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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.)

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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

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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. “

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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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…
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Board secretary authorized as an outside hired employee.
22.
Vice-Chair, Secretary, CFO and Treasurer can all be the same person.
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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.

 

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!

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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

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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.
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Democracy Leaves Pacifica unless we Fight

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Better read the 31!.  They make me sick.

31 Things About the New Bylaws Proposal

31 Things About the New Bylaws Proposal

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 26, 2020

It’s Up To You Now

 

Berkeley – On January 23, an Alameda County, California courtroom decided to allow 600 members to force their late-submitted anti-democratic bylaws proposal to a referendum vote immediately at the expense of Pacifica’s membership. The January 23 decision pauses the results of the last delegate election, which 6,085 members participated in. It delays the seating of national board reps selected by newly-elected delegates and keeps the outgoing national board unwillingly frozen into place for another seven weeks. Each Pacifica member faces a bill of approximately $1.50 each for what will be the third nationwide election in little more than a year. Ballots are expected to go out in mid-February.

This publication had previously suggested that Pacifica members would be well-advised to simply ignore these bylaws ballots should they receive them. But we are now changing that advice. On further review of this ill-advised proposal, we strongly recommend a loud and decisive “NO” vote. We will talk a bit about why below.

For those who want to climb into the weeds, (and pretty much everyone now has too), Pacifica in Exile has prepared a detailed guide called 31 Things About The New Bylaws Proposal. You can find it here. Please distribute widely.

Below we will highlight a few general points about the Pacifica Restructuring Project proposal that you should keep in mind.

1. The referendum the Court forced despite the lateness of the original proposal is NOT a referendum on the current bylaws, but on this specific proposal. This proposal was drafted in secret by less than a dozen people and never vetted beyond this tiny group before being foisted upon the network.  Acceptance would impose a permanently un-elected national board majority. The proponents generally argue on the basis that the current bylaws have problems, which is a position most would agree with. But instead of putting their proposal up for broad discussion as one possible alternative among many, they have short-circuited dialogue and proposed an ultimatum: their way or the highway. These are not the values a community-based membership organization should espouse.

2. The new bylaws proposal installs immediately, 6 particular people, who would compose a permanently un-elected majority on an 11-person board. Those 6 seats would be filled by other national board members into infinity and this group would be free to operate the Foundation more or less as they please, since they have an absolute majority and can establish the board quorum of 6 entirely by themselves. The installed directors require no consent for any board action d by the pro forma member-elected portion of the board (5 seats – 1 from each station signal area). In other words, in this model you get a vote, but it is only symbolic.

The original proposal, which was sent to 47,000 Pacifica members and signed on to by less than a thousand of us, named 6 individuals and 3 alternates. Of those 9 individuals, two have dropped out since the proposal was floated in September. Of the 7 remaining, only 2 have media experience. The most heavily represented constituency is civil rights lawyers, who compose 3 of the remaining 7. 2 are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2 in Texas (the smallest Pacifica signal area) and 2 in the Midwest, a region which does not have a Pacifica-owned station. None are located on the Eastern seaboard where Pacifica maintains WBAI-FM in New York and WPFW-FM in Washington DC. None of the 7 people asking you to install them has made a single public comment about what they will do if placed on the board of directors.

3. We encourage you to read the full 31 Things About the New Bylaws article. Here is a quick touch on a few of the salient changes:

* While your vote drops in value from 4 seats on the national board to 1 minority seat, the cost of that vote doubles to $50/yr from the current $25/year.

* There is no residency requirement for a sole elected station representative on the national board.

* Quorum drops to 5% for future changes to the bylaws including station license sales.

* Station unpaid and paid staff are prohibited on the national board. Pacifica affiliated stations no longer have seats for their representatives on the national board.

* While there are nominally 5 member-elected directors (1 from each station), they are not only a permanent minority, they are prohibited from serving as the board chair or board treasurer. Only the self-appointed directors can chair the board or serve as the treasurer.

* Conflict of interest rules for board members are loosened so that any claim that a director has a “personal interest” in a board decision can keep them from voting. This explicitly allows the prevention of directors from voting as happened with the exclusion of WBAI’s representatives from voting on the raid of their station. That action was thrown out by NY’s Supreme Court as “trumped-up” based on the current bylaws. It wouldn’t be in the future.

What Will Happen If These New Bylaws Are Adopted

It doesn’t take a crystal ball. ​After 7 weeks of bylaws election, then Pacifica will have to have 5 more elections, one at each station, to select a new sole station director. After that is all over, this new board will finally sit down and realize they have a loan principle payment of $3.2 million due in less than a year. The new board will panic, examine their assets, and immediately call yet another election seeking member permission to sell a station license. What else can they possibly do? What we are looking at is just another pathway to the unnecessary break-up of Pacifica. The people’s media assets, which are held in trust by the Pacifica Foundation, deserve better.

We know there are other answers. $1.9 million dollars was given to this organization in one calendar year in 2019 in windfall gifts. Loan obligations can be met, if we want them to be. Bylaws don’t replace the will to survive and putting the public interest first.

Vote to keep your membership rights and vote NO on the break-up bylaws. 

If you value being kept up to speed on Pacifica Radio news via this newsletter, you can make a little contribution to keep Pacifica in Exile publishing . Donations are

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More: No paid or unpaid staff on the board. Both paid employees and any member of the unpaid staff including hosts, producers and technical staff are prohibited from board service.
Price of a voting membership goes up from $25 per person to $50 per person per year. This is a bigger annual donation level to maintain basic voting rights and requires $100 a year from couples if both wish to vote.
Volunteer for membership goes up from 3 hours to 15 hours a year. People who pick up memberships by volunteering in the fund drive room or tabling at events would have to book 5 times as many hours each year
Location of the Pacifica Foundation national headquarters. They place the headquarters of the national foundation inside KPFA at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way when the national office has never been permanently lodged inside KPFA and is in the process of moving to Los Angeles right now. All vacancies filled by board. If an elected station director resigns, their successor will be picked by the board with a dominant preselected majority, so in the event of a resignation by a station-elected director, that signal area will have no member-elected representative for as many as three years until the next election

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