February 18, 2002
THE BOYCOTT IS OVER!
In the past year, the listeners? boycott was part of a successful
strategy to restore accountability to Pacifica. This month, Pacifica
stations are conducting their first pledge drives under new
management. The Pacifica Campaign urges you to join these historic
fund drives and give generously to WBAI, KPFA, KPFT, WPFW, and KPFK.
The amount of support we give will prove pivotal for the future of
our stations and the network.
As we all know, the financial pillaging of Pacifica during the
past year has been devastating. In a recent interview, Pacifica
Foundation Treasurer Jabari Zakiya told us that the Pacifica
Foundation descended from a projected $600,000 revenue surplus
during the year 1999-2000 to the $4.8 million dollar debt for fiscal
year 2000-2001 reported by Executive Director Dan Coughlin. Various
excessive severance packages appear to have been promised in the
past, as well, although the current Pacifica management has reported
that these may be contested. Many Beltway consulting firms are
lining up for six-figure payouts for work contracted by Pacifica's
former management. The Pacifica Campaign is developing a grassroots
pressure campaign to convince some of these creditors to forgive the
debt. We will be calling on you for your participation in that work.
"This past year, Pacifica was treated like a feeding trough -
funded (mostly) by listeners," said Zackiya, "with vultures and
hyenas circling to pick what they could from the carcass of what was
our network." Zackiya went on to explain, "When you cannibalize the
network, the more you move, the deeper you sink. You get late fees
and when you can?t pay those bills, you get more late fees."
Asked whether the network can be restored, Zakiya described
Pacifica as seriously wounded but not fatally so. "We have the
people and desire to do it. We just need the resources."
CONVINCE 10 FRIENDS TO BECOME NEW LISTENER SUPPORTERS! GIVE
TILL IT HURTS!
If Pacifica's crippling debts are a bitter pill, remember what
they say: the best revenge is success. It is crucial that we
recognize the importance of the current fund drives. We know that
our victorious battle to save Pacifica was an inspiring and heroic
event in media and the American democratic experiment. History will
show the true results of our efforts. At this time, we must simply
move forward decisively, in mass financial support for this network
that we have so dearly won back.
The last leg of our current struggle is restoring financial
stability to Pacifica while we institute democratic elections. Give
until it hurts! After you pledged, do what Juan Gonzalez has pledged
to do: find 10 friends to become new listener supporters, and
convince them to join! The amount of support we give to this
historic effort will prove pivotal for the very survival and
restoration of our stations and the network.
Listed below are scheduled times for fund-drives at the five
stations with contact information for pledging. It should be pointed
out that the operating needs of WBAI, WPFW, KPFT, KPFA, and KPFK
have been made the priority for these fund drives. Each station has
established a local bank account for receiving and managing money
pledged. In addition, a national fund-raising day is also listed for
transmitter costs at KPFK in Los Angeles. Of course, pledges are
welcomed at all times, before and after fund drives.
PACIFICA CAMPAIGN URGES YOU TO SEND DESPERATELY
MONEY TO PLEDGE DRIVES AT WBAI, KPFA, WPFW, KPFK, KPFT
WBAI (New York): February 4th - February 22nd.
Pledge at http://www.wbai.org/
KPFA (Berkeley): February 13th - February 27th.
WPFW (Washington DC): February 17th - March 2nd.
KPFK (Los Angeles): February 20th - March 1st.
Pledge at http://www.kpfk.org/
KPFT (Houston): within 4 weeks.
Pledge at http://www.kpft.org/
February 28 - A one-day fundraiser is planned throughout
the network for the KPFK transmitter. Although KPFK has the
potential to provide the largest coverage in the country, its
transmitter is currently running at 1/4th capacity of its licensed
power outage. $100,000 is still needed to complete the project to
bring the transmitter to full potential. Money is needed for
construction and engineering requirements, as well as a physical
change of location for the antenna. To help with the transmitter
project, contact KPFK at http://www.kpfk.org/ or stand by for more