Fresh from the spring drive fundraising boycott, Pacifica reform
activists across the country have launched a spirited campaign
targeting the usurpers who temporarily control the Pacifica Board.
Just this past weekend pickets were thrown up in Houston, Los
Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
In addition, high-powered seminars hosted by Pacifica's
anti-union law firm Epstein, Becker and Greene were disrupted in New
York, Newark, and at Epstein, Becker headquarters in Washington, DC.
All across the country, we're linking up and stepping up the
heat. And it's working. Our pressure campaign forced Pacifica Board
Treasurer Micheal Palmer to resign.
Now, Pacifica Board Vice-Chair Ken Ford must resign. We've sent
more than 750,000 protest e-mails to Ken Ford's employer the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The next step is a
concerted nationwide effort to picket affiliate offices of the NAHB.
Don't like to picket? Then pay a friendly visit to your local NAHB
rep and deliver a letter.
This means we need you - yes, you -- in Atlanta, Minneapolis,
Portland, Las Vegas, Madison, Tucson, Albuquerque, Kansas City,
Columbus, Washington DC, Tampa, and Honolulu. Did we leave your town
out? Let us know!
Please contact us asap at firstname.lastname@example.org
and tell us you'll be on the team for a national day of action.
Please leave your contact info. We're looking to organize the action
before the Pacifica National Board meeting slated for June 30.
Thank you. Together we will win. Included below our two "sample"
reports of what Pacifica reform activists have been doing around the
Pacifica Campaign staff
PACIFICA CAMPAIGN-LA ACTION AGAINST KEN
In Los Angeles, Pacifica Campaign activists readied to pass out
Vulture flyers at the Inland Empire P.A.S.S. (Purchasing Agents and
Suppliers Seminar), an extension of the BIA/SC (the Southern
California affiliation of NAHB). The organization was having a
Luncheon and Trade Show at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario with
about 400 attendees. Five Pacifica Campaign activists entered the
ballroom close to noon. As people were sitting down to lunch, the
activists began to place flyers on almost every chair. One activist
walked directly to the podium and started speaking over the
microphone about Ken Ford and his role in the Pacifica crisis. She
continued for at least a minute before the microphone was turned
off, and throughout the time she was being pushed out of the room by
a woman, the activist continued shouting out her message, chanting
"Ken Ford must resign."
Meanwhile, the four other activists handed out flyers, until
three were individually told to leave, apparently by the organizers
of the event. One activist was never apprehended and continued
passing around the fliers until she noticed that her companions were
gone and then quickly left through the nearest exit. This action was
very successful and a preliminary foray to remind the clients of the
Builders Industries Association of Southern California (BIA/SC) that
the Pacifica Campaign and the Free Pacifica activists will not rest
until Ken Ford resigns from the Pacifica National Board.
PACIFICA ACTIVISTS HANG BANNER ON NAHB
HEADQUARTERS, DISRUPT NAHB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
In the predawn hours of Saturday, June 9th, Pacifica activists
stealthily achieved the upper floors of the headquarters of the
National Association of Home Builders in Washington, DC. A banner
was affixed to the exterior of the building and the messengers
disappeared into the dawn of Dupont Circle.
The banner read "KEN FORD off the BOARD - NAHB OUT OF PACIFICA,"
and was placed to coincide with the NAHB's Spring Board of
Directors' meeting. Click here for
That meeting occurred over five days, culminating with a general
Board meeting on June 9th, with over 1500 NAHB members in attendance
at the Washington Hilton Towers and Hotel. Around 15 Pacifica
activists, nattily dressed and bearing name badges that looked
strikingly akin to the NAHB meeting badges entered the hotel. The
first two to defy the high security (which included Ken Ford
prowling the lobby) and get into the ballroom addressed the crowd
and were removed forcibly by security. One of them was detained by
Hilton security, handcuffed, and dragged off to a basement security
room for close to an hour. Ken Ford himself briefly showed his face
in the corporate jail cell. After being threatened with arrest, the
activist was banned for life from that hotel and ejected. The group
quickly formed a highly vocal picket line that kept the NAHB
members, hotel security and four squad cars of Metro DC police well
aware of the collective discontent with Ken Ford.
Ken Ford is the Vice Chair of the Pacifica Board, and embodies
many of the problems that riddle the board and necessitate its
removal. He has overstayed his legal term on the Board. He supported
the illegal bylaw changes that made the Board self-selecting and he
claims ignorance of glaring problems created by the management that
is accountable to the Board, while simultaneously claiming that he,
the mere Vice Chair, has no control whatsoever over the network's
management. Ken Ford is a named defendant in the three current
lawsuits, and his resignation will be relentlessly pursued by the
The NAHB is one of the country's most egregious perverters of the
political process, pouring $2 million dollars into the coffers of
pro-business candidates every election cycle (70% Republican, 30%
Democrat). The NAHB opposes the Clean Water Act, the Endangered
Species Act, disability access laws, and anti-sprawl initiatives.
They are very forthcoming with their agenda, laid out at
June 16-17: WBAI Radio in Exile Broadcasts from the Clearwater
Revival. See http://wbix.org/ for details
For another account of the Pacifica campaign actions, see Russell
Mokhiber and Rob Weissman's weekly column at http://commondreams.org/views01/0612-05.htm
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