new (same old) "progressive measures" will "improve, enhance, and transform the work environment." So again, Chief Tidwell, we are asking that you look at our documents that identify issues, concerns, opportunities, and recommendations for changing the culture of abuse. We ask that you contact us to begin a dialogue and to collaborate on authentic measures that will make the USDA, Forest Service a place where all employees are respected, included, and provided equal opportunities. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please feel free to contact me at 530-365-3456 or lesa@snowcrest.net to discuss any of the matters in this letter.
/s/ Lesa L. Donnelly
Vice President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees.
cc: Secretary Tom Vilsack
      USDA Coalition of Minority Employees President, Ron Cotton
      USDA Coalition of Minority Employees President Emeritus, Lawrence Lucas
      Region 5 FFC Agents
      President Barack Obama
      Secretary Hillary Clinton
      Senator Charles Grassley