Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Today's live broadcast of Democracy Now! was yanked off the air
by Pacifica and replaced by a tape of an old DN show.
This unprecedented action occurred after all-night negotiations
between the management and Goodman broke down early this morning.
Goodman notified Pacifica yesterday that she could no longer
originate the show at WBAI in New York due to the continual
intimidation and harassment she was experiencing at the hands of
interim station manage Utrice Leid.
She offered instead to originate the program from Downtown
Community Television (DCTV) in Lower Manhattan until management
could assure her a safe working environment, and she proceeded to do
just that this morning. The originating of programming - national
and local -- from remote locations is not unheard of. Gary Null's
Natural Living and Armand DiMele's Positive Mind show originate in
other locations and are fed to WBAI for broadcast.
But Pacifica lawyers, who had not responded to numerous letters
and complaints from Amy about the increasing harassment she had
faced in recent weeks, refused yesterday to either guarantee her a
safe work environment or agree to allow her to broadcast from
The escalating harassment against Goodman included an incident
last Friday where Leid physically shoved her during a heated
discussion; the removal of Democracy Now! from the main production
studio of WBAI, continued on-air personal attacks on Amy by staff
members close to Leid, racist and sexist remarks by staff members
that are not censured by management, even slanderous statements
about Goodman that continue to appear on Pacifica's official web
No one should be forced to work under such conditions, and
certainly not the host of the most popular news program in
Democracy Now! did air today in a few locations. Pacifica's KPFA
in Berkeley aired it at 9:00 am Pacific time today and WMNF in Tampa
aired it at noon. If you want to listen to the show, it will be
posted to http://www.wbix.org/
But hundreds of thousands of loyal Democracy Now! listeners were
denied the show by a Pacifica management that is growing more
irrational and desperate with each day.
Please take action today. If you are a listener in a Pacifica
affiliate station, call the Pacifica headquarters to complain at
202-588-0999. If you are in one of the five Pacifica listening
areas call your local station - WBAI at 212-209-2800, KPFK
in Los Angeles at 818-985-2711, KPFT in Houston at
713-526-4000, WPFW in Washington DC at 202-588-0999, and
KPFA in Berkeley at 510-848-6767.
Also, contact the people listed below.
PS Many of you have asked how you might support our work. Tax
deductible contributions to the Pacifica Campaign may be made to our
fiscal sponsor, a 501 (c) (3) organization. Make checks payable to:
Institute for Media Analysis-Pacifica Campaign. Our mailing address:
The Pacifica Campaign, 51 MacDougal St., #80, New York, NY 10012.
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
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 Wendell L. Johns
Pacifica Board member Valrie Chambers
Cut the below list of email addresses, paste it into the To: line
of your email composition form. Also go to:
Bmwpacifica@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,