On June 27, three well-dressed media activists associated with
the Los Angeles Pacifica Campaign Group disrupted a cocktail party
of a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) affiliate, the
Sales & Marketing Council of Orange County (SMC-OC) at the
Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California, in order to protest and
educate homebuilders about the Pacifica Crisis.
The NAHB, the third-largest trade-lobbying association in the
country, employs manager Ken Ford, renegade board member who is
actively participating in the attempted destruction of the Pacifica
National Network. Ford may currently have become Chair in the wake
of the recent resignation of former Chair David Acosta.
During the cocktail party in Irvine, one activist stood on a
chair in the middle of the room and delivered a speech explaining to
the crowd who Ken Ford is and his role in the destruction of the
Pacifica Foundation. The speaker was allowed to finish his
statement. He told the audience that Ken Ford must resign from the
Pacifica board and asked the crowd to call him and NAHB president
Bruce Smith and tell him to do so. He also said that they, the
activists, would be attending NHB events until Ford reigned.
During this presentation, two other activists gave fliers to the
party goers and engaged them in discussions. Members of the SMC/OC
asked questions ranging from "Why doesn't Pacifica fire Ken Ford?"
to "What is the NAHB?" They read the flyers, and carried on
discussions about the issue. After Approximately 15 minutes, the
activists were removed from the hotel by the hotel's security force.
Meanwhile, on June 20th, four media activists disrupted a panel
discussion hosted by the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater
New York (ABO), the New York City affiliate of the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The four activists were
associated with the Pacifica Campaign to Stop the Corporate Takeover
and Concerned Friends of WBAI-New York and Concerned Friends of
WBAI- New Jersey.
The panel discussion, attended by approximately 150 people, part
of the Buildings NY Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center,
was called a "Visionary Panel" of "top real estate executives to
discuss the future of New York's real estate industry." During a
break in the discussion, one of the activists politely stood up in
front of the audience and began to inform them about Ken Ford and
his destructive actions at the Pacifica Foundation. A guard grabbed
her arm and hurried her out of the room as she continued her
While the guard was thus occupied, another activist loudly
continued to deliver the message to the audience that Ken Ford must
leave the Pacifica Board. He was pushed out of the room by Nick
LaPort, executive director of the ABO.
During these two public announcements, other activists passed out
leaflets to all members of the audience and to the Javits convention
center at large. The leaflets stated that Ken Ford has grossly
violated the public trust and abused his fiduciary responsibilities,
and that his unethical actions have endangered a valued public media
institution, causing a national furor. NAHB members were urged to
contact Ken Ford's employer, Bruce Smith, to tell him that Ken Ford
must resign from the Pacifica b oard.
After the protest, Shill commented to the audience that, "We (the
NAHB members) got off easy this time compared to other protesters
who were dressed as flowers."The activists were followed out and
interviewed by a reporter for the trade newspaper Real Estate NY,
who said that she would report on protest at http://www.globest.com/ on Thursday, June 21.
Disruptions of NAHB events are autonomous actions taken as part
of a national pressure campaign for Ken Ford's resignation from the
Pacifica Board. Other activists in the Bay Area have been protesting
at the business office of NAHB president Bruce Smith in Walnut
Creek, near San Francisco, while activists disrupted an NAHB board
of directors meeting in Washington DC and an affiliations'(P.A.S.S.
of BIA/SC) lunchean and trade show in Ontario, California, in early
June, and dropped a banner from the NAHB headquarters in Washington
At this time, the Pacifica Campaign is calling for all concerned
listeners and activists to join a coordinated National Day of Action
Against Ken Ford and the NAHB to save the Pacifica Radio Network on
July 10th. Specifics are below. Please consider joining our peaceful
and legal pickets on that day.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
DATE: July 10th 2001
TIME: To be decided at each
WHAT: Activists will picket peacefully and legally at affiliate
offices and local events of the National Home Builders Association
across the country, to protest the NAHB's aggressive strong-arm
tactics and to demand that Ken Ford, manager at the NAHB resign from
the Pacifica Radio Network's board of directors. To educate the
public about the NAHB's repressive attacks on Media, environmental,
disability rights, and internet activists.
To date, approximately 13 groups around the US have weighed in on
the action, as well as one in Croatia (!), where the pickets will be
broadcasted on radio. Please join us! Contact your local community
radio station and ask them to cover the action .
The Pacifica Campaign will provide you with a boiler plate press
release for local coverage, a downloadable flyer, information about
picketing, and any other support you need. We will also be pursuing
press coverage on the national level.
Contact Ursula_ru@hotmail.com or
call the Pacifica Campaign 646-230-9588 and the Pacifica Campaign-LA
at 323-878-5680 for more information.
Tell them Ken Ford must resign from the
Ken Ford NAHB Multifamily Housing Division
800-368-5242 x22 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Bruce Smith NAHB Headquarters