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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bully Francesco Portelos To Be in an Anti-Bullying Film

I have, and will continue, to tell the story of Francesco Portelos and so will others.
We are not afraid of you, Mr. Portelos and Lucio Celli

Francesco Portelos and NY State Tenure Law

The UFT Solidarity Brand is Not What UFT Members Needeed

The Francesco Portelos Mob: Who Are They?

Betsy Combier
Editor, NYC Rubber Room Reporter

re-posted from South Bronx Blog:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

UFT Solidarity: Francesco Portelos to Be In Anti-Bullying Film
Irony-the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

Bully- (Noun) a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. (Verb-Without Object) to act the bully toward; intimidate; domineer.

What a fun day today turned out to be! I'm not a Jets fan, so no point in me watching the game. I am a Giants fan and to sad to watch Coughlin's last game so I was praying for something to give me some high spirits and/or a laugh today. And I got it. In Facebook. On the Don't Tread on Educators page. Let's have a looksee (Click to enlarge).

The "movie" is called "When Bullies Become Bosses" produced by Brett Culp and Richard Santiago (link to trailer here) that comes with a website and Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and blogpages as well as an email.

Hey, we here at SBSB fully support the work of Brett and Richard and wish them well and Godspeed in their endeavor! It's just that The Crack Team wishes that they were more informed of things and should be aware that there could be a sub-title to their film...something like, "When Bullies Think They Are Becoming Self-Professed Union Bosses" are something akin to that.

Before we here at SBSB go on an share what reasonable people but construe as bullying, let's think of this.

There are far, far, more vile and disgusting stories than Portelos' of bullied teachers in the City of New York. We here at SBSB are officially calling for Portelos to put the tiny violin away. It's time. Or as one SBSB groupie just shared with us here;

Big ego talking..that Portelos ego. He thinks that if he screams the loudest, he is fierce. So many other teachers who would be better fit for an interview for a documentary. This just feeds his insatiable ego.
Speaking of egos, could a reasonable person safely assume that the persistent haranguing of members of MORE, through texts and emails, is not supposed to be seen as intimidating? Can this in turn be reasonably seen as bullying? Or as Norm Scott has written (not confidential, any and all conversations I share are either with permission or gleamed from comments of my blog);

It is your leader - the guy you have chosen to run for president who constantly trolls around ICE and MORE - and sends email after email. Why? If you have such a dynamic and influential group go forth and organize people but leave us alone. But your chosen leader can't seem to do that. He is selling you on the idea that if we all don't jump on the bandwagon we can't beat Unity. he is selling you the bridge...He had to show up at the MORE meeting today - and for a group that does nothing the fact that almost 60 people showed on a hot summer afternoon - many of them new and current chapter leaders and delegates who came to get some training and info. That is the kind of work MORE does - and we emphasized chapter leader support for ATRS. Portelos just can't seem to stay away from MORE or ICE. (Was he there to try to poach people who came to MORE for himself?)
Can the administrator of a Facebook page when finally fed up with Portelos' ego and bogarting of said page, not see Portelos as a bully? When said administrator's personal, confidential conversations, with Portelos be made public by Portelos when he had he the administrator toy taken away been seen as bullying? Is this not a mode of intimidation?

Or when I wrote this piece, "Why I Can't Support UFT Solidarity" in which it is exposed how Portelos bullies not just myself, but Principals as well? What he wrote, could it be safe for me, as well as my family, to assume that I am being bullied when Portelos wrote this fiction and having to use my family against me (Click to enlarge)?

What about this post, "Is There Solidarity With God," in which the comments kept me laughing my ass off as my wife read them to me driving home from Corning NY (Click to enlarge)?

Is this bullying/intimidation? It is a Portelos fantasy (click to enlarge).

Can the last line of this be considered a threat or intimidation/bullying (click to enlarge)?

Or as Norm Scott wrote on this thread;

I have 75 pages of notes on the Portelos trial and 25 on Peter's. One day I'll write a book. All I'll say here is that at no point at Peter's hearing did I hear one word that would make me think he could be evil. He would never go after someone's family. At theother hearing I heard more than one instance of retaliation against families of people on the "enemies" list, stories that made many of the observers shake their heads. Observers and supporters by the way who mostly came from the ranks of MORE/ICE. How soon people forget.
Or what shall we say about this blog post, the one in which Portelos feels he must mock James Eterno.? And Portelos subsequently harangued to no end the person who shared this information with me.

To catch those who don't understand what is being said, XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX has claimed that James Eterno is nothing more than a chef, probably a failed chef at that when what we need as a union is one who manages a 5 star restaurant. XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX believes that only such a manager can right the sinking ship of the UFT. But questions persist.
And lest we forget the post, "The UFT Solidarity Circus Comes to Town" (I love that meme I created!) where I am threatened with a lawsuit. As wont a bully to do (Click to enlarge);

Cease and desist? Still, it is the wrong county! Please see my post, "Welcome to White Plains."

Or what about this post, "UFT Solidarity Threatens to Sue Me!", in which a reasonable person can construe it as intimidation by a bully?

And of course, there is more (Click to enlarge)....

OH, I could go on and on but I shan't. I just wanted to share the hits. I can't share what has been confided to me either verbally or through email, due to my own ethics and morals, without gaining prior approval of those who shared with me. I need to look at myself in the mirror.

If these people want to use Portelos in their movie that is their right. I, and others, have every right to disagree with Portelos being used as a victim of bullying for several reasons; 1) In retrospect, what happened to Portelos is pretty benign. It was wrong, but there have been and continue to be, much worse instances of teachers being bullied and victimized; 2) He has, in many others opinions, gone from the bullied to the bullier, and 3) His fight is not about others but has always been about himself.

This is how I feel and many others feel. Portelos is not a leader. He should not, will not, be the leader of the UFT.

Anonymous said...

Portelos is like a 4th grader... that age when all of the girls are physically way past the boys in development and he's desperately trying to catch up.January 3, 2016 at 6:27 PM said...

Your blog is an important site for truly understanding the true character of Francesco Portelos and the Solidarity Caucus.

--a former ally of Francesco.January 6, 2016 at 8:27 PM said...

South Bronx, you need a special post just on this one: Portelos, the pro-Apartheid union caucus leader.

Ed Notes said that Francesco is of the pro-apartheid caucus.
so of course I had to check out the comments. And FOR REAL, Francesco Portelos really said it. He belittled the opposition to apartheid. Portelos, the leader without a brain or a heart. If you oppose opposing apartheid, logically, you are either favoring or condoning apartheid.

Here are his comments so that there is no mistaking for context:

Francesco Portelos said...

Great post Chaz. You were at our initial meetings and involved in our early communications. We respect your decision to remain independent.

I can see how from the outside it appears to be a one person show, but I assure you, and I'm very proud to say, it's a team effort. After being ignored by the Social Justice caucus, and NAC not knowing what they were doing for election, we had a proposal and vote according to our bylaws. 54 people at the time voted to run in the election and for the first three candidates.

Since then our group is officially at 116 and decisions are made according to our bylaws. Our support numbers much larger of course.

We exist because the other caucuses fall very short of addressing the issues of the membership. For example the last time MORE had an initiative against an administrator was in 2013. Of course that was because the principal made racist remarks.

Besides raising a resolution for ATRs, MORE has done little for ATR issues. To contrast, 5 of the 6 ATR Alliance reps are Solidarity members. When we sent emails to MORE to help advertise for ATR meetings, they were ignored. Same for discontinued teachers and same for rallies outside abusive schools. They took, and still take, the ostrich approach.

Remember, not only was I a member of MORE, but sat on steering for two terms. What a nightmare. The infighting was and I hear still is ridiculous.

Solidarity is a true caucus. Meaning "a group of people with shared concerns within a political party or larger organization." MORE is a melting pot of very left, slightly left, not left at all, but just not Unity. When MORE members and I had enough in August September of 2014, we created Solidarity. A few got cold feet and still remain in MORE to this day.

They want democracy, but told New Action that only MORE can choose the presidential candidate. Now that's democracy.

Some in MORE have a life goal of "one united caucus." One group is also absent of democracy.

When New Action first published the New Action/MORE coalition, the first thing they mentioned was that NAC was the original social justice caucus. I'm not making this up, but the first initiative mentioned by NAC was their fight against apartheid. Apartheid? That's how you're going to reach the twenty five year old members?

Solidarity wrote a response to this new coalition, but we never published it. We realized..."no one cared."

7:09 AMJanuary 6, 2016 at 9:51 PM Filmmaker said...

If anyone think Mr. Portelo is not the right man for our film. You are more then welcome to call my office and talk to the director himself. At
 413.370.2400 or email him at: DIRECTOR@theBULLYexposed.comJanuary 9, 2016 at 7:23 PM Filmmaker said...

Use the email Both are good but I will get this email faster. I am waiting and welcome all emails.January 10, 2016 at 12:30 AM Karley said...

It's time me for use to come together as victims of workplace bullying. Not fight each other.January 10, 2016 at 12:36 AM