The KIT Newsletter, an Activity of the KIT InformationService, a Project of The Peregrine Foundation
P.O. Box 460141 / San Francisco, CA 94146-0141 / telephone: (415) 821-2090 / fax(415) 282-2369KIT Staff U.S.: Ramon Sender, Charles Lamar, Christina Bernard, Vince Lagano,Dave Ostrom;U.K. : Joy Johnson MacDonald, Susan Johnson Suleski, Carol Beels Beck, BenCavanna, Leonard Pavitt, Joanie Pavitt Taylor, Brother Witless (in an advisorycapacity); Europe: Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe.The KIT Newsletter is an open forum for fact and opinion. It encourages theexpression of all views, both from within and from outside the Bruderhof. Theopinions expressed in the letters we publish are those of the correspondents and do notnecessarily reflects those of KIT editors or staff.
July 1996 Volume VIII #7-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
-------------- "The 1996 Annual Report --------------
Once again a year has flown by since our last report, and the twelve months have beeneventful. Last July ended with the Bruderhof's alleged attempt to bug the Kingstonchurch where the news conference was to be held, followed by their lawsuit againstthe Kingston Eight. Meanwhile Mike Boller had escalated his attempts to visit Deer Spring Bruderhof by rollerblading to an open house. This ended in his arrest for trespassing. Andrew Bazeley managed to attend his mother Bronwen's burial atWoodcrest by asserting his legal rights as next-of-kin. The Bruderhof has nowresponded by having their elderly members sign letters specifically requesting thatnamed children and relatives not attend their funerals.In October, Boston Channel 5 aired a half-hour news program on the KIT/Bruderhof impasse, including Christoph Arnold's priceless remarks about the Gulfstream jet, the bugging of an ex-member family's phone, his dislike of democracy and the 800-number harassments. By then he had flown to Rome in the Bruderjet to meet withCardinal Ratzinger, a man with a worldwide reputation as, in the words of one KITreader, "a modern inquisitor."In November, the two Wharton Township, PA, bruderhofs failed in their attempt toget their candidate for supervisor elected despite registering every available member to vote. They also failed in their blanket rezoning request, and failed to get the property tax exemptions, which now they are appealing in New York State.Meanwhile Christmas arrived without any softening of the Bruderhof's No FamilyVisit policy for anyone reading KIT, again despite all of Christoph's previouslyspoken guarantees and written assurances that KITfolk would not be penalized. Again,this was explained as "the choice of individual Bruderhof families."
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