Skip to comments.War protesters tired of group's blunders, gripes
Posted on 04/08/2007 7:58:28 AM PDT by Lady J USA 1981
War protesters tired of group's blunders, gripes
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Angella K. Brown Associated Press
Crawford, Texas -- With allegations of money mismanagement, threats of court action and some members leaving, a group that has sponsored war protests in President Bush's adopted hometown has been anything but peaceful.
The Crawford Peace House recently lost its corporate charter with the state, and a former member who has rights to the name is threatening legal action because the group continues operating.
Sara L. Oliver and some others are calling for a state investigation as to why only $14,700 is now in its bank account, saying tens of thousands donated during Cindy Sheehan's 2005 war protest are unaccounted for.
"There are people who have said, Don't say anything because you'll hurt the peace movement,' " Oliver said. "But if the peace movement isn't pure and transparent and holy as it can be at its heart, then it's just like George Bush: lying, thieving, conniving, backstabbing bastards."
John Wolf, who co-founded the Crawford Peace House in 2003 in a two-bedroom, one- bathroom white-clapboard house just across the railroad tracks from downtown, denied allegations of wrongdoing. He said the claims were by only a few people and would not hurt the work of the Crawford Peace House, which is planning a fourth anniversary celebration today.
He said the Peace House has an accountant and has kept diligent records, which soon will be posted on its Web site. He said most of the $285,000 raised in 2005 was spent on food, van and bus rentals, gas and a large tent for the rallies at several events.
"All of this money was given to us to take care of people who came here, and that's what we did," Wolf said Friday. "If somebody has fantasies, I can't affect that."
Wolf said he plans to turn in the franchise tax report next week -- nearly a year late -- to the Texas comptroller's office to regain the Peace House's corporate charter. The report was not filed sooner because the house's volunteer director was overwhelmed with other tasks and was confused about whether the paper work had to be filed if no taxes were owed, he said.
Losing a corporate charter means the board members themselves are liable for any debts the entity might owe, the comptroller's office said.
Oliver, who said she left the group in 2005 after encountering hostility when she tried to help secure grants for it, said she doesn't want to form a counter group. But she said she would allow some current members to use the name, as long as the house director and leaders account for the money and resign.
Sandra Row, another former member, said up to 75 people have left the peace group over concerns about financial issues or hurt feelings. She said in the summer of 2005, she saw buckets of cash donations in the Peace House -- some of which went to pay veterinarian bills for the cat living there. But some demonstrators who bought tents, lanterns and other supplies never got reimbursed, she said.
"You'll never know how much money there is because the cash is gone," Row said.
Sounds like the same folks who ran Air America’s finances.
The FBI was able to infiltrate many of the protest groups leading up to the glorious Republican National Convention in NYC. I'll bet some ingenious FReepers did something similar to the peaceniks in Crawford.
“But if the peace movement isn’t pure and transparent and holy as it can be at its heart, then it’s just like George Bush: lying, thieving, conniving, backstabbing bastards.”
Hey, as long as we’re trying to be equitable, I say we apply the same standards to them that they apply to Bush. They obviously STOLE all that money to enrich their fellow peacenik cronies. They should be summarily executed and their property confiscated without trial, even though there isn’t any evidence.
Come on folks we must stop this bickering, if for no other reason than to advance the Revolution. Remember, Power to the People.
Commies trying to manage money! LOL!
“Sandra Row, another former member, said up to 75 people have left the peace group over concerns about financial issues or hurt feelings.”
Financial issues and hurt feelings will do it every time. LOL
“up to 75 people have left the peace group over concerns about financial issues or hurt feelings”
"We must do everything we can do stop this immoral, illegal war...but first, I hafta get the cat fixed."
I was laughing so hard I didn’t typ ethe last of my comment. lol
If all it takes to make one abandon a cause is hurt feelings, the cause must not mean much.
Hah! Brings to mind all the millions that popped up and disappeared, flowing around to God knows where, during the clinton administration.
Lessee, these people are essentially the same ilk. Hmm, Katrina relief, tsunami relief...anytime leftie bureaucrats get into a money supply, guess what happens?
At least they're consistent!
Thats because liberals rip one another off. If there is a freebie or money laying around, then they take it.
He said the Peace House has an accountant and has kept diligent records, which soon will be posted on its Web site.
Kay Lucas will be relieved to hear that. She’s the whiner mentioned in another article who said they didn’t have any records and the IRS was pressuring her but that she wasn’t responsible and that they needed someone to do the record keeping for them. Wish I could find that article. She admits being irresponsible about the money. It was a hoot.
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