Daily Archives: February 28, 2007

Vancouver Education Association Versus Some Needy Children

A Vancouver, Washington teacher finds herself embroiled in a legal battle with her own union over her choice of which charity to send her union dues. Under Washington law and under the union’s own rules, a teacher can object to her union dues being used in the political way in which NEA affiliates usually use their dues: to fund democrat causes. These rules allow a person to use a portion of their dues to fund a charitable organization of their choice.
This teacher, who will be on the show tonight, wanted to use her money to help Shared Hope International, an organization that literally saves gir
ls and young women from the sex slavery trade internationally. I’ve personally seen how SHI works, having in the past been a volunteer there. The teacher is being aided by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state.

The union’s own policy states “The goal is to respect the objector’s choice of charities, so long as the designated recipient is lawful and charitable.” But the union doesn’t like SHI. In meetings/hearings with the teacher–who has been fighting for the right to give her money to SHI for more than a year and a half and must travel to Olympia to attend these hearings–they’ve never articulated the problem they have with the charity. Until now.
On the phone with my producer on Tuesday, the executive director of the VEA told Eric that Shared Hope quote “COOKS ITS BOOKS” and that “Christians feed off Christians.”
While Shared Hope is composed of some Christian people and loves these girls and young women in a Christ-like manner, SHI is not per se a Christian organization. Still the anti Christian sentiment is evident in the VEA’s response to our queries.

Another reason for the VEA’s stone walling could be because the head of Shared Hope is none other than former Washington state legislator and former Washington State Congresswoman, Linda Smith. It’s in her role as a former Washington legislator that could be at play here. It seems Ms. Smith co sponsored the law back in the day that gives the teacher the right to stop the union’s check jack and give the money to her favorite charity instead.
On the issue of “cooking the books” the VEA had no proof to offer in the hearing and, in fact, seems to have made a huge error. Not only in the whole slandering the charity thing but with the facts behind the allegation in the first place. Unless the VEA is moonlighting as a charity rating agency and has a new set of criteria it uses to determine if a charity is “cooking the books” they’re just flat wrong.
Here’s the listing from the noted charity rating organization “Charity Navigator.” For those of you at VEA three out of four stars means it’s a good charity.

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Shared Hope International

Vancouver, WA

One life at a time, we can make a difference

International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

+ Add to My Charities

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I think the VEA has some ‘splainin’ to do.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Vancouver Education Association Versus Some Needy Children

A Vancouver, Washington teacher finds herself embroiled in a legal battle with her own union over her choice of which charity to send her union dues. Under Washington law and under the union’s own rules, a teacher can object to her union dues being used in the political way in which NEA affiliates usually use their dues: to fund democrat causes. These rules allow a person to use a portion of their dues to fund a charitable organization of their choice.
This teacher, who will be on the show tonight, wanted to use her money to help Shared Hope International, an organization that literally saves gir
ls and young women from the sex slavery trade internationally. I’ve personally seen how SHI works, having in the past been a volunteer there. The teacher is being aided by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state.

The union’s own policy states “The goal is to respect the objector’s choice of charities, so long as the designated recipient is lawful and charitable.” But the union doesn’t like SHI. In meetings/hearings with the teacher–who has been fighting for the right to give her money to SHI for more than a year and a half and must travel to Olympia to attend these hearings–they’ve never articulated the problem they have with the charity. Until now.
On the phone with my producer on Tuesday, the executive director of the VEA told Eric that Shared Hope quote “COOKS ITS BOOKS” and that “Christians feed off Christians.”
While Shared Hope is composed of some Christian people and loves these girls and young women in a Christ-like manner, SHI is not per se a Christian organization. Still the anti Christian sentiment is evident in the VEA’s response to our queries.

Another reason for the VEA’s stone walling could be because the head of Shared Hope is none other than former Washington state legislator and former Washington State Congresswoman, Linda Smith. It’s in her role as a former Washington legislator that could be at play here. It seems Ms. Smith co sponsored the law back in the day that gives the teacher the right to stop the union’s check jack and give the money to her favorite charity instead.
On the issue of “cooking the books” the VEA had no proof to offer in the hearing and, in fact, seems to have made a huge error. Not only in the whole slandering the charity thing but with the facts behind the allegation in the first place. Unless the VEA is moonlighting as a charity rating agency and has a new set of criteria it uses to determine if a charity is “cooking the books” they’re just flat wrong.
Here’s the listing from the noted charity rating organization “Charity Navigator.” For those of you at VEA three out of four stars means it’s a good charity.

Search Results

Your search criteria (click to remove):

  • Keywords: shared-hope-international
Results 1 – 1 of 1

Click on a charity’s name to view their complete rating report.

Sort by: Name | Rating | City | State

Shared Hope International

Vancouver, WA

One life at a time, we can make a difference

International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

+ Add to My Charities

Results 1 – 1 of 1

I think the VEA has some ‘splainin’ to do.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Will HE be "Schumachered"? Letter Sent to Mayor Potter From a Big Shot in Oregon

I haven’t used his name here because we know what happens to people who don’t toe the line here. They get “Schumachered.”

To Whom It May Concern (which seems to be no one in Portland City Government):

I am a sixth generation Oregonian and a life long Portland resident. It is with great concern that I have observed the social and economic fabric deteriorate in Portland over time. For the first time in MY life, I steadfastly refuse to shop in downtown Portland. Between panhandlers, protesters, traffic congestion and the lack of parking, the situation has become untenable. I was once one of the staunchest supporters of the City (and proud of it), but due to mismanagement by City Government, I have seen the socioeconomic climate decline appreciably. In fact, it is now so undesirable to venture downtown that I am seriously considering selling my house in Multnomah County and moving elsewhere. I can assure you that I am not alone in this regard as this has become a frequent topic of conversation among fellow native Oregonians. Unfortunately, this only means Portland will continue to sufferas the overall business climate continues in its seemingly endless downward spiral.

Sincerely,

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com