September 18, 2001
Pacifica Campaign Urgent Action Alert
No New Board Members!
Make a Phone Call,
Send an E-mail
The Alameda Superior Court today allowed the renegade Pacifica
executive leadership to restack the board. Please contact the
following prospective Pacifica Board members and ask them not to
join the network at this time. Please be polite, but firm.
Your action is urgently needed. Please try to contact these
individuals before Wednesday, September 19th, at 2:00 pm Eastern.
But even after that time, your phone call, e-mail and fax still
Via e-mail, please go to:
1) George Barnstone. 713-524-9131, fax 713-524-9132 firstname.lastname@example.org Former board
member of Texas ACLU, Houston Real Estate broker and former lawyer.
2) Marion Barry. 202-562-7564 He garnered national
attention when he mounted a political comeback in 1994, winning the
Washington DC Mayor's race after serving six months in prison on a
federal cocaine conviction. In April, pleaded out on a second-degree
charge of assault on a female janitor at Baltimore-Washington
Airport. In return, prosecutors dropped an indecent exposure charge.
3) James Ferguson. 202-371-1091 email@example.com
Former executive director of the National Coalition on Black Voter
Participation in 1996, which received indirect funding from the
Democratic National Committee and was in effect, an unofficial arm
of the Democratic Party. He has made it clear that he is firmly in
Ken Ford's camp.
4) Dick Gregory 323-296-1760, Celebrity, comedian,
activist. Has a sympathetic history with Pacifica.
5) Krishna Roy (no confirmed phone number) PR and
marketing professional from DC.
NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS TO
MESSAGE: NO NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Wendell Johns. 202-752-5355 (w) 202-244-6934 (h) wendell_L_johns@fanniemae.com
Employed at Fannie Mae. His wife is an executive at Verizon and sits
in many DC boards. John has been refraining from being in
communication with either Ken Ford's camp or the dissidents.
Bob Farrell. 310-514-2052, firstname.lastname@example.org Former LA City
Council member and involved with African American issues. Betrayed
his constituents in Los Angeles; was elected by the KPFK LAB under
promise to vote against the 1999 bylaw changes, then voted for these
changes. He has been trying to become Chair of the board.
Valrie Chambers 281-655-0266, email@example.com
Accountant and economics professor in Houston. Wrote a letter with
Leslie Cagan telling Bessie Wash to put Democracy Now! back on the
air. Let her know that if she votes for negotiations and an interim
board instead of this election, Texas will be represented and she
will receive our support. Be supportive of the moves she has made
toward our side and refrain from hostilities. But tell her she's
accountable for the debacle if she participates in this election.
We are headed for a watershed moment tomorrow (Wednesday), one
that will determine whether we resolve the crisis at Pacifica
through reason and negotiation or whether we plunge into even more
costly and debilitating escalation of the conflict. The Pacifica
National Board will be meeting by conference call on September 19th.
On the agenda will be the election of five new board members, a
virtual stacking of the board.
The reform movement is not going away. But if the battle that has
engulfed Pacifica for many years does not end soon, the entire
network may soon be permanently crippled, perhaps even destroyed.
And we need Pacifica now more than ever. We must try to prevent
* Ask the nominees and board members to look into their
hearts and find the decency to refrain from these drastic, illegal,
and devastating actions, especially during this difficult time when
two of the listening areas have been attacked. Tell them that it
will be a shameful moment when they try to take advantage of this
time of crisis for their benefit.
* Ask the board members to decide in favor of negotiations
with the dissidents for the establishment of an interim board to
hammer out democratic processes, instead of keeping this fight going
for another two or three years.
* Tell board members and nominees that during perhaps the
greatest domestic and international crisis our nation has confronted
in 100 years, Pacifica management has failed its listeners,
censoring Amy Goodman's coverage from "Ground Zero" in New York and
literally allowing WBAI to go off the air demonstrating their great
failure of management. Demand the return of Democracy Now! to our
* Tell the board members and nominees that sexism (if
their nominees are elected it will result in 13 men and only three
women) and regionalism (9 board members out of 16 would be
representing the Washington DC signal area) are shameful and against
* Tell the board members and nominees that it is shameful
to insist on meeting during a Jewish high holy day, thus eliminating
the dissident board member Rabbi Kriegel.
It is important that we make our voices heard before the meeting
is held on Wednesday, 2pm Eastern.