Category Archives: Democracy Now

What the heck is happening here?

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What the heck is happening here: https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/27/statement-from-striking-truthdig-workers/?fbclid=IwAR2v4DYGAzjMBkLowfVMdzboVJo_aBZrYDu2b0Lc2EX60CG0lU8IOwpAzos
Excerpt: Two weeks prior, we had begun a work stoppage at the website to protest unfair labor conditions, promising to return to work if Truthdig’s publisher, Zuade Kaufman, committed to negotiate with us in good faith. She did not. Instead, she opted to disable reader comments across the site and place Truthdig on “hiatus” during a global pandemic. Now we were learning that Kaufman planned to shutter the publication completely. Her goal, which she seems determined to pursue at any cost, is to eject co-owner and Editor in Chief Robert Scheer from the company without honoring the terms of their operating agreement. . . .

Last minute Bombshell?

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https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/03/17/screwed-qm-1-in-13-purged-from-the-listener-elector-roll-wbai-culled-by-30pc-whilst-kpft-grows-by-21pc-update-on-the-th5mar-pnb-figures/

” Highlights, the changes in only nine weeks:

  • listener-membership has fallen 3 581 (−7.84%, 1-in-13), from 45 690 to 42 109
  • KPFA listeners −13.6%, so 1-in-7 (14 334 → 12 385, so −1 949)
  • KPFT listeners +21.2% (3 569 → 4 327, so +758)
  • WBAI listeners −30.1% (8 240 → 5 761, so −2 479)
  • WPFW listeners −4.2% (6 293 → 6 029, so −264)
  • staff membership has fallen −1.5% (970 → 955, so −15) “

No Quick Fix

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There are just no quick and easy fixes for Pacifica radio or stations. All the great ideas are labor and overhead intensive and killer on the staff. Don’t assume that a big change, like changing the by-laws, will be better instead of worse.
If we all just did our jobs well, and elected good local board members (that we knew by social media), and stop putting too much energy into the internal fighting, all would be well ‘in the garden’.
The fight between the more and more Leftyish and the more cultural and more full stream will always be there, as it should be. But all of us left-of-center are part of ‘The Struggle’. And should pull together. (Those nearer the center often pay for the rest of us.)

KPFK building

Sick and Tired and Voting Yes?

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https://www.laprogressive.com/hostile-takeover-of-pacifica-radio/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=490232e1-f5fb-491d-a1b8-dd99e11e233c

kpftx.org

https://pacificainexile.org/archives/3000

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/16/18826331.php

Excerpt: “I ask you to let the 2016 presidential campaign be a cautionary tale. The actions on the Left were unwilling to coalesce when it really mattered. You don’t need me to recite all the consequences of that failure and if the memory of the 2016 campaign doesn’t scare you, nothing will. “

The Takeover of 1999, and Now

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A vote yes is to vote for the so-called elites to dictate to the people, or even sell off the stations. But a big infusion of cash from that would just go right away for their pet projects or into their pockets. These are the folks responsible for the possible loss of KPFA’s building. Disenfranchises the 200+ affiliate stations.

YOUR BALLOT must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 19. If you didn’t get a ballot, or misplaced it, request another ballot

h t t p s : / / r e s c u e p a c i f i c a . n e t
” rescuepacifica.net “

Check out their Meetings

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Know when meetings are at this site:

https://kpftx.org/?kpfk

Monday, March 2, 2020 6:00 PM ET
KPFK General Manager Evaluation Live Meeting – Not Recorded – Executive Session – Not Streamed
Purpose: Personnel Matters Committee Members
Grace Aaron graceaaron@gmail.com
Posted: 02/24/2020 – 7:30 PM Updated: 02/24/2020 – 7:30 PM

Back to the Calendar
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 7:00 PM ET
WPFW Programming Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Purpose: Regular Programming Committee Meeting Committee Members
Vinnie Jack vinniejack@gmail.com
Posted: 10/16/2019 – 6:11 PM Updated: 10/16/2019 – 6:11 PM

Back to the Calendar
Thursday, March 5, 2020 8:30 PM ET
Pacifica National Board Teleconference
Purpose: Regular meeting of the PNB. Committee Members
Regular meeting of the PNB.
Alex Steinberg pnbalex@gmail.com
Posted: 01/04/2020 – 11:47 PM Updated: 01/04/2020 – 11:47 PM
Streamed  Here  The direct link is  http://kpftx.org:6280  Also  Here

Back to the Calendar
Monday, March 9, 2020 7:00 PM ET
WPFW Finance Teleconference
Purpose: Regular Finance Meeting Committee Members
Phone meeting 857-232-0157, code 205491.
Vinnie Jack vinniejack@gmail.com
Posted: 12/20/2019 – 5:27 PM Updated: 12/20/2019 – 5:27 PM

Back to the Calendar
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7:00 PM ET
WPFW Outreach & Development Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Committee Members
Ellen Carter ellencarter19@gmail.com
Posted: 01/22/2020 – 2:26 PM Updated: 02/17/2020 – 12:14 PM

Back to the Calendar
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:30 PM ET
Finance Teleconference
Purpose: Regular meeting Committee Members
Agenda
tbd
R. Paul Martin rpm@glib.com
Posted: 05/14/2019 – 9:46 PM Updated: 05/14/2019 – 9:46 PM
Streamed  Here  The direct link is  http://kpftx.org:6280  Also  Here

Back to the Calendar
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 6:30 PM ET
WPFW Local Station Board Live Meeting – Recorded
Committee Members
Agenda
The LSB regular meeting will convene at 6:30pm and will be open to the
public. The Community Comment portion of the meeting begins at a "Time
Certain" of 7:30 pm, regardless of where we are in the agenda.
Ellen Carter ellencarter19@gmail.com
Posted: 12/12/2019 – 10:26 AM Updated: 02/17/2020 – 12:13 PM

Back to the Calendar
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 7:00 PM ET
WBAI Local Station Board Live Meeting – Recorded
Committee Members
Carolyn McIntyre cemac62@aol.com
Posted: 02/23/2020 – 5:24 PM Updated: 02/23/2020 – 5:24 PM

Back to the Calendar
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 7:00 PM ET
KPFK Finance Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Purpose: To Review KPFK Financial Documents Committee Members
The KPFK Local Station Board’s Finance Committee Meeting will meet on
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm Pacific Time, at the KPFK Station.
KPFK is at 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West, North Hollywood, CA 91604-3504, 3/4
block southeast of the intersection of Lankershim and Ventura Blvds.,
not far from the Universal Studios Red Line station
on Lankershim.
Fred Blair fred.b.blair@gmail.com
Posted: 02/11/2020 – 6:32 PM Updated: 02/11/2020 – 6:32 PM

Back to the Calendar
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:00 PM ET
KPFT Local Station Board Live Meeting – Recorded
Purpose: Regular Busines, Election to PNB Committees Committee Members
Richard Uzzell richard_uzzell_3@hotmail.com
Posted: 02/20/2020 – 1:02 AM Updated: 02/20/2020 – 1:03 AM

Back to the Calendar
Friday, March 13, 2020 7:00 PM ET
Programming Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Purpose: Programming Policy Matters Committee Members
Agenda
Discussion of KPFK programming and policy regarding programming.
Grace Aaron graceaaron@gmail.com
Posted: 02/24/2020 – 7:37 PM Updated: 02/24/2020 – 7:37 PM

Back to the Calendar
Monday, March 16, 2020 7:30 PM ET
KPFT Development Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Committee Members
Agenda
will include Outreach coverage
will include election of chair & secretary
Teresa Allen teresajallen@sbcglobal.net
Posted: 02/19/2020 – 11:44 PM Updated: 02/19/2020 – 11:44 PM

Back to the Calendar
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:00 PM ET
KPFT Finance Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Committee Members
Teresa Allen teresajallen@sbcglobal.net
Posted: 02/19/2020 – 11:41 PM Updated: 02/19/2020 – 11:41 PM

Back to the Calendar
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7:00 PM ET
WBAI Finance Live Meeting – Not Recorded
Purpose: Regular meeting Committee Members
Agenda
TBD
R. Paul Martin rpm@glib.com
Posted: 02/19/2020 – 11:15 PM Updated: 02/19/2020 – 11:15 PM

Back to the Calendar
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:30 PM ET
Finance Teleconference
Purpose: Regular meeting Committee Members
Agenda
tbd
R. Paul Martin rpm@glib.com
Posted: 05/14/2019 – 9:47 PM Updated: 05/14/2019 – 9:47 PM
Streamed  Here  The direct link is  http://kpftx.org:6280  Also  Here

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Bylaws Amendments would:
(text in italics is from the proposed Bylaws – view .PDF download from pacifica.org)
Eliminate the local boards.
ARTICLE X… Upon adoption of these Bylaws the Local Station Boards authorized under the previous Bylaws shall be terminated…
Remove the entire Pacifica National Board that was democratically elected by our Local Station Boards.
Article XV… The terms of the previous Board of Directors shall expire on that date. (When the Transition Board consisting of the 6 appointed At-Large Directors is seated.)
Eliminate staff representation completely on the National Board.
ARTICLE V… No staff member, as defined in Article III, Section 1.B, above, nor any station or Foundation employee, nor any person who hosts or helps to produce a program regularly aired on any Pacifica radio station shall be eligible for service on the Foundation Board of Directors as an At-Large or Station Representative Director.
Eliminate representation from our Affiliate Network on the National Board.
Make it easier to sell a building and even to sell a radio license – possibly to sell KPFK!
Article IV, Section 3. QUORUM FOR ACTION BY VOTE A quorum for any action by membership vote shall be 5% of the members, or 5% of the members associated with that station. (The quorum in the current Bylaws is 10%. The Bylaws being proposed make it much easier to sell a major asset of Pacifica such as a building or to sell or swap a radio station license because the voting threshold is much lower.Give majority control of the National Board to appointed people – with no oversight.
ARTICLE VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Section 1. NUMBER OF DIRECTORS There shall be Eleven (11) Directors, including five (5) Station-Representative Directors and six (6) At-Large Directors.
Give greater power and control to At-Large (appointed) PNB Directors because Directors elected by station members cannot be either the PNB Chair or Treasurer.
ARTICLE VIII. OFFICERS… The Chair and the Treasurer are required to be At-Large Directors.
Make it harder and more expensive to become a member.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP… “Listener-Sponsor Members” shall be any natural persons who within the preceding 12-month period: (1) have contributed a minimum of $50 to any Foundation radio station… or (2) have volunteered a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of service to any Foundation radio station. (Currently, annual membership is $25, volunteer membership requires 3 hours of volunteer work.)
Open the door to corporate sponsorship.
Open the door to censorship and a push for more ‘moderate’ political programming.
Make the Bylaws easier to amend opening the door to breaking up Pacifica, selling assets more quickly, etc.
ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS The Board of Directors may amend these Bylaws by a 2/3rds majority vote of all the Directors at a regular or special meeting, provided however that written notice setting forth the amendment or summary of the changes to be effected thereby shall be given to each director and shall be posted on the Foundation website and each Pacifica radio station website at least thirty (30) days prior to the vote.

Please, let this squelch it:

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I’m sorry about being Partisan on this, but I can’t stand this ‘and I’m not going to take it anymore’.

Inshallah

Excerpt:  “DANNY GLOVER, CINDY SHEEHAN & JACKIE GOLDBERG ASK YOU TO VOTE ‘NO’ ON PACIFICA BYLAWS PROPOSAL

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King Reilly

1:09 PM (8 hours ago)

“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 <vote@simplyvoting.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….”
to me

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.”

https://pacificafightback.org/

https://pacificafightback.org/

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.

 

More of the New Bylaws

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“There will be no Delegates, no Delegate elections, and no Local Station Boards. The members of thecurrent Local Station Boards may join their station’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) but will have no role in governance. A CAB is required at each station by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and will operate under the CPB requirements. https://www.cpb.org/stations/certification/cert3
Staff-Members and persons hosting or helping to produce a regular program airing on any Pacifica radio station will not be eligible for service on the Board of Directors, nor are any station or Pacifica Foundation employees.
Six Transition At-Large Directors will be seated at a Board meeting during the last two weeks of January 2020. They are: Heidi Boghosian, Judy Graboyes, Bob King, Barbara Ransby, Walter Riley, and Norman Stockwell. Their biographies are posted here.If any of those six becomes unable to serve before the first meeting of the new Transition Board in January, then those remaining will select alternates in the order they choose from the following alternates: Terri Burke, Mustafaa Carrol, and Louis Vandenberg. Their biographies are posted here.
The 5 Transition Station Representative Directors will be elected by the members early next year and will be seated at a Board meeting during the first 2 weeks in May 2020.  The 2019 Board’s terms will expire upon the commencement of the January Transition Board meeting.”

 

Now I Know Why

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https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/02/17/ed-brazon-spreads-the-calm/

Excerpt:  “…Pacifica Foundation, Inc. has engaged two specialty firms helping us with the tax lien for KPFA and the transmitter property as well. Both firms have clearly made this a priority. The law firm helping us with the tax exemption has great expertise in this particular area and the lawyers and [sic] communicated with someone with the authority to grant us some status relief, pending the submission of our exemption application by Friday, February 14. Relief regarding the lien is not guaranteed, but I think we can be cautiously hopeful. KPFA produced the final financial documents needed for both properties on Thursday, February 14 [sic: the 13th].

However, it is also the case that the Organizational Clearance Certificate I sent them which we’ve always used, and which grants the Pacifica Foundation, the property tax exemption status as a non-profit entity, must be reapplied for. It turns out such a Certificate had to be applied for when the name was changed in 2013 and again when we changed it back in early 2015 to Pacifica Foundation, Inc.. That further complicated the application attempted by KPFA during that same period. KPFA already had a reduced tax amount as a result of previous tax exemptions applied for, but the subsequent one was intended to render the properties totally exempt from taxation. The lawyers also believe all of Pacifica’s properties should qualify for full exemption status….”

“…As the situation progresses toward resolution, I will update your PNB directors [sic].

Than [sic] you,

Lydia Brazon
Interim Executive Director
Pacifica Foundation…”

I didn’t know that she was in charge again!

QNoJusticeNoPeace

 

 

 

Keeping Up With the Bitter and the Better

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. . . “This led to a notice of public auction and sale of the studio building at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way for seven years of unpaid property taxes. A certified letter sent to KPFA on January 17, 2020 from the Tax Collector’s office has disappeared into the ether.

In comments to station staff and to the press, UIR members of KPFA’s station board and KPFA’s business manager have blamed the default on an involuntary name change forced on the Pacifica Foundation when a scam outfit registered the Pacifica Foundation name with the state. However, that is not the reason for the property tax default.

The last filing made to the Alameda County Assessor was filed on February 15, 2012. The 2013 filing was due on February 15, 2013 and was not made. The filing at the Secretary of State of another Pacifica Foundation by the scam outfit occurred on February 26, 2013, or 11 days after the initial default. The Pacifica Foundation did not change its name until March 19, 2013 or 34 days after the property tax default. The failure to file and the initial property tax default on February 15, 2013 was not caused by the name change because the name change had not happened yet. Unless someone was in possession of a crystal ball, the two things were unrelated.

In other news, Pacifica members should shortly get a ballot in the mail asking them to weigh in on a proposed substitute set of bylaws, created mostly by the UIR/Save KPFA group at KPFA. These anti-democratic . . . ”

Thanks to ” https://pacificainexile.org/archives/2978

kpfkLeslienewbossnephewSkippy

Better Vote

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This site won’t let me copy its URL website, so here it is:

https://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/  

There are also the reports from the last elections.

“Referendum Rules and Work Plan – Vote on Revised Bylaws February-March 2020 
A bylaws amendment petition will be going for a vote of Pacifica’s members on Feb 18th 2020. There will be two parallel elections nationwide, one amongst listeners (10% quorum) and one amongst staff (25% quorum). Ballots must be received before 11:59PM EST on March 19th in order to be counted.
Starting on Feb 18th, please look out for an email, paper ballot or postcard (with voter credentials beneath a scratch off). All members who donated a minimum of $25 or who volunteered a minimum of 3 hours between Jan. 03, 2019 and Jan. 02, 2020 are eligible to vote. Examples of eligible volunteer work are: working in the fund room during fund-drives and serving on local station board committees. In order to qualify to vote as staff you need to be paid staff (on payroll as of Jan 2, 2020) or unpaid staff (defined as having completed 30 hours minimum of work (outside of fund-drives) between Oct 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (3 month period) at KPFK, KPFT, WBAI and WPFW. At KPFA, the definition for unpaid staff is 30 hours of work (outside of fund-drives) between Jan 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (12 month period).
If you do not receive a ballot please fill out a ballot request form (link to be posted on Feb 18th, 2020). All members (staff or listener) who requested a paper ballot in prior election will receive a paper ballot in this election.
Prior to requesting a ballot, please make sure to check your SPAM folder and safe-list vote@simplyvoting.com and nes@pacifica.org.
TIMELINE
• Feb 1-7 Prepare mailing lists
• Feb 18 Ballots go out (e-ballots, paper and postcards)
• Feb 18 Open election (all)
• Feb 18 – Mar 19 Fulfill ballot requests and provide customer support
• Mar 19 Close election (all)
• Mar 20 Ballot data entry
• Mar 21 – 22 Provide results
If you would like to review the proposed bylaw amendment, you may view the posted notice announcement here.
One of our stars.

Videos Pacifica turns 60

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Democracy Now features KPFA On the Air documentary

Part 1, 11 minutes, the other 5 episodes follow on Youtube

“Pacifica Radio at 60: KPFA Remains a Sanctuary of Dissent Six Decades After Its Founding

Today marks the sixtieth anniversary of Pacifica Radio. On April 15th, 1949 at 3:00 p.m., a charismatic conscientious objector named Lewis Hill sat before a microphone and said, This is KPFA Berkeley. With that, KPFA went on the air, and the first listener-supported radio station in the United States was born. Pacifica Radio is the oldest independent media network in the United States, and its sixtieth birthday comes as a deepening crisis engulfs mainstream media. To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Pacifica Radio today, we feature a documentary about the first Pacifica Radio station: KPFA in Berkeley. Its called KPFA on the Air by filmmakers Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.”

Democracy Now has Noam Chomsky on

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On the air, Democracy Now! Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance; Noam Chomsky: Despite Iran Spat, U.S. Support for Israeli Occupation Continues Without Pause; Noam Chomsky: After Dangerous Proxy War, Keeping Ukraine Neutral Offers Path to Peace with Russ; Noam Chomsky on How the Iraq War Birthed ISIS & Why U.S. Policy Undermines the Fight Against It.

'On the air, Democracy Now! Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance; Noam Chomsky: Despite Iran Spat, U.S. Support for Israeli Occupation Continues Without Pause; Noam Chomsky: After Dangerous Proxy War, Keeping Ukraine Neutral Offers Path to Peace with Russ; Noam Chomsky on How the Iraq War Birthed ISIS & Why U.S. Policy Undermines the Fight Against It.'