Motion to Censure the Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace
Whereas, the Board of Directors (Board) of Veterans For Peace (VFP) can only expel a member for misconduct as described in the Bylaws and the Board Policy & Procedures Manual, which also describes members' due process rights; and
Whereas, on March 25, 2020, Tarak Kauff was expelled from VFP for verbal altercations with several members of VFP; and
Whereas, Kauff admits his temper outbursts and in February 2019 began successful anger management therapy, which is ongoing; and
Whereas, Kauff was a highly respected VFP member who was appointed to the Board by President Leah Bolger in 2012; elected by the membership to a second term; led delegations to Okinawa, Palestine and South Korea; and served as editor of Peace in Our Times, a VFP publication; and
Whereas, the Board takes an oath to protect the integrity of VFP; and
Whereas, the Board damaged the integrity of VFP by refusing to afford Kauff his guaranteed due process rights by: denying him a list of charges and allegations against him and an opportunity to respond, failing to honor its August 2019 agreement to offer professional mediation, and continuing to allege misconduct on Kauff's part based on impact statements that Kauff has never been allowed to see; and
Whereas, the Board ignored Kauff's repeated offers to meet with and apologize to people who felt aggrieved by his conduct; and
Whereas, at the 2019 convention business meeting the Board acknowledged it did not follow VFP procedures in the Kauff matter;
Therefore Be It Resolved that the membership of VFP censures the Board of Directors for expelling Tarak Kauff without affording him due process as required by the Bylaws and the Board Policy & Procedures Manual.
Submitted by Mike Ferner (email@example.com 419-729-7273), Chapter 39 and former President of VFP, Barry Ladendorf (firstname.lastname@example.org 619-997-2772), Chapter 91 and former President of VFP, Leah Bolger (email@example.com 541-207-7761), Chapter 132 and former President of VFP, and Susan Schnall (firstname.lastname@example.org 917-620-0189), President of Chapter 34; and co-sponsored by the people listed at http://www.support4tk.weebly.com/ .
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Board and Committee:
Resolutions Committee Recommendation: Inappropriate and Blocked (as a resolution)
Board of Directors Recommendation: Inappropriate and Blocked (as a resolution)
The Motion to Censure the Board will be addressed during the business meeting inaccordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. For further information, please see page 6 of this document and the business meeting agenda.
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