Vol. 23, No. 6 May 23, 2005
BOWEN RECRUITS CONVICTED,
In our last Patriot Returns, Vol. 23, No. 5, May 1, 2005, we pointed out that Barbara Bowen did not tell the truth to the membership by stating on the Senate Forum that "The PSC Delegate Assembly has neither considered nor voted on a strike" when in fact the Delegate Assembly had voted on Jan 31, 2005 to include a strike as a possible action to be taken. "Strike" was also extensively discussed by members of the Delegate Assembly, including her roommate Tony O'Brien.
In this resolution of the "Declaration of Emergency" she was deliberately ambiguous. It did not call for a strike, nor did it endorse a strike. Rather, it called for "broad based discussions of the full range of actions in which unions have historically engaged....job actions up to and including strikes." Rather than lying, Bowen is being disingenuous when she denies that the PSC has "neither considered nor voted on a strike."
- after two whole years - Bowen goes out and recruits an attorney: Nathaniel
The announcement of his appointment appears on page 12, the last page of the most recent May 2005 issue of the Clarion on the Web site with the headline "New PSC legal director". But, what has Barbara Bowen NOT TOLD US IN THAT ANNOUNCEMENT about Mr. Charney? According to the Google search, Charney, our new PSC lawyer pled guilty in a scandal involving the teamsters. The article states, "The lawyer
[Nathaniel Charney] ..... pled guilty Oct. 1 to one count of conspiracy
for making false statements to a court-appointed officer. It's the fifth
guilty plea, with one indictment, in the money-laundering scheme, which
funneled over $538,000 into [teamsters' president] Carey's campaign.
Nathaniel Charney, of the labor law firm of Cohen, Weiss & Simon, admitted
in U.S. Dist. Court in Manhattan to lying to former election officer
Barbara Zack Quindel about contributions and to concealing that two
employers had sent his law firm checks for the Carey campaign. It's
illegal for employers to contribute to union candidates. Reportedly,
Charney vetted contributions to a special fund that took donations from
non-Teamsters. He faces 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He acknowledged
in court that he is cooperating with prosecutors, which implies that
more indictments are likely. [N.Y. Times 10/2/98]"
The Web site (http://www.clr.org/nj.html)
Judicial/Attorney Misconduct in New Jersey states:
From all our readings, it appears that Mr. Charney, newly appointed PSC attorney was suspended from practicing law in both New York and New Jersey. Now, it will be appropriate to ask the following questions:
BOWEN AVOIDS THE TRUTH
"Belle Zeller Fund parts ways with PSC" reads the headline of an article by Peter Hogness on page 8 of the April 2005 Clarion.
This is a perfect illustration of how Barbara Bowen DOES NOT TELL THE TRUTH TO THE MEMBERSHIP. She is also using her staff, paid from your dues, NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH to you. The real truth is that it is the PSC which parted from the Belle Zeller Fund.
NO ONE AMONG THE BELLE ZELLER TRUSTEES ASKED Ms Clarissa Weiss or Ms. Deborah Bell to resign. We believe that they resigned by order of Barbara Bowen. We also believe that Clarissa and Deborah Bell knew that were they not to resign those posts, they would be fired, a fate other members of the PSC staff (including the only black staff member with real responsibility) suffered in recent years. It is our understanding that Clarissa Weiss and Deborah Bell are also paid huge salaries (over 100K) for the work they do, and would not make such bonanza elsewhere.
Bowen blames the board for insisting on appointing a trustee who refuses to join the union, but in her usual habit of not telling the truth fails to tell readers that the Bylaws do not require that one must be a union member to be appointed as a trustee of the Fund. We believe that in the formulation of original Bylaws, the authors deliberately DID NOT require its Board to APPOINT ONLY UNION MEMBERS in order that the Board membership would include both union members and fee payers.
Belle Zeller would be turning in her grave if she knew that Professors Irwin Yellowitz and Morton Kaplan (both of whom defended Bowen) failed to mention this aspect of the Bylaws even though they have the historical memory and participated in that decision when the Bylaws were formulated some thirty years ago. It is a shame.
Belle Zeller was a educator and a scholar before she was eminent unionist. Students are judged for the BZ scholarships for their accomplishments and scholarships, and not their union activities. It goes without saying then that the trustees involved in the selection should be educators and scholars and NOT NECESSARILY MEMBERS OF THE UNION.
We believe that Bowen wants control of the Fund because, like the Welfare Fund, this too can become an excellent source of funds that she can divert to her social agenda and to her pointless and ridiculous pet projects.
If she cared for the students and their scholarships how is it that although the function, one of the most important events each year honoring the students took place in November 2004 and although there have been five or six issues of the Clarion published since then, there was not a single picture or mention made in the Clarion of this wonderful event?
We will not be surprised that Barb will try to take total control of the Belle Zeller Scholarship Fund and use every excuse, trick and threat to frighten, criticize and abuse the current Board and its Chair to submit to her wishes. She may even use the race card to accomplish her mission even though we have shown her hypocrisy - the lack diversity in her own leadership roster (see detailed statistics in The Patriot Returns Vol. 22, No. 2, May 2004 .
We urge the current board to TELL BOWEN, LONDON, MCCALL, BELL AND WEISS TO TAKE A HIKE AND GET LOST. The Fund will prosper better by severing all connections with the communist/Marxist-oriented PSC leadership. There will be more donors who believe in Belle Zeller without the radical leftist Barbara Bowen's interference.
The Patriot Returns wishes to ask "WHY CAN'T BARBARA TELL US THE TRUTH? WHY WON'T SHE TELL US THE TRUTH?"
WHERE IS STEVE LONDON?
It is believed that Steve London is in the process of being pushed out by Barbara Bowen. The rumors are very strong - he has not been seen very much these days, and Barbara is taking a prominent role in conducting and chairing meetings over these months. Is this an indication that he will be dumped from the slate in the next election? As you will remember, it was Steve who first ran against Polishook and sowed the seeds for the New Caucus. But then, he was pushed aside and Barbara got the Presidency. Is it possible that Bowen is pushing him out before his ambitions resurface? If you hear anything, let us know.
Vol. 23, No. 6 (Supplement) May 25, 2005
WEATHER UPDATE: CANDLES IN THE RAIN
The Patriot Returns had predicted in our April 2005 issue (Vol. 23, No. 4) "not to be surprised if in the not-too-distant future, Bowen and London move their protests to the front yards of the homes of Board Members, the Chancellor, and the Mayor - or if they start banging on the bathroom doors of these officials to express their displeasure. Where do these insane clowns stop?"
We have just learned that Barbara Bowen and company will be organizing a candlelight protest vigil in front of Chancellor Matthew Goldstein's residence on the evening of Thursday, May 26th, immediately after the Delegate Assembly meeting at the Hunter School of Social Work. But the National Weather Service has announced a 60% likelihood of significant precipitation for New York City on the 26th [http://www.nws.noaa.gov/]. THE PATRIOT politely requests its readers to pray to their respective deities to ensure that it will rain on the PSC's parade. In addition, we suggest that the Chancellor spend the evening elsewhere, unless he is particularly fond of off-key choruses of "Bowen in the Wind".
Please Note: Don't let Barbara ruin your day by diverting her own ineptness into a rainy day luau. You have better things to do and we at the Patriot Returns understand that. If you do decide to go, please take your umbrellas with you. Remember, if you get sick your Welfare benefits are not going to be there for prescription drugs. They have been cut by Barbara's incompetence in managing the Fund.
Sharad Karkhanis, Ph.D.