people arrived for
the meeting, PEC4U members set up a table outside and gave
literature to everyone entering the hall. We also got members
to give us their contact information. My beautiful wife Annie
Borden did a great job of running the info table. Here she is
emotional at the press conference we held just before the meeting.
core group is made up of some very smart people. Here, John Watson
(one of our smartest) informs the assembled press about our
financial concerns. At the meeting, John knowledgeably and forcefully
demanded financial accountability from the PEC, an organization
secrecy about such matters.
me at the press conference, talking too much as usual.
Kaye Rogers was a relatively quiet member of the PEC4U core group,
until the meeting, that is. Then, she was a ball of fire, speaking
up early and getting the crowd ignited with her eloquent, passionate
style. Looks like she's brought ol' "Bud" Burnett (PEC board
chairman) to tears.
Barnett was the PEC4U candidate for board district 4. Here, she
makes our case for a more democratic election process. We were
asking them to establish single member districts and a method
for board nominations by petition.
other board candidate, Beckie Morris, was running for the
district 5 position. Here she is making a terrific nomination
acceptance speech. How could any thinking person not vote for
her? In fact, she and Sue each received about 360 votes at the
meeting. Since there were only about 480 members in attendance,
that's a pretty good majority.
old guy surprised us. He started out talking about how we shouldn't
be attacking the board and management. Then, once he got the
suits disarmed, he smacked them up side the head by telling them
that his lawyer has advised him that the election procedure was
illegal because the board was offering a chance at winning money
by sending in your proxy. He contended that this was "buying
to the ballots mentioned above, our PEC4U representatives carried
about 370 proxies to the meeting. Here, Hillary Hart displays
her ballot, showing her votes for Sue and Beckie and the 360
proxies collected in her name. If we had had more time and a
bit of an operating budget, we surely could have gotten thousands
more proxies. Maybe next year?
another member we'd never met before who made some extremely
well thought out points. We found lots of allies at the meeting
and the movement grows.
were the ballots that were handed down my row to be collected.
They were all for our alternative candidates. Of course, the
incumbents already had the election sewed up because about 37,000
proxies has already been "purchased" by the board with their
offer of instant riches.
more and please join us in our efforts to bring democracy and
transparency to the PEC. Go to www.pec4u.org.
There you will find our position on many important PEC
issues, links to most of the press coverage this movement has
received, a form on which you can sign up to be kept informed