I’m asked frequently in some form or another one or more of the following questions. People from all walks of life in the Atlanta area ask in the light of three lawsuits against conspirators and one Fair Housing Complaint against the City of Atlanta. Some of the questions are these: Is there justice anywhere? Do people who destroy other people experience destruction themselves? Do the weak ever prevail over the strong? Do the oppressed ever win against the oppressors? Do the weak ever prevail against the strong? Does the slave ever throttle the Plantation owner? Does the thief ever return what was stolen? Does a loser ever win?
Two years ago I would have answered each of these questions with an emphatic “No!”

But two years ago I did not know what I know today. I had never heard of “tortious interference.” I had never heard of “collusion.” I didn’t know that white-collar suits go to jail for racketeering.
I didn’t know that a prominent D. C. law firm could force Atlanta HUD (City Hall West) to investigate the City of Atlanta for violating the civil rights of people that the federal government have labeled as “Seven Protected Classes.”

I didn’t know that the City of Atlanta for 14 years has spent Washington HUD dollars in CDBG funds while ignoring the False Claims Act. That is simply signing that you received the millions without ever showing how and why the money was spent. I do know that the City of Atlanta has stolen from me every month of 2010 in “water bills,” but I did not dream that the same swindlers would ever have to answer regarding HUD millions spent over 14 years.

I didn’t know that West Chester County, New York, this day, January 4, 2011, is building $62,000,000 of mixed housing that it signed for but didn’t do. That is the same kind of housing that Sister Jane Gerety and the Sisters at Mercy Housing, Inc. were talking of doing at The Pine before Debi Starne and Renee Glover and A. J. Robinson got wind of it and illegally interfered. They interfered so well that Sister Jane said the city and business community will always owe us. Horace Sibley told the Nuns if they cooperated that could pass the hat immediately.

I didn’t know that Atlanta United Way would have to cough up 6000 pages of documents to Baker Donelson attorneys in response to a subpoena. I didn’t know that Protip Biswas and Milton Little, $500,000 a year, Milton Little, would be deposed early in 2011. I didn’t know that Horace Sibley would be coming back for a second questioning by Attorney Steve Hall. Several sworn depositions since Sibley’s five hours “under oath” have made his answers extremely interesting.

I didn’t know Mayor Shirley Franklin would be deposed early in 2011 along with her letter signer, Mr. Greg Pridgeon. He wrote the form letter, probably dictated by Debi Starnes, three years in a row telling the Task Force that their funding would be zero.

I didn’t know that the Tri-Jurisdictional Continuum of Care could fraudulently disqualify the Task Force’s funding. The Tri-J is a three-headed monster that rivals Cerberus’ three throats for attractiveness and warmth. I did not know that the questionable Tri-J would be turning over documents, having been subpoenaed by Baker Donelson attorneys. But the caring continuum has to cough up nevertheless.
I didn’t know that well wishers and volunteers by the scores would come into the light of day saying things such as perhaps justice will prevail over this morass of sleeze and corruption.

I didn’t know that people in high places and the high places themselves would feel extremely uncomfortable. Some quite frankly are scared to death. I didn’t dream a favorite drink at City Hall is the cup of trembling. And we are not in front of a jury yet. How could a rag tag gang of unattractive advocates who can’t get a favorable word in the AJC get a hearing in a court of law? I didn’t know it could happen in Atlanta. I do wonder when this conspirata goes before a jury of its peers if the AJC will give it space on the back page.

I didn’t know I would hear a Judge in the Superior Court of Fulton County say that what he was hearing sounded like “tortuous interference” and “collusion.” And a few sentences later that Judge said to an attorney that his client’s behavior did not smell good.

I did not know that Debi Starnes in 2011 would no longer be paid by ADID through the Atlanta United Way books. I did not know that 38-year City of Atlanta veteran Bonnie Ware would be employed by developer Manny Fialkow. I did not know that Chris Allers formerly at United Way would be employed by developer Manny Fialkow.

I did not know that Pete Walker, former employee of the nun-run Mercy Housing, Inc. would no longer work there. I did not know that Pete Walker will face Steve Hall in a lengthy deposition in early 2011. I did not know that leaders of the community would perjure themselves just to disappear Black males from Peachtree Street.

I did not know that the plantation mentality of Central Atlanta Progress and ADID had never been questioned or challenged. I understand from local old timers that the heroes of the Hurt Building have never been subpoenaed in their 40 year history of racism. No wonder A. J. Robinson admitted under oath that Baker Donelson was on the wrong side of this lawsuit and will regret having taken the case. I wonder if when Robinson called Sam Williams at the Chamber if Robinson knew that he was facing Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee. Baker made famous in the Watergate hearings his statement printed around the world, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” What sweet irony! Imagine Robinson and Orr and Sibley and Czarina and Rob Hunter having to answer Steve Hall’s question, “And Mr. Cobra, what did you know and when did you know it?”

I didn’t know that Debi Starnes’ only scepter is a broomstick. I did know she was headed for a spot beside Rob Hunter under the bus. I didn’t know TEAM GOLIATH worked so fast. They disappeared Debi faster than they disappeared The Pine.

Knowing what I know now, as opposed to two years ago, I would qualify my emphatic “No!” to a weak “Perhaps, sometimes.” Then again, when I look into that snakepit I’ve named TEAM GOLIATH and into Little David’s bag containing five smooth stones, my limp faith strengthens a bit. Is there justice anywhere? Can a loser ever win? I say, not yes, but “HELL, YES!”

I Samuel 17:45-50
David said to Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.

I Samuel 17: 47b is one of the most powerful statements in all literature, especially if the reader has tasted the wormwood and gall of a TEAM GOLIATH. Be comforted by those words: “For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” My term TEAM GOLIATH shines as we read “all of you.” CONSPIRATA O CONSPIRATA! Woe is you when the stars begin to fall!

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22.16
January 4, 2010

On the afternoon of May 6, 2010, Washington, D.C. lawyers from the law firm of Relman and Dane filed a Fair Housing Complaint against the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress (“CAP”), and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (“ADID”).  The complaint filed with Washington HUD names the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless as the aggrieved party.  Washington HUD notifies Atlanta HUD.  The City Lights, the CAP Lights and the ADID Lights will know soon if they don’t know now.

Before you say, “Ho-hum, just another complaint that will die on some bureaucrat’s desk,” please read the following paragraph that quotes a press release issued by the Relman and Dane law firm on August 10, 2009, (http://relman.com/civil-rights-litigation/cases/westchester.php.) describing the settlement between Westchester County, New York and the federal government.  The press release begins,

“On Monday, August 10, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote approved an historic $62.5 million settlement agreement in U. S. ex rel. Anti-Discrimination Center v. Westchester County.  This ground-breaking litigation is the first to employ False Claims Act (“FCA”) to enforce a County’s obligation to “affirmatively further fair housing.”  The landmark settlement combines FCA  remedies with those traditionally used in housing desegregation litigation.  With close oversight by a federal monitor, Winchester will be required to appropriate and spend nearly $52  million in County funds to develop at least 750 affordable housing units in Westchester neighborhoods with very small African-American and Latino  populations.”

The next paragraph of the August 10, 2009 press release states that Westchester County, New York, had alledgedly received over a six-year period, $52 milliom in HUD and other government funds under false pretenses.  Westchester County had falsely certified that it had complied with its obligation under the federal Fair Housing Act to affirmatively further fair housing (“AFFH”) in order to obtain the funds.

The last paragraph of the press release shows that our country has a new HUD in Washington; little ones it’s a brand new game. That paragraph reads,

“Last April, following the summary judgement decision, the Obama Administration took a new look at the case and decided to intervene for the purpose of assisting the parties in negotiating a settlement.  In addition to the $52 million in funds that the County must spend to develop new affordable housing in white municipalities of the County, the agreement requires the County to pay $7.5 million as a relator’s share under the FCA (“False Claims Act”) to the ADC (“Anti-Discrimination Center”), and $2.5 million in attorney’s fees.”

The Relman and Dane firm has within the last two month reached  a settlement with a city in Texas.  The amount of that settlement is reported to be in the range of one-half billion dollars.  I’ll keep you posted.

I have said many times recently that GOD’S BURNING RAIN was coming.  The following executive summary was written by Attorney Michael Allen who represents the Atlanta Task Force and who filed the Complaint with HUD on May 6, 2010.  The following is Mr. Allen’s EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the Complaint:

“On May 6, 2010, the Metro-Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless filed a civil rights Complaint against the City of Atlanta and two business-dominated “civic organizations” alleging a 15-year campaign of discrimination and retaliation against the Task Force and its homeless clients.  The remedies requested include a cutoff of federal funds to the City until such time as it comes into compliance with its obligations under the Fair Housing Act and related laws, and ceases its discrimination on the basis of race, color and disability.

The Complaint alleges, among other things, that the City,  Central Atlanta Progress (“CAP”) and Atlanta Downtown Development District (“ADID”) worked together to deprive the Task Force of funding from federal, state and private philanthropic sources, and to denigrate the reputation of the Task Force.  The respondents took this action, the Complaint alleges, on account of the race, color and disability of the Task Force’s clients, and with the objective of pushing the Task Force and its clients out of its building at the intersection of Peachtree and Pine Streets in Atlanta’s central business district. 

In order to receive more than $20 million per year in federal housing and community development funds, the City is required to sign a certification that it will comply with civil rights laws, and that it will “affirmatively further fair housing.”  The affirmative obligation requires the City to identify its own policies and those of private parties that limit housing choice on the basis of race, color, disability and other protected classes.  The Complaint alleges that the City failed to do this with respect to policies and actions taken against the Task Force and its clients, and that the annual certifications submitted to the federal government were, therefore, untrue.  The Complaint echoes the allegations of recent litigation involving Westchester County, New York, in which a federal judge determined that Westchester had submitted false claims about it civil rights compliance in order to secure federal housing and community development funds.  That case settled for $62.5 million and a requirement that the County develop 750 units of affordable housing.

In addition to the City’s actions and inactions, the Complaint alleges that CAP and ADID were active participants in efforts to undermine the Task Force, discredit it with private and public funders, deprive it of essential government services and denigrate it in the media, with the objective of running the Task Force out of business and forcing it to cease operations in the downtown business district.  The Complaint further alleges that CAP and ADID, with the assistance of the City, have engaged in a pattern of assaults, batteries, threats and intimidation against homeless people in the downtown business district based on race, color and disability.

The Complaint alleges that CAP, ADID and their respective members provide most of the $96,000 salary for Debi Starnes, a former City Councilmember who serves as the Mayor’s policy advisor on homelessness, and has an active role in City review of applications for federal housing, community development and homelessness funds even as she serves as President of EMSTAR Research whose clients are among the entities applying for such funds.

The Task Force will seek unspecified monetary damages and injunctive relief against all three respondents.”

Beaty’s NOTE:  In later blogs I’ll quote and comment on the 16-page Complaint.  My redneck cousin from South Carolina upon reading Mr. Allen’s EXECUTIVE SUMMARY said to me, “Looks like to me them good ole boys downtown and the Miseries Starnes have SHIT and fell back in it.”  

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
May 9, 2010