“The Land” was a term that Dr. Pierce used to describe the beloved property, the hundreds of acres of wooded mountain along with its complex of buildings that is the spiritual and administrative home of the National Alliance.
Everyone who supports our efforts is well aware and without any doubt knows what our vision for the future of The Land is. Our intention is to save and retain The Land as well as to restore the complex for the use of business and administrative purposes. That’s going to be our initial big challenge.
As one can imagine, disuse after so many years and almost complete abandonment in the most recent years, the buildings have been subjected to the general decay as one would expect. There are both electrical and water issues as well as rodent and insect invasion. Not a pretty picture but certainly not issues that are uncommon nor insurmountable.
The well known water issues at the Dr. William L. Pierce memorial hall it turns out, we were told, was caused by a mishap caused by the logging company that Gliebe contracted in 2010 to take out a large amount of timber. If this is the case, Gliebe apparently didn’t hold the logging company responsible for restitution or repair of the damage.
In any event, we are prepared to tough it out at the property as we slowly are able to make improvement to the situation. The point is that The Land is our home and the issues there can be overcome with help from people with skills and general labor. We’ve already had a number of offers of assistance with refurbishment and volunteer work parties.
In addition we have commitments for minimal full-time staffing on The Land at this beginning stage immediately after this lawsuit comes to a favorable conclusion, hopefully later this year. Relocation plans are being arranged.
Our vision for the future is to see the complex on The Land once again a place bustling with activity as it was before; the home of the National Alliance.
The current management is giving mixed signals, being unclear as to what their plans are for the operation of the organization. Perhaps this is deliberate.
Consider what Will Williams has said his initial chairman’s commentary in the NA newsletter.
“We will be refurbishing and restaffing the West Virginia property that Dr. Pierce left to us, but I will remain for the time being at my Upper East Tennessee home where I already have adequate offices set up, not to mention the makings of a world class research library.”
First we’d like to comment that doesn’t this sound like Erich Gliebe talking? Gliebe too also remained at his suburban Cleveland home instead of relocating to the property in 2002, “for the time being” and never did make the promised move at all.
But more significantly, we like to point out that Williams has already claimed to have moved corporate property from the West Virgina office onto his private property in Tennessee. Among these assets are Dr. Pierce’s huge library and we see photographic evidence of items removed from the WV memorial hall to what is purportedly the new Alliance offices in Tennessee. Who knows what other assets have been removed from the national office property? We know that Gliebe and Williams were very busy working together all through 2014 on their business deal.
Are there going to be two “national offices”? One in WV and the other in TN? Under the present circumstances this would seem highly unlikely due to expense alone. For Williams certainly with little support it makes much more economic sense to work from “home”. Thus movable assets of value are moving out of the national office to Williams’ home.
And considering that whatever the amount of money Williams gave Gliebe for Dr. Pierce’s library, it is probably but a trifle compared to what both Gliebe and Cartwright claim are “owed” to them from the National Alliance; between the two of them amounting to over several tens of thousands of dollars.
In our opinion, this is the principle reason Cartwright is still on the Board and an official while Gliebe stays on connected as a silent partner. They both claim to be “owed” a very large amount of money each and where is Williams expected to come up with such a large amount?
Thankfully all National Alliance assets are under the protection of court injunction against encumbrance. As Williams cannot physically move The Land and the national office complex nor can it be put up on market, Williams, Gliebe and Cartwright are stuck.
Finally consider the so-called new Alliance office in Tennessee. Is the new office building a corporate asset as the WV national office property is or is it under private ownership of Will Williams? What about the property the new office sits upon? Is that real estate a corporate asset or does it remain like the building the sole private property of Will Williams?
And Dr. Pierce’s library, does Williams consider this corporate asset now his own personal collection just because he gave Gliebe some money for it?
It would appear that perhaps the future of the Alliance assets may be incrementally removed from the corporate domain to a sole proprietorship. Just as Gliebe headed a legally bound corporation but used it as his own private club to do as he pleased and got into trouble for it; Will Williams seems to be moving in the direction of consolidating all power to his own and to remove impediments that would keep him from absolute total control.
How ironic this is in lieu of the information we’ve just received from a former member who knew Dr. Pierce very well and Will Williams who confided to us in no uncertain terms that Dr. Pierce did indeed tell Will Williams to leave his service. (Even Williams has admitted to leaving the NA before the death of Dr. Pierce.) A major part of the reason for the good Doctor’s insistence that Williams leave was the same as expressed by Williams’ former employer, Church of the Creator founder Ben Klassen.
Indeed, perhaps this is the perfectly valid reason that the latest edition of the Membership Handbook had added as additional verbiage under the topic of Ineligible persons to prohibit membership to anyone who receives government assistance for a mental condition.
That the attempted consolidation of power of the corporation is going to the control of such a person as this indeed makes one shudder.
We pledge to do all that is within our power to prevent this from happening.