As initially reported by John Chiv (holler!), HAF’s favorite political project True North Organizing Network now has a new Director, Terry Supahan. You can read Chiv’s original post here.
This is a pretty interesting move, in THC’s opinion. First off, it seems like HAF premiere political hatchet gal and community shit stirrer Renee Saucedo is out. Terry Supahan, as a former Karuk Councilman, is an obvious attempt by Pat Cleary and HAF to give some legitimacy to their shenanigans by conflating it with the real work that True North does with the local Native Tribes. We suppose that we should be a little happy to see that HAF’s political strong-arm is at least being run by a local person. Hummmm?
Of course, as you may have guessed, THC is still not a fan of political involvement of any HAF branch. We’ve heard rumblings that True North is “reaching out” to people in Eureka now, and we even talked about that in our previous articles on HAF. No telling yet as to what they’re trying to instigate here in Eureka, but our guess is something to do with the homeless situation, judging from the protests they organized outside Eureka City Hall in September.
Granted, it may just be that True North is stepping in to fill the political leadership massive void left by the Eureka City Council on the issue of homelessness in Eureka. Hopefully one day someone will actually decide to do something on the issue, since the Atkins Crew is more than happy to pass the buck. (More on that later).
We’ve heard from more than a couple of HAF’s major donors that they are very concerned about how their hard earned money is being spent and just how much is being mis-directed to Pat’s political agenda rather than the philanthropic goals they were promised when they set up their funds.
You can bet that we’ll be sneaking out of Mom’s basement from time to time to keep an eye on the situation for all of you good folks. Pat, Jen, and company are the story that just keeps on giving, kind of like digging through an outhouse since every turd we lift reveals another underneath. Yuk!
On a semi-related side note, THC does very much enjoy the book In the Land of the Grasshopper Song, to which Mr. Supahan contributed his expertise. Albeit a dry read, it’s an interesting one – and takes place right in the stomping grounds of THC’s very own Grover Ladd. So, anyway, Terry has that going for him in our book.
But we digress. Long story short, don’t be fooled by True North’s new hire for Director – only time will tell if Cleary and his chief henchmen, Jennifer Rice will wise up and back out of the Humboldt political arena and return to HAF’s roots, and their actual mission statement of course, by actually helping people in need. It probably won’t happen but we can hope.