Thank-you for all your help
Dear Volunteers and Participants,
Thank-you all for making Saturday night's event incredibly
Together we were able to pull off the impossible -- organizing
and putting an event for over 1,000 people in less than 10 days
(with Thanksgiving falling in the middle)! Even a power-outage that
lasted over an hour couldn't deter you.
Together we helped continue the production of Democracy Now! in
Exile's War and Peace Report, by raising awareness that the program
continues although it is still banned at KPFK in LA and by
collecting over $20, 000 in donations.
Thanks to all of our speakers and emcees who were all eloquent
and inspirational their remarks.
Thank-you to the musicians who were fabulous and patient.
Thanks to all our volunteers, door people, security, ushers,
cooks, servers, graphic designers, press-release writers, phone
callers, emailers, drivers, cleaners, music bookers, fund-pitchers
and collecters, flyerers, sign-makers, flashlight people, donation
collecters, sound engineers, mailers, videographers and web-casters
and any other help we may not even know about.
Carole La Flamme
Over 1,000 Gather in LA To Support Democracy Now! in Exile's
'War and Peace Report'
Danny Glover Joins Award-Winning Journalist Amy Goodman for a
Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 5) - More than a thousand enthusiastic free
speech supporters, including actor Danny Glover, turned out last
weekend to support award-winning journalist Amy Goodman and fired
and banned producers from Pacifica station KPFK 90.7 FM at a benefit
at the First Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Event-goers donated some $20,000, which will be used support the
production of Democracy Now! in Exile -http://www.democracynow.org/, a national
progressive radio show that was banned from four out of the five
Pacifica Radio stations including KPFK of Los Angeles. The program
has since been picked up by more than 100 radio and cable TV
Democracy Now! was the flagship national program of the Pacifica
Radio Network, and its host Amy Goodman has won numerous journalism
awards. But, as part of the rightward shift by network, Goodman was
forced off the airwaves at most Pacifica stations in mid-August and
has now joined the ranks of dozens of journalists who have been
censored or banned by embattled executives at the network.
Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley has defied network executives
in Washington, DC and continues to broadcast the 2-hour daily
In the past six in Los Angeles, KPFK management has banned or
fired over 150 staff and volunteers at the station. Including,
eliminating people of color from "drive time" public affairs
programs and drastically cutting back Spanish-language programming.
Several of the banned and fired programmers spoke at Saturday
night's event. They included, Ron Wilkins, Continent to Continent;
Arturo Lemus, Colectivo Latinoamericano; and Miya Iwataki, East
Blase Bonpane, banned and fired host of Focus on the Americas
co-emceed along with KPFK's Fidel Rodriguez host of Seditious Beats.
Also speaking was KPFK's Roy of Hollywood host of Something's
Happening and Don Bustany of Middle East in Focus, who gave an
update on that part of the world. Musicians Aztlan Underground and
La Paz performed at the event.
Dan Coughlin of the Pacifica Campaign and who was former Pacifica
National News Director along with David Adelson, Chair KPFK's Local
Advisory Board gave an update about on the crisis at Pacifica,
including Campaign strategies to keep the pressure up, current
negotiations and status of the lawsuits against Pacifica's National
Board. Farah Davari, of the Free Pacifica Neighborhood Groups and
the Pacifica Campaign LA, spoke about the formation of neighborhood
organizations throughout Southern California forming in anticipation
of upcoming local advisory board and national board elections.
The Los Angeles Independent Media Center (IMC) web-streamed the
program live at http://la.indymedia.org/ along with WBIX in New
Bernard White, Fired/Banned Program Director of WBAI introduced,
Danny Glover, who has long been a fan of Democracy Now! and was
interviewed on the show with Jesse Jackson during the United Nations
World Conference Against Racism.
"It's unconscionable that Pacifica would not broadcast Democracy
Now! from these very important proceedings," said Glover, during the
interview from South Africa. "The fact that Pacifica is not
broadcasting Democracy Now! is appalling." Democracy Now! was the
only radio program in the United States that devoted its daily
hour-long broadcast to live radio coverage of the UN Conference
At the November 18 meeting of the embattled Pacifica Radio
Network Foundation board of directors, the board voted to resign and
reconstitute themselves. They also voted to restore Democracy Now!
back on the air and have failed to follow through on either actions.
Pacifica management and board leaders and subsequently banned
from four of the largest Pacifica Radio stations, including KPFK in
LA. But rather than stop producing the show, Democracy Now! in Exile
has expanded, and has begun broadcasting a daily national radio,
cable television show and Internet show "The War and Peace Report,"
through an unprecedented Multi media collaboration with Free Speech
TV, Deep Dish TV, Downtown Community Television and WBIX.org.