When I got home from work last night, my husband handed me the New York Times and told me to read the Opinion Essay written by David Brooks titled
“Once you adopt binary thinking in which people are categorized as good or evil, once you give random people the power to destroy lives without any process, you have taken a step toward the Rwandan genocide.”
It really was good timing given the events of the day. I had found out that Shaun Bickley, a person who identifies as the Co-Chair of the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities had written a scathing letter about me to the CEO/President of the company that employs me. My job has nothing at all to do with my volunteer work with this blog or with my volunteer advocacy work so the only reason that Bickley would have to write such as letter would be harassment and abuse.
Since I had to file a police report on November 3, 2018 for cyberbullying and libel due to another public essay written by Bickley, I have not seen or heard anything from this person. Why the sudden letter writing campaign now? What is the purpose of the harassment and what does Bickley have to gain by abusing and bullying others?
There is one word which could have nipped all this abuse in the bud – ACCOUNTABILITY. Unfortunately, when my encounters with Bickley started, Bickley refused to be accountable and continues to refuse – instead fabricating actions of abuse from others and claiming to be a victim from all the ableist people in our communities.
Now, Bickley has also solicited a friend, Jennifer White, CEO of Able Opportunities to also write a letter to the CEO/President of my employer. I have never met Ms. White nor have I ever had any contact with her. She also wrote that she did not know me but asked if I was using these “bullying tactics with Mr. Bickley, how is she interacting with other vulnerable adults with disabilities who receive services at your hospital?
Now, again, with the escalation of abuse and threats written by Bickley in this recent letter, another police report will be filed, legal council will be retained and there may be a court interventions.
It is shameful that things have been allowed to get so out of control. The issues are not new and many people have reported complaints of abuse, harassment, stalking and other behaviours of Bickley to the City of Seattle.
Mayor Durkan did not reappoint Bickley to his Commission seat and Bickley then solicited the Commission to appoint them to a Commission seat and also to re-appoint them to the co-chair position in August 2018. September 21, 2018, Bickley was “voted out of committee” for this Commission seat despite several people providing public testimony against this appointment.
Typically, once a Commission Appointee is “voted out of committee” they are officially appointed by the Full Council the next council meeting. The other Commission Appointee from the September 21, 2018 committee meeting was appointed on October 1, 2018. To this date, Shaun Bickley has not been appointed by the City Council identifies as the Co-Chair of the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities and writes letters with that title.
It’s one thing to be called out for something one actually did but when one is “called out” for false allegations against you that is cyberbullying/libel. It’s a whole different ball game.