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June 26, 2000
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Please note that my name is NOT "Proud Supporter" and although I support the goals and mission of the Free Clinic completely I am ashamed of those people who now freely assassinate character and through their actions actually jeopardize those very ideals that the clinic has always stood for.
Contrary to every single message I see on this forum I feel I must remind some of you that in these last years the various people you have chosen to attack have brought the clinic out of the 70's and have raised enough funding to provide far better and diverse services to the the very population you are claiming to serve.
I submit to you the possibility that the times have changed and so must the clinic to continue the services so sorely needed in this city.
Expansion is a good thing if it improves the quality of care and the number of people served. You have all lost sight of the mission. You are driven by a personality that cannot accept any form of change and will do anything to prevent it.
I am not a current volunteer or staffer, so my interests are distanced from all the individual idealistic clashes.
You are all loyal, that is commendable and as having had many years of experience in that theatre I can understand the concept and the rallying around your cause however misguided it might be.
I know most of the players in this drama very well and I can assure you there are no demons or evil people involved. There are, however, one or two folks who simply cannot accept any form of change. There is no "soul" of the clinic aside from the mission. No single person is important enough to stand in it's way.
In all your enthusiasm you have taken the low path. I have never seen so much venom spilled on those who least deserve it.
You should all be ashamed of your methods and attacks based on incomplete truths. There are always two sides to a story. I will choose to take the high path here. You must all remember that there are those people who will do or say anything to accomplish a perceived righteous goal. The end justifies the means to some people. Perhaps it is not done out of malice , who can judge? But be warned that it is easy to fall into this trap. I see there are many comparisons being made that refer to the "Nazis and evil minions" ,and demonizing seems to be a tactic here. How dare you.
I would remind you that an entire country's population fell in behind a despot and were seduced by half-truths and misplaced loyalties.
My advice to the Free Clinic is to simply shut down , do your improvements, and start again. It will never be the Free Clinic I loved and cherished for so many years but that's ok. It served it's purpose then but it will change and fulfill it's purpose again.
J , it's over, and as you used to tell me..you can never go back to what things were. It's sad, but it's true.
To the rest of you.. just keep your eyes focused on the greater truth and never forget the mission.

p.s. Jerry Garcia is dead

June 26, 2000
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You admit that you are not a current volunteer or staff person so how can you know what the staff and volunteers have been going through?
This is a forum for people to vent their feelings and share information. You might read the disclaimer.Please note also that when there are personal attacks poted against individuals by either over zealous supporters, or planted by the current administration as a means of diverting people from the truth, numerous individuals call the poster on his/her behavior. And I for one do not hesitate to sign my name to anything I post on this forum. Anyone with a difference of opinion is welcome to post comments here and you are no different, but the facts remain:
A female staff member was assaulted by the Director and he was never punished for his actions.
A 25 year employee with no previous disciplinary actions in her record was unfairly dismissed. This is the determination of the Oh Bur. of Empl Svcs, not just her friends and supporters.
Rather that expanding services and increasing the number of people served, actions by the Director and Board have decreased services-Safe Space has been closed, the teen prenatal clinic was discontinued, funding for other programs has been drastically reduced in favor of adding non-productive layers of administration.
There are enormous inequities in wages and benefits between staff members.
Staff and program directors no longer have input into policy and decisions which directly affect their programs.
Nominations for new board members are made strictly by the current director with no input from the staff.
People are threatened directly and indirectly with loss of their jobs if they make any complaint against the status quo. Jane was dismissed as an example that this could in fact be carried out.
80% of the CURRENT staff have signed unionization cards and are now being subjected to mandatory (illegal)anti-union "workshops".
Yes, change is inevitable. Change is what we are all looking for. Change will be embraced. You can lead, follow or get out of the way. Unionization will help to bring about that change.
It is YOU that I suggest get your facts straight.
Linda Browning - CURRENT volunteer

June 26, 2000
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If this forum is for everyone you ought to drop the auto-generated "Pround Supporter" .. it is juvenile.

This is probably a waste of time but in response to:

"but the facts remain: A female staff member was assaulted by the Director and he was never punished for his actions. A 25 year employee with no previous disciplinary actions in her record was unfairly dismissed"

My question... If anyone truly knows Jane and her famous temper and sense of justice then tell me why Marty is not in jail? Assault is a crime in this state. If indeed, there are all these witnesses to this pushing/shoving match..man vs. woman then why werent the police called? I , and many others, have been on the receiving end of Janes wrath, no small thing I assure you.
As in my previous post.. I choose the high path here and will refrain from raising examples , even of an opposite nature to make the point that no one in this drama is completely innocent.
If an assault was committed ..call the police and prosecute otherwise quit perpetuating an allegation.

p.s. Jerry Garcia is STILL dead

June 26, 2000
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IF you will read the informational entries on this forum, IF you know Jane as well as you say you do, you will know that she tried to resolve this with Marty, when he refused to accept responsibility for his actions (to which there were witnesses-why would Jane invent this? again if you know her, passionate she may be but never a liar.)she filed a grievance with HIS superiors, the board, who refused to act on a situation which, if it had occured in the private sector, would have resulted in the direcotr's dismissal, NOT the victim's. Legally, morally, humanely, there is no verbal provocation which justifies physical assault. This incident, is not the whole issue however, it merely opened the door for the examination of the broader issues of fairness and equity in the workplace for ALL staff members. Eliminate the incident between Jane and Marty and there are still HUGE issues at stake.
Linda B.
P.S. what's this crap about Jerry Garcia got to do with anything?

June 26, 2000
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Like the original writer, I have my own perspective. I have been the "boss," the executive director, of two non-profit organizations. I have sat, and continue to sit on the governing boards of a number of community organizations. I have taught personnel policy and management courses at the college level. I have been at The Free Clinic for over eleven years, and I'm well aware of Jane's past behaviors, which I have never condoned. I also do not feel comfortable with the anonymity on this site for anyone but staff members who fear their job loss.
In my time at the clinic, I have watched poor personnel decision after poor personnel decision. I have witnessed Marty and Sarah (former operations director) commit outrageous behaviors against staff members and others. I have watched their behavior hurt and devastate workers. The behavior towards Jane was just one more in a long series of outrageous patterns of personnel gaffes.
From your comments (the original writer), I can only conclude that either you are not reading the matrial that is available, or you choose not to believe it. In the mean time, you choose to believe the cover story presented by the administration. Thanks for your opinions, but next time try bringing a few facts with you.
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June 26, 2000
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Just my perspective . . .

Well, it appears that Marty himself has joined this discussion forum! Looking at the language usage carefully, there are key phrases which are almost identical to phrases marty has used. Also the ideas expressed are very much identical to Marty's I think.

This is good! Perhaps we can openly converse with the man behind all this chaos and dissention.

To the writer of the original posting of this thread -- if you are NOT Marty, please identify yourself. If you don't we can assume that you are. Welcome to the discussion!

I AM a proud supporter of the clinic's mission AND "J" (NOTE: Marty, can't use her name even in writing, eh?)

June 26, 2000
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Dear Non-Proud Supporter:

If you are having a hard time posting under that name, take those feelings this brings up for you as a flavor of the kinds of feelings created by the controlling work-place Marty & others have been generating.

Banning the name Jane is juvenile. Being a Proud Supporter, is adult, inner-child pride.

Don't take life so seriously...

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- Heidi Raynor,
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June 26, 2000
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No.. you're right.. it is only juvenile for me to believe I have any power to provoke self-examination in a small numbered group of misguided zealots.

Can you possibly believe you have the power to exert your personal wills against the Free Clinic and it's mission and to what end? Do you really believe you can do anything to alter the course of expansion and remodeling? In all your newly found political activism , your zealousness, etc. do you really believe you can accomplish anything at all positive. Do you really believe that there has or ever will be an equality in salaries among staffers? Anywhere? Do you believe things can ever go back to the even the slightest resemblance to civility or even a shadow of the absolutely necessary morale needed to function in a totally committed way?
After all this .. you surely cannot suffer those illusions. You have broken the spirit and intent and the very source of what drove the clinic's mission.
As far as the idea that I am Marty incognito , sorry your expert and careful analysis of my expressional form is more than slightly off base. (But thank you anyway)
I would again ask why Marty wasn't charged for assault? Can I have a serious answer. I know I would press charges in an instant, as you are correct in mentioning there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for physical violence. My advise would be to have him arrested if he is guilty.

And further, with respect, "why would Jane do that?" you ask. Personally if I were in her shoes, held her strong beliefs and was protecting the very essence of all that I have on Earth and the very essence of my belief system I would consider that as an option to defend my actions, but I am not saying this is the case, I am saying that you are all naive if you believe that people dont do those things. I cannot address each of the many posts that I see here and I can only respond on a collective basis.
Sadly I fear this has gone way too far, there are mistakes, misperceptions, and poor judgement in both camps and now I see that the divisions are so extreme that ironically everyone and I mean everyone has torn the ties that bind, that you all have destroyed any hope of a reconciliation. This is the final curtain to the old school. This is a natural evolution and I knew that someday it would come, we had long sad discussions over just that issue many many years ago.
Well the time has come, like it or not , it is what it is. Jeannie knew it, I knew and all the staff knew it. All that can be gained now by your methods will have a negative legacy, and it's time to start thinking about the patient. Ironically the old San Fran Free Clinic went thru just this. Old school ..new school and the patient population were the winners. It can be that way here too and after all what is important?
Here's a thought.. put your energies into a new venture to improve the quality of someone's life and step aside for the next generation to serve the next generation. Not Marty

p.s.regarding Jerry Garcia.. from my short drive by it appeared to resemble a Deadhead concert line.
Hey, but I like the look. 🙂

June 26, 2000
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Oh yes I forgot, regarding the "inner child" some of you might consider putting yours to bed without supper.

Definately NOT Marty

I am sure he is busy trying to make sure patients are being cared for not wasting his time reading all this garbage. Guess that's the difference.

June 26, 2000
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There have been many points in these last 8 months when I regreted not making a police report on Marty's shoving of me. I did not do such a report because I'm used to working things out with him in private these last 7 years. For several years, Marty and I attended work counseling together, focusing on how to communicate in an appropriate manner, with each other especially, and within the FC. My observation, the observation of our counselor, and the feedback I received from those staff who knew us before and after the counseling indicated that they saw a vast improvement in how we dealt with conflict with each other. I had a terrible history in the past for being verbally abusive with those who disagreed with me. I believe very strongly that my efforts in counseling over the years led to a major change for the better in communicating disagreement in a non-abusive manner. As to the shoving incident in November, I waited on filing a grievance because I prefer to work things out more informally. That approach did not work out as Marty stopped communicating with me, even through memos and the intercom. I sought the advice of co-workers, therapists, and the FC's human resource officer (who also functions as grievance officer) as there were parts of my job that I could not get done without talking with Marty. Also, I believed that Marty had crossed such a major boundary line by getting physical in an arguement that it was crucial that we not ignore that or just let it go. Ultimately, I filed a grievance and the retaliation began. I believe that the shoving incident and the subsequent retaliation are only one among many terrible internal problems that many of us tried to work out internally with both formal and informal processes. Since nothing seemed to work and things worsened for all but top administrators, most program staff and many volunteers reluctantly began to take other steps: union organizing, flyering, media attention, legal actions. We are aware that our efforts may be unsuccessful and may assist in the physical demise of the FC (many of us believe that recent events have already led to the death of the mission of the FC). Desperate times call for desperate measures. Jane

June 26, 2000
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Dear Non-Proud Supporter:

From your hostile comments, I hope we all can see you are very much part of the problem.

I certainly wouldn't want you making healthcare decisions for me or my community.

A better future comes from healthy workers. Yes, pushing pills in faster pace does fit the times, but does not address the Free Clinic Mental Health Department. Pushing pills at a faster pace, does help those who need pills pushed to fight sickness and disease, but it does not address an unhappy staff, or a system which threatens to remove staff input.

As River said, you have come to the table with no facts, and I add, a misguided idea about what's going on. Though, you may be right about the pig-headedness of management refusing to reconile.

- Heidi

June 26, 2000
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To Non-Proud Supporter...

While reading your post, the first thing I noted was that you definately are not fully aware of what has been going on at the Clinic. You didn't need to make the disclaimer. The mission of the FC is suffering, but it began suffering and reached a critical point long before the volunteers got involved in protesting the situation. Administration policies of program cutbacks or out-and-out elimination, hiring questionably-qualified administrative staff for bloated salaries, spending money designated for programs on "communications seminars" and union-busting attorneys, these are all solely the work of Marty & Co, and all are destroying the FC. The administration's creation of a hostile workplace, the unjust firing of Jane, threats against anyone voting for the union - are all signs pointing directly at the administration, NOT the staff and volunteers.

We know there is risk in what we are doing. Exposing corruption always carries a certain amount of risk. But we DO believe that what we are doing will cause positive change. We are not exerting our personal wills against the Free Clinic - we are in support of the Free Clinic - the way it was meant to be operated.

Rev. Jim Sutter (current volunteer and PROUD SUPPORTER)

June 26, 2000
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Hostile comments...
After reading every single posting on this website and forum you have some nerve in describing my comments as hostile.
I am quite sure I haven't compared human beings to Nazi's and Minions of Evil. I have assassinated no ones character, nor made any veiled or open threats .
It appears you cannot say the same in good conscience. I entered into this with the intent to show there are always two sides to any problem. Certainly you mental healthcare providers should know that better than anyone.
None of this changes the truth, and however you fight and try to change, stop, retard, or even sabotage
progress you cannot. That is the truth.
The nicest and most coherent posting I have read was from Jane. I know that Janes motives are pure, and I also know that if there was a way to help a client she would find it and I will always love her for that. No one on this forum knows that better than I do. There are no evil people in this .. there are only the side effects of change and there will be casualties
And I hate how this is shaking down..but it cannot be stopped.
Nor does anyone here consider the personal sacrifices consistantly made by Marty over all these years. I am witness to that too.
There are no dragons to slay here. I am so very sorry to see all this happen.It breaks my heart.
Well, I leave you all to do what each of you have to do. I hope you can all maintain your honor, hold truth above all, and Jane and Marty .. I send you all my love and gratitude. (you too Dix)
This ends my postings.

June 26, 2000
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Your comments may not be hostile, but they are certainly overgeneralizing, uninformed and condescending. You say that grieving Free Clinic employees can trust managment, people who ingenously argued that the public meeting held on May 31 was in actuality a personal grievance hearing for Ms. Loisdaughter. Your answer to those who mourn the loss of their voice in the operation of the Free Clinic is to be silent(!) Meanwhile, your obsession with Jerry Garcia and Deadheads confirms what has been stated in this discussion page several times before: Jane was fired not because of her work quality and skills but because she does not fit in with some "image" (though it seems peculiarly convenient her firing followed closely after she had filed a grievance against management) This triumph, this celebration, of image over substance is not progress, unless you mean progress in the perjorative sense.

June 27, 2000
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Fact check: "I see there are many comparisons being made that refer to the "Nazis and evil minions" and demonizing seems to be a tactic here." There are now 91 different threads and this is the 678th posting on those threads. There is only one reference to Nazis (of 25 June, a reference objected to in 4 subsequent postings. On that same thread, 26 June, Joshua was referred to as a "collaborator with evil" and this was also objected to.) The first and only use of the phrase "evil minion" was on this current thread by the "non-proud supporter". The word minions has been used a few times, all either 1 June or 2 June, as in "Marty's Merry Band of Minions". The closest to Non's sense is a concern that Deby hang on so that "Jane not return to find it irrevocably occupied by a minion of the evil one".

Actually, the word evil on these threads is most attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a quote on the Inspiration thread: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." I believe this to be taken from Martin's Letter From a Birmingham Jail. (My favorite Martin quote, which is on the hotline wall, from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: "Right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.")

There has been anger directed mainly at 3 people: Marty, Alison, and Joshua. Some of the criticism has been very harsh, especially posted 6 June. There was real shock and severe disappointment at the unexpected response by the board after the volunteers' presentations. I think a fair reading finds that it is imprecise for Non to call it demonizing and characterize these words as a tactic. What Non I think misses is the view from the grunts, the volunteers. There may not be one person that is the soul of the Free Clinic, but Jane certainly was the heart of the hotline, and of intake as well. It was personal as well as professional, and the bonds of pride and love between Jane and the volunteers clearly show up far more frequently than any hate directed at others. For us, Jane's firing and absence has been devastating, leaving the hotline now only half staffed, a disaster. Non is distanced from all this trouble and he does make some dispassionate points. I guess for me I just don't trust people that driveby, don't inquire, and insist on staying above the fray. My favorite sermon by Martin was the one on the Good Samaritan. His point was that rather than think of ourselves we should rather ask, 'If I do not stop and help this person, what will become of him?' I suppose my take is get involved or get out.

Non is wrong, in my opinion, in arguing that there are 2 sides, both have flaws, therefore accept the will of the majority. Also from the Inspiration thread: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead) And from Harriet on a 25 May posting, quoting Rev. William Sloane Coffin: "If, without defensiveness, we can face and discuss rather than avoid or deny controversial issues, good results are all but inevitable." It is late and I apologize if I have misstated a fact or been unclear or hurt anyone. Brian R

June 27, 2000
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Dear Non-Supporter,
I would like to respond to several points you have made. I am not a "misguided zealot" "driven by a personality". While I respect and care for Jane I think for myself and have come to conclusions about the Free Clinic on my own. This is not just about Jane being fired, the first serious talkings about a union began about a year ago (folks may have been talking before then, this is the first I knew about). This is about a pattern of poor staff treatment at the Free Clinic. You also state that "we have broken the spirit and intent of the Free Clinic" - is asking for a fair and just workplace, where staff are treated decently, breaking the spirit of the Free Clinic? If so, that spirit needs breaking. It is unfair to claim that staff are not thinking about the patients ("Marty is busy making sure patients are being cared for", "It is time to start thinking about the patients"). Through all of this we have been thinking about the patients - in the midst of all this I have kept working 50-60 hour weeks and have watched many of my coworkers also work long hours through these difficult times because we care about the patients. You state also that it is "time for the next generation to serve the next generation". I don't know what the current course of the Free Clinic has to do with the next generation serving the next generation. Some of us who have been most outspoken about the union and the injustices at the Free Clinic are some of the youngest members of the paid staff. Claiming that we are just stuck in the past is totally untrue, we weren't part of the past you speak of. We are trying to move the Free Clinic forward. I don't want to go back to the way things were, I want to move forward, but forward to a fair and just workplace that doesn't sell out the mission of the Free Clinic. You ask "Do we think we can accomplish anything positive?" - I hope so, because it needs to happen. I realize that there are no workplace utopias, however I guess I am still young enough and idealistic enough to believe that just because something hasn't been fair, just or right in the past is no reason not to keep working towards that goal. If everyone had just accepted that status quo, and the wants of those with power and money were unchangable women still wouldn't be able to vote. If we give up on trying to make our own corner of the world a better place we have given up on everything.

June 28, 2000
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As a current staffer and one who has been there for many years, I cannot make heads or tails out of what "non" is trying to get across. I believe that she has a point (or he) but I don't get what it is. I feel saddened that this person is doing the very same thing that she says folks are doing-overgeneralizing, stereotyping and so forth. For many years, I have worked hard to deal directly with Marty and Sarah about how the place was (and is) run. I have witnessed other staff (and not just Jane) try desparately to help Marty and Sarah learn ways to deal with staff that were not abusive. Many of us tried in good faith to stop what we thought were abusive behaviors. As Jane states above, she, too, was one of those folks that many of us felt did not have a clue on how to express opinions in constructive ways to fellow staffers and to Marty. However, Jane has always been willing to take feedback and be called on her inappropriate behavior. She has made, over the years, significant changes. Sarah left the organization but during the time that she was there many of us saw no perceivable change in her ability to deal with staff in consistently appropriate ways. Marty remains and, by his own admission, does not know
how to deal with staff and staff problems. Many of us, including myself, have tried to give Marty glowing feedback in his great abilities to raise monies for the free clinic. He is certainly unsurpassed in this area. The tragedy of this man, however, seems to be that he is unable to use his gifts to help a group of extremely (for the most part) hard-working and committed and dedicated people feel that they are important too and that they matter. The issue around Jane is simply one of the hundreds of instances of demeaning, disrespectful behaviors that the paid staff has endured over the last several years ( and maybebeyond) He also seems to hire people and place them in positions of power who are very much like him
and appear to be blindly loyal to him regardless of the rightness or wrongness of his behaviors. I don't believe that anyone is evil or bad. I do believe that there are some behaviors that must not be tolerated.

July 2, 2000
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Who is Jerry Garcia?

July 2, 2000
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I think I've heard that he was a volunteer at the Clinic back in the 70s who played a big role in developing the Free Clinic mission statement and insisting it be followed.

July 2, 2000
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Martin Luther King is dead but his legacy lives on, why can't Jerry's?

July 2, 2000
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RE "Jerry Garcia is dead"

The original poster totally misses the point here as elsewhere. The original concept of the Free Clinic, its mission, and its workers generally subscribed to counter culture values which the original poster associates with Jerry.

The originators of the clinic subscribed that people should have access to health care even if they couldn't afford it.

In a capitalist society as ours, medical care has become more and more a commodity -- its goes to those who have the means to pay. With managed care, those medical resources are being cut, controlled, etc. so that the medical needs of the client are clearly secondary to generating a profit.

Those in command of the "new" free clinic apparently have decided to abandon the old ethos and in its place, subscribe to the "new" values -- money over the needs of the patients.

The sensivity to the needs of the patients, workers and volunteers clearly is a thing of the past. Marty and his troups have destroyed the corps de esprit of the clinic -- causing dissention, mistrust, factionism etc.

To the original poster, the old values that were the basis of the creation of the clinic appear to be foreign. What they are missing is that without these guiding values, the "soul" of the clinic is dead.

Those values motivated many volunteers, and without them being a guiding light, many, and some have already, left the clinic. What a sad statement for something that was once so promising...

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Dear "non": I appreciate your postings because they have evoked a number of responses that showcase how essentially level headed this group is, and that their requests of the board and staff are hardly off the wall. You state that change is inevitable-- as if this group is trying to stop change. On the contrary. Life, and the Free Clinic, is in a constant state of change, and the only question is, who is going to make the decisions regarding the directions the change will take.
If you were part of the Clinic in the past, you will know that while medical services have increased in recent years, the current level isn't significantly more than it was 20 years ago, while lots of other services have diminished or been cut entirely.
You speak of a "natural evolution", and that this is the "final curtain to the old school", and that all the staff and Jeanne knew that it would come. I was at the Clinic from 1970 to 1984 and this is NOT something that I knew, or believed! (Have you talked with Jeanne lately? I don't know if she would agree with you either) It may be a fair prediction to say that in the life of a small non-profit, or of any organization-- or country--- there is a chance that eventually some group will come to power that is interested in changing things to suit their values that differs from the values of other people within the organization. But where did you get the idea that the thing for the less powerful to do is to just roll over and let it happen?
Without a response built on a humanistic belief system, we would still have slavery, jim crow, women without reproductive rights or the right to own property or vote, child labor, the war in vietnam, caveat emptor, and a host of ills that come from the desire of some to have power over others with an unacceptable disregard for their well being.
The facts speak for themselves. There are numerous instances in which the staff and volunteers have not been simply respected-- to a point where there is now a need to speak out. So they have written to the board, spoken in person to the board, and communicated with Marty, all in what has been essentially a one-sided conversation. Without the threat of a union, Marty wouldn't be making even the promises he is making. The staff and volunteers want to work together with the board, and this has been the request all along, along with numerous suggestions of mechanisms by which it can be achieved. It is the board and admin that have made this request into something divisive.
Since you seem to view this group as more disruptive than constructive, I am guessing that you put a high value on calmness. You may be interested in a process called non-violent communication, which has been used effectively to help people stop killing each other. (see cnvc.com) (Yes, I suggested this to the Board) Who are you, anyway? Harriet

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The original poster will probably not identify him/herself.(tho some of us have a pretty good idea who it might be) s/he stated that they would not be posting any more enties to this site after so many of us challenged his/her erroneous statements. Some folks choose not to examine the facts and remain in their self-complacent cocoons. Pity.
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My intent in all of this is not in any way to stop change at the Free Clinic - we need alot of change - a better, fairer working situation for employees and volunteers, some improved programs, to look at how we can be innovative and meet unmet needs rather than turning into the government health clinic model that we seem to be adopting. Marty and the Board are in no way interested in looking at true change or innovation. They are going 180 degrees in the other direction, towards an outdated corporate model that will make things easier for them, and make them look good but is in no way in the best interests of our patients and will make it increasingly impossible for staff and volunteers to have a voice in what goes on or provide the kinds of quality services we believe in. The Free Clinic is currently being run by a dictator who has increasingly let his own wants and goals take over the needs of the Clinic and it's patients. Patients never win when the staff are treated badly and disempowered. Patients never win when the bottom line and an emphasis on only quantity are allowed to overrun compassion and caring.

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