Sunday, July 8, 2018

New Site Name

Tucson Toastmasters Club Reviews and the member complaint form are being consolidated into one site: Do not Join Toastmasters

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Declaration! The Autism Delegation is Here!

The Autism Delegation now exists. After six months of discussion and a year and a half of complaining, the kers that started this while expecting me to quietly leave are in for the proverbial shit storm.

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact: John Bowen Brown II
Tucson Toastmaster Club Reviews (TTCR)
Phone (520) 477-1084

Tucson, AZ
Tucson Toastmaster Club Reviews (TTCR)
News Release

For Immediate Release:

Autism Delegation to Hold Accountable Toastmasters

and the Policies that Shield it from Accountability

 For Immediate Release:
 Tucson, AZ, and March 7, 2018: The majority of autistics cannot defend themselves against bullying. What happens when bullying occurs in a club?  What happens when the facility where the club meets claims bullying is not their problem? The club is District 3 Toastmasters, and some of the facilities with this noninterference policy are Tucson City Council offices
When John Bowen Brown II, who is autistic, complained to Distinguished Toastmaster Randy Casarez, he was told, "Don't disrespect me, John, or you will have a problem with me." Then Casarez started to bully Brown, which included challenging Brown to a speech contest to prove to Brown he was not "dumb." When he complained to other local Toastmaster leaders, he was told to mind his own business. "It is my business because it happened to me," says Brown. Brown dug deeper. He discovered worse issues in Tucson Toastmasters that included a four-year-old pattern of bullying and nepotism in a speech contest. Toastmaster International's response to this issue is apathy
Brown complained to the Ward 3 City Council Office. They told Brown it was not their problem unless violence was involved. Brown, who studied conflict issues with the U.S Institute of Peace, says, "Violence is not a punctiliar event. Violence is the result of a series of escalations. Violence is preventable, but waiting until a violent act occurs is too late to address violence.
Brown complained to the Better Business Bureau about Toastmaster reprehensible behavior. District Director Enid Cranshaw said Brown was not a member of Toastmasters. When Brown challenged the claim, Cranshaw never responded. The Better Business Bureau closed the case as unresolved and gave Arizona, District 3 Toastmasters, a D+
            To respond to District 3 Toastmasters and Toastmaster International unwillingness to address these issues  Brown started the Autism Delegation. The mission of the Autism Delegation is to hold accountable any autism apathy in Toastmaster clubs and the facilities that harbor them. These current noninterference policies have produced harmful side effects that in application permit bullying. These noninterference policies create an unsafe environment for autistics. The only option for autistics that cannot advocate their concerns are to suffer in silence or leave. These policies give groups that meet in Tucson City Council offices the license to bully at-will knowing that no one will step up to protect vulnerable populations that include autistics and other members of the disability community.