PLEASE NOTE: Many readers have stumbled across this post while searching for example letters of resignation. I am not suggesting the below resignation as a template or model if you are considering resigning from your workplace for similar issues. Please be aware that there are repercussions for resigning publicly, and for calling people on their crap if they have more institutional power than you do. One of the ways you can protect yourself from retaliation is to give your boss a letter of resignation that does not implicate or accuse them or wrong-doing. Unlike the below.
Below is the letter of resignation I just sent. I was doing anti-violence work under an executive director who has her entire staff terrified and purges the organization of all employees who show anything other than submissive assent to her. Why does she bully her employees? According to some recent peer-reviewed research in social psychology, it’s because she feels both incompetent AND empowered. Scary combination, and completely unacceptable and inappropriate anywhere — let alone within the context of anti-violence and social justice work!
UPDATE (9/21): The SATF Executive Director’s response is included, below.
UPDATE (9/24): Another follow up from the Executive Director, which includes a message that Eva Kutas, Board President, sent to the SATF staff (but not the listservs).
UPDATE (10/7): A follow up that came through RAINN, entitled “Just What Are We Afraid Of?”
September 21, 2009
To Whom It May Concern,
It is with a heavy heart that I hereby submit my resignation as Prevention Specialist of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. Read the rest of this entry »
Guns, Sex(ism), and HugsFebruary 13, 2010
What a week. One shooting at Fort Hood, then a second shooting in Orlando…a bit closer to home (Portland, OR), the 3rd shooting of the week…because she filed for divorce?? And a fourth shooting and a fifth shooting in the Portland-metro area. In all five cases the perpetrators are men.
UPDATE (11/18): A sixth shooting…
UPDATE (11/30): Seventh shooting and eighth shooting
UPDATE (12/03): Ninth shooting
UPDATE (02/11): Tenth shooting
In the last three four SIX SEVEN EIGHT local murders in a matter of weeks, it is the same old story…
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