A Call to Action from Media Alliance
and the Pacifica Campaign
NATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH DEMOCRACY NOW!
When: Tuesday, August 28
Where: Your Local Pacifica or
community radio station
What: Show solidarity with Amy Goodman
and the Democracy Now! staff
Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! team have been suspended
without pay for insisting on violence-free workplace. And Democracy
Now!, which is being produced from a safe site in lower Manhattan
and not Pacifica station WBAI, has been yanked off the air.
At WBAI, the Democracy Now! staff have been physically and
verbally attacked by interim station manager Utrice Leid and other
Leid loyalists. When Pacifica senior management ignored their
repeated written requests that something be done about the
intolerable atmosphere of intimidation and threats, they felt they
had no choice but to fashion some interim solution last week and
find a safe and secure workplace to produce the show.
No worker should be forced to report to a job site where they are
physically attacked by supervisors and where staff members go on the
air to urge their physical destruction. Let's stand in solidarity
with Democracy Now! on Tuesday, August 28.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Organize a solidarity protest in your local area. Choose your
own local protest site. We recommend that if you have a Pacifica
station or a corporate Pacifica board member in your town (or one of
his offices like the National Association of Home Builders, Fannie
Mae or the anti-union firm of Epstein, Becker and Green), then
organize a protest at that site.
2. Please call, fax, e-mail or mail the individuals listed below.
Contact them as many times possible until you feel that your voice
has been heard. Your phone calls are important. Keep the message
straightforward, no profanity or name calling. Demand the immediate
dismissals of Pacifica Executive Director Bessie Wash and WBAI
station manager Utrice Leid. The Pacifica Campaign will organize a
national call in for Tuesday, August 28.
3. Make a contribution to the Pacifica Campaign, a grass-roots
organization representing listeners and staff alike, fighting to
preserve Pacifica's 50-year tradition of progressive,
community-based radio. Tax deductible contributions 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, NY, NY 10012
WHO TO CONTACT
Call AFTRA headquarters today and ask to speak to union president
Greg Hessinger. The AFTRA national office telephone number is 212-
532-0800. The fax number is 212-532-2242. Or e-mail him at: email@example.com.
Tell Greg Hessinger that Amy Goodman and the DN! staff should not
be forced to report to a job site where they are physically attacked
by supervisors and where staff members go on the air to urge their
physical destruction. That is fascism, not democracy, and no union
should collaborate with such policies.
Pacifica Board Vice Chair Ken Ford Tel: 800-368-5242 ext. 228
Tel: (301) 350-6388 Fax: 202-822-0369 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ken Ford's boss at the National Association of Home Builders:
Jerry Howard, CEO 800-368-5242 ext. 257 E-mail: email@example.com Ask that the
NAHB's Ken Ford resign from the Pacifica Board today
Pacifica Board member Valrie Chambers Tel: 361-825-6012 Fax:
281-655-0266 E-mail: Valrie.Chambers@mail.tamucc.edu,
Pacifica Board member Wendell L. Johns Tel: 202-752-5355 Fax:
202-752-4281 E-mail: wendell_L_johns@fanniemae.com
Pacifica Board member Bob Farrel Tel: 310-514-2052 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cut the below list of email addresses, paste it into the To: line
of your email composition form. Also go to:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, KenFordPacifica@aol.com, email@example.com,