SAVE THE SCHOOL OWNED BY POLY FOLKS

$1,571 of $15k goal

Raised by 54 people in 3 months
Dave Doleshal
on behalf of Sue Heale
 BERKELEY, CA
POLYAMOROUS RELATIONSHIPS USED AS AN EXCUSE TO DESTROY A MUSIC SCHOOL

Sue founded her own music school in 2007. Within just a few years, she built the business from having only a handful of music students to more than 400 students. This was a phenomenal accomplishment, for while there are many people who can make music and many competent music teachers, the ability to attract a steady stream of paying customers is the most challenging aspect of being successful in the music business.

After her music school had experienced such great success, Sue and Josh established a polyamorous relationship. Each of them had the freedom to be involved with other romantic partners, everyone involved knew about each other, and all gave consent. Eventually, Josh and Sue invited one of their additional partners to move into their home.

The polyamorous relationship of Sue, Josh, and their third partner soon became a source of gossip at the music school. Some of the more "conservative" teachers were outraged, and decided to make it their business to either force Sue to adopt a more "conventional lifestyle" - or else they would destroy her business.

Josh and Sue refused to end their polyamorous relationship, so the "offended" staff members made good on their threat to destroy the school. They plotted to defame Sue and destroy the reputation of her school. They began spreading gossip and rumors throughout the community, most of which consisted of false statements and malicious lies with no basis in fact. Soon, they had largely succeeded, and Sue's music school lost half of it's students and revenue in just a few weeks when several of the teachers resigned and took many of the students away.

The "offended" teachers proceeded to establish their own teaching practices nearby and used the scandal as a way convince students from Sue's school to quit and become paying students at the new school. Since the teachers had all previously signed contracts which said they would NOT compete with Sue's school by taking students from the existing school as their own paying clients, this was in clear violation of their employment contracts.

The matter soon erupted into a dramatic legal battle. The core of the legal issue was primarily about the teachers stealing the paying students from Sue's school - a direct violation of the terms of their contracts. Since they had agreed not to do this, doing so was clearly an actionable legal matter - and something no honest music teacher would ordinarily do - or expect to get away with if they did. However, they presumed that if they could make the polyamorous nature of Josh and Sue's relationship into a scandal, they could use this as a smokescreen to get away with what would otherwise be viewed by the community (and the courts) as unethical behavior.

Apart from the specific legal details, the REAL issue at stake is whether someone should or should not be allowed to use another person's involvement in polyamory as an excuse to violate contracts and/or to use other unethical business practices against them. Sue and Josh have faced complete financial devastation  and massive emotional stress as a result of these actions. Sue has worked 7 days per week for over 3 years to save her business from the actions of her opponents.

The legal battle continued all through this last year, and according to their lawyers, Josh and Sue had a very good chance of emerging victorious. Their opponents had clearly committed numerous illegal acts, and there was solid documentation and evidence of them having done so.

Unfortunately, the most recent round of this legal struggle on December 16. 2016 did not go well for Sue and Josh. Despite having considerable solid evidence, the Judge ruled virtually all of their most solid evidence to be inadmissable due to a very minor clerical technicality.

This has already been a VERY expensive legal ordeal, for which Sue and Josh have already had to spend more than $40,000. They have another  $20,000 in legal bills that are now pending. They need money to move forward with the legal struggle and to save and rebuild their music school.

  At this point, although the possibility of forcing their adversaries to return all the assets they have already stolen looks rather bleak, it is still possible this may yet be accomplished in the next stage of planned legal action. 

However, as of right now, the most pressing issue is that there is still a VERY good chance Sue can still save her music school, keep it open and functioning, and even rebuild it to its former glory.  However, this will ONLY be possible IF she can raise sufficient funds quickly enough and take all the need legal steps.

Please donate generously.

Every little bit helps.
+ Read More
Update 2
Posted by Dave Doleshal
3 months ago
   Share
Yay! We just hit our first thousand bucks!
+ Read More
Update 1
Posted by Dave Doleshal
3 months ago
   Share
We are approaching our first thousand dollars! That is great! Thanks you EVERYONE ! Please DO tell all your friends, and please repost the link anywhere where people with an interest in all this might see!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$1,571 of $15k goal

Raised by 54 people in 3 months
Created December 31, 2016
Dave Doleshal  
on behalf of Sue Heale
$40
Anonymous
1 month ago
ZS
$5
zia sadrudin
2 months ago

good luck may the force be with u<3 keep real life and music alive, and life and work separate.

$10
Anonymous
2 months ago
$10
Anonymous
2 months ago
$5
Anonymous
2 months ago
$10
Anonymous
2 months ago
$20
Dave Doleshal
2 months ago

Janet Jones donated this money. She sent it to me directly, asking that it be donated to the cause to save the music school. So even though my name is on it, the money is really from Janet.

$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
MP
$10
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
3 months ago

You have the right to love and teach and parent as a polyperson and may all these parts of your beautiful self be able to continue to create exquisite music.

$10
Anonymous
3 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Dave know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.