I’m sorry about being Partisan on this, but I can’t stand this ‘and I’m not going to take it anymore’.
Excerpt: “DANNY GLOVER, CINDY SHEEHAN & JACKIE GOLDBERG ASK YOU TO VOTE ‘NO’ ON PACIFICA BYLAWS PROPOSAL
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“Dear Sue, please join us in voting against these deceptive amendments. Please forward to your friends. We must protect Pacifica Radio! Warmly, Danny, Cindy and Jackie
Join activistsJackie Goldberg, Danny Glover, Cindy Sheehan, Joan Sekler, KPFK’s JimLafferty (The Lawyer’s Guild), KPFA’s Dennis Bernstein (Flashpoints), WBAI’s Bonnie Faulkner (Guns & Butter), WPFW’s Verna Avery Brown (‘What’s At Stake‘ and past host of Pacifica Radio News) and the 21 of the 24 KPFK Local Station Board members who voted ‘NO’ on these bylaws changes: Jan Goodman, Grace Aaron, Ken Aaron, Michael Adler, Allan Beek, Fred Blair, Jeanette Charles, Bella de Soto, Eric Jacobson, Evelia Jones, Ali Lexa, Michelle Manos, Barbara Marbach, Michael Novick, Jim Osborne, Nancy Pearlman, Lawrence Reyes, Paul Roberson, Oscar Ulloa, Polina Vasiliev and Beth von Gunten.MEMBERS: Did you get your ballot?
First, look for your email ballot sent Feb 18 from ‘Pacifica Foundation <email@example.com>‘
If you did not get your e-ballot on Feb 18 or paper ballot by Feb 20… CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A PAPER BALLOT, replacement e-ballot or new e-ballot
Eligible voters are those who donated at least $25 between Jan. 03, 2019 and Jan. 02, 2020. Voting ends Thursday, March 19. For your vote to count, your paper ballot must arrive by snail mail March 19 (so mail it early) or your eballot must be cast by 8:59 p.m. PST on March 19. If you donated $50, then your spouse or other household member is also eligible to vote. See Danny Glover in this 45 second video https://youtu.be/dHnLsBG2wYM. Danny urges Pacifica members not to change the bylaws which would eliminate staff representation on the Pacifica board. This move toward corporatization would lead to an NPR operation with appointed boards of directors and eliminate the democratic governance led in part by the workers who produce programming at Pacifica.What’s going on:Some of the proponents behind the bylaws referendum have urged bankruptcy, been in favor of shutting down and/or selling the Pacifica New York and Washington, D.C. station signals, and pushed for breaking up the network. They have:
- cost Pacifica over $100,000 in expenses for this bylaws referendum
- cost Pacifica about $200,000 in legal expenses from the October 2019 shutdown of WBAI
- throttled Pacifica’s revenue streams by shutting down WBAI at the beginning of a fund drive costing that station at least $200,000 in income
- impeded audits through their actions and inactions, thus preventing Pacifica from qualifying for up to $5 million in Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants over the past 5 yearly grant cycles
- in 2017-2018, tried to stampede the Pacifica National Board into filing for bankruptcy which many think, including 2 highly qualified bankruptcy attorneys, would result in the rapid sale of station building(s) and the end of Pacifica as we know it.
- some of the new-bylaws proponents have been in favor of voluntary bankruptcy. However, 2 highly qualified bankruptcy attorneys told us that bankruptcy proceedings alone would cost between $500,000 to $1,000,000. No money would be saved in bankruptcy because bankruptcy law states that if the assets of a nonprofit exceed its debt, the debt would have to be paid off at 100 cents on the dollar. Plus, Pacifica’s main debt is the $3,100,000 loan which is due in 14 months. This loan has a bankruptcy clause, such that if Pacifica declares bankruptcy, our buildings will be put up for sale to satisfy that debt. Bankruptcy would not be able to prevent that….”
The interview from the Atlanta Pacifica Affiliate is long but it includes some good descriptions. I think that they want to disenfranchise the paid staff (and the unpaid) because they make the stations run and they know the real dirt. Prices and ploys would make it harder for the poor and oppressed to become members/voters. Elected Board members would become severely limited, and hand-picked At-Large members would have a lock on the boards.
“14. ED may dispense with hired outside election contractors and order board secretary, who can be at-large director or hired employee, to act as election supervisor.
17. All vacancies filled by board. If an elected station director resigns, their successor will be picked by the board w…
20. Board secretary authorized as an outside hired employee.
22. Vice-Chair, Secretary, CFO and Treasurer can all be the same person.
24. CFO is supervised by the ED.
25. General managers and program directors, as well as other staff, are removed from indemnification from lawsuits filed against them in the context of performing their work.
29. Removes description of conflict of interest criteria from the bylaws.”
The photo and the quote by Alice Walker were taken when “National Pacifica” tried to take over KPFA and locked out all the paid and unpaid staff.