May 30, 2001
The Pacifica Campaign's Thursday, May 24 National Demo/Protest at
KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles drew 50 Free Pacifica Activists, with signs
& banners in support of the embattled national program Democracy
Now! and host Amy Goodman. The Pacifica Campaign-L.A. Demo
celebrated Democracy Now!'s return to the LAís airwaves Thursday May
24, the first Democracy Now! edition to be uncensored by KPFK GM
Mark Schubb since the fund drive began May 16th. Amy Goodman was
never allowed to pitch live on KPFK's airwaves during this fund
drive. The Pacifica Campaign-L.A. protest reminded Free Pacifica
Activists to continue calling KPFK during the fund drive to voice
their outrage at the censoring of Democracy Now!. Would-be callers
were urged to voice their concerns about the current Pacifica
Crisis, instead of giving KPFK/Pacifca money.
Purged KPFK Chicano Radio Programmer and Pacifica Campaign-L.A.
Co-Organizer John Martinez was emcee. Community members who spoke
included: local migrant's rights organizer Olly Mogollon & Brett
Doran of the Action Resource Center.
Former KPFK Lisitener-Subscriber Monica G. of Huntington Beach
drove over 2 hours with two small children to hand deliver a letter
to KPFK GM Mark Schubb and tour the station with her 3 and 5
year-old daughters. She spoke to fellow protesters about how the
station refused to let her in and how upset her and her husband are
at the preemption of Democracy Now!. Ali, visiting LA from Paris and
a native Iranian delivered a solidarity message.
Pacifica Campaign LA Co-Organizer Karen Pomer gave updates on
recent Free Pacifica victories: Michael Palmer resigning, Democracy
Now! back on the air, and an update on Carol Spooner's Lawsuit.
Vince Ivory of the L.A.-Based Pacifica Accountability Committee
(PAC) spoke as well, calling the Pacifica Campaign's Boycott "A bad
idea whose time had come." Pacifica Campaign-L.A. Co-Organizer Farah
Davari spoke as a former listener-subscriber who could no longer
support KPFK/Pacifica in its current crisis.
Dan Coughlin, purged Pacfica National News Director who currently
works with the Pacifica Campaign's National Office, spoke live via
cell-phone with a summary of the successful WBAI N.Y. Protest.
KPFA's Dennis Bernstein also spoke live with a solidarity statement
from Berkeley. John Martinez was live on Bernstein's Flashpoints
program as well. Martinez said 'official' estimates put KPFK's
current Fund Drive total near $290K (as of Thursday May 24), about
$70K below last year's total. Speakers at Thursday's Demo recalled
how Pacifica apologist/KPFK Programmer Marc Cooper on Tuesday
earlier in the week made a 20-minute on air attack against the
Pacifica Campaign's effectiveness during this fund drive while he
belittled our daily Informational Pickets in front of the station.
During our picket that Tuesday, 2 KPFK listeners heard Cooper's
tirade & joined our picket. Also all through the fund drive,
fund drive volunteers came out seeking information about the
Pacifica Campaign and its demands. The KPFK Demo had itsí usual
KPFK-instigated LAPD visit. Tom Camarella of Pacifica Accountability
Committee gave a cop-report. As usual, there was no incident.
The daily informational pickets in front of KPFK concluded on
Friday May 25. The next Pacifica Campaign target of the Pacifca
National Board: Ken Ford of the National Association of