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Pacifica Chief's Terrorist Smear

November 1, 2001

Pacifica Campaign E-Mail Action Alert

Send Protest Letters to 45 Different Newspapers Nationwide Pacifica Board Vice-Chair Ken Ford Insults Media Activists,
Embarrasses National Association of Home Builders

Go to http://www.progressiveportal.org/letters/pacifica/newspapers/ and send a protest e-mail to 45 newspapers nationwide.

Throughout the Pacifica community, there has been widespread revulsion at Pacifica Vice-Chair Ken Ford's comparison of staff and listeners critical of his management to the Sept. 11 terrorists. Hundreds have already written passionate and thoughtful letters to the Pacifica National Board and to Ken Ford's employer, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Now, please write and send a letter to newspapers nationwide pointing out how his statements have disgraced Pacifica and the National Association of Home Builders. Call for Ken Ford's immediate resignation from the Pacifica Board.

The NAHB recently dealt with a similar incident of reckless action when one of their lobbyists entered US Senator Jim Jeffords' office and threatened to kill him for leaving the Republican Party and handing over control of the Senate to the Democrats. See: http://www.rollcall.com/pages/columns/hoh/01/hoh0614.html

"They're zealots," said the NAHB's Ken Ford in the pages of The San Francisco Examiner in referring to free speech activists who have criticized mismanagement, mass firings, fiscal irresponsibility, and censorship at the five-station Pacifica Radio network. "I see parallels between this group and Al-Qaeda, the terrorists who bombed New York. They have an innate anger towards society as a whole."

For the full story San Francisco Examiner article see:
http://www.examiner.com/news/default.jsp?story=n.pacifica.1023w

Like the rest of America and the world, those of us in the Pacifica reform movement watched in horror as the cataclysmic events of Sept. 11 unfolded. In New York City and Washington, many of us were directly affected by the attacks. Some of us lost friends, family, and loved ones on that terrible day. Still others were displaced from offices and homes.

We are outraged by Ken Ford's irresponsible and insulting charge. Send protest letters about the NAHB's Ken Ford to newspapers nationwide. Let them know how Ken Ford's reckless conduct as Pacifica Radio Vice-Chair and how it is ruining the NAHB's reputation.

Go to http://www.progressiveportal.org/letters/pacifica/newspapers/ send an e-mail. Please be polite.

Also call and write NAHB Headquarters in Washington, DC

Call and write Jerry Howard, Ken Ford's Boss
He is NAHB Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 800-368-5242 x8257 or x8308
Fax: 202-266-8349

Call the NAHB's Press Agent Michael Strauss at 202-266-8252

Call and write Bruce Smith, NAHB president
In Walnut Creek, Calif: 925-937-8700 x 102, 103
At NAHB headquarters: 800-368-5242 x 8408

Or write to them at:

National Association of Home Builders
1201 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-2800

Please be polite. Please let Jerry Howard and Bruce Smith know how you feel about being likened to the Sept. 11 terrorists and let him know that it's time for Ken Ford to step down from the Pacifica Radio National Board.

Pacifica activists in Washington, DC initiated a vigil at the NAHB. If you are in DC, join them Thursday and Friday Nov. 1-2 from 5-6 PM at 15th and M NW. One hour of each day's Democracy Now! in Exile will be played during the vigil. Call the Pacifica Campaign DC office for more info at 202-483-0894.

Background

Ken Ford is vice-chair of the Pacifica Radio National Board, the only listener-supported, corporate-free national broadcast network in the country. Ken Ford is also a staffer at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, DC.

During his tenure at Pacifica Radio, he has overseen union-busting, lockouts, censorship, group bannings, and race-baiting. When listeners and staff criticize these actions, he slanders them as violent, as terrorists and as extortionists. He has also threatened listeners with prosecution by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for sending critical e-mails. His term on the Board has expired and he is now subject to four separate lawsuits. He should resign immediately from the Pacifica Board.

LET THE COUNTRY KNOW ABOUT KEN FORD'S INSULTS
PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
CALL, FAX, AND E-MAIL TODAY

You can also complain to your local NAHB affiliate office. Go to http://www.nahb.know-where.com/nahb/ and use their easy-to-use search system for an office near you.

Pacifica Campaign
DC Office
2329 Champlain St. NW
Washington, DC 20009-2666

tel: 202-483-0894
fax: 202-483-4887