Category Archives: PRA

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.
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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!

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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