Pacifica Campaign Release
September 5, 2001
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor/activist Danny Glover have lent
their voices to the growing chorus demanding the return of Democracy
Now! to Pacifica's airwaves. Enclosed is a press release from the
San Francisco-based group, Media Alliance.
Add your voices too. If you are in one of the four Pacifica
listening areas not airing Democracy Now!, call your local station
and ask them to air the programs's historic coverage of the UN World
Conference on Racism. Call WBAI at 212-209-2800, KPFK in Los Angeles
at 818-985-2711, KPFT in Houston at 713-526-4000, and WPFW in
Washington DC at 202-234-7487 or 202-588-0999. KPFA in Berkeley is
airing the show. Thank them by writing to KPFA at: 1929 ML King Jr
Way, Berkeley CA 94704.
Onwards, Pacifica Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 5, 2001
Contact: Andrea Buffa, Media Alliance
Tel: (415) 546-6334
JESSE JACKSON, ACTOR DANNY GLOVER CALL ON PACIFICA MANAGEMENT TO
STOP BLOCKING HISTORIC BROADCASTS OF DEMOCRACY NOW! FROM UN WORLD
CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM
Reverend Jesse Jackson and actor/civil rights activist Danny
Glover have called on the management of the Pacifica Radio Network
to stop blocking the historic broadcasts of its daily radio show
Democracy Now! from the UN World Conference Against Racism.
"It's unconscionable that Pacifica would not broadcast Democracy
Now! from these very important proceedings," said civil rights
activist and actor Danny Glover, who is attending the conference.
"The fact that Pacifica is not broadcasting Democracy Now! is
Democracy Now! is the only radio program in the U.S. devoting its
daily hour-long broadcast to live radio coverage from the UN World
Conference Against Racism. The show is broadcasting interviews with
the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Rigoberta Menchu, women activists from India's Dalit, or
untouchable, caste, South African trade union leaders, and NGO
activists from around the world.
"It was not right for the U.S. to walk out, it was unnecessary
for Israel to walk out," said Reverend Jesse Jackson, "and Pacifica
as the access voice for racial and gender equality should not walk
out, but should open up the airwaves and let people, let the
Pacifica family hear these words."
The staff of Democracy Now! was suspended without pay by Pacifica
after leaving the studios of WBAI in New York to broadcast from an
offsite location, following incidents of physical and verbal
harassment against host Amy Goodman on August 10 and 13.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA),
which represents Democracy Now! staff, has said that it is "no
longer satisfied that the WBAI studios are a safe and appropriate
working environment for the Democracy Now! staff."
Since August 14, Pacifica management has refused to broadcast
Democracy Now! and ordered its staff to return to WBAI. The majority
of Pacifica affiliates, however, including Pacifica Station KPFA in
San Francisco, continue to broadcast the show live in defiance of
Pacifica?s national management.
On August 30 a majority of the Pacifica National Board ordered
Pacifica Executive Director Bessie Wash to immediately resume
broadcasting Democracy Now! and to restore the salaries of its
staff. Ms. Wash continues to defy the Board's directive.
Democracy Now! is a daily national news program on the listener
sponsored Pacifica Radio Network, and normally broadcasts from the
studios of WBAI in New York City. The historically progressive
network has recently been rocked by turmoil surrounding the firing
and banning of longtime producers and staff, many of whom are people