|Francesco Portelos and UFT Solidarity logo|
I am an advocate for justice since at least 1994, (leaving out my 5 years living in Egypt to help rural Egyptian villagers use solar-powered video, 1978-1984), when I went with the African-American and hispanic porters at my Church to their Local 32 B&J arbitration and faced the Presbyterian mafia without fear. My mom was Jewish, but that is a very long story. My dad was P. Hodges Combier, Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York under Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz. My mom was a producer/ funder of Broadway theater. My life work is to give people who have been wronged in some way a resolution to the wrong(s) done, to give hope that they will be able to complete this life in a safe, healthy and content manner. I never go after someone in a vindictive way, nor do I stop investigating truth because of a bully. My company Theater Kids, Inc. now has the DBA ADVOCATZ. I help people work with a lawyer, and I am not a lawyer, never pretend to be a lawyer, or represent anyone in Court before a judge. I will give my opinion, and I'm pretty good at legal research online or off. (So I've heard). The lawyers with whom I work at 3020-a have a long-term record of winning our cases. I stand tall on our record.
Back to UFT Solidarity. Immediately after Francesco was found guilty of many of his charges which brought him to a 3020-a and fined $10,000, he began chanting:
Similarly, he started building his new empire, ready to attack anyone who got in his/their way. The growth of the online UFT Solidarity has been fascinating/depressing. No one is given a chance to contradict anything they say, write, and/or post on their websites.
I was not even at the September 20 2015 meeting at which Jim Callaghan gleefully included me in his pile of c***. I believe he has been stewing with fury over my hiring for the position of Special Representative at the UFT by Randi Weingarten in 2007 all these years. This is depressing. Get a life, Jim.
Johnathan Hinesley, (pictured at left) one of Francesco's group members, told me that he did not hear anything about me at the September 20 meeting, and anyway, Jim can say anything he wants about anybody. That's what UFT Solidarity stands for. Truth be damned.
I put this decision on my website, in one of the many articles I wrote about Francesco glorifying his work to undermine Linda Hill who seemed at the time to have charged Francesco after he found out she was not handling money correctly. Blowing the whistle on an administrator, or any public employee is complicated. The case decided by the US Supreme Court, Garcetti v Ceballos
I am not a public employee and not limited by this law. I still am not able to put on the internet lies about someone, and I do not do it. I never write about anyone or any case unless the person violates my rights, defames me or libels/slanders me and/or asks me to post their case or name on any of my 6 blogs and website. I respect confidentiality.