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TWO MORE BOARD MEMBERS RESIGN

Board Chair David G. Acosta, CPA of Houston and Board member Karolyn van Putten of the San Francisco Bay Area resigned yesterday (June 12th, 2001)

The following memos were distributed to board members last night by Jennifer Spearman, assistant to Pacifica Foundation Executive Director Bessie Wash:

FIRST MEMO

Please see the message from the Chair below.

Dear Pacifica Board Members:

I received the resignation of Karolyn van Putten Pacifica National Board of Directors, effective immediately. I thank her for her unselfish time and devotion to the cause of Pacifica's progress.

David G. Acosta
Pacifica Board Chair

Jennifer Spearman
Executive Assistant
Pacifica Foundation
202-588-0999 ext. 351
JSPacifica@aol.com

SECOND MEMO

Dear Board Members:

The Executive Director has asked that I forward the resignation letter from the Chair. It is attached and below.

Dear Pacifica Board of Directors:

I hereby resign my position as Chair and Director of the Pacifica National Board of Directors effective June 12, 2001.

I want to express my deep appreciation to all of you for your dedication and tireless efforts to move Pacifica forward. You all have sacrificed other areas of your lives to be here, and sometimes at great cost. I have the utmost respect for all who have served Pacifica without expectation of benefit, except for the knowledge that you have helped continue, improve, and expand the Mission of Pacifica. My personal relationships with past and present members will be forever cherished.

My experience with Pacifica for the last seven years has been a fulfilling one, and I leave knowing that together we have made the Network better than it was when we got here. Our audience has increased significantly and we are on firmer financial ground than ever before.

We have made the name of Pacifica aware in previously unaware places. Some would argue that this may not always be a good thing, but in the last few years, the myriad of discussions and arguments concerning freedom of individual speech, social justice, independence in the media, and direction of the network, have only strengthened Pacifica's importance in the world.

I want to thank our Executive Director Bessie Wash for her collaboration with me and for doing an outstanding job in an almost impossible environment. I wish her well in the future and ask my colleagues to continue to support her.

I also want to thank the rest of management and staff for their support of the Board. I wish them well in their sometimes thankless efforts to simply do their jobs, and I applaud their resolve.

I am tempted to reflect on some negative aspects of our struggle to bring Pacifica to more people who really need it, (in my view, the whole world does) but I choose to dwell on the positive reality that Pacifica has been, is and can be...a healer.

Sincerely,

David G. Acosta

Jennifer Spearman
Executive Assistant
Pacifica Foundation
202-588-0999 ext. 351
JSPacifica@aol.com