WBAI as a Progressive Media Outlet
Imagine in your progressive organization a methodical
takeover by forces shifting the politics to the right is going on,
by-laws are being changed and your organization is under threat of
being stolen out from under you. That's what's been going on with
WBAI and the Pacifica Network for awhile now and we are at 5 minutes
to midnight before we lose a vital progressive media outlet--for
good. What can you do?
(in Exile) Urges All Progressives to Follow The A B C's
being a Guest on WBAI - It's a tough thing to ask of you, but the
more progressive organizations that shun the MisLeidership or
redirection of WBAI into the hands of Corporate masters now - the
less confusing it will all be to the listeners as to Whose voices
they should not be trusting now
Boycott the Corporatizers' Fund Drive - Instead of putting
money in the pockets of those out to destroy the Pacifica we have
all built together.... give your money to groups organizing to Save
Pacifica for Community-based Progressive voices
the station (212) 908-2950 During this fund drive (particularly noon
- 1 pm) and throughout the day. Tell them you want to pledge your
support for Democracy Now -- when will they stop harassing Amy
Goodman and reinstate those banned and fired from the
visit the following websites: wbaiaction.org and radio4all.org to
learn more details about the history of this struggle.
Share this information with everyone you know. The Time is Now!
Whose Station? Our Station. Let's Take It Back!
FundDrive Open Letter
An Open letter to the KPFA Community
[While addressed to the KPFA Community, I think this letter is
pertinent to all five Pacifica stations. I hope other station
listeners will set up a trust fund, or that a national fund can be
set up. Let me know if you do, and I'll pass the word on.--Carol
We are friends and supporters of KPFA who will not be pledging
during the station's upcoming fund drive. We want you to know
We have reluctantly concluded that a boycott is necessary if the
dictatorial management of Pacifica is to be kept from destroying the
network. The Pacifica Foundation collects and controls all
subscriber donations to KPFA and keeps a percentage of our
contributions to the station to fund its operations and activities.
We can no longer support those activities.
Over the past two years we have been involved in a struggle over
the direction of Pacifica and the fate of KPFA. Pacifica's present
board of directors and its executive director are trying to change
the essence of our network. They have demanded diluted news and
public affairs programs, they have instituted autocratic
administrative control, and absolute fiscal control. They have
censored the news and other programs and announced their intention
to use commercial radio market values as Pacifica's measure of
success. They have pushed these goals with apparent disdain for the
for the principles that have guided the network throughout its long
and proud history and for the people who support Pacifica.
There is nothing ambiguous about the intentions of the current
board majority. They tried to take over KPFA once. They abandoned
that effort in the face of extraordinary community resistance.
However, since the summer of 1999 they have succeeded in removing
progressive leadership from Pacifica National News; they organized a
coup at WBAI in New York; and Democracy Now! is under fierce attack.
If we allow this group to succeed in subduing the rest of the
network they will resume their attempted takeover of KPFA. And they
will be stronger and better prepared the second time.
WBAI, KPFA's sister station in New York, is fighting for its
life. To save the station and the network that station's defenders
have called for a funding boycott. KPFA's democratically elected
Local Advisory Board has also endorsed a listener boycott of KPFA's
fundraisers until the offending board members are removed or resign.
We too believe that we have to deny the present Pacifica leadership
the resources that keep them in power.
The listening community has given dramatic support to our
struggle. We have raised and spent thousands of dollars to file and
prosecute lawsuits aimed at rolling back the current board's illegal
acts. In response, the current board majority has spent even more
listener-contributed dollars on high priced lawyers to oppose and
stall those lawsuits.
Some of the money you have donated to the struggle to retake
Pacifica bought newspaper and magazine ads to inform a larger
audience about what the current board has done. Again, the board's
response has been to spend even more of the listeners' money for
spin doctors who tell the press that the opposition to Pacifica's
takeover is violent, racist and marginal. This Board used your
dollars to board up KPFA and hire armed guards to keep us out. They
used our money to install a security system at WBAI intended to keep
listeners and even the WBAI Local Advisory Board out of the
They have spent our money to legally harass activists who have
set up web sites which criticize the board's misconduct. We
strategize over potato chips at late night meetings in our homes and
offices; they fly themselves and their staff to first class hotels
at our expense to plan their next assault. Most importantly, they
fire or drive out Pacifica's best programmers, reporters, and
administrators and use our money to hire obedient replacements. We
are resilient and resourceful but we can not win a struggle by
financing both sides.
The genius of establishing the world's first listener-sponsored
radio station and later a listener-sponsored radio network was that
it created a media outlet that was accountable to listeners. That
accountability is nothing but a fiction if we will not, even in such
a dire circumstance, exercise our power to refuse to fund what we
We do not criticize KPFA for holding a fundraising drive. The
paid staff is contractually obliged to organize and participate in
fundraising. And we do not condemn those who ask for money in KPFA's
fundraisers. Honest people can differ over strategies. But we will
no longer contribute to our own downfall. And we think that it is
time for others to join us.
Please consider making your usual KPFA contribution to the
Station Support Fund instead. All of the money collected by this
fund will be available to support KPFA and its operations. None of
it will support the present board's attacks on our station and on
the principles that have guided Pacifica throughout its history.
Contributions can be sent to:
The Station Support Fund,
The Agape Foundation
1095 Market Street Suite 304
Francisco California 94103
Dan Coughlin: Former Director of Pacifica National News
Gendelman: Chair, KPFA Local Advisory Board, Plaintiff in LAB
Juan Gonzalez: Former Co-Host of Democracy
Barbara Lubin: Executive Director of Middle East Children's
Co-Founder Friends of Free Speech Radio
Osman: Host of Across the Great Divide, Co-Founder Friends of
Carol Spooner: Founder Committee to Remove
the Pacifica Board, Plaintiff in
White: Former Program Director of WBAI
For more information, please
51 MacDougal Street, #80
NY, NY 10012
(646) 230 9588
(646) 230 9582 fax
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