Category Archives: KPFA

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…
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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.
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

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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

secure, but not tax-deductible”

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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Balance of Power? or KPFA and Friends

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When ‘National’ tried to take over KPFA, the communities filled the streets to take back their station. ‘This is ours, this is something we paid for, we believe in, and that we intend to keep,’ paraphrase of Alice Walker.  A balance of power with less power for National and more for the stations would be better.  KPFK, for one, and its building, was built by people in L.A., not National.  At-large PNB members is just a scheme to dis-power the local reps.
An excerpt that I’m speaking out against: “Also, as a guide to how we treat one another, the egalitarian principle is not to reward & punish given one’s endowment: just because some stations use Pacifica-owned buildings, not their buildings, isn’t justification for looking down on & disparaging WPFW & WBAI. It was a mere historical accident that at the beginning, Pacifica & KPFA constituted an identity, the one-and-the-same. A station’s financial performance may be criticised, but one must recognise that (1) some of its contracts may have been agreed, even negotiated, by the executive director &/or the National Board, & (2) the station manager (called in Pacificanese the general manager) isn’t appointed locally but by the executive director. Please don’t mistake the locus for the cause.”
https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/category/authoritarianism/

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.”

KPFA, Pacifica, sell building?

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http://www.dailycal.org/2015/11/16/berkeley-based-radio-station-network-strategizes-financial-solutions-threat-default/

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Berkeley-based radio station network strategizes financial solutions in threat of default

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A strategic planning working group — formed by the Pacifica Foundation Radio National Board of Directors, which oversees a network of nonprofit radio stations headquartered in Berkeley — held a planning meeting Thursday to try to keep its business alive.

At the meeting, the board’s leaders discussed the financial struggles ailing the company and potential contingency plans in case of short-term default. Jose Luis Fuentes-Roman, a member of the Pacifica National Board, or PNB, mentioned the selling of the Berkeley office — which serves as the national office — and financial swaps of broadcasting rights as possible ways to raise money in the face of mounting debt. …

Audio, Brian Edwards-Tiekert tells how to prepare and do a book interview

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Can jump to :30 minutes in?

“The best way to cultivate a sensibility of what makes for a good [radio] interview is to pre-tape your interviews and set aside large amounts of time to edit them down to half the length they start at. Because it makes you think really critically about where the wasted language is in that interview, when your questions have gone on too long, when your guest has gone off track, what you can fix with editing and what you can’t, and it cultivates the ear you need to start listening critically to other peoples interviews, to start editing in real time when you are listening to other people’s interviews and then to start editing yourself in real time when you are conducting interviews.”

Audio-KPFA long-time producer and contributor Phyllis Bennis on Mitch Jeserich’s Letters & Politics

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This is a speech given by Phyllis Bennis last night (9/29) on her new book Understanding ISIS and The New Global War on Terror.

Bennis is a career journalist who has been active in the Middle East since the 1970s and who covered the United Nations in the 1980s. In 1987, she witnessed the First Intifada and began to take a serious interest in pro-Palestinian advocacy. …In 1999, Bennis accompanied a group of congressional aides to Iraq, examining the impact of U.S.-led economic sanctions on humanitarian conditions there….

Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C., and of its offshoot, the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. At IPS, Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project, which “works primarily on Middle East and United Nations issues,” focusing on “the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” The project makes use of “education and activism” in an effort to change American policy and also seeks to “democratize and empower” the UN and free it of “U.S. domination.”[3

https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-september-30-2015/

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  • From Stones to Statehood: The Palestinian Uprising (1990);
  • Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN (2000);
  • Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis (2003) [US Policy and the War on Terrorism, 2nd ed.];
  • Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power (2006);
  • Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (2009);
  • Ending the Iraq War: A Primer (2009);
  • Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer (2009);
  • Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer (2010).

Bennis was featured in the 2007 award-winning documentary film Occupation 101

Clips, article on Henry Jacobs, KPFA, KPFK Alan Watts, musicologist

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He was a staff member early at KPFA.  He now runs the archive of Alan Watts, but has a long storied history with avant garde music, world music, music production.

“Henry Jacobs is a living embodiment of the picaresque. He seems to have spent his life playing, but in the process kept inventing things for which his successors got the credit. He was fooling around with spacial sound distribution through loudspeakers before Varese’s Poeme Electronique took the 1959 Brussels World Fair by storm—in fact, he was there at the same time doing his thing in another building. He experimented early with multilayered tape loops, quite independently of Pierre Schaeffer in Paris. His free-form radio collages in the early fifties were a whole decade ahead of John Leonard’s Nightsounds, the program which is authoritatively identified as the first of this kind……”

http://www.kpfahistory.info/dandl/jacobs.html

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Article Pacifica’s Andrew Leslie Phillips, veteran Program Dir. and iGM of WBAI and KPFA

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“Riding the waves at Pacifica radio, by Andrew Leslie Phillips 8/13

Andrew Leslie Phillips has written a short history of the Pacifica radio network, published below. He is interim general manager of Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, California.
Phillips is a native of Australia. He spent seven years in Papua New Guinea as a government patrol officer, radio journalist and filmmaker before coming to New York in 1975. He produced award-winning investigative radio documentaries on a wide range of environmental and political issues for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and for Pacifica station WBAI in New York City. He taught journalism, radio and “sound image” as an adjunct professor at New York University for 10 years.
The Pacifica foundation was founded in 1946 by poet and journalist Lewis Hill and a small group of pacifists, intellectuals and experienced radio people. They did not have the same political or economic philosophy but shared a vision which supported a peaceful world, social justice and creativity. ….
FM was a new, technology and Pacifica was backing the future, inventing an entirely new funding mechanism – the theory of listener sponsored radio. . . .
Equality of access to airtime has always been at the center of controversy at Pacifica and community radio everywhere. Most on-air people at Pacifica were not paid until the mid 1990’s. They volunteered and they made money to support the Foundation by pitching their programming on free-speech Pacifica radio. That was the deal. It was a tacit agreement – Pacifica provides opportunity and access whilst producers agreed to pitch and encourage on air pledges. By far the largest percentage of financial support for Pacifica still comes from listener donations.[2]. . . ”
http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2013/08/06/riding-the-waves-at-pacifica-radio-by-andrew-leslie-phillips/

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September 16 2015

  • Andrew Leslie Phillips
    Andrew Leslie Phillips [in a negative mood]: “I know many who follow this page [https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacRadioSupporters/] are, have been or aspire to “run” Pacifica but most of you are not qualified and there are too many of you on overcrowded ineffectual boards. I know why this clumsy governance system was originally implemented but it has not worked. We all know that now. Pacifica as an institution was always a tenuous affair but never more so than now. There seems little point to the institution any longer. The audience is old and growing older, the programming in most cases, second rate. Most information Pacifica carries is available elsewhere. Pacifica has been nit-picked to death by competing factions. I believe there maybe a place for individual stations to strike out on their own but the governance structure stands in the way of that. I spent some great years at WBAI (1979-1993) and in those days WBAI and Pacifica meant something. We did ground breaking programming and produced many fine producers, a lot of whom can now be heard on NPR (since there was no future even then at Pacifica, for talented broadcasters so they moved on). Amy Goodman may have been the best “thing” to come out of Pacifica (and Amy was forced out by noxious WBAI management) and when Amy say’s “From Pacifica” in her DemNow intro she is not really saying it as it is because DemNow comes “from Pacifica” only because Michael Yoshida at KPFA ensures DemNow get on the satellite on time every day. During my tenure at KPFA (2011-2013) I came to like and respect many in that community. But I too was skewered by some who came to disagree with me and manipulated me out of my position with unfounded accusations and deception. Unfortunately Pacifica under its current charter breeds a kind of Machiavellian environment and John Proffitt is just another victim.”

KPFA co-founder Richard Moore passes

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Poet and filmmaker Richard Moore, a co-founder of public radio station KPFA and a former president and chief executive of public television station KQED, died of natural causes March 25 at his home in Mill Valley. He was 95.”
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Video-Alice Walker at KPFA’s Peace Awards

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8:50 minutes

Part 5 of KPFA On The Air, 8:22 minutes, where Alice Walker fought for KPFA, saying “this is something that is precious, this is something that is ours, this is something that we paid for, this is something we believe in, and this is something we intend to keep.”  Word had spread that Pacifica had considered selling KPFA, and 10,000 people took to the streets in front of KPFA.

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A [Critical] Voice in Oakland CA

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Why am I not listening to the radio station I support?

Because they are never out of pledge drive mode and they are quite ugly at it.  I tried to listen this morning to the radio station that I support twice a year only to be told “come on people, it is time to cough up what this station is worth” and something about how much I might spend on coffee.  The tone that they take is something between petulant and accusatory and the discourse sounded like a berating for not having given enough.  There is also a pitch language that seems to treat the public as if we were all in the same place together listening to them.  A few people call in, and it is a “rally” and nobody calls and we are not getting “with it”.

Now Denis Bernstien can be all of that any time he does a pitch and I have no idea how many listeners he has personally and permanently lost to the station, but the others don’t pitch much better.  Somehow being told how exceptional the news will be whenever we stop this fund drive by Amy Goodman, who will have dinner with me for a cool thousand dollars does not sound like a radio station reaching out to its community.

Speaking of that community, where is KPFA?  Are we doing anything to increase listenership? Are we doing anything to bring in new voices?  Seems like I only hear from Pacifica when they want us to donate or when they are infighting.  For anyone who is paying attention the infighting is vicious and destructive.  On the one hand we here endless and misleading vitriol from the “Save KPFA” group and on the other, we have groups of people who seem to be holding on to some kind of turf.  I do not watch it close enough to know who is entrenched and how but the shows do not change much and I have no idea who some of them are reaching out to.  Serious HR practices are not being dealt with and programing seems more like a confederation of non-profits than a coherent radio station.  It seems to me that as our national government is shut down and paralyzed by two similar groups fighting for turf something not so different happens throughout US culture.

So I switch off the radio station that I support and listen to the biased, high class version of the corporate news on KQED, which I tell people not to send money to.  Is there any wonder why my son and girlfriend both have KQED membership gifts?

Posted by Don Macleay at 9:41 AM

Audio: Molly Ivins interviewed by Richard Wolinsky on KPFA

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MOLLY IVINS
IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD WOLINSKY
The nationally syndicated political columnist, co-author of “Shrub” and ” “Bushwhacked” and author of “Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?” and “You’ve Got to Dance With Them What Brung You,” discusses George W. Bush and his presidency and other topics in this special 37-minute web-edit interview with Richard Wolinsky. Recorded at KPFA, Berkeley on October 16, 2003
Click the picture to hear the Extended Web Edit
About the interviewer:
RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts “Bookwaves” on “Cover to Cover” heard every Thursday at 3:30 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley (www.kpfa.org) and in Pacifica syndication.
Molly Ivins, October 2003

Article Link: Volunteerism in KPFA Radio 2010

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By a longtime KPFA staff and volunteer:
http://www.richardwolinsky.com/subscribers2010.html

An All-Volunteer KPFA: A Recipe for Disaster
On Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, on the KPFA Morning Show, Arlene Engelhardt, Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation, made the curious comment that (to paraphrase) KPFA needed to get back to its volunteer roots. The wording was vague enough to suggest pretty much anything, but there are some folks out there who believe eliminating the on-air paid staff, and their off-air support staff as well, could be right way to go.
After all, bringing back volunteerism and ending the tyranny of staffers who stay forever sounds like a pretty good prescription for renewal. Nice philosophy, but is that what Arlene is really saying?
First, let’s look at the history of KPFA. . . . .

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Editorial from me:  I have to say I think he exaggerates some about the unreliability of volunteers.  I think there must be a balance between strip programming paid professionals and volunteers from the communities speaking in their own voices on the air.  And there are always a few golden souls who volunteer behind the scenes, retired or unemployed or students, but students don’t last long.  But firing good successful workers is corrupt, I think.
But/and the Morning Mix has been replaced by some extremely popular programming.

KPFK’s, KPFA’s Sonali Kolhatkar, Uprising Show

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“Your recent interview with Selma James was wonderful. Every progressive needs to hear what she has to say. Google CLR James for interesting history about the Caribbean everyone.”

Uprising is a daily news program produced at KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. We cover hard news and politics from an unabashedly progressive perspective….
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“I was just nominated for the fourth year in a row for best Radio Anchor at the LA Press Club Awards – fourth time’s a charm? Also, for the first time, Best radio Talk/Public Affairs, and most excitingly, Best TV Anchor. More nominations still to be announced….” http://www.lapressclub.org/…/Docum…/SoCal_Finalists_2015.pdf
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Audio: Pacifica Radio Archives Rosa Parks 1956

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DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Pacifica Foundation website nor an official website of any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio). Opinions and facts alleged on this site belong to the author(s) of the website only and should NOT be assumed to be true or to reflect the editorial stance or policy of the Pacifica Foundation, or any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio), or the opinions of its management, Pacifica National Board, station staff or other listener members.
Interview by KPFA’s Sidney Rogers.  [Can jump to 3:42 to skip intro.]

 

Audio: KPFA Kris Welch interviews Adi Gevins re: Pacifica Radio Archives etc.

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Adi Gevins is a San Francisco Bay Area-based radio documentarian who has been referred to as the “fairy godmother of community radio”.[1] She has won an Ohio State Award[citation needed], an American Bar Association Silver Gavel[citation needed], numerous Golden Reels from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters[citation needed], and two George Foster Peabody Awards[citation needed] (with Laurie Garrett for “Science Story” in 1978, and with SoundVision for The DNA Files in 2000), considered the highest accolade one can receive in journalism.  Much of her work has been done for the Pacifica Radio station KPFA in Berkeley, California, including “One Billion Seconds Later”, which won the Ohio State Award and “Me and My Shadow”, a documentary about Cointelpro‘s infiltration of the New Left. She served as executive producer for the celebrated public radio documentary series, “The Bill of Rights Radio”.

Kris Welch Day is coming up in Berkeley.

KPFA’s Winter Crafts Fair

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One of hundreds of exhibitors at the KPFA craft fair! Music! Food! Clothes! Art! Can’t make it? Support free speech radio at KPFA.orghttp://instagram.com/p/h6a9-pCaKA/

Great turn-out at the KPFA Craft Fair! Can’t make it? You can support Free Speech Radio online at KPFA.org

Video: KPFA Streamed Event

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Hey KPFA listeners, don’t forget tomorrow will be another KPFA video broadcast. It’s the first in the series Critical Conversations on Emerging Technologies: How Private is Your DNA… Learn about what is being done with your DNA and how you can protect it… April 17th, 7:30pm at The Brower Center 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley, or watch live on the KPFA video channel: https://www.kpfa.org/kpfa-live-stream-channel
On April 17th at 7:30pm Kpfa will steam live from The Brower Center in Berkeley CA. Watch live as Jeremy Gruber President of the Counsel for Responsible Gene…
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