Laney College Classified Senate President calls student journalist 'errand boy'

>> Monday, October 11, 2010

It seems the saga continues. I recently received a very disturbing email.

Apparently, a staff person at Laney College did not like an article I wrote about a challenger for the Peralta Trustees Board.

The news article created some drama on campus and has even led the Political Action Committee of SEIU Local 1021 reconsider its endorsement of the candidate (Pending review of the facts my article presented).

But that reconsideration wasn't going to work for Classified Senate President David Reed, Outreach Specialist in the Office of Student Services at Laney College.

As an email chain discussing my article went out to staff members, Reed -- who many Peralta insiders say has been lobbying against the Area 3 incumbent -- began planted the myth that even the aforementioned candidate in question would broadcast herself.

On Thursday, October 7, David Reed, the Outreach Specialist in the Office of Student Services at Laney College sent out the following email message to classified staff:

"Interesting that none of you are asking why the errand boy of the status quo at Peralta is the one digging all this up, and what his and their agenda is.

Playing right in to their hands?"

-David Reed (October 7, 2010)

And they allege I'm the one launching a smear campaign.

As striking sanitation workers once said in Memphis, I Am A Man. Secondly, any review of my advocacy at the Peralta Colleges would suggest anything but status quo. I could post a long list of activities, but y'all know what's good. In fact, there's an article about me and my colleague regarding our efforts to "Change the Status Quo."

I'm just surprised that an employee of the college - and a member of Peralta's "Leadership Sucession Program" -- where I am a student would use district email on company time to demean me, a student. What sort of student service is that? Besides, that behavior is probably against board policy and the law.

I guess the sad part is he was always someone I wanted to work with, but never had the opportunity to do. From what I hear of him, we share similar interests. But since I'm an old 'errand boy', I suppose we'll never get to see.

Is this what my tax dollars are funding?



Anonymous,  October 12, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

people are always going to hate u no matter what u do. so just make sure u do the right thing.

Reginald James October 12, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

Anonymous #1 - Thank you for the encouragement. I strive to live in Ma'at.

Anonymous #2 - Thank you for pointing that out. I've cleaned up the grammatical errors and made a few sentences clearer. (I'll try not to fire these things off in the future)

Tiana Drisker,  October 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

This is just a little taste of what you can expect as a leader and as a man.
You already know what I think about you. I see your work.. You are doing a mans job and leading by great example. It is our job as a community to question and demand accountability.. errand boy.. bring message to the people.. he just mad.. you can have his job easily.. he can have a pissing contest with some one else!

Josi Bunder December 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM  

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