November 2, 2001
Dear Pacifica Campaign Supporters,
Pacifica Board Vice-Chair Ken Ford has resigned his post
effective immediately, according to new Pacifica Board Chair Bob
Farrell and Jerry Howard, the chief executive officer of the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) where Ken Ford works.
The resignation comes in the wake of the massive wave of protests
sparked by Ken Ford's controversial statements in The San Francisco
Examiner last week. There, Ken Ford likened the Pacifica reform
movement to the Sept. 11 terrorists and laid out an argument for the
sale of Pacifica stations KPFA and WBAI.
This is a major victory for our movement. Congratulations to the
many thousands of people nationwide who have sacrificed so much
time, money and energy these past few months to save Pacifica and
especially to those who wrote heartfelt letters about Ken Ford's
most recent statements.
Since the Pacifica Campaign started in February of this year, all
the Pacifica Board officers - Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and
Treasurer - have been forced to resign in the face of widespread
nationwide protests over their policies. Two other board members
have resigned during that time. In addition, Executive Director
Bessie Wash has been forced out and so as the No. 2 Pacifica
executive, National Program Director Steve Yasko. WBAI General
Manager Utrice Leid has also been yanked from her post. In short,
our movement has had a stunning series of successes
Now must be the time for the remaining Pacifica Board majority
members to put the interests of the network first and find an
honorable and dignified resolution to the crisis that has engulfed
the network in recent years.
They should accept the reality that those Pacifica listeners who
have been able to hear both sides of the story have overwhelmingly
rejected their policies. We urge them to arrange an orderly
resignation of their group and thus pave the way for a transition
board that can begin rebuilding the network under new democratic
There must be an immediate halt to the senseless waste of
listener funds that continues to occur around the network. The
high-priced lawyers, public relations firms, security companies, and
seemingly endless consultants, are no substitute for sound
management policies based upon participation and representation, not
exclusion and repression.
Our strategy of turning up the heat -- putting pressure on
individual board members, and cutting off the water - boycotting
Pacifica's fund drives, is bearing results. Let us continue to move
forward. The end of this stage of the fight is within sight. We need
only stay focused we will achieve our goals. After that, we will
begin the hard work of rebuilding Pacifica as an even grander
bastion of free speech.