It appears AFSC’s “LT” (Leadership Team) is serious.
In the post below, copied from the Western Friend page, Lucy Duncan states she was fired on Monday January 3.
The dismissal was not a surprise (Duncan herself had predicted it). But it was revealing nonetheless, answering questions raised by Duncan’s “Perilous Crossroads” letter:
Would the LT respond decisively to the insurgents’ call for their overthrow and the crushing of their restructuring plan? Could they?
Or would there be more endless palaver, “listening sessions,” “Seasoning” meetings, consultants doing consultations and interviews & focus groups, amid the ceaseless search for “transformation”?
Personally I expect lots more palaver about the plan’s rollout. But the LT has shown it can & will bring the hammer down on rebellion. The AFSC bosses acted like, pardon my language, bosses.
What a concept.
Could this be what the latest jargon calls ”an inflection point” for the organization? At least from the outside, the reaction was by the book: tight-lipped, immediate suspension, a pause to accommodate the holiday schedule disruptions, then the first day back, out. No public acknowledgement; let Duncan make the announcement, and get on with business. This looks like more than an “incident.” Is it also an example?
Duncan said other sympathizers were either already quitting AFSC or would leave if their appeal/putsch was foiled. Now we’ll see how many make good on the threat. Could it be that some other dissident staff are spending time this week updating their resumes and pondering how ready they are to face the Omicron spike without AFSC health insurance?
For that matter, the LT doubtless has a sheaf of blank pink slips within reach. And The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that new Covid cases in the U. S. had topped 500,000 for that one day. I don’t know about you, but that was a sobering number for me.
Duncan and other co-authors are slated to talk about all this at a Zoom session January 6 (one would think this date an inauspicious one for touting uprisings). Details at the Western Friend.