Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Action Attempts to Distort Reality

New Action in their mailer to chapter leaders made references that they were ONLY opposition caucus. Every reporter talking to MORE people have said that Mulgrew/Unity/UFT have refused to discuss or give a comment on MORE or the election. We wondered what their strategy would be. Mostly, they are just trying to pretend that we do not exist.
--- a MORE member
In the UFT elections members will see three caucuses on the ballot but only have a choice of 2 presidential candidates since New Action is endorsing Mulgrew, claiming if they win he would be a better president than he would if Unity wins. You really can't make this stuff up.

Last spring Halabi contacted a MORE member asking for sit-down between MORE and New Action and such a meeting did occur in the fall. It seems he has amnesia/

Gotham linked to a JD2718 blog post where he discusses James Eterno's recent blog post with these comments:

James Eterno, a leader of the ICE caucus,...I don’t usually link an opponent caucus (I support New Action), but James’ speech, on the ICE blog, is worth reading.

James is a leader of the MORE caucus and is running for high school executive board in which he would replace Halabi if MORE wins those seats. But why not use a little distortion, which is New Action's purpose -- toe confuse UFT members. ICE has done nothing as an oranization at any UFT event in years while MORE has been incredibly active.

I left this comment at Gotham:
Is Gotham joining the JD2718 and New Action/Unity attempt to blot out the existence of MORE, (certainly John Gambling recognized MORE in his interview with Julie Cavanagh -- and note no Gotham mention --- listen to the interview to see MORE is real -- http://www.wor710.com/player/?mid=22943474&station=WOR-AM&program_id=johngambling.xml&program_name=podcast)

Really, if Gotham is going to link it should do some basic fact checking. Maybe tell JD2718 that ICE is no longer a caucus as he claims in his post. But then again he must have forgot that months ago he as a leader of New Action requested a meeting between New Action and -- what is that new caucus again -- oh yes, MORE. Amnesia must be at fault given that it has been blasted all over the place that ICE, TJC, NYCORE, GEM and others have all come together to form MORE.

But why give any credence to a real rival to his caucus, New Action, which will be endorsing some guy named Michael Mulgrew in the upcoming UFT elections in exchange for some guaranteed seats on the UFT exec bd, thus leaving UFT members with 2 choices for president: Julie Cavanagh or Michael Mulgrew. A vote for New Action will be a vote for Mulgrew. The choice is obvious -- except to JD2718 and other New Action members, even though some of whom have cast their lot with MORE in this election. Guess the message didn't filter up the New Action food chain. Or more likely an intentional attempt to distort reality. Too bad Gotham goes along with this sham.

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  1. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS I TALKED WITH MANY COWORKERS ABOUT EDNOTES,ICE AND MORE.NONE OF THESE UFT MEMBERS HEAD ABOUT THESE BLOGS OR GROUPS.HOW MORE CANDIDATES EXPECT TO GET ELECTED WHEN THE BIG MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERSHIP NEVER READ THEIR PLATFORM???

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    1. MORE is using social media and word of mouth and blogs and leaflets in mail boxes to spread the word. 60,000 leaflets so far with another round to come. Has it reached far and wide yet? Probably not but there are 4 weeks to go before ballots go out. Keep spreading the word. MORE knows the realities. With 23,500 retirees votes counting and 90% going to Unity (retirees don't feel the pain) MORE starts out behind 20,000 - 3,000. Lots of ground to make up in the schools. The goal is to win the vote in the schools and see how far that takes us. And not make the mistakes of the past where an org does nothing between elections. Look for a lot MORE from MORE than just running in elections.

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