[Noisebridge-discuss] [drama] asked james to leave

Leif Ryge leif at synthesize.us
Thu Jun 27 10:38:39 UTC 2013


Note: out of respect to David Fine and other discerning readers of
noisebridge-discuss, I've added the [drama] tag to this email thread so
that their filters can separate it out from emails about events and
such. Please continue to keep this tag in the subject when you reply in
this thread.

On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 02:38:47PM -0700, Leif Ryge wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 08:27:36PM -0700, Leif Ryge wrote:
> > This afternoon I asked an older man named James to leave Noisebridge.
> > 
> > This is loud obnoxious James who used to wear a cowboy hat and be around
> > frequently. Today was the first time I've seen him in several months; I
> > heard he has been in southen california.
> > 
> > Based on conversations I've had with him and with people who know him
> > better than I do, I believe he harasses women on the street and responds
> > poorly to suggestions that he should stop doing that.
> > 
> > I told him that I would prefer that he *not* return to the weekly
> > meeting, but that if he wants to see if the rest of the community agrees
> > with my assessment that he should not be at Noisebridge he could attend.
> > He said he will stay away until the meeting and will come to "stand
> > trial".
> > 
> > I think James epitomizes the truism that by including some people we are
> > actually exlcuding others. I hope we don't need to spend too much time
> > discussing him at the meeting.
> > 
> > ~leif
> > 
> > ps: Thank you to the 3 people who agreed to join me in having this
> > difficult conversation!
> 
> Update on James: When I arrived at Noisebridge a little while ago, he
> was outside. I asked if he was coming from or going to Noisebridge, or
> just hanging out outside. He said he was just standing on the sidewalk,
> and didn't want to talk to me, and said I should expect to be served
> with a lawsuit for defamation of character. He also reiterated that he
> will be at the Tuesday meeting.
>
> ~leif

Another update on James: I received an email which I've forwarded below.

~leif

ps: Karla Gottschalk is aka Belle Starr, according to google results.

pps: Did you see the [drama] tag in the subject line of this message? It
is serious business this time! This is an extraordinarily dramatic email
you're possibly about to read, even by noisebridge-discuss standards.


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Alex, in the interest of transparency, please pass on to any valid Email Address of 
Leif Ryge.   Thank you.

James Leonard
 SFBaySurf at zoho.com
  



---- On Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:15:25 -0700 <sfbaysurf at zoho.com> wrote ---- 


 Dear Leif Ryge at Noisebridge:                                                             Thursday, June 20, 2013
 RE: Defamation of Character; Slander; Conspiracy to Deny Due Process Against James Leonard, aka Advocate James of San Francisco (former SF Shelter Monitoring Committee Member- For ID Purposes Only)
 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN – BE ADVISED: TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE IN THIS MATTER.  
FAILURE OR DELAY TO REPSOND TO THIS MATTER - IN A TIMELY MANNER IS AT ONE'S OWN RISK, LOSS OR PERIL. 
PRELIMINARY ALLEGATIONS AGAINST YOU & JOHN DOES (1,4) OF WRONG DOING RESULTING IN HARM & LOSS WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE: 

 
            On or about June 19, 2013 (and any other unknown prior date), Noisebridge Member known to me only as “LEIF RYGE” & 4 unknown Members or Regular Guests or Visitors to Noisebridge, a community benefit space, located in the Mission District, did utter A Slander to Defame and Tarnish the Name of James Leonard. This was done while he was in the middle of a meeting, directly related to paid work, as Lead Investigator for Attorney Karla Gottschalk, Special Master, to do with a Federal Elder Abuse & Racketeering Case filed in US District Court, San Jose, California ( CASE# CV-000595), that is in progress. Said Bad Acts were carried out, by surprise or ambush in front of a room full of strangers, friends, co-workers, peers and members of the general public and of the Noisebridge Membership for the intent and purpose of having myself, James Leonard, permanently banned from said community benefit space, without just cause. 
Further, I was denied the benefit of the organization and community's known procedures of Due Process for conflict resolution or to get Meeting Consensus (approval) to cause any person to be banned from said space. 
The fact that these five persons wanted me to leave immediately; could not give any valid example of bad conduct or bad behavior to warrant my removal from the space and uttered A Slander and quick opposition to bringing the matter before the community of the whole, leads me to believe these acts were premeditated and were done in bad faith with no intention of supporting my right to defend myself in an open meeting, but with the intent to cause harm to me out of a sense of malice towards me that I do not deserve. 


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
 Noisebridge is purported to be a “Community Benefit” 501(3)(c) Non Profit Corporation, Incorporated by the California Secretary of State, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA, at 2169 Mission Street.  
 According to their website and years of first person observation - This is an educational, computer, hardware, wood shop, sewing, cooking, experimenting, science, coding and electronic oriented 'space' that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days of week to the general public (for community benefit) and for cash paying Members.  
  Operating Expenses are paid for by tax free income derived from donations, paid memberships, fundraisers & benefits – operating as an educational, community benefit organization.
 

OFFENDER/RESPONDENT – Leif is believed to be a Paying Member who also acts as lead or facilitator at their recent, Regular Weekly Tuesday Night Meetings. His 4 accomplices ( John Does, Number 1 – 4) who accompanied him -- in support and furtherance of his bad acts are believed to also be paying members OR regular guests or visitors to Noisebridge.  
 Official Tuesday Night – Weekly General Membership * Community Meeting – The Regular Tuesday Night Meetings are open to members, guests, visitors and the general public and minutes or notes of each meeting are maintained on Noisebridge's servers, forum or wiki. The public has access to same.  
 WEB SERVERS-FORUMS USED TO DISCUSS ISSUES, STORE WEEKLY MEETING NOTES-  
 Their hosted/sponsored forums; wiki are filled with topics like “Who we don't want to have at Noisebridge”, et cetera. Leif has an active email account he uses to make postings on Noisebridge's forums and wiki pages located on site, at Noisebridge.net and other related forums, groups and sites.  
             OFFENDED PARTY/PLAINTIFF - My names is James Leonard. I've lived, attended school and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. I've been most recently known and recognized as a low income & disadvantaged community and victim support volunteer (by the SF County Board of Supervisors; Project Homeless Connect; The State of California and local non-profit service agencies, outreach workers and the community at large) as an advocate, inspector, reporter, investigator and outreach specialist.  
      For the past six years I've interviewed, consoled, supported and defended victims of crimes and abuse, in several communities, including the Mission District. 
       The majority of my time is spent supporting and doing outreach to residents who are most at risk which include our homeless, disabled, low income, mentally ill, veteran, LGBT, queer and youth residents from all walks of life. I've been coming to Noisebridge to work on projects, meet with at risk members of the community and collaborate with peers, attorneys and others actively engaged in crucial legal, community oriented, social justice work.  
       For the past few years, I've been going there, on an infrequent basis. Many of the people who use that space are also members of other projects, groups and actions that myself and others have been participating in for months and years. Designing web sites, learning computer processes and donating & preparing free meals and washing dishes, meeting new people and mentoring to others are among the usual activities I do there. 
     The safety, security and well being & success of myself, my peers and the residents we serve is only possible where there is trust, understanding and confidence between victims of abuse, crimes & trauma and our peer support groups and agencies we partner or interact with.  
      Much of this work is only possible because we and our 'partners' (which include both 'grass root' non-funded community groups, non-profit outreach teams, city health, building, medical and police departments, courts, journalists, investigators, lawyers and others) operate with a high degree of trust, confidence, security and good will. We take in highly sensitive information and evidence from some of the most victimized, traumatized residents in the city. Its taken years to get to the levels of trust and cooperation we've maintained with peers, residents, community groups, agencies, legislators and others. 
      Every time we've encountered attacks upon our integrity, trustworthiness, safety or good reputation in the community, we stand up for ourselves and the residents we serve. We have and do vigorously defend ourselves from malicious rumors, mass media or localized 'demonization' crusades, mistakes or out right lies about our work, conduct, behavior or reputation in the communities we serve.  
       Any resident, especially the most vulnerable ones can be swayed by false rumor, scare tactics or 'bad mouthing' of myself or our peers or agencies we work with – which causes them to 'shut down' and decline to report crimes and abuse or accept food, clothing or shelter referrals, based on fear and lack of trust towards us.  
 
        When reputation damaging or slanderous false accusations or 'labels' are placed upon our names or upon our activities it not only harms our ability to serve our residents most in need, it also causes more harm and loss to victims and witnesses because 'lack of reporting crimes' by fraud or a falsehood or malicious intent is an Obstruction of Justice, which lets violent abusers run free without complaint, investigation, prosecution or arrest.  
       Further, I am currently engaged as a legal investigator for an attorney who is acting as an Officer of the Court in a recently filed Federal Elder Abuse; Racketeering; Torture & Mortgage Fraud Case against the County of Santa Cruz; their Board of Supervisors; local business associations; County Planning Department Staff & numerous Sheriffs' Deputies. Folks known by locals to use color of authority, weapons and brutal assaults against residents, teenagers, single parent mothers and other vulnerable renters and homeowners for decades. 
      Smears upon my reputation & decent character ( especially to do with gender, abuse & safety issues) not only impairs social justice for residents in dire need, but also has a direct impact upon my abilities to serve as lead investigator for the attorney prosecuting a very dangerous, federal case that has many lives, homes, careers and fortunes, hanging in the balance.  
      So, to serve the interests of justice and to maintain the trust and confidence of former, current and future victims & witnesses of abuse & crimes, I must defend my reputation every time it is being clouded by false claims, mistakes, inaccuracies or outright malicious or personally motived attacks. 
 
  Therefore, because you did utter Slander to Defame My Character, yesterday, by surprise - in a public place filled with strangers, friends, peers, business associates and the victims and witnesses related to me or the support groups I work with, I must take swift action to prevent likely harm or loss to me or the residents, clients or attorney and courts, that I serve. 
      I have no choice but to vigorously defend same by any means lawful, including filing a court action to force you to Cease & Desist said Slander & Defamation and seek a Gag Order and any needed Order of Restraint to stop you from causing any further harm, without solid proof of your outrageous bad claims against me. 
      In addition to your banning of my person from Noisebridge, you further wronged me by trying to deny me Due Process according to community; legal; or Noisebridge's common practices, policies, procedures, laws or by-laws, as the case may be.  
      When I stated my due right to challenge your false, damaging claim against me, by bringing the matter before the next Regular Tuesday Night Evening – you told me clearly to NOT come to the Tuesday Night Meeting, contrary to well established local customs, practices, policies or by-laws as put forth and commonly used by all to settle this exact kind of 'banning' from Noisebridge.  
      You and the other 4 “John Does” who surrounded me to support your bad acts, made it clear and specifically told me to NOT bring this matter before the community meeting next Tuesday, which truly puzzles me and many others at Noisebridge and in the community at large. 
      Why you chose to mistreat me apart from all others who have been asked to leave Noisebridge, for any reason, is beyond any sense of fair play, justice or fairness to all, which is what social justice is all about.  
      Frankly, due to your mean spirited speech and bad acts, I'm concerned with the harm and losses I've already suffered by your bad acts (loss of income due to your surprise bad acts -- I was in the middle of using the space, as usual, to safely meet with and work online with others working on the federal case and attorney who pays my bills) and even more concerned about the victims, witnesses and community groups who will not work with anyone or any group they do not completely trust.  
      People who know me well are sure about being safe with me, but anyone who is already afraid, in a state of trauma or easily influenced is likely to believe your falsehoods and will refuse to trust me or my associates – only because or your falsehoods and misguided bad acts. To ban me from Noisebridge without cause and to try to prevent or intimidate me into NOT seeking due process as is the usual practice for conflict resolution will surely cause me and the community more harm or losses - for no good reason or valid or just cause.  
      Being banned from a non-profit, community benefit space is perceived by many as would being kicked out of a shelter, church group or other community space, putting quite the black mark upon my name and reputation. This would surely result in my being denied, rebuked or shun by others – not due to my own conduct and behavior – but due to your outrageous and malicious speech and bad acts which cannot withstand an objective challenge, in any forum or court.
      Almost all of the members of the community, victims' groups, witnesses, victims and peers I work with all work, live and congregate around each other, in a dense and highly mobile environment in which all of our paths cross every day, week or month, as a matter of habit and routine. Word, especially “Bad Word” travels extremely fast in the Bay Area and the West Coast specifically and in the online world of our common group pages and web sites, that are read by folks from coast to coast. 
    DEMAND FOR NON-DISCLOSURE & YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION & IDENTITIES OF JOHN DOES, 1 through 4:
 
 LEIF RYGE & JOHN DOES 1,4 & OTHER UNKOWN PARTIES:
       For all of the above stated reasons, I have no choice but to file suit to prevent you or more specifically your defamatory words and bad acts against me, from causing any more harm or loss, without undue delay, as Time Is Of The Essence in this matter.
 
 
        In anticipation of taking legal action against you and other un-named persons – to defend myself and to right this wrong; protect the interests of others in the community and in the interests of justice – I'm hereby putting you on Legal Notice and Demanding that you do the following, in the interest of justice & equity, To Wit:
 
 
 1. Cease & Desist – from engaging in any more defamation, slander or libel against me, my known peers or groups I work with – or with anyone at noisebridge or via any online or public place, forum, web site, related to this matter, until this matter appears before the court for proper adjudication.
 
 
 YOU ARE ALSO STRONGLY ADVISED & I DO DEMAND THAT YOU AND ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER – DO NOT DISCUSS THIS MATTER WITH ANYONE EXCEPT LEGAL COUNSEL, AS I INTEND TO SEEK A “GAG ORDER” FROM THE COURT (Federal or local San Francisco Municipal or Superior Court) TO PREVENT YOU FROM CAUSING MORE HARM OR LOSSES RELATATIVE TO THIS MATTER OR ANY OTHER COURT MATTER THAT I OR MY CO-WORKERS, PEERS & ATTORNEY(S) ARE ALREADY ENGAGED WITH.  
 
 
  BE ADVISED - MY ATTORNEY IS AN OFFICER OF THE COURT IN AN ONGOING FEDERAL COURT ACTION & LEGAL INVESTIGATIONS ARISING THEREOF.
 
 
 2. Preserve and Keep Safe -  Any and all notes, agendas, emails, messages, postings, files, documents or records of any kind related to myself or this matter to prevent the destruction or loss of any evidence that the courts need to further the interest of justice.
 
 
 3. Provide Your Full Legal Name & Address for Receipt of Legal Process Service -  For the purposes of serving you with a Court Summons or other Legal Process Service, related to this matter.
 
 
 4. Provide The Names of the 4 John Does, who accompanied you and supported said bad acts with you.
 
 
 5. No Ex-Parte or Personal Contact - Do not attempt to call, speak to, email or otherwise contact me, at all. Attempts by you to contact or approach me directly (or indirectly by 3rd party communications) will be construed as a harassment - which will trigger the filing of Protective/Restraining Order against you and anyone who is acting upon your behalf or upon your direction.
 
 
 6. Legal Contact Information - If you have anything to discuss related to this matter, you may contact my Attorney, Ms. Karla Gottschalk, Special Master by email at dr.karlagottschalk at gmail.com,  
 
 
 Signed,
 s/James Leonard - SFBaySurf at Zoho.com

 Community Advocate

  cc:  FYI - Karla Gottschalk, Attorney - Special Master





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