|Luke Rudkowski, ousted by the group he co-founded. He is now the sole member of|
WeAreChange.org after members severed ties and created WeAreChangeNYC.org
Ed. note: It doesn't help the "truth movement" when you try and cover-up your own indiscretions. What you do is immediately apologize for the problematic issue and then ask for forgiveness - you don't go on the attack, going after the messenger reporting on the news. Just as with Nixon, it wasn't the crime that got him, it was the cover-up.
This email was sent to me at the outset by a couple of members from the WAC group discussing the problem and unfortunately a cover-up, rather than attacking the ensuing problems with this unfortunate lack of integrity. I've held off publishing this and other email exchanges hoping they would rectify the issue themselves rather than cover-up the financial issue and attack childlike with ad-hominems on this site rather than address the issue which is telling in and of itself. This story has nothing to do with Luke's great work in exposing crimes of world leaders, which I applaud and look forward to more activist journalism which we need more of, but integrity is the issue and it is hard to point out the faults of the big boys and act just like them on a small scale, making WAC stand more for "We Are Cover-Up." The email is posted as I received it and has their formatting.
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Danny Panzella <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, February 16, 2011 6:00:13 PM
Subject: Redacted News Article
Ok folks, we have a problem.
Craig posted this redacted news article that presumably Heather must have written.
Luke of course saw it, and reacted by removing Craig from the meetup and downgrading the rest of us to co-organizers.
This article basically details everything that is happening exactly the way Heather wanted to. The group decided NOT to put out this letter. Now while Craig argues that this is NOT Wearechange NYC making an official statement, we are still imply consent by reposting this. If Craig or anyone else wants to post this on their wall that is their personal business.But the group agreed we DID NOT want to come out strongly on this. And posting this article is basically the same thing as us making our own statement. At this point all this has accomplished was to aggravate Luke.
Luke came to me on Thursday night and apologized for everything. He said he was sorry, and that he loves me, and wants to make things better, and we need to all work together. Whether or not he was sincere I don’t know. He did have tears streaming down his face, so I would give him the benefit of the doubt for now. I have been keeping in touch with him, and trying to build back a rapport that will eventually (hopefully) lead to real reconciliation and transparency.
Posting this article on the WAC NYC site is counterproductive in my opinion, and violates the spirit of the group consensus NOT to put out a detailed statement about this.
Now my personal feeling? I WOULD LOVE to expose all his bullshit. I would love to go on the record saying the story in the Redacted news piece is true. But I think it will hurt our group, and the movement.
So I now propose a vote: Who votes yes to reposting this Redacted news article titled:With Luke Rudkowski's Ouster, We Are Change are Left with Just That, Leftover Change