Jerry Farber is a dear friend and a great supporter of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. He called today to tell me that Boston has been so cold in the last few days that lawyers have their hands in their own pockets. Jerry jokes around often. I don’t believe his yarns.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
February 12, 2015

Last night, Monday January 19, 2015, Dr. Martin Luther King Day in the World, in his home and in his resting place, 67 single women, 10 mothers and their 17 children slept on the floor in the lobby of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. known “commonly” as TEAM GOLIATH members like to say, the Peachtree Pine facility. This is Dr. King Country, on Dr. King day. May I tell Dr. King the ethnicity of these 94 Atlantans? Dare Mayor Kasim Reed learn the ethnicity of these 94 Atlanta citizens that he under oath promised to serve? Does the brass at The $50,000,000 model Gateway Shelter where women and children are forbidden to enter (for a year and a half) care to know the number of these mothers and the ages of their 17 children? Does Million Dollar Man Milton Little of Atlanta United Way give one flying rats ass that the majority of these homeless people laugh out loud or weep at the mention of United Way? Do Horace Sibley and Debi Starnes remember a monstrosity they operated and named The Regional Commission’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness? Would Debi’s Starnes’ group The HAG understand that the picture taken last night of these 94 citizens could have been captured every night right here for the last two years? Has the city’s Consolidated Plan gelled yet or are those geniuses still defining what it is to be homeless. When the members of the mighty Continuum of Care place their heads on lacy pillows tonight, might they think of the pillows these 17 babies rest upon? Can Bloomburg’s MILLIONS given to Reed for homelessness be assessed by the divas whose salaries that money paid? Has Mayor Reed’s Innovative Delivery Team delivered anything? That delivery truck didn’t get to the women and children on the floor forty feet from where I sit.

Three-hundred-sixty five nights of the year a staff overworked and not paid watch over a troubled sleep. Good night Richard Orr. Good night, AJ Ro9binson. Good night Manny Fialkow. Good night, Milton Little. Good night, Jack Hardin. Good night, Horace Sibley. Good night, Debi Starns. Good night, Shirley Franklin. Good Night, John Fox. Good night, Al Blackwelder. Good night, Brad Curry. Good night, Dane Peterson. Good night, Rector Hoare (that’s Hoare with an e). Good night, Judy. Good night, Jim Lee Scott.

Jamews Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
January 20, 2015

Baker Donelson Attorney Steve Hall filed the following exhibit along with 27 others with Judge Craig Schwall in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, at a hearing on July 11, 2014. This exhibit consists of handwritten notes from Mercy Housings’ Dianne Leavesley. She made these notes during a conference call with the following participants: A. J. Robinson (CAP), Pete Walker Mercy Housing – Atlanta), John Morland (National Housing Trust attorney – Washington), Sandy Maben (Mercy Housing – Denver) and Julie Gould (Mercy Housing – Denver?). Dianne Leavesley’s notes written on 11/3/08 are quoted verbatim:

“City of Atlanta and business community interested in Peachtree-Pine shelter.

A former real estate developer represents the Atlanta Metro area engaged w/County, City & The Mayor

The community under the Mayor’s & United Way’s leadership want to solve the homeless issue – – not just feeding & sheltering, but to end their homelessness.

“Task Force wants to shelter & feed & nothing else!” Task Force started as an advocacy group, the shelter is poorly run, it’s a drag on the City

The City cut the water to part of the building.

Sell the Notes to Central Atlanta Progress or a member

Central Atlanta Progress a member org – – Atlanta Downtown Improvement District – – an elects w/Mayor and City Govt w/ United Way

Plan – process people on a temporary basis – they trust the system 100 people each Atlanta and Gateway 100 people each

200 – 300 – they believe the Task Force inflates the numbers

Prediction re: collapse Wardlaw no longer writing checks

What communications with/her board? Discussions with her board haven’t effective

PETE MHSE looked into the situation one year ago for SRO housing above a scaled down shelter (a small intake space)

Atlanta Housing Authority, State of GA said they would not support the development if Task Force’s people were involved.

Water liens $10,000 Debbie Starnes – works for the Mayor – former City Council person Horace Sibley – head of United Way’s program for homeless”

Note: Exhibit 11 brings Mercy Housing, Inc. into the conspiracy mix. In other e-mails A. J. Robinson asks Pete Walker, the head person for Mercy Housing South East headquartered in Atlanta how can “we” put the Task Force in default. Walker answered that he would like to know that also. This conference began that process, and this conference call was one of many attempts to ”get to” the nuns at Mercy Housing to convince them to allow someone to but the Notes. Of course, Emanuel Fialkow became the nun’s choice. With a name like Ichthus how could Manny miss? A transliteration of the letters of this Greek word proves to be iota, chi, theta, upsilon, sigma. This Greek word means FISH, probably the second best known symbol used in the early Christian church. Wouldn’t you love to know which conspirator at CAP came up with a Christian symbol to camouflage Manny Fialkow. I’d put my money on Richard “crap sniffer” Orr or Paul “toxic waste dump” Kelman.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
August 27, 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
Jeremiah 22:16
August 6, 2014

Thirty plus years ago Judy Goff and Anita Beaty worked together for three years in Conway, South Carolina.  Waccamaw (EOC) Economic Opportunity Council was an agency funded through President Johnson’s Great Society endeavor.  Under the Waccamaw EOC umbrella viable programs such as Head Start, Summer Food Programs, Right to Read, Weatherization and Adult Reading Academy flourished.

 

Recently over the holidays these two women reconnected through Facebook.  I read what Judy wrote, and I asked her permission to share it with my readers.  As I prepared to write I asked Anita to tell me about Judy Goff, what she was like.  Anita brightened and said,”She was smart, creative, energetic, funny, thirsty to learn and grow, eager to be mentored and just downright adorable.”

 

The following was written by Judy Goff who lives in Conway, South Carolina, with her husband and three children.  With Judy Goff’s permission I publish the following: 

 

“Anita, I just want to say – –  you are simply unforgettable – – you had such an impact on my life.  I was a very sheltered southern girl who had never ventured too far beyond my own state’s borders.  You opened up a whole new world for me – – truly.  You made me realize the world was so much bigger than my little corner, and your creative and energetic personality just sparkled.  I had never known anyone like you, so smart and so capable and so independent with the ability to think outside the box.  On your own, you wrote and ran programs that improved the lives of those less fortunate, those who had fallen through the cracks of our society.

 

My job with the Reading Program remains the very best job I have ever had.  Do you remember the day we spent in the woods cutting and delivering firewood to the people in the Longs Area, some of whom had no other means to heat their homes?  You arranged with the landowner, was it Ralph Ellis, to allow us to cut and chop the wood?  I still remember some of the little women wanting to comb their hair and to freshen up for the pictures we took that day.  Remember how we cooked a big pot of stew over a fire in the woods; it was actually good, wood chips and all.

 

I see you perfectly in my mind’s eye, and I think of you often.  I cannot imagine the lives you have touched throughout your career.  And to think you’ve been in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!  That just blows me away.  Anyway, Anita, I just love you.  You took me on a magic carpet ride, and it was a blast.  I think you are practically perfect in every way.  I would love to get together.  You just name the place and time, and I’ll be there with bells on.  Judy

 

Note:  Published by permission given by Ms. Judy Lane Goff

 

James Wilson Beaty

Jeremiah 22:16

January 23, 2013    

Some of my dearest and cherished friends are atheists and agnostics. They are also among the most sensitive, the gentlest and most generous folk I know. Lovingly they endure my, “Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief.” Their patience will permit my posting one of my favorite 17th century hymns: “O Sacred Head Sore Wounded.”

O sacred head sore wounded, defiled and put to scorn;
O kingly head surrounded with mocking crown of thorn:
What sorrow mars thy grandeur? Can death thy bloom deflower?
O countenance whose splendor the hosts of heaven adore!

Thy beauty long desired, hath vanished from our sight;
Thy power is all expired, and quenched the light of light.
Ah me! For whom thy diest, hide not so far thy grace:
Show me, O Lord most most highest, the brightness of thy face.

In thy most bitter passion my heart to share doth cry,
With thee for my salvation upon thy cross to die.
Ah, keep my heart thus moved to stand thy cross beneath,
To mourn thee well –beloved, yet thank thee for thy death.

What language shall I borrow to thank thee dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?
Oh, make me thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never, outlive my love for thee.

My days are few, O fail not, with thine immortal power,
To hold me that I quail not in death’s most fearful hour:
That I may fight befriended, and see in my last strife
To me thine arms extended upon the cross of life.

Note: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) wrote stanzas 1-2 and 5 while James Waddell Alexander (1804-1859) wrote stanza 4.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
September 17, 2012

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn for more than thirty years was a surgeon, clinician, and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. In 1991 he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination and Prevention of Heart Disease. In 2005, he became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. The following seven paragraphs are quoted from pages 32-34 of his book, PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE, published in 2007, by AVERY, a member of Penguin Group. The ISBN is 978-1-58333-300-6.

“Traditional cardiology has approached this disease primarily by relying on mechanical interventions. In angioplasty, for instance, a physician inserts a hollow tube into an artery in a leg or arm and guides it, using X-ray images, into the clogged coronary artery that is his target. A smaller catheter, with a deflated balloon at its tip, is then fed through the first. When it reaches the clogged area, the balloon is inflated–usually several times–to press the plaque against the artery wall, fracturing the plaque and the arterial wall, widening the vessel, and stripping away the delicate endothelial lining.

“In recent years, the use of stents has become more common. A stent is a wire mesh tube that is inserted during angioplasty. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands and locks into place inside the artery, holding it open after the balloon and catheter are withdrawn.

“Bypass surgery is exactly what its name implies. The physician uses a short length of blood vessel from another part of the body to provide a way for blood to go around blockages in coronary arteries, much as a detour functions to route traffic around the congestion caused by an accident or by highway construction.

“But as I have already argued, these interventions are aimed at alleviating the symptoms of coronary artery disease, not at curing the disease itself. And their results erode with the passage of time. Patients have second and third bypasses. Arteries widened with angioplasty tend to clog once again. Stents may have to be reopened because scar tissue reblocks the artery. The newer drug-eluting stents (coated with drugs to lessen the body’s natural healing response to the injury caused by the stent’s insertion) may also suddenly block after a few years because a clot forms where the endothelium was injured; the drug in the stent that prevents inflammation also inhibits the endothelium’s capacity to heal.

“We can do better. We can go right to the source of the disease. We can cut off the supply of fatty substances that accumulate in the arteries to such catastrophic effect.

“We can go directly to the bottom line. This is it: IF YOU FOLLOW A PLANT-BASED NUTRITION PROGRAM TO REDUCE YOUR TOTAL CHOLESTEROL LEVEL TO BELOW 150 mg/dL and the LDL LEVEL TO LESS THAN 80 mg/dL, YOU CANNOT DEPOSIT FAT AND CHOLESTORAL INTO YOUR CORONARY ARTERIES. Period.

“And although some patients may need cholesterol-lowering drugs to help them achieve those safe, low cholesterol levels, drugs alone are not the answer. Nutrition is the real key to saving your life in the long term. Eating the right way not only will help reduce your cholesterol levels, but also can work additional wonders you may never have imagined.

Note: On Thursday, February 11, 2010, I shook Dr. Essy’s hand in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. I had had open-heart surgery in October of 2009. When I met Esselstyn I weighed 236, my blood pressure was averaging 160/80, my triglyricides were over 200 and my overall cholestrol was over 200. On Tuesday of this week, August 21, 2012, Dr. Esselstyn called me on my cell phone. He was vacationing with his grandkids on his farm in New York. He was responding to my latest lab results furnished me by my Piedmont Physician, Patrick Coleman, M.D.. My overall cholesterol is 148 and has been for nine months. My triglycerides are 85. My blood pressure averages 128/68. Incidentally, on my last doctors visit a week ago I weighed 195. On February 11, 2010, I committed to the plant-based nutritional program spelled out in PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE.

I want my family, my friends and my enemies to study Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s plant-based nutritional program in order to ponder a new way of eating.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
August 24, 2012