Child Abuse Prevention Month 2010

 

Area Non-Profit Looks to Businesses to Promote Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXASMARCH 26, 2010 A World For Children, a faith based child placing agency located on the northeast side of San Antonio is currently seeking business and organizational support in its Child Abuse Prevention Month awareness campaign.

Throughout the year, A World For Children provides care and support for abused, neglected and at-risk youth of state of Texas. By providing foster care and adoption services to these children, the staff see the first hand effects of child abuse on a daily basis and know that prevention and awareness is key.

A World For Children hopes that businesses throughout the San Antonio community will be able to participate in several events and ongoing activities throughout the month of April in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month including, but not limited to:

  • Displaying Keep Kids Safe Signs
  • Displaying Stop Child Abuse Signs
  • Distributing and wearing blue lapel ribbons
  • Wearing blue on April 7, 2010 (National Wear Blue Day)

All proceeds go to children within A World For Children’s care. Throughout the year A World For Children hosts many fun events, ranging from Christmas parties to summer outtings at area theme parks such as Sea World of San Antonio.

If any local businesses or other non-profit organizations are interested in participating in these activities with A World For Children please contact Ashley Shute.

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Thanks ACORN for Taking a Chance on Me

It’s pretty much official that ACORN is dunzo.  After working for the organization for a year and a half I can pretty much feel the chaos that was the debriefing conference call that happened on Sunday. All the current employees knew it was coming and there was tension in the proverbial air. Whether that air was static on a cell phone or the static of the home phone and children in the background I could feel it. I’m sorry you all had to go through it. You all have my support in whatever you end up doing in the future.

I’d like to take a minute to thank ACORN for being there for me. No, I was not a member. No, I was not going to lose my health insurance nor was I going to lose my home to foreclosure.  I was an atypical ACORN employee. I grew up on a good side of town, probably didn’t (and probably still don’t) understand everything that happens in ACORN neighborhoods, but, I wanted to organize. Or, I wanted to work for them.

Before I worked for ACORN I was a telemarketer. I was a dedicated telemarketer..well, to a point. But, I was ready to move on to something bigger and to help.  To help doing what, I don’t know. Before I applied for position with ACORN I had no (explitive) idea what a community organizer was. Mind you, this was before Barack Obama was the Democratic Presidential nominee. So, the job just sounded fun. I would work with low to moderate income communities to empower them. I googled ACORN and weighed the pros and cons of the organization.  The pros outnumbered the cons in April 2008. Yes, they had been acused on voter fraud at the time, but it did not occur in Texas so I brushed it off my shoulder.

Later on, oh boy, that was an interesting (to say the least) choice.  Weeks after I started I went off to Houston for a statewide training on our new campaign for foreclosure prevention.  It was at this point that I realized that the organization was interconnected to so many more organizations that I didn’t even know what to do. I didn’t even know what SEIU was. SEI-what? U? Learning about “organizing” people and what “organizing” entails was….hmm. I don’t know. At this point I’d like to say I’m neither pro nor con labor.  I see labor’s point and angle, but sometimes it’s just overboard. Did any of you hear about the old man in northern Wisconsin who was kept from volunteering  as a crossing guard because the crossing gaurds were unionized? Seriously!

I was not turned off by what organizing was.  I learned so much. Organizing is sales, it’s marketing, it’s PR,  it’s pushing. It’s helping. It’s….I don’t know. I never really sunk my teeth into.  To be honest I probably would be the worst organizer in the whole wide world. As I was looking for work this last go around I past up dozens of jobs with this title just because I knew I dreaded the days when I was organizing.

There were days when I “organized,” but I was never really an organizer.  I asked people to sign petitions on a side of town that I wouldn’t be caught dead in previous to my employment.  I asked people to join vocational education classes in one of the worst public housing apartment complexes in the city (I mean…even police cringe at the thought).  Seeing real organizers at work, like I did at the national convention in Detroit in 2008 was inspiring. These organizers are passionate about justice and politics in the way that I am passionate about children and poverty. While I share the passion of hope, change, progress, and the middle class, I did not share the passion to walk up and down city blocks for 49 hours a week.

When I started with ACORN I was a recent college graduate looking to serve the people of the city of San Antonio.  I spoke okay Spanish and knew how to get to my office and home.  I cried in the office when things didn’t go my way, I was scared of the media and even more scared of talking to strangers. Today,  my Spanish is better than ever, I adore driving anywhere in San Antonio, cry outside, kind of am obsessed with PR and even though am still pretty introverted am not afraid of strangers.

I have ACORN to thank for this. All because I didn’t know what a community organizer was, needed to get away from my telemarketing gig and my boss thought she needed “someone nice” in the office. So, thank you ACORN for giving me a chance. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, for the people and for the impact that you’ve made.

The New Girl’s Guide to Office Politics

No matter how big or small the office is there are politics. For an insider it’s just the way it is.  For an insider this is the way it works at any given office. A tenured employee understands the cliques (what are we 16?),  the ins, the outs, the  do’s the don’ts. For a new employee, though, coming into a new office – with much politicking it can be quite odd, maybe off-putting and even a learning experience.

My previous office was full of office politics. I understood these politics quickly, though, because it was a small office.  I will openly admit that working with the people I worked with did cause anguish, some tears, and some arguments with a handful of people.  I’m a very social person, and with this last job being only my second professional position out of college it struck me as odd that people would go out to lunch without asking, take over cases without asking, and go above personal superiors to get answers.

When I was hired by a non-profit child placing agency as a Case Manager last week I was excited to be working with so many like-minded individuals. I was excited to walk in to smiling faces, open arms, and welcoming attitudes.  Not that I wasn’t, everyone is fabulous. I wouldn’t have accepted the job had I gotten a bad vibe. However, on day three some of the younger Case Managers that I was eating lunch with told me about the not so invisible politicking. I had no idea so and so hated her and her and him. And because she said that they aren’t talking. And nevermind that they ask me to answer the phone when they leave for lunch.

Here’s the thing. My new office politics are there.  Thank goodness I know that.  Now I know that when so and so leave me at my desk at noon it’s not me, it’s the way they’ve always been. Or when we have a team meeting and they sit in a certain place (and it’s not because that’s always where they’ve sat) it’s not because of me, it’s because that’s the way it’s always been. Office politics…that’s the way it will always be.  If you just started a new job, get ready. You’re already part of the politicking. If you’ve been at your job for more than 2 weeks, just be aware of what you’re doing. And just try to be nice. And let the new kids in on the secrets. It may end up helping you in the end.  Just sayin’.

My Beloved Childhood Home: A Social Media Mecca

I was recently invited to a facebook group to honor my childhood neighborhood created by former residents. It’s a small group, roughly 100 people and is making the rounds of my friends. The membership is going to grow since we all love this neighborhood and there are so many memories. It’s dreamy – a piece of Mayberry in an otherwise non-Mayberry city. It has a neighborhood pool, tennis courts and a park. Many birthday parties, swim meets and tennis lessons have occurred here. I moved from my childhood home when I was 14. I won’t age myself by saying the year, but it was a while back. I miss this place. So, when I saw the invite from my childhood neighbor, Michelle, I was stoked to see many friends and neighbors had already joined the small group. There were even some pictures from other pool parties and swim meets already posted. Oh the memories.

By morning several more friends had joined the group, the numbers were growing. Great! Yes! Fun times. More memories. I checked out the wall. Check this out:

Realtor: I sell real estate in this area and it is a very very desired location!

Oh the conundrum. Did we just create a social media marketing tool for this realtor without even knowing it? Will she send her potential homeowners to the group to show her how much this neighborhood means to so many people?

Social Media is a monster and we didn’t even know it. Facebook was originally used to connect people with similar interests and all that jazz – like my beloved neighborhood. Then PR folks and Social Media Gurus realized that they could combine this idea of groups into a marketing tool. However, is there a line that needs to be drawn? Am I being picky and melodramatic because I wanted a place to share my memories of my 10th birthday party and my 6 y/o swim meet or my ill-fated attempt at being Venus Williams? Or is this realtor on the money by joining this group and picking the minds of residents?

Crazy God Things: The Job Hunt

Oh world. God is a crazy God. Friday I thought this world was a mess and that I might not get through it at all. As I mentioned previously, Friday for that matter, the last thread that was holding together the little bit of sanity that was my unemployment broke. No hard feelings, but I did cry a bit and I stayed hunkered down inside this weekend. Friends were celebrating the remission of cancer and 25th birthdays (yeah I know…I probably should have gone out…but I didn’t. Social anxiety a bit maybe? Anyway…).

I took to oDesk on Saturday morning. I got my stuff together and by Sunday afternoon I already had an over on the table which matched, if not outdid what I was doing previously. It’s different work, kind of ghostwriting and guest posting blog entries, but nonetheless it will make a dent in that $200 a month that I will be missing. Yah! I was stoked this morning.

I also found some great jobs to apply for Sunday afternoon, a Volunteer Coordinator position and a few Admissions Advisors at a local private  university which I may have gotten an interview for.  I was ready to be an employed unemployed person.  Cover letters, resumes, blogs to write. It was a busy Monday for this unemployed lady.  So, I turned off tweetdeck, turned off the TV, put on my headphones and starting jamming out to Matt Morris (the other guy in the Justin Timberlake Hallelujah Hope For Haiti song).

I lasted about 30 minutes before I had to check my e-mail. It’s a problem. I know I’m not a rock star. I know I’m not popular.  I’m no celebrity. Hell, this blog gets no more than 39 hits a day and that’s when I write about James O’Keefe (man I still hate that guy).  So, I’m checking my e-mail.  I see some sale alerts, some stuff from facebook (no one got the memo I gave up FarmVille for lent), and then there’s an e-mail from the organization that was going to set up a second interview with me a few weeks ago but never did. They eventually called to get references from me.  I had no idea what this meant. Were they still looking at me? Did they want different references? Did they misplace the application where I put down the same references? What the heck? Anyway. I opened the e-mail.  The person I’ve been going back and forth with wants to talk to me about offering me the job.

Too bad I couldn’t do a happy dance, the dogs were asleep, so was the rest of the house. I didn’t want to wake anyone up. So, I did a virtual happy dance. I tweeted, I updated my status, I took to the blog. I did everything.

Here’s the thing. I lost the freelance gig at the perfect time. I mean, absolute perfect time. This new job, barring I have some crazy false positive enzyme problem that brings back a positive drugs test, is a big job (pee well, my friend…as a friend said). It will require full time attention and is an increase in pay.  I probably would have juggled to find the time to do my writing. And in the end, I probably would have had to quit.  This new freelance gig is weekly. I’ll finish it up this week and say “Hey, this was nice..but it’s really not for me. I cannot commit to this much writing every day…” and we’ll part ways.

This God thing is seriously crazy and mysterious. Things happen at the weirdest and the best and strangest times. Just thank God for all of it.

My Friends Misguided Career Advice Sucks

Today was a rough day. The only thing holding me together, financially fell apart. It is a game…this freelancing thing. And I’ve played it well for the last year and a half.  Companies go in different directions and when those directions do not match people part ways. So, that’s way happened today.  I won’t whine about it. I won’t disparage the company.  I won’t say much more. But I will ask my friends to please think about their reactions.

I understand that many of you are employed. And gainfully. You love your jobs. You may complain and you whine every once in a while, but you love your co-workers and the work you do. So you don’t very much relate to my situation.

For the last few months I have only a handful of times commented about my joblessness on facebook or in person. I don’t feel like it should bring down our friendship or change our relationships. I do not want to be that person who complains about the lack of a job. So, when I do update my status, tweet, or actually bring it up in conversation it probably means that it’s serious business.

Today, after I found out that I lost my freelancing gig I took to my facebook. It wasn’t anything ridiculous or out of control, but I did broadcast to all 341 friends that I had lost the gig. I didn’t expect much, but maybe a virtual hug, an “I’m sorry…” or even, from the handful of people I do know in the field perhaps a “hey check this out…or I have a person I could get you in touch with.” While I did get some of those I did get others that just make me want to shake my friends….

  1. Why don’t you check Monster?
  2. Have you applied for jobs with This Big non-profit, That Extra Big Non-Profit, and These Super Popular Selective Non-Profits?
  3. Read this article about stay at home jobs.
  4. Why don’t you be a telemarketer?
  5. Have you joined LinkedIn, BrazenCareerist, BrightFuse, etc?

Yes!! Yess! Yesss! I have done all of those things! So have all the other millions of unemployed people that are out there today. Monster? Yeah? Okay. Like I don’t look there every day. This, that and the other organization…if you named it and are not in the industry other people have thought of applying there as well. I’ve applied. Read an article? Okay. Gotcha. Telemarketer? I’ve talked about the dream. This isn’t it. Social networking? Yes! That’s where I am now. Ugggh.

I love you all. I love my friends. I want to drink with you. I want to watch movies with you. I want to play board games with you. I want to talk to you about your family problems and be there if you need to be picked up from a bar at 3 am and didn’t think to bring a DD. I want to go dancing with you, and hear about bad dates….and perhaps be there for your children and weddings and all that stuff that comes along as we get older. But what I need from you now is real advice, some direction. If you cannot do that I kind of need you to stop giving me the worst advice known to man.

Please know I say this not because I am being mean, but because I need some support in this uncertain time. I don’t expect you to be career experts, HR pros, or resume writers. What I need is some sympathy, some empathy and a shoulder to cry on.

Should I Be Asking These Questions on My Job Interview?

Oh blog. I have missed you. It’s not that I haven’t been here. Oh, I have. My computer and I have been attached at the hip (or lap?) for the past two weeks. With Fashion Week finishing up much of my time was devoted to finding my inner Anna Wintour and channeling the Kelly Cutrone within.  I also discovered (or found my misplaced) my love for Apolo Anton Ohno as he made his run for the Winter Gold Medal record. Unlike some celebrities, I’ve decided he and I have no future. He never sleeps. I need my eight hours (or 10….). Anyway. Back to reality.

So. Back to the world that I live in today. It’s a lonely not yet desperate, but coming to the point where I may start watching SNL reruns, unemployed world that I know many others live in. Since my hot streak of a few weeks ago I haven’t heard much more than a “we’d like to schedule a second interview but we haven’t set a date for that yet….” from any of the positions.

I can always say that there is someone better than me out there. But, what if there isn’t? I saw one position reposted this weekend. Thanks but no thanks, much? There’s clearly something wrong with my interview process…am I not asking the right questions? Do I not show that I know enough about the company/organization? What the heck?

Yes, it is true that I should always have questions prepared for a job interview. My favorite thus far is, “Is this a new position or is someone leaving?” Many of my interviews have been for new funded positions while one or two positions are for recently vacant positions. But, asking that question isn’t all that needs to be asked. What are some more that I should ask? Oh dear. Now I’m lost.

Oh, not to worry! That’s where #JobHuntChat comes in.  Much like #U30Pro this group of great tweeps has come together to chat (in 140 characters or less) about how to land the next great job. And, one of the questions asked this evening as “What types of questions should you ask on a job interview?” Here’s a handful of the ones I particularly liked (probably  because I should be asking them now).

How will I be evaluated?

I actually haven’t ever thought of this one…as many of the jobs I am applying for aren’t performance or sales driven..they’re people driven…if it gets done and documented you’re good

What is a typical day in the life of _____ position?

For many of the positions I have applied for the job is flexible and changes day to day….but for others it is not. Knowing what you are responsible for right off the bat is super important).

What type of developmental training dos your organization over (training, conferences, mentors, etc)?

For many organizations it is a learn as you go type of job that is indicual to the organization. If you don’t get the right training or if you are left out on your own it won’t be fun. Letting the organization know that you are willing to train will show them that you are interested in growing professionally.

What are some immediate concerns that your organizations needs addressed?

You are willing to take the iniative and are a go getter.  You are planning to get the things done that they need done. Do it!

How do you define success?

Some companies define it with sales, others define it by finished files. You need to know!

Where do you see your company in the next 5 years and how will this position help you get there?

This shows you that you are willing to stay with the organization for quite sometime (even if you aren’t!) and are not a job hopper. If they are willing to grow with you then you are a great professional position.

What is the company culture? Business casual or professional?

This gives you an idea of how everyone works. The organization already knows how they work (and how you can or cannot fit in). See if you can picture yourself at that empty desk after they say they dance on tables on Fridays or have Beach Day every other month.

Well. Now that I have some great questions to ask for my next job interview I have to get it! On to working on the cover letter, resume, networking, volunteering, never ending world that is the job hunt!

For more info on #JobHuntChat check out @CornOnTheJob‘s blog.

Working for the State: A Requirement?

Here’s the current conundrum. It’s an unspoken requirement that you have Child Protective Service experience in the state of Texas to get a Case Manager position. But, how do you get that experience if they won’t hire you either?

Many independent foster care and adoption agencies only require a Bachelor’s degree for their entry level case management positions. A new position, due to funding, turnover, expansion, etc. will appear every few weeks on a number of websites. In their educational requirements they usually list a BA with no experience necessary. I have a great cover letter and resume put together for these jobs. 4 out of 5 times I will get the interview. But, is it even worth it these days without experience with the state? I will get that interview because I have worked with at risk youth and have worked with the community.

Score! I get super excited and walk in confident and even score 41/45 on their personality tests. I get a second interview. They love me. They compliment my domineer. I am very calm. I speak Spanish.  I can work with the bilingual families. They start thinking about how they can use me in their agency.  And then…two or three interviews later someone comes in who has 2-3 years experience with the Department of Health and Human Services and Child Protective Services…on top of all the other things I have. Of course they get the job over me. I’m not upset. They deserve it.  They have case management experience; they won’t need to be trained. Their investment is close the nothing to train the person who has case management experience. But for me? Someone will obviously have to train me (right?).

Had you spoken to me 2 months ago I wouldn’t have considered applying to work for the state, again. The things I hear about the work and the things the Investigative workers see is not necessarily scary, but just something that I would like to avoid. It’s kind of like working in the mail room to get that PR gig you really want. Everyone talks about that one really bad entry level job.

Now, nearly 4 months into this job search I’ve finally broken down and decided that maybe I should consider working for the state-because it is damn near a requirement. Nevermind that the last time I thought that working for the state was the best route for me to take I applied for at least 20 positions within a year and received one interview.

You may be asking why I didn’t continue with the application process last time. Well, I had an interview for two positions –a Conservationship worker and an Investigative Worker just day before I was asked to join ACORN Housing. It was easier said than done to say “I’ll take the job that I know I will love,” than to even worry about proceeding with a job I wasn’t even sure I would get.  Now, here I am…almost a year after I started the ACORN Housing job wishing I had taken the job with the state. Ugh. As is life.

Human Resources: Please Stay True To Your Word

I understand that it’s a tough world out there. I understand the Human Resource world is a busy world. Interviews, resumes, applications, meetings, conferences, etc.  I understand if you are interviewing hundreds of people that it is impossible to call them all back to say “I’m sorry you will not be moving forward in the employment process.” However, if you say, during the interview, “I know that waiting is hard and we will be in touch-whether we hire you or not- it would be nice to get a phone call to find out what the answer is.” Actions speak louder than words. That’s all I’m saying. If you don’t say anything about calling me, though, you’re alright. I still love you. Otherwise….continue reading (well continue reading anyway)….

Human Resources is usually the first impression of the company a potential employee gets on the company.  If the interview goes so-so and the HR person says, “Hey I’ll call you back no matter what,” and they end up calling and saying, “Hey sorry there was someone better than you.” I won’t hold that against them. I will keep them on my list of good companies and companies to apply for in the future, when there may be another better position for me. I may even pass on the name to others in my professional network. Their Human Resources department is reliable, dependable and stays true to their word. And so is the company! If, on the other hand they say they’ll call and say something and they don’t I probably won’t keep them on my list because they aren’t true to their word and reliable. Sure, it may be that one individual that I was working with – but they have to remember they are representing their whole company. And they just left a bad taste in my mouth. Their actions weren’t that great – actually kind of bad.

Many of the positions I have applied for have been in small organizations and companies. It’s a small victory even getting an interview. Some have even shown me the stacks of resumes they’ve gotten via Craigslist.  So- say from that stack – a small company interviews 13 of 100 resumes they received.

They interview people for two or three days. They also say they’ll call back these potential employees back no matter what.  In my estimation this type of phone call could last about two minutes. Just a quick, “Hi this is so and so from small organization. I’m sorry we won’t be proceeding with your application.” A few questions will be asked and a polite thank you will be exchanged.  Thirty seconds for a breather and then the Human Resource person will continue with the next person. That’s about Thirty Three minutes. Thirty Three minutes of your time Human Resources….that’s it. Like I said before, I understand your time is money and I want you to use your time wisely but can you use it to do some community relations work? Let the community know that you are true to your word – reliable, dependable,  a good person? It would just be nice to know there are still good people out there (I know there are some!)

I say these things because this has happened to be a handful of times. It irks me to know that there are probably a handful of other people that may have been waiting by the phone for the same “yes” or “no” answer that I was. Of all the job hunting, job interviews, thank you notes, and uncertainty that I have had to feel in professional life I have been told 4 times that I will receive a phone call about my professional fate. Of those 4 statements, I have only actually received 1 phone call back. So, HR professionals, stay true to your words because 3 organizations have lost 1 great voice due to bad actions.

I Don’t Want to Work Because I’m White?! Say What?

Farouk Shami is a Palestinian born businessman who is running for the Texas Governor who has accused his opponent of being a racist, but…is he?  Early in the month, during a Democratic forum he discussed his stance on Mexican immigrants, “A day without Mexicans is a day without sunshine.”  It is an unique way to explain his stance on Mexicans in Texas.  He was asked he clarify his stance on his statement this week and followed up with this:

A majority of the people are going to be Hispanic and African-American,” he said. “You don’t find white people who are willing to work in factories. And our history proves lots of time when … the white people come to work in a factory they either want to be supervisors or they want to be paid more than the average person. And unfortunately they exit.

I was not a big fan of Mr. Shami before, as I committed my vote to Bill White the second he announced he was running for office (is that the ACORN inside me?). But that really got to me and here’s why. Let’s play a little game.

I need a job. My unemployment has run out, my parents cannot support me anymore, the telemarketing firms in the area have not responded to my application and the banks haven’t either. I’ve finally gotten around to your factory as an employment option.  Now…I…as a young white female with a high school diploma and a college degree submit my application for the available Electrical Assembler  1 position. Let’s review the qualifications right quick:

Skills Required:

Perform repeatable assembly assignments throughout a shift.

Read and interpret written and pictorial assembly instructions.

Hand-solder small electronic components to the IPC-610 general workmanship requirements as needed.

Use hand tools for the purpose of assembling electronic and mechanical components.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds from floor level up to 36 inches, 10 times per day.

Must be able to manipulate small components with hands.

Must be able to sit or stand for 8 – 10 hours per day with 3 to 4 breaks per day.

Must be able to distinguish colors from a distance of 30 inches in lighting of 150 foot-candles.

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma or Equivalent.

Two years of hands-on small electronics assembly experience preferred.

Previous experience soldering a plus.

Does that sound like a ridiculously hard job to do? Probably not. Now, let’s say my father is an armature handyman and has shown me how to solder. I’m a pro.

However….I’m female, have a degree, and have no official assembly line experience. Do I even make it past the computerized screening to a real Human Resource person? Say I hit all the keywords, assembly assignments, interpret written and pictorial instructions, distinguish colors, etc. That gets me to a Human Resource person. They print out my application and resume which is full of community service experience, a college degree and some non-profit experience.  In my jaded jobseeker mind they would take this printed copy and parade it around the office laughing at my application. It would probably make a hall of fame of “worst factory worker applicants of all time” or something like that.  Why would I make this hall of fame? Because for every one of me there are 10 people out there who have that assembly line experience who will work that assembly line for you until their fingers bleed.

I am a hard worker. I am a reliable worker. I am dependable. I’m a listener. I can handle repetition. I am everything that you would want in a factory worker. But, like many other positions, and many other people I would see this factory position as a stepping stone. It would be in an effort to be a supervisor – or a human resource manager – or a union organizer. It would not be my life, it would not be my end all be all and it would not be my final career.   Nothing is ever final. Through my job search I have learned that you have to look out for yourself a lot. This doesn’t mean that I am selfish or lack compassion – it is the very opposite. But, in the world we live it- if an opportunity knocks I will take it. Mr, Shami- are you saying that you want your employees to stay where they are forever with no upward movement?

Do I want to move up because  I’m white? Is that the only reason? No, I think it’s about ambition and drive and desire to succeed.  In all honesty, I see it as an insult to the current employees, who Mr. Shami has openly admitted are generally minorities…indicating that he can openly pay them less because they don’t want to be supervisors and part of management. What is that? Are you serious?

That’s why I’m obviously not pledging my support to Mr. Shami during the March 2, 2010, gubernatorial primary – not because Mr. Shami said I, as a white person do not want to work, but because he implied that his staff lack professional motivation.