August 12, 2001
On Friday afternoon, Amy Goodman was physically accosted by WBAI
Interim General Manger Utrice Leid.
According to eyewitnesses, Amy came upon two WBAI staffers
rifling through the personal possessions of fired WBAI Program
Director Bernard White. Amy objected to the invasion of privacy, and
when the two people refused to stop, she went to her office, got her
camera, and took a picture of their illegal search.
WBAI manager Utrice Leid, who appeared on the scene at that
point, ripped the camera out of Amy's hands and stalked into an
adjacent office. Amy followed her and demanded her camera back. Leid
simply laughed in Amy's face, saying she would have the film
developed herself. Leid, a tall robust woman who towers over Amy and
weighs at least 50 pounds more than her, then physically shoved Amy
out of the way and marched down the hallway to her own office
whereupon she shut the door. But Amy would not be intimidated. She
stood outside Leid's office and again demanded the camera back. Leid
finally relented, opened the door and handed it to Amy.
Amy reiterated that it was wrong to be going through Bernard
White's possessions. Leid asked her how she knew anyone was doing
that. Amy replied that she had witnessed the incident. "Just like
you witnessed the massacre in East Timor?" retorted Leid
sarcastically, echoing a common slander that has now been made by
several WBAI staffers who are followers of Leid: that the 1991 East
Timor massacre that Amy witnessed and reported about was fabricated
For those who live in the WBAI listening area, this incident will
come as no surprise. We have heard numerous on-air diatribes by Leid
and her followers routinely vilifying Amy and other dissidents at
the station. Amy has been threatened with violence, made the object
of racist and sexist slurs, and denounced as a "criminal," a
"saboteur" and a "Svengali" who is responsible for the entire
Pacifica crisis. Leid has said that Amy's contribution to Pacifica
is "vomit" and "defecation" and her followers have at times used
sexist epithets to degrade Amy, even deriding her on the air as
Amy has directed numerous complaints to interim executive
director Bessie Wash and to the Pacifica Board majority about the
harassment and slander, but they refuse to intercede. Are they
waiting for Leid or one of her stooges to physically assault Amy?
We urge you to act now.
Starting on Monday, please pick up the phone. Call the people
listed below. Tell them to:
1) Stop the threats, slander and physical intimidation
against Amy Goodman
2) Resign. Step aside and allow for new leadership to
begin the rebuilding process.
Together we can stop this madness.
Stop the Harassment of Democracy Now! Resign Now!
Please call, fax and/or e-mail the following individuals. Please
contact as many times as you feel necessary for your voice to be
heard. You can make one phone call a day over the next five days or
five today. Your phone calls are important. Keep the message simple
and straightforward. No harassment and resign now.
WBAI Acting GM Utrice Leid
Pacifica Executive Director Bessie Wash
Tel: 202-588-0999 x
348 or 888-770-4944 x348
Pacifica Board Vice Chair Ken Ford
Pacifica Board member Valrie Chambers
Pacifica Board member Wendell L. Johns
Cut the below list of email addresses, paste
it into the To: line of your email composition form. Also go
Bmwpacifica@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, KenFordPacifica@aol.com, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org