Activist and Journalist Juan Gonzalez
to Address Meeting
La Participación de la Comunidad en la Radio:
Saturday, August 25
Loyola Law School
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 18) -- Progressive activists from Spanish
speaking communities across Southern California will gather
Saturday, August 25, to make plans to reclaim KPFK 90.7 FM Pacifica
KPFK management has dismantled most of the Spanish-language
programming and almost all public affair's show hosts of color have
been fired or banned in the last five years. Critics say KPFK
management has been unwilling to tap into the resources and needs of
the more than three million Latinos in their listening area.
KPFK was founded over 40 years ago with the mission of serving
the information and cultural needs of the diverse communities within
its signal area, progressive activists built it, sustained it and it
"Community radio is one of the best ways through which we can
reach a mass audience," said Arturo Lemus, a conference organizer.
"Our diverse communities in Los Angeles and Southern California have
a right to local community radio stations that serve their
information and cultural needs. We must reclaim and transform KPFK
into a truly democratic and progressive community radio station."
Earlier this year, Pacifica Radio co-host Juan Gonzalez
dramatically resigned on-air in protest at the anti-democratic
policies of the Pacifica national board. "The Pacifica board has
been hijacked by a small clique that has more in common with
corporate vultures than with working-class Americans," he explained,
vowing to lead a nationwide campaign to restore democratic
accountability at the network.
Juan Gonzalez, former co-host of "Democracy Now!", columnist NY
Daily News, author "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in
America" and founder of the Pacifica Campaign, will be the keynote
speaker. Music by Son Real.
WHAT: Bilingual conference "La Participación de la
Comunidad en la Radio: KPFK-Pacifica. How can KPFK can better serve
the different Spanish speaking communities of Southern California
and how can these communities contribute to the progressive growth
and rebuilding of Pacifica?
WHEN: Saturday, August 25, 2001, 10 AM to 4 PM
WHERE: Student Lounge, Loyola Law School 919 S. Albany St.
at Olympic Blvd.
COST: $5.00 donation at the door (no one will be turned
away for lack of funds).
The Pacifica Campaign is a grass-roots organization representing
listeners and staff alike fighting to preserve Pacifica's 50-year
tradition of progressive, community-based radio is co-sponsoring
this event along with the Aztlan Media Collective and the Comite
Pro-Democracia en Mexico.
For more information call 323 878-5680
The Pacifica Campaign -- LA
10573 W. Pico Blvd. #166
Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: 323 878-5680