Tell CEO Raymond Wirta that CB Richard Ellis Vice President
Micheal Palmer of Houston must resign from the Pacifica Foundation
Board of Directors.
1. Chaos and mismanagement have characterized Palmeršs
stewardship of the nationšs oldest listener sponsored radio network.
2. Palmer's second and final term on the Board has
3. Palmer is a defendant in three separate lawsuits
seeking his removal, including one backed by the California Attorney
4. His "smoking gun" E-mail clearly indicates his goal of
selling Pacifica stations, including WBAI 99.5 FM in New York.
5. As Treasurer, he has secreted the books from mandated
public scrutiny, once needing a California State Senate subpoena to
reveal the books.
6. He supports management practices of censorship, firing
without cause, banning of volunteers, harrassment, misinformation
and race baiting.
7. CB Richard Ellis will be held publicly accountable for
Please be polite but firm. Call as often as you feel you must to
ensure that your discontent with CBRE VP Micheal Palmer is
understood by his employers.
Yesterday, two representatives of the Pacifica Campaign visited
the Executive Office of CB Richard Ellis in Los Angeles, raising our
concerns with the behavior of Micheal Palmer and calling for his
CB Richard Ellis claims it is the world's largest commercial real
estate services firm, brokering over $44 billion dollars in deals
annually (1999 figures). Micheal Palmer, Pacifica Board Treasurer,
is a Vice President and Salesperson in the CBRE Houston office. The
Houston office specializes in setting up maquiladora production
facilities in Mexico. The CBRE Mexico Advisory Group trumpets
Northern Mexico's source of "labour, labour, labour." Although
Palmer has publicly denied involvement in establishing sweatshops,
he privately bragged of it to a former Pacifica staffer.
Palmer is the author of the notorious email discussion of the
sale of Pacifica stations that sparked the crisis at KPFA in
Berkeley in 1999 ( see the memo at http://www.counterpunch.org/sellmemo.html
His second term on the Board ended last March, so he should by
all accounts be gone. As he is central to the clique of hijackers,
however, he remains. During a public comment period during the
recent Pacifica board meeting in Houston (the comment period occured
only due to the demands of the standing room-only crowd), Palmer
openly mocked listeners who have taken the time to write him with
their concerns. He asked for more such post cards, which he
sarcastically asserted he was "using for an art project."
Palmer came to the Board as a member of the KPFT Local Advisory
Board (LAB). He was invited to the LAB because he raised a
significant amount of money for an apolitical retreat center. His
progress from the LAB to the national board remains a mystery to
himself, as evidenced by his deposition in the http://www.radio4all.org/freepacifica/lawsuits/palmerdepo.htm Palmer has no connection to the history or tradition of
Pacifica, is unaccountable and hostile to Pacifica supporters, his
term on the Board has expired, and he must resign now.
Please make this call, send an email, and/or fax today! The only
way we will win this struggle is by concerted action!