Worcester cultural org’s supporters kicked out of city council meeting

Supporters of an embattled cultural group were escorted out of a Worcester City Council meeting for making “profanity-laced outbursts’’ Tuesday night, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The contentious meeting came one week after a city councilor filed a motion to audit the group’s city contracts.

Mosaic Cultural Complex, which describes itself on its Facebook page as “a grassroots organization aiming at improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations,’’ recieved government funds to run a health program for hypertension treatment, according to the Telegram & Gazette. In October, the paper reported the findings of an audit that showed instances of mismanagement, including three months when the agency had not paid employees. Last week, Councilor-At-Large Michael T. Gaffney proposed a second audit of Mosaic, specifically of their timesheet records.

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“If there’s nothing there, great,’’ District 5 Councilor Gary Rosen told the Telegram & Gazette. “But I think we all know, yes, there is something there. There is something wrong. There (are) people taking advantage of the system.’’

Nate Pickens, who the Telegram & Gazette identified as a former Mosaic staff member, was ordered to leave after he called Gaffney a racist and suggested the councillor was acting on the allegations of the Turtleboy blog.

“You have this racist blog that’s controlling this council,’’ Mr. Pickens said, according to the Telegram & Gazette. “It’s sickening. It’s ridiculous.’’

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