Monthly Archives: August 2015

KPFA’s Eric Bauersfeld, best voice ever, still working

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Richard Wolinsky's photo.

So thanks to Randy Thom, 94 year old Erik Bauersfeld (head of KPFA’s Drama and Literature Department in the 1970s and 1980s) is in London recording the voice of Admiral Ackbar, (as he did in Return of the Jedi) for the new Star Wars movie. Go, Erik!!

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Pacifica By-Laws Amendments to be voted upon

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To be taken up by the Pacifica National Board for acceptance or rejection on September 24, 2015, and then to go to the Local Boards for approvals by Nov. 22.  3 of the 5 must approve.
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/ArticleFourSectionTwoProposedBylawsAmendment150731.pdf
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/RemoteParticipationAndAccessibilityAtInPersonMeetings150731.pdf
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/ByawsAmendPNBQuorumArticleSixSecFive150731.pdf
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/LSB%20QUORUMArticleSeven150731.pdf
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/BylawsAmendmentReplacingOneTownHall150731.pdf
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/ArticleFourSection8TermLimitsProposedAmendment150731.pdf
http://pacifica.org/documents/amendments_150731/RegularMtgsByTelArticleSixSec3_150731b.pdf

How proposed bylaws amendments are approved
For most amendments to be approved, they must pass the Pacifica National Board by a majority of its membership, and then be passed by a majority of delegates at each of 3 of the 5 stations. Particular types of bylaws amendments also require approval by the members via written ballot, and some bylaws amendments may be approved directly by the members even if the boards do not approve them.

For more on amending the bylaws, see Article 17 of the Pacifica Bylaws, the most current version of which is here.
T
his is from Pacifica.org

The following is the amended version of the by-laws they suggest, on the last of the listed amendments:
Article Six, Meetings of the Board of Directors, Section 3: Telephonic Meetings The Board may hold regular and special meetings by telephone conference, video screen communication or other communications equipment, provided, however, that telephone appearance at meetings scheduled as “in-person” meetings is not permitted. Participation in a telephonic meeting under this Section shall constitute presence at the meeting if all of the following apply: A. Each Director participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with all other Directors. B. Each Director is provided the means of participating in all matters for the Board, including the capacity to propose, or to interpose an objection to, a specific action to be taken by the Foundation. C. The Board has a means of verifying that the person participating at the meeting is a Director and that all votes cast during said meeting are cast only by Directors.
This concerns me because it might limit testimony by public/community comment sections of meetings.  Sue

KPFK Local Station Board Elections

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The ballots were to have been sent out and the ballots returned by Oct. 22nd, but that has been delayed.
Staff Candidates:  Alexander, Johnathan
Benavides, Jose
Cohen Johnson, Sue
Coie, Allan
Grewall, Tejvir “Tej”
LePique, Maggie
Lexa, Ali
Muhammad, Charlene
Pride, Steve
Turner, Kiyana
Velazquez, Fernando
L
istener Candidates: Aaron, Kenneth
Aaron, Grace
Anderson, Charles “Chuck”
Barnett, Douglas
Beck, Christian
Blair, Fred
Blyth, John
Boehm, John
Brazon, Lydia
Brown, Sharon
Caukin, Bruce L
Childs, Sandy
Cho, Jaye
Corral, Michael A.
Clayton “Jeff” Jeffries
Doneen, Ann
Eidman, Roberta
Eisen, William “Bill”
Elizondo, Rose Mary
Fox, Leslie
Frantz, Stephen
Fredricks, Charles
Gladney, Aryana
Gomez, Jaime L.
Goodman, Jan
Halle, Thomas
Hebert, Marylin
Kaiser, Steve
Lawrence, Nancy
Lightfoot, Liberty
Macias, Richard
Macon, Rob
Marbach, Barbara
Medina, Brenda
Medina, Diana
Mizell, Van
Mora, Michael
Novick, Michael
Pour, Reza
Pour, Schyna
Reson, Myla
Reyes, Lawrence
Ryan, Will
Sabbagh, Mansoor
Salmeron, Rolando
Sochaczewski, Alise
Spriestersbach, Ronald
Van, Jerry
Vollbrecht, John

KPFK remembers the Watts uprising of 1965

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KPFK News: The Watts community is commemorating the 50th anniversary of a rebellion and riot that radically changed the face of Los Angeles.

Fifty years ago, Marquette Frye – a 21 year-old black man – was pulled over for drunken driving by a white California Highway Patrol officer near 116th Street and Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles, setting off a chain of events that led to a six-day uprising.

Angelenos will gather at a variety of events throughout the week to remember that fateful day, which escalated when Frye’s mother arrived at the scene, devolving a so-called routine traffic stop into a melee.

The incident attracted a large crowd fueled by simmering racial tensions punctuated by high unemployment, poverty, and police brutality. Those tensions exploded on that August night.

Six days of fires, clashes with police and violence followed that traffic stop. Thirty-four people died, more than 1,000 were injured and scores of buildings were damaged, looted or destroyed – causing an estimated $40 million in damage.

Religious leaders gathered at 116th and Avalon in remembrance of the events of 50 years ago, praying that the city never re-lives the type of violence of the Watts riots.

Los Angeles author and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson said conditions in Watts and South Los Angeles are similar – if not worse – today than they were in 1965. Hutchinson, who recalled the violence and the chaos of the riots, pointed to increased levels of joblessness, poverty and police tensions in the area.

23 of those who died in the riots were killed by Los Angeles police officers or National Guardsmen. Nearly all of the injuries and deaths were civilians.

The Watts disturbance was the deadliest in the history of the city until the uprising and riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King. In that uprising, 55 people died and 10,000 businesses were destroyed by fire.

Groups such as the Youth Justice Coalition will hold teach-ins on the benefits of community policing and the need to address and solve the root causes of economic inequality and poverty.

On Saturday, the all-day “Watts Revolt: 50 Years Later Symposium” will be hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Human Relations Commission at Charles Drew University in Willowbrook. That same day, Grant AME Church will hold a commemorative church service at 9:30 am, with a community fair and block party planned at noon.

KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles / 98.7 FM Santa Barbara's photo.
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  • Rick Alvarez This was probably my first recollection of a historical event. Too young to remember the JFK assassination but I sure remember Watts. Could see and smell the smoke for days!
  • Elaine Carr I attempted to share my experience and this posting and my culturally diverse FB friends ignored it. No likes. No comments.

    So I seek a braver audience: I was 12 when it happened. I sat on my lawn with dad’s Blaupunkt short-wave radio watching tanks roll by & listening to police calls. Illegal? Who knows? I was a skinny little shy 12 year old kid. And I thought it was a cool thing that Marquette & Chuck Frye were always hanging out at our house — until dad banned them.

    That’s it. It’s my story coming of age in south LA that went from LA to Watts to South Central to South LA. Just about as many labels as my ethnicity…and I still prefer to be called American.Peace.

KPFK Development by People to People

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This past weekend a few members of the KPFK Local Station Board, and other volunteers called 500 lapsed KPFK members to get their feedback on the station, and why they stopped subscribing, We received some great suggestions, as well as several renewed subscriptions, and over $1000 in new donations! Over just the last few years we have lost over 8,000 listener subscribers, and over the next few months we will be calling all of them, taking their feedback as to why they lapsed, and inviting them to participate in rebuilding a KPFK that reflects and serves their communities. We need you in the phone room, so we ask all our current KPFK family to be on the lookout for phone volunteer call out.
KPFK Would like to thank all those who donated their time this weekend.
Bella De Soto, R, Alaniz, Michael Novick, Lydia Brazon, Adam Rice, Lynn Ballen, Valeria Phillips, John Boden, Lawrence Reyes, Ronald Spriesterbach, Rose Mary Elizondo

KPFK would like to thank all who participated, as well as all the lapsed subscribers we called, for their time and feedback. Together we will build‪#‎yourKPFK‬

KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles / 98.7 FM Santa Barbara's photo.
I hope they worked with the Membership Director and existing experts.  I have been pushing for this for a long time, but done by experts, or folks skilled in KPFK and its fundraising.

KPFK Programmer Activist Dedon Kamathi passed, retro on Sojourner Truth

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KPFK Programmer Activist Dedon Kamathi/Ken Carr passed, retro on Sojourner Truth:  http://archive.kpfk.org/mp3/kpfk_150827_070010sojourner.MP3

Dedon was a member of the Black Panther Party, member of Peoples Revolutionary Party, member of All African Peoples’ Revolutionary Party, community activist, b. 1949 BA Political Economy of 3rd World, former Black hippy, surfer, TM practitioner, father, mentor, Phd program in African studies, Pan-Africanist, journalist, propagandist, programmer for about 30 years on KPFK.
“Our warrior is now free”
“Ready for the Revolution!”

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Dedon y yo, and the old “temporary” broadcast board we had for some years.