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African-American Barred from Attending SEIU Meeting
Tim King Salem-News.com
Former employee says union is guilty of discrimination toward Blacks and preferential treatment of Whites.
William Coleman, an African-American, learned that a White former employee was allowed to stay at a meeting he was forced to leave. He says like the cartoon character, he felt like he was beaten, literally, on the inside and out.
(SALEM) - Allegations of racial unfairness are rife at the union representing employees of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, SEIU (Service Employees International Union).
Randy Davis heads SEIU Local 503
Salem resident William Coleman, a former state hospital and corrections employee in Oregon, says he was floored last summer when he was told he had to leave a meeting other people had brought guests and family members to. He would later learn that a White former employee was allowed to attend the same meeting he was personally ejected from.
Coleman said, "On September 9, 2013, I was invited to an SEIU Union meeting by Charles Gregory. I was told by Mr. Gregory that the meeting was about employees getting fired for no reason. He told me he talked with his union representative, Penny Vansaten, who confirmed that it would be OK for me to be there."
Charles Gregory and William Coleman showed up at the union meeting. Coleman says that as he walked in, he noticed kids were present. Gregory told Coleman that family members and friends of employees were allowed to attend. They both sat down at a table.
It didn't take long, Coleman says, before he heard people in the room begin to discuss his presence at the meeting.
"I could hear someone saying, 'Is that Coleman?'"
About ten minutes later, Coleman says he was approached by Randy Davis, Charles Gregory's ex-union rep.,who asked William Coleman to step outside of the room.
Coleman and Gregory attend NAACP
meeting in Salem. Photo by Dexter Phoenix
On 24 Nov 2008, a man named Joe Salazar was observed by two State Hospital security guards "bunny hopping" over gravestones on a child's bicycle, in the Lee Cemetery in Salem. William Coleman, newly hired, was patrolling with Charles Gregory, an officer responsible for Coleman's training. The man on the bicycle suddenly veered toward the two state officers, reaching into his coat, as if to draw a weapon, both officers explained. Unarmed, they feared they were possibly misidentified as drug dealers, Coleman says they feared for their lives, so he opened his door and slammed his radio on the car's roof, feigning as if he had a weapon. Salazar rode away quickly, then took out his phone, called 911, and reported that two Black men were in the cemetery having sex.
Coleman, who was in his 'Trial Services' period, was terminated that day. Charles Gregory was suspended with pay, then fired some time later, and eventually rehired. Coleman and Gregory, both married men with children; say they didn't learn of the allegation of homosexual sex for weeks, until Coleman received a copy of the police report.
The state of Oregon's March, 2011 defense against racism charges filed by Mr. Coleman, hinged on the testimony of Salazar, a man with a history of brutal domestic assaults, sex abuse against a child, and multiple convictions for Witness Tampering. Joe Salazar was the farthest thing from a poster boy for witness credibility, but his word was taken very seriously by the Oregon Dept. of Justice as they defended the Oregon State Hospital in the wrongful dismissal case of William Coleman, whose ongoing struggle against racism in Oregon began when he was a guard in the state prison. This Whistleblower's story and related accounts have been published in numerous Salem-News.com articles.
Salazar, a man literally despised by Salem officers who know of his violent domestic abuse and sex crimes against children, became Oregon's star witness in their defense against Mr. Coleman's lawsuit. Mr. Coleman lost.
Coleman said, "Charles Gregory and I went outside to talk to Randy Davis, and we were joined by Lori Walker."
"In spite of what Charles had been told, about the meeting being open to the public, Randy Davis told me that this meeting, 'is for employees only, not ex-employees,'" Coleman added.
Charles Gregory says he explained to him that he was told that it was OK to bring a family member or friend to this meeting but Davis had no interest.
Salem-News.com contacted the media line for SEIU Wednesday afternoon, stating that we were interested in specific information about the meeting, including what rules were posted about attendance, and where. The SEIU did not return our call.
Both Charles and Coleman have quite a history with the state hospital.
As the sidebar on the right indicates, they were involved in an outrageous case that for a period of time, shattered their lives and personal reputations.
Text Verified White Former Employee Was Allowed to Stay
"Later that evening, in my presence, Charles Gregory received a text message from an employee at the State Hospital who attended the meeting."
Coleman says a friend asked in the text message, why the two had left the meeting.
"Charles explained that Randy Davis had asked me to leave the meeting because I'm not an employee. That employee told Charles in the text that another former employee who is White, Yuri Kolmon, was still allowed to attend the meeting. Randy Davis didn't asked him to leave," the employee texted Mr. Gregory.
Coleman says Lori Walker and Penny Vansanten of SEIU were present at the meeting.
"They both know Yuri Kolmon was present. Randy Davis was Charles' union rep in 2008. He knew that we had done nothing wrong, and that there was never a legitimate reason for our termination. Randy Davis supported Charles Gregory, over a sex allegation, knowing that the sex allegation was bogus."
Coleman says that after all he has been through trying to battle racism in Oregon's capital city, he was devastated by his removal from the SEIU meeting.
"Randy Davis kicked me out of the union meeting because of my race. I remember the hateful look he had on his face when he was telling me he knew nothing of me coming to this meeting. Lori Walker supported Randy Davis in this discussion with me and Charles about my presence, or lack of it, at the meeting."
I asked William Coleman what he really thought it was about, and he said, "I feel that if I were white, I would have being able to attend this union meeting."
Previous articles about racial corruption in Oregon:
Jan-13-2014: Terrence Kimble, an Innocent Man - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jan-08-2014: Oregon State Police Reluctant to Investigate Prison Racism Case - Tim King Salem-News.com
Apr-28-2013: Oregon Whistleblower 2nd Attempt to File Criminal Charges Against Corrections Officials - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jan-30-2013: Oregonian's Sense of 'News Judgment' - Deaf, Dumb and Indifferent to Racism
Jan-09-2013: Michael Francke: Requiem for a Reckoning Intro by Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-29-2012: Oregon: State of the Pedophile Witness - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-11-2012: Aiding a Very Important Oregon Whistleblower - Tim King Salem-News.com
May-04-2012: Dying Prisoner with Hepatitis C Calls Oregon Out for Denying Medical Treatment - Tim King Salem-News.com
Apr-03-2012: White Men Can Dance - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-22-2012: Mother's Wish to see Son Exonerated Not Granted Before her Death - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-26-2012: Oregon Judge: State 'Stuck their neck out' for Son of DA Who Raped 13-Year Old - Tim King Salem-News.com
Feb-27-2012: Retracted and Redacted- A Comparison of Two Oregon 'Criminals' - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jan-19-2012: Housing Inmates Who Make Death Threats... with their Intended Victims - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-19-2011: Does Oregon's Government Simply Hate Black People? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-27-2011: DNA Evidence Should Free Oregon Inmate Terrence Kimble from Prison - Tim King Salem-News.com
May-04-2011 Is There An Oregon Attorney Who Cares About Civil Rights? - Tim King Salem-News.com
May-31-2011: Snitch Sheets, Unresolved Murder and Severe Tobacco Crimes - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Reader Commentary: Can Oregon Government Change its Spots? - Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Civil Rights Case in Salem Demonstrates the Power of a 911 Call - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-09-2011: Civil Rights Under the Gavel of Justice - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-08-2011: Oregon State Hospital and Staff Member Face Racism Charges Over Employee Termination - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-04-2011: How Far will Oregon Legal Officials go to Prevent Due Process? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-27-2010: The 'Trickle Down' Effect of Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-01-2010: Oregon Political Prisoner Being Stripped of Phone Use - Tim King Salem-News.com
Nov-25-2010: Tim King and Ruth Kovacs on KBOO's Prison Pipeline (AUDIO) - Salem-News.com
Nov-22-2010: Tim King on KBOO FM's Prison Pipeline Tonight - Salem-News.com
Nov-16-2010: Federal Mail Tampering at Oregon State Prison? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-29-2010: A Witness With No Credibility - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-27-2010: Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-21-2010: Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King Salem-News.com
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-28-2010: Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden - Salem-News.com
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-05-2010: A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King Salem-News.com
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