A member of the San Jose, California Guardian Angels franchise has been abruptly kicked out for setting up a prayer message for leader Curtis Sliwa, and is being intimidated by the group’s leadership from speaking out.
Tili Ayala, who went under the street name “Sis” in the group, went to the World Conference of the Guardian Angels several months ago. She was a bit surprised with the lack of people, especially from the more than 100 franchises around the world, who showed up for the confab.
“It was not a very good turnout,” Ayala said. Her disappointment was made up with finally being able to meet leader Curtis Sliwa and hear him speak.
During his speech, Sliwa said that because of his being shot seven times back in early 1990’s, he would have to undergo a potentially life-threatening surgery and he “might not make it.”
“Say good thoughts for me,” Sliwa said.
If he died during the surgery, Sliwa told the Confernece that he would leave Chicago franchise leader and Midwest regional director Michael “3rd Rail” Fuentes in command.
Ayala viewed 3rd Rail as “cocky and arrogant” and not the best choice for a new leader of the group.
Sliwa went on to talk extensively about his personal life. “I have been on the news many times,” he said, and asked the Conference to not talk about his personal life in public.
“My marriage is not anyone’s business, whether I’m divorced or married,” Sliwa said. “Don’t share my personal life in public.”
After his speech, Ayala met Sliwa and talked about her extensive humanitarian work, showing the Guardian Angel leader her award from the United Nations for Ambassador for Peace, which Sliwa took but never returned.
The day after the Conference, Ayala posted a prayer request message for Sliwa on the social networking site Facebook, asking friends to “please keep Curtis in prayer, he will be having a surgery, he has been shot more than 7 times.” Ayala believed the information she posted about Sliwa was public information because he made the announcement at the GA World Conference.
Shortly after making the post, Ayala got a call from Fuentes, telling her to take down the prayer request. She immediately erased it. A couple of weeks later, on the morning of September 3rd, Ayala got a call from San Jose franchise leader, Ren.
“Sis, you’re a wonderful person, but I’m going to have to let you go” because of the post, Ren told her. Guardian Angel leaders, most likely Fuentes, pressured Ren to fire Ayala because Facebook is considered “public media” to the group.
Ayala tried to go within the chain of command within the Guardian Angels in an attempt to sort out the problem and get reinstated, even speaking Sliwa over the phone on October 3rd and personally apologizing for publishing the prayer request. Sliwa said he would “look into it” but never got back to her.
Ayala has been left devastated and bewildered by being kicked out of a group she was so passionately involved in. She was injured several years ago while on patrol back in Philadelphia, when she helped an elderly man who was being attacked by a crazed woman on the subway. Ayala also credits the Guardian Angels with helping her get the United Nations Ambassador for Peace award, and other achievements in her life.
Ayala was set to go on shortwave- and Internet radio show The Right Perspective this Friday with her story, but after making a Facebook post promoting her appearance,several other Guardian Angels pressured her to back out of going on air with her issues. San Francisco patrol leader Adam Kratt slandered the show a “racist” and accused Ayala of being a “traitor” by going on it.
“I feel intimidated by the Guardian Angels right now,” Ayala told The Right Perspective. “I feel they are targeting me, I feel that if I speak out I will be a target.” Other Angels still in the group may be kicked out simply for speaking to her as well, she said.
“In the Philadelphia [franchise] we were told, ‘once someone gets stripped, [if we have communications with them], we would get stripped as well,” Ayala said.
Kratt also promised Ayala that he would give her the “real” reason she was let go from the group, but has not yet gotten back to her, despite posting on Facebook all day long in a desperate attempt at damage control.
“Adam has my phone number, and he has not called me,” Ayala said. “I have called everyone and asked, ‘if I was not stripped for the prayer thing, then why?’ and they just won’t tell me why.”
Many other Guardian Angels say it is “dead wrong” that Ayala got kicked out of the group and want her back. They too feel intimidated from speaking out publicly on the matter.