Friday, April 24, 2009

AWARE is in a state of civil war

Previously at AWARE...

The Galactic Empire had multiple Stormtroopers dispatched throughout the galaxy, some of which landed on AWARE. The 80 Stormtroopers outnumbered and wiped out the old Jedi knights, snatching 9 out of 12 of the executive committee memberships successfully.

Immediately, the Jedi formed the Rebel Alliance and prepared to launch a full-scale attack...

A new website was founded: SAVE AWARE - AWARE EGM Vote of No-Confidence

"We, concerned members of AWARE, are working with former AWARE Committee Members and Founder Members to petition for an EGM to consider a vote of no confidence in the New Exco."

Their grounds included:

  • Lack of Transparency
    The secrecy of the group is disturbing and gives rise to greater suspicion.

  • Lack of Experience
    8 of the 9 new members have been in AWARE for less than 5 months; none of them has served in AWARE committees nor participated in AWARE initiatives as volunteers.

  • Unjustified Termination and Disregard of Experienced Volunteers
    The new Exco has terminated all the current heads of the AWARE sub-committees.

  • Undermining of Fundamental Values
    The new Exco have not openly declared their intentions but there is strong evidence of religious ideology that goes against AWARE’s values, such as full equality in the home between wife and husband, the right of a woman to choose to have an abortion, and tolerance of homosexuality.

Their call to action:

"Join Us AT The EGM - If you support AWARE's stand on inclusiveness and want to see it continue its work on the empowerment of all women, please attend the EGM to pass a vote of no-confidence in the new Exco."

The Rebel Alliance attempted to find more allies to assist them in fighting against the Galactic Empire...

A petition was written: Save AWARE! Gender equality for all!

More were called upon by the Force and brave fighters flocked to the Millennium Falcon...

aware: to find one’s voice again
by Pat Law

Stop the AWARE Hijacking
by Popagandhi

More Aware Now
by Ovidia

But alas, little did the Rebel Alliance expect the Galactic Empire to capture their old base...

Showdown at AWARE office over lock change by new exco

SINGAPORE: It was a tense atmosphere at the AWARE office on Thursday evening as members of the old guard tried to prevent the new executive committee from changing the locks at the office.

The centre's manager, Schutz Lee, said she was not informed of the plans to change locks.

Ms Lee, who has been working there since February, was also fired without reason by the new executive committee at 8pm on Thursday.

Members of the old guard turned up hurriedly at the scene, anxious over the documents kept there.

Dana Lam, former AWARE president, said: "I walked in and there were three burly men sitting at the counter. It's not something we encounter at AWARE because it's a women's centre and we are giving counselling sessions to women who have been abused.

"The men have apparently been instructed by the president to change the lock in the centre. There is a vote of no-confidence going on here. By right, they have no right to make any changes. I am worried for my materials – 25 years of research material, including confidential material."

Will the Galactic Empire be successful in turning the Rebel Alliance's old base into a Death Star? Will the Rebel Alliance be strong enough to fight against the Galactic Empire and get back what was theirs?

We shall know by 2nd May 2009.

May the Force be with them.



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