August 6, 2014
The name Emory University brings to mind quality education, one of the finest universities in the country. Emory Health Care also means the finest in medical and health care for the sick and dying. Bringing quality education and compassionate care for sick people are two of the most commendable acts on the planet. We all know brilliant and dedicated people affiliated with Emory. I believe Rabbi Jesus taught truth and healed the sick.
Down the years the staff and Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless have known readily their detractors, their enemies. Somehow you know the wearer of the boot on your throat. The City of Atlanta, for instance, after Maynard Jackson, has not had a mayor or City Council that even pretended to address the needs of poor people. In fact, City Council’s contempt for homeless people is remarkable. Certainly, there have been members of council who have given lip service but not one positive piece of legislation has ever been passed by that body. They put a toilet here and talk of a “Giving Meter” there, but that’s the size of it.
I’ll take to my grave Mayor Bill Campbell’s response to Bob Cramer, Chairman of the Board of the Task Force. Cramer said, “Mr. Mayor, as property owners on Peachtree Street, we believe that we have rights.” Campbell with his usual smirk said, “Bob, you have rights; we have enforcement.” This comment captures the City’s attitude toward the poor on its streets from Campbell’s day to the present. We have learned to expect no better from City Hall. It’s city hall being city hall. Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), the real City Hall in Atlanta has a fifty year history as an elitist organization desperately fearful of the little man. Always applying pressure, always pulling strings, always forcing its agenda; CAP rules downtown Atlanta. How could it be anything other than what it is? It’s the real city hall being city hall. The rights of poor people could never reach this body’s agenda. In fact, the very presence of poor people downtown causes Paul Kelman and his ilk to break out with a serious irritation. The Task Force after years of experience has learned to expect nothing positive from CAP. It is Central Atlanta Progress.
United Way of Atlanta is a microcosm of its counterparts across America—questionable. Good, hard-working Americans have hard-earned dollars wrenched from their hands and placed into the coffers of these expert scavengers. Their expertise at taking surpasses any of Charles Dickens’ pickpockets. And never a dime donated in Atlanta touches directly the life of a homeless person. Mothers and babies languish in the dark shadows of Atlanta United Way. Over a million dollars, however, reached the morning coat of retiring United Way Chief Mark O’Connell some years ago.
The Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta as well as across our land enjoys a reputation certainly as tainted as United Way. Sam “Get those test scores up.” Williams resigned recently in Atlanta finding himself in the middle of the cheating scandal involving Atlanta Public Schools. Good public schools draw businesses and the Chamber wants to draw businesses. Test scores need to be high The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools guards against cheaters and caught the Atlanta Public Schools. This wrong doing very well may go away without anyone being punished. That’s the chamber way.
The City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and United Way unabashedly demand that their territory be rid of homeless people and the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. And they have worked for years as the TEAM GOLIATH conspiracy to make it happen.
But could Emory, the doers of all good, the clean, the untainted, the pure, be in league with those accused of stealing from the poor? Could healthy Emory be joined at the hip with the tainted Manny Fialkow, the sordid CAP, the suspect United Way? Say it isn’t so. Not Emory.
Why would Debra S. Bloom, APR, Associate Administrator, Emory Healthcare be interested, yea concerned, about David Pendered’s 8/1,/2007 article in the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION? Bloom 8/1/07 at 8:52 am e-mailed the following to the head man of Emory Healthcare, John T. Fox. The following is quoted verbatim from Exhibit 6 Tab 6”
“Homeless backers protest fund loss. Emotional rhetoric fills debate over Shirley Franklin’s successful move to strip the shelter of public funding
By David Pendered
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Published on: 08/01/07
Raucous advocates of Atlanta’s major nonprofit homeless shelter tried to convince City Council members Tuesday to attempt to overturn Mayor Shirley Franklin’s successful move to strip the shelter of public funding. Some in the audience of more than 100 peppered the meeting with boos for their critics and chants for their supporters. One man waved his wooden cane overhead when he agreed with comments. Gloria Bromell-Tinubu, a former councilwoman, won repeated cheers that started with her opening remarks. “Slavery is the worst thing and homelessness is the second-worst thing that can be witnessed upon anyone,” Bromell-Tinubu said. “To be homeless, to be victimized again and criminalized again, is unconscionable.”
The advocates for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless suggested they may take legal action if the state Department of Community Affairs does not provide a grant that could represent 10 percent of the Task Force’s budget. The budget for the shelter, which serves about 500 people a day near the Fox Theatre, was $1.3 million in 2004, according to its latest tax filing. The state agency did not fund a $112,000 grant request after receiving a letter from the mayor’s office that contended the shelter does not meet four of five criteria for homeless programs. The mayor’s chief of staff, Greg Pridgeon, signed the letter and said at the meeting the state could get more for its money if it went somewhere other than the task force. He did not specify which service providers would do a better job.
Bob Cramer, chairman of the task force, said the shelter has been the victim of a smear campaign that included allegations it was filled with lice. He said the shelter, commonly called Peachtree and Pine, will not move or close no matter if it loses money from the state and federal governments. “Peachtree and Pine isn’t going anywhere,” he said to a standing ovation. “All you have done is hurt our ability to serve the thousands of people we serve every week.”
Debra S. Broom, APR, Associate Administrator, Emory Healthcare”
At 1:03:42 pm John T. Fox wrote, “What do you guys think will happen?”
At 8 pm 8/1/07 Albert K. Blackwelder (CEO) Emory Hospital on Peachtree Street located near Peachtree Pine wrote the following to: Betty Willis, David Pugh, John T. Fox and Debra Bloom
“Subject: Re: Today’s AJC: (Peachtree and Pine Shelter) Homeless backers protest fund loss. I was there for a while but left with AJ Robinson before the fireworks and grand finale. Tim Williams stayed for the count and said, “It was a circus.” But nothing substantive occurred. The mayor’s office is taking a hard line with the Pine Street shelter by asking the state to cut off funding. The Tri-Jurisdictional Committee on Housing also cut off federal funding to the shelter just recently. AJ, Brad Curry and I went to talk with Dan Cathy yesterday about our concerns with the operation of this shelter and the disservice they provide both neighbors and the homless (sic) themselves. Dan Cathy has given money to the shelter and even volunteers there including staying overnight there. We hopefully made an impression that there is another side to this operation that he might not be aware of.
The effort is to both shut off public funding to the shelter and to try and impact private funding as well, hence the visit to Dan Cathy. It is too early to tell how this will affect the shelter but they have a long history of fighting, noisily, for survival. This will take more time and continued pressure. Al”
Note: Representing Emory University and Emory Healthcare, CEO Al Blackwelder actually wrote among other things, “… We hopefully made an impression that there is another side to this operation that he might not be aware of.” Then he wrote, “The effort is to both shut off public funding to the shelter and to try and impact private funding as well, hence the visit to Dan Cathy.” Just as important as what Blackwelder wrote is the persons to whom he wrote it. Why bother John T. Fox with the news of a shelter’s demise? One hundred thousand documents later in these 28 exhibits will show why. Blackwelder mentions “continued pressure” along with his cohort, A. J. Robinson who says these goings on are going on “under the cover of darkness.” As my friend Joe Beasley would say, “My, my, my, my.” And I’ve heard him add, “It’s time somebody went to jail.”
James Wilson Beaty
August 6, 2014
August 5, 2014
The title of this exhibit 5 Tab 5 “Sammy…we are keeping the pressure on….” is borrowed from Exhibit 2 Tab 2 “Who REALLY Runs Atlanta.” The pressure that is being applied to plot against the Task Force for the Homeless and homeless people present in downtown surfaces clearly in the October 23, 2006 meeting held at Central Atlanta Progress. Remember Mayor Shirley Franklin’s office hosted this meeting while CAP furnished the place to meet and United Way gathered other conspirators to attend this gathering. The subject line reads: Meeting about Peachtree and Pine. Wardell’s points listed below are to be covered in the November 20, 2006 meeting. Same song, different verse.
David E. Wardell, CPP, Vice President, Operations and Public Safety, on Friday, November 17, 2006 informs CAP Boss Robinson of the “Things that people are going to look into:”
– Look at emergency shelter standards (Public Works and United Way/Homeless Commission staff)
– Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of Homeless TF (Code enforcement and Homeless Commission;
– Who is on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Task Force? Want to go to the source of their resourcing and/or political support.
– Data to be collected: Volume of Complaints, Bad capacity there and at other shelters (Homeless Commission Staff;
– Law Department was going to look at the applicable or prevailing ordinances (Lem – Law Department)
– What is required to declare it a public nuisance?
– I delivered the copy of the Homeless Master Plan for their expansion program that City Planning requested. Looking at Grandfather Clauses and Fire and Safety Codes.
– Zoning as SPI (City Planning)
– Develop Public Affairs Component (? – Did not determine responsibility for putting this together) Lynette is looking for recommendations for solutions at this meeting
– We delivered the Executive Summary of the incidents in the area to Lynette (she acknowledged receipt).
– Since our last meeting (Ko Hassan’s Oct. 23rd meeting) Judge Green rebutted the information (Will not let it happen in the future) about the ordinances the police were allegedly being challenged by the Municipal Court for enforcing. Urban camping and something to do with tampering with vehicles in parking lots.
As long ago as 2006, eight years back, this conspiracy has boiled. The fight against the poor in the streets of Dr. King’s city has been relentless and endless.
Note: Dave Wardell’s to do list speaks for itself. However, several points are worthy of notice. Involved in plans to disappear the largest emergency shelter in the Southeast are the very persons mandated to give relief to those in need. Rather than help, suggest, aid, support and rescue; these charlatans form the largest conspiracy imaginable against the weakest people and the most vulnerable of non-profit organizations. Look at the organizations in the cabal: United Way, City Hall, City Council, The Chamber of Commerce, The Homeless Commission, headed so long by the Venerable Horace Sibley, the churches on Peachtree Street (for God’s sake). Atlanta had the opportunity to make Peachtree-Pine the finest example of a city’s caring for its little ones. What did they do? They plotted ways to declare it a nuisance. What did they do with a workable plan for mixed housing? They sabotaged the plan and looked for those who might have been responsible for it. They “got to” the nuns who held the mortgage. Boatloads of evidence of tortious interference, fraud and racketeering come out later in the remaining exhibits masterfully presented on July 11, 2014 by Baker Donelson attorneys. Watch for Exhibit 6 Tab 6 where monolithic Emory Health Care, Inc. raises its holy head.
James Wilson Beaty
August 5, 2014
August 4, 2014
The order of arrangement of the 28 exhibits presented July 11, 2014, to Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall is nothing short of brilliant. The conspiracy snowball and RICO-making lawsuit grow with every single piece of evidence. Tab 4 presents the e-mail of a United Way staffer whose hatred of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless goes back almost two decades. I first met Ko Hassan when he “volunteered” at the Task Force when we were located on Georgia Avenue in Grant Park prior to the move to Peachtree-Pine in 1997. Ko was a student at Emory. When I met him I said to myself, “Self, watch out, stand clear; there stands a wolf in sheep’s clothing, not to be trusted. His heart is far from this work. I fear he gags at the sight of a poor person.” By 2006 this clothed one has worked his way to “Director for Health and Disabilities Strategies” at where else, United Way. You can be assured his emphasis is on STRATEGIES
And on 10/20/2006 at 4:19:10 PM Ko Hassan sends an e-mail to Horace Sibley of City connections and Protip Biswas of United Way. The subject of the e-mail is “Meeting about Peachtree and Pine.” His four-sentence e-mail reads: “Horace and Protip, This coming Monday, Oct 23rd from 12-2pm there is a ‘brainstorming’ meeting at Central Atlanta Progress offices that the Mayor’s office is hosting to discuss Peachtree and Pine. Horace was copied on that email but Protip was not. I wanted to let you all know that I will be going. Let me know if you plan to go as well. Thanks Khurram “Ko” Hassan, MPH Community Impact Director for Health and Disabilities Strategies United Way of Metro Atlanta”
Note how the circle of the purse-seine broadens. Here a United Way underling weaves the web that includes power players from Central Atlanta Progress, United Way and the City of Atlanta. Who hosts this “barnstorming” event? The City of Atlanta. Who provides the place to meet? Central Atlanta Progress. Who writes to remind others of the importance of this meeting about Peachtree and Pine? United Way staffer. Was anyone from the subject line to be discussed invited to this ‘brainstorming’ session? Not on your life. When Ko Hassan is asked in front of 12 jurors if this meeting was set to damage the Metro Atlanta Task Force, what, under oath, might he say?
I mention often the phrase “under oath.” A prominent attorney told me recently that bearing false witness in depositions happens all the time. I was startled. I said, “But those being deposed are under oath.” He told me that no one checks or punishes lying under oath if the oath is taken in a deposition. He explained that in Court this changes. Baker Donelson Attorney Steve Hall asked Horace Sibley and Debi Starnes in their depositions if they were aware that they were under oath. How truthful will these star members of TEAM GOLIATH answer when under oath in front of a jury?
Note: Watch for Exhibit 5 Tab 5 when CAP’s Dave Wardell tells Boss A. J. Robinson what will be discussed in the brainstorming session alluded to in Exhibit 4 Tab 4. Remember A. J. Robinson’s last word in his 7/20/2005 e-mail to his buddy, Sam “Get those scores up” Williams. Robinson wrote, “Sammy…we are keeping the pressure on. “ And the beat goes on. And the pressure goes on right now, some eight RICO years later.
James Wilson Beaty
August 4, 2014
July 30, 2014
The following is a summary of the third of twenty-eight (28) exhibits presented to Judge Craig Schwall in a hearing held on July 11, 2014, in the Superior Court of Fulton, Georgia. This particular hearing entertains a motion made by attorneys on behalf of Defendant Manny Fialkow’s Premium Funding Solutions. PFS is one of several defendants accused by the plaintiff Metro Atlanta Task for the Homeless of tortious interference, racketeering and taking by fraud among other things. Others accused are the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID). A federal judge ruled earlier that the City of Atlanta cannot be brought to trial. It is protected under Sovereign Immunity even though evidence shows the City is deep up to its eyeballs in this conspiracy. Emory University and Emory Health Care, Inc. are being sued under the same charges in the Superior Court of Dekalb County. As of this month, July 2014, these lawsuits are 54 months, four and a half (4 ½) years old. The July 11 hearing mentioned above was to determine if PFS could file a motion to dispossess the Task Force from the building it occupies. At the close of the July 11 hearing the judge announced he would give a ruling in two weeks. Two weeks in most calendars ended last Friday, July 25, 2014. As of today’s date, July 30, no ruling has been made.
Exhibit 3, Tab 3 is an example that shows who REALLY runs the City of Atlanta. At 4:05 PM, Friday, July 15, 2005, Sam Williams, then CEO of Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, sent the following e-mail to Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis. “Dear Lamar, I urge you to vote yes on the Panhandling Legislation next Monday. Downtown Atlanta is in a turn-around with the new tourism venues, housing, universities and livability. The City of Atlanta has worked in partnership with the business community, civic community and service providers to make us what we are today. With City Council’s leadership and Horace Sibley’s hard work with Mayor Franklin’s commitment, we have successfully created a program to help the homeless with a nationally unique service center. We now need a policy to set standards of public behavior to help the City of Atlanta become the model that would make us proud. Please vote YES. Regards, Sam.”
Councilman Willis responded in an e-mail the following Wednesday, at 11:15 AM, July 20, 2005. He wrote, “Mr. Williams, I appreciate your input on the panhandling legislation. As you know, at the full Council meeting on Monday, my colleagues and I decided to hold the legislation so that we can continue the ongoing discussion.”
Following this quote Willis wrote a 13 line, 213 word paragraph detailing solutions to panhandling in the streets of Atlanta. He mentions “Giving Meters,” where spare change would be collected and given to “homeless service organizations” instead of to panhandlers. Willis states, “This type of program has been carried out in several cities across the United States.” Willis mentions “installing public toilets in Atlanta, similar to those automated public toilets in other large cities in the United States and Europe. He closes this interminable paragraph with this statement, “Such public toilets will allow residents, visitors, and the homeless to access safe and clean facilities.” Willis closes his e-mail to Sam Williams by saying that the next vote is set for August 15, and that he would continue to listen to Williams’ concerns. He closes with, “Yours for a Better Atlanta.”
Within three hours Sam Williams responded to Councilman H. Lamar Willis. At 1:33 PM, July 20, 2005, Williams responded with an e-mail: this time copying A. J. Robinson, the President of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP). Williams wrote, “Lamar, I want you to know how extremely disappointed the Chamber of Commerce is in your vote. After more than a year of work and countless meetings and the opening of the city’s new homeless facility for you to vote to postpone and table this issue is just wrong. You should know that this vote will be remembered by our business members as you face re-election and we will share it with all 4,000 businesses.
This Exhibit 3 Tab 3 ends with A. J. Robinson’s response to his buddy, Sam Williams. The President of Central Atlanta Progress writes, “Thanks, Sammy….we are keeping the pressure on…”
Highlights worth noting:
- Willis wants public toilets where Robinson, Williams and “the homeless” have access to the same johns? Has the honorable Willis taken leave of his senses?
- Note that no name of a single city appears where “Giving Meters” has ever helped a homeless person.
- The threat of foiling re-election by influencing 4,000 businesses may be illegal, surely unethical But this is Atlanta where those who REALLY run the City do as they wish.
- Sam Williams wants the Chamber of Commerce to dictate “standards of public behavior to help the City of Atlanta become the model that would make us proud.” Perhaps we need a standard of private behavior that would prohibit leaders like Sam “Get those scores up” Williams from creating a cheating scandal that will blight Atlanta across the country long after Williams and Robinson have left the scene.
- Exhibit 3 Tab 3 exposes good ole boy shenanigans as early as 2005.
- Exhibit 4 Tab 4 will begin to shed light on the width and breadth and height and depth of the Conspiracy to disappear the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. and the unwanted citizens it serves. Watch for Exhibit 4 Tab 4 to get a glimpse of the fangs of Atlanta United Way.
James Wilson Beaty
July 30, 2014
July 18, 2014
Steve Hall introduced the first piece of evidence to show an example of a decade of abuse heaped upon the plaintiff by the TEAM GOLIATH conspirators. He goes back eleven years using three emails written by Georgia State University Professor of American History, Chuck Steffen, Central Atlanta Progress’s Senior Project Director, Richard Orr and Central Atlanta Progress’s President, A. J. Robinson. In October of 2003 Professor Steffen put together a panel discussion to be held the evening of November 12. His email invites Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) to participate in “a panel discussion of homelessness, poverty, public space, and the ‘Let’s Do Downtown’ Initiative.’” (Mayor Shirley Franklin’s project.)
Steffen lists for Richard Orr the invitees thus far: Colin Campbell of the AJC, Rev. Timothy McDonald of Concerned Black Clergy, Senator Vincent Fort and Anita Beaty of the Atlanta Task Force. Steffen writes, “This would be a diverse panel to say the least. But it would bring together many of the leading voices in the issue of homelessness, and it would create a real dialogue at a critical moment when we most need it.” The Professor ended his email to Orr with the cordial close, “Speaking in behalf of the History Department and the larger GSU community, I do hope that CAP will accept our invitation to participate in the panel discussion.” Richard Orr never responded to Chuck Steffen; however, he forwarded the email to A. J. Robinson and to two CAP lieutenants, Paul Kelman and David Wardell. In this Orr email he wrote only, “Oh boy, here’s a hot one below.”
The next morning A. J. Robinson wrote the following e-mail to Richard Orr: “If we were to do something like this, there need to be ground rules otherwise it will just give these nuts a forum in front of the media and we lose…. Not sure we are the ones to discuss to discuss homelessness rather Sibley or Hardin or even someone from the Mayor’s office.”
Note: Always, CAP leadership chills to the bone at the thought of an open forum. Robinson operates, as he has written, “under a cloak of darkness.” An open forum suggests honest exchange. An open forum suggests the right for all sides to have a voice. An open forum suggests everyone can be heard. An open forum suggests a desire for justice. A. J. Robinson’s “these nuts” statement was written in 2003, over a decade ago. Scholars such as Larry Keating and Charles Rutheiser have shown Central Atlanta Progress to be exclusionists. And anyone who dares to oppose their Draconian policies is put into the “these nuts” category. A. J. Robinson said it best way back in 2003, “…there need to be ground rules otherwise it will just give these nuts a forum in front of the media and we lose.” This fear of being exposed by the truth was written a decade before CAP became defendants in a court of law, accused of tortious interference, racketeering and taking by fraud. In 2003 A. J Robinson avoided facing a panel discussion. Now, in 2014 he avoids at all peril facing a jury panel. Is it any wonder that Central Atlanta Progress and their fellow conspirators for four years have escaped going to trial? It’s no wonder at all; it’s the way the club works. But through it all, through it all the words ring out, “Give these nuts a forum in front of the media we lose.” Can’t unring that bell, “WE LOSE, WE LOSE, WE LOSE.”
If A. J. Robinson is anything, he’s a protector of his lair. My essay, “Justice for CAP” shows that CAP is a champion of and for justice. This great downtown giant stands for justice, every time. That is every time that those mean old NUTS gang up against CAP. Read my, “Central Atlanta Demands Justice–FOR Central Atlanta Progress” posted December 26, 2009.
James Wilson Beaty
July 17, 2014