Letter from Juan Gonzalez
Anonymous accusers have a long and sordid history in the United
States. And the Pacifica Campaign is not in the habit of replying to
anonymous accusations and secret tribunals of one. But you may have
noticed a recent anonymous e-mail, with an address similar to ours.
The e-mail denounced fired WBAI/Pacifica union members as well as
our campaign to restore free speech, labor rights and democratic
accountability to the Pacifica Radio network. These same accusations
are being aired -- unchallenged -- at WBAI.
Enclosed is the original e-mail and an abridged response by fired
and banned WBAI programmer Mimi Rosenberg to this cheap smear
Regards, Juan Gonzalez
Anonymous email posted on 4/27/01 by Pacifcamp@aol.com
IT has come to our attention the Amy Goodman, Bernard White
and others involved in the reunion of WBAI's Morning Call Program
crossed a picket line of union construction workers in order to
perform their program last Saturday.
This is a slap in the face to all of us who believe organized
labor is the bedrock of the Progressive Movement. Amy Goodman
Crossing A Picket Line! How could you? Those people were protesting
for better pay and other working conditions and you and all the
other people involved with this event have no right to call yourself
members in good standing of any union.
No money should be contributed to the Pacifica Campaign until
this horrible action is fully explained.
Mimi Rosenberg responds
to false accusations
Unfortunately there are some people who persist in defaming those
who resist the retrograde policies and practices of the Pacifica
National Board and their managers. There are those whose self
interest causes them to ignore the danger that these individuals
pose to the maintenance of a progressive radio station and who
similarly engage in slander and libel against their former
Most recently, there was an erroneous report communicated to
WBAI's listeners and the same misinformation has been circulated on
the internet. The Theatre for the New City has nothing whatsoever to
do with a labor dispute with Local 14-14B. The air rights over the
Theatre are actually owned by the City of New York. The City has
leased those air rights. The lessee of the air rights is in the
process of building over The Theatre. Unfortunately, the lessee has
employed a non-union contractor to erect the structure.
For the first time on Monday, April 23rd, not April 21st (the day
of the wonderfully successful Radio In Exile event) a small group of
union laborers gathered for an informational picket to protest and
communicate their dispute with the non-union contractor.
Again, the picket appeared for the first time this past Monday.
The business agent for the picketing local, Steve Skinner had never
heard of WBAI, had never heard of myself or Amy Goodman and nobody
transgressed a picket line. There is no boycott of The Theatre for
the New City who is not involved in the labor dispute.
In fact, Mr. Skinner was approached by an individual who
identified himself as being from WBAI and requested his business
card. This individual deliberately sought to create an issue. Mr.
Skinner was distressed over the manipulation of the actual dispute
and the misuse of his name in conjunction with efforts to smear
those who actually uphold workers rights. After all, in part the
dispute with the Pacifica National Board and its managers regard an
abrogation of workers rights (i.e. firings, bannings, hostile work
environment, etc.) as well as issues of democratic governance, free
speech and progressive politics.