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Vote No on the KPFA Recall; Ballots Due in June
by We Love Tracy Rosenberg
Friday Jun 15th, 2012 5:32 AM
The June 15, 2012 KPFA Manager's Email announced that the nightmare of the destruction of KPFA and Pacifica is going forward with the contrived recall of the outstanding Local and National Board member, Tracy Rosenberg. Please be sure to immediately vote NO and return your ballot. For more on this expensive horror show, see http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/ and http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/?page_id=25
The June 15, 2012 KPFA Manager's Email announced that the nightmare of the destruction of KPFA and Pacifica is going forward with the contrived recall of the outstanding Local and National Board member, Tracy Rosenberg. Please be sure to immediately vote NO and return your ballot. For more on this expensive horror show, see http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/ and http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/?page_id=25

This Email will be archived at

This Email contained another outrageous announcement, namely that there is a delay in the Local Station Board elections, due for September, now taking place starting October 15 when the ballots are to be mailed. PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE YOUR GOVERNMENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BALLOT WITH THE KPFA LOCAL STATION BOARD BALLOT. It really would make more sense to have the KPFA board election in January. This election was originally in November-December, allowing the ballots to be mixed with the Money Season card mail, causing great confusion, so the Local Station Board moved the election to September. The end of the year is already very crowded; January is better. As it is, now the Local Station Board deadline to receive ballots is November 30, while the presidential election is November 6. Let us hope the KPFA subscribers are able to distinguish the two and vote in both by mail.

Let us also hope that the friends of Tracy Rosenberg run on a platform for Local Station Board of not only opposing her recall but also all recalls and will repeal all recall provisions in the bylaws as we have expensive Local Station Board elections almost every year and thus there is never any reason for an expensive recall election.

The newsletter also contained the announcement that the May fund drive was short of its goal of $740,000, raising $690,000, if all pledges are paid. This figure is supposed to get KPFA to its next fund drive, usually in September, and somehow not only pay for the usual expenses but also TWO elections, the expensive recall and the expensive Local Station Board election.

First prize for money pitches goes to Michael Parenti's reminder to pay pledge tape, accompanied by classical music, that immediately made me feel at home, and willing to give to KPFA. There are lots of socialists who listen to classical music and if KPFA is looking for support, it ought to increase its classical music segments, in addition to the 1 that exists, namely Sunday mornings from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. When we feel we have a home at a radio station, we are likely to give what we can. All KPFA has to do is rebroadcast the 3 hour opera program, Through the Opera Glass, from WBAI. That would bring in a tidal wave of cash. After all, KPFA has a much stronger signal than the local classical music station, which we all love. It would be icing on the cake and then some to have classical music and radical politics at one station, KPFA.

As we immediately Vote NO ON THE RECALL upon the receipt of the ballot and MAIL IT IMMEDIATELY, we join the honor roll of endorsers of Stop The Recall of our beloved Tracy Rosenberg at

Shahram Aghamir – Co-Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.

Nick Alexander - longtime reporter, producer; member of API (Asian Pacific Islander) Specials radio collective.

Teresa J. Allen – Current KPFT Houston Local Station Board, Pacifica National Board member both current and from 2002-2005.

Joseph Anderson - KPFA Listener.

Austin Airwaves – Jim Ellinger, Austin, TX.

David Barsamian – Founder, director, host, Alternative Radio. His latest books are How the World Works and What We Say Goes (both with Noam Chomsky) and Targeting Iran. David’s interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, Z and other publications.

Jean E. Brechan – KPFA (and Pacifica) Listener

Khalil Bendib - political cartoonist and co-host of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.

Mary Berg – Producer & Host, A Musical Offering, former Secretary of the PNB and KPFA LSB, and member of the Program Council, among many other things.

Rivian Berlin - former producer Women’s Magazine, Listener.

Dennis Bernstein – Executive Producer of Flashpoints.

Max J. Blanchet – Former KPFA Local Advisory Board (LAB) and Local Station Board (LSB) Member.

Jeff Blankfort - co-founder of the original SaveKPFA in 1993 and of Take Back KPFA in 1995.

Gail Blasie - former KPFA LSB member.

Bonnie Bone – Early Morning Music Host, programmer, engineer.

Joseph Bolden – Poor News Network, Morning Mix.

Daniel Borgstrom – KPFA Listener, blogger at Daniel’s Free Speech Zone.

Tanya Brannan - KPFA Listener.

Gray Brechin - University of California Geographer.

Eric Brooks – Environmental, social justice, consumer, and global justice movement activist since 1985; currently Sustainability Chair – San Francisco Green Party.

Carol Brouillet – Community Currency.org, and Co-Founder, International Media Project.

Virginia Browning – KPFA Listener.

Donna Carter - KPFA Listener.

Linda Champagne – KPFA Listener.

Richard Clifford – KPFA Listener.

Coalition for a democratic Pacifica

George Coates – Producer, Twit Wit Radio.

Mitchel Cohen – Chair, WBAI Local Station Board, Brooklyn Greens.

Michael Costello – North Bay for KPFA Folio in Exile 2000.

Vicente R. Cruz II – Oakland Green Party Outreach Committee.

Gavin Dahl – KPFA Listener/supporter, Board Member community radio advocate and activist engineering outfit Common Frequency, News Director of Pacifica Affiliate Station KYRS in Spokane.

Susan da Silva - Former Chair KPFA LSB.

Justine Daniel - Social Justice Center of Marin.

Todd Davies – KPFA listener.

Afrikahn Jamal Dayvs - Ear Thyme.

Lisa Dettmer – Women’s Magazine KPFA.

Barbara and Barry Deutsch – KPFA/Pacifica subscribers since 1963.

Ivar Diehl – KPFA Listener, Occupier, Business Owner.

Ariel Dougherty - KPFA Listener.

Neil Dunaetz - KPFA Listener.

Laurie Edwards – KPFA Listener, Educator.

Bob English – Pacfica/KPFA Listener from the ’60s, active in the Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP), Peoples’ Radio, KPFA Election Committee. UFW San Francisco Support Committee, SEIU 790 elected chapter rep/negotiation team, Public Employees for a Democratic Union 2006.

Carolyn Epple - Retired Professor, Sonoma State University.

Joseph Estrada - Full Circle.

Shawn Ewald - Co-Founder A-Infos Radio Project; one of the early activists in the original Free Pacifica movement in the ’90s.

Bonnie Faulkner - Producer, Guns & Butter.

Jane Fehlberg – KPFA Listener.

Denise Ferry – KPFA Listener since 1982.

Anthony Fest – Producer, KPFA Weekend News, KPFA Local Station Board Staff Representative.

Vickie M. Fouts – KFCF board member.

Peter Franck – Former President of the Pacifica Foundation (1980-1984).

Ann Garrison - Reporter KPFA Weekend News and Host, producer, WBAI Afrobeat Radio.

James P. Geraghty - Marin Peace and Justice Coalition.

Maria Gilardin - Producer, TUC Radio.

Pam Gill – KPFA Listener.

Steve Gilmartin - KPFA Listener.

Terry Goodman – KPFK Listener/former LSB Member.

Lisa Gray-Garcia – Poor News Network, Morning Mix.

David Greene – First KPFA Elections Coordinator.

Noelle Hanrahan – Producer, Prison Radio.

Michael Hardesty – KPFA Listener

Roger D. Harris – Vice President, Task Force on the Americas.

Carol Harvey – KPFA Listener.

John Harwayne – KPFA Member.

Rose Hauer – KPFA Listener.

Chandra Hauptman – Former KPFA LSB and Pacifica National Board listener-representative.

Dave Heller - KPFA Listener.

Dolores Helman - KPFA Listener.

Jack Heyman – Former Executive Board Member ILWU Local 10, longtime labor activist.

Linda Hewitt – KPFA/Pacifica Listener since 1968; active in Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP) and Peoples’ Radio.

Kane Hoffman – KPFA Listener.

Valerie Hood - KPFA Listener and phone room volunteer.

Mickey Huff – Associate Professor of History at Diablo Valley College, director of Project Censored, Co-Host with Dr. Peter Phillips of the Project Censored Show.

April Hurley – Listener, MD for the uninsured in Santa Rosa.

Mesha Irizarry - Executive Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation to Combat Police Violene, Co-Director, Education Not Incarceration, and Online Admin, Occupy Da’ Hood SF.

Jon Jackson – KPFA Listener.

Cynthia Johnson – KPFA Local Station Board member, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Ecumenical Peace Institute.

Xan Joi – Bay Area Codepink.

Kahlil Karn - KPFA listener.

Jena Katz – KPFA Listener, left activist.

Kim Kaufman – KPFK Local Station Board Treasurer, member Pacifica National Finance Committee.

Carolyn Keddy – KPFA Listener.

Dorothy Kidd - Professor, Dept of Media Studies, University of San Francisco, and long-time community radio producer and advocate.

Alice Diane Kisch – KPFA Listener.

Robert Knight – Anchor, Five O’Clock Shadow investigative newsmagazine on WBAI; Correspondent, “The Knight Report” on Flashpoints.

Janet Kobren – KPFA LSB Listener Member, activist around the Occupy movement, Palestine, democratic media, election integrity, environment, housing justice, and other issues.

Monique Koller - KPFA Listener.

Marilyn Langlois - KPFA Listener, Richmond Progressive Alliance Steering Committee, Haiti Action Committee.

David Landau – KPFA Weekend News.

Adrienne Lauby - Host/producer, Pushing Limits, KPFA unpaid staff.

Clay Leander – Unpaid Staff Program Council Representative.

Sandy LeonVest – Editor & Publisher of Solar Times; Radio Host-Producer for the Progressive Radio Network.

Kenya Lewis – Save KUSF volunteer.

Barbara Lubin – Executive Director, Middle East Children’s Alliance; Friends of Free Speech Radio (1999-2001).

Laura MacDougall – KPFA Listener from the South Bay.

Jeff Mackler - Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia abu Jamal; West Coast Coordinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee; Member, Administrative Council, UNAC (United National Antiwar Committee).

Neil Maclean – KPFA Listener.

Neal Madnick - KPFA Listener.

Abby Martin – Founder & Editor in Chief of Media Roots.

Signe Mattson – KPFA Listener since 1957, former outreach and frequent phone volunteer.

Cynthia McKinney – Green Party Candidate for President (2008); 6-term member of the US House of Representatives.

Jim McWilliams – KPFA Listener.

Barbara Michel – KPFA Listener since 1972.

Adam David Miller - African-American poet, writer, publisher, and radio programmer and producer.

Jenny Miller – KPFA Listener.

Nicole Milner – KPFA Listener, Coalition for a democratic Pacifica.

Evangeline Mix – KPFA Volunteer receptionist for the past 4 months.

Stephanie K. Miyashiro - KPFA Listener.

Miguel Gavilan Molina - Producer/Host La Onda Bajita; Flashpoints Roving Producer & Producer of Flashpoints En Espanol.

Joy Moore – Full Circle, About Health.

Aimee Murray - KPFA Listener.

Jonathan Nack – Veteran activist and journalist based in Oakland.

Attila Nagy – North Bay for KPFA, Santa Rosa Occupy, former KPFA Local Station Board member.

Marilyn Naparst - Long-time listener.

Henry Norr – Retired journalist, member of the KPFA LSB since 2006, activist around Palestine, torture, ending wars, labor solidarity, and other issues.

Oakland Greens – See statement.

Lucienne O’Keefe – Long-time Listener and supporter.

Robbie Osman - Host, Across the Great Divide.

Michael Parenti – Author & Lecturer.

Jean Pauline - KPFA activist listener since 1959. Bound Together Bookstore
Collective member.

Peace and Freedom Party of Alameda County

Peace and Freedom Party of California

Ed Pearl - Founder/Operator of the Ash Grove in LA, organizer with the “Take Back KPFK” Campaign, served two terms on KPFK’s first elected board.

Gail Penso, RN – KPFA Listener, BFUU, Bach, Earth.

David Peterson - Writer, Chicago.

Richard Phelps – Chair, KPFA LSB 2005-2006.

Peter Phillips - Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, former Director of Project Censored, Co-Producer of Project Censored heard Friday mornings on The Morning Mix.

Thomas Plagemann – Save KUSF, Plagemann Design & Building.

Paul Platt – SF Green Party County Council, long-time KPFA listener/supporter.

Stevyn Polk – KUSF in Exile Program Director.

Emmit Powell - Producer & Host The Gospel Experience.

Andrea Prichett – LSB Current Listener Representative, teacher and co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch.

Mary Prophet - Listener, Steering Committee USLAW, member Alameda Co. Central Labor Council, & co-chair California Teachers Assoc, Peace & Justice Caucus.

Fran Rachel - KPFA Listener.

Les Radke – Co-Host Bill Mandel’s Soviet Union Program, Vice President Richmond Federation of Teachers for several years, Member of the Contra Costa Labor Council for several years, Co-Founder of Coalition for a democratic Pacifica, Education Chair of KPFA’s former Education Collective, Member of Californians for Electoral Reform for 10 years, KPFA Local Election Supervisor for 2003, Pacifica National Election Supervisor for 2006 & 2009.

Kate Raphael – Women’s Magazine.

Mary Ratcliff – Listener and San Francisco Bayview Editor.

Willie Ratcliff – Publisher, San Francisco Bayview, Former member for six years of the KPFA Local Advisory Board and Local Station Board.

Malihe Razazan – Co-host & Producer, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, and Producer of Your Call on KALW.

Aaron Reaven – KPFA Listener.

Mara Rivera – KPFA Listener-supporter since 1962.

Lillith Rogers – KPFA Listener.

Colleeen Rose - Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas.

Jamie Ross – Chair of the Pacifica board’s national finance committee before Tracy.

San Francisco Green Party

Jan Santos – KPFA listener, former Pushing Limits collective member.

Marc Sapir, MD, MPH, public sector primary care doc and “Mad as Hell Doctors for Medicare for All” activist.

Oriana Saportas – Community Organizer with ACCE in Oakland, former KPFA Local Election Supervisor (2010).

Michael-David Sasson – Union Steward, CUE-IBT Local 2010 (former president of the Berkeley chapter).

Art Sato – Host, In Your Ear.

Doyle Saylor – KPFA Listener, former host & producer, Pushing Limits.

David Schonbrunn - Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF).

Wendy Schroell — Pacifica National Board Member 2004-2005, 2007-2009; KPFT Local Station Board 2004-2009.

Sharon M. Scott – President, WRVU Friends & Family.

Shelly Scribner - KPFA Listener.

Nina Serrano – Bookwaves: Open Book; La Raza Chronicles.

John Sheridan – KPFA Listener.

Ruthanne Shpiner – Unpaid staff KPFA Weekend News Reporter.

Keith Harmon Snow – KPFA Listener.

Sally Sommer – Active with KPFA/Pacifica since 1999 with the Coalition for a democratic Pacifica. Served on the KPFA elections committees over the years since then.

Andres Soto – Host/Producer The Morning Mix.

Carol Spooner - Former PNB member (Jan 2002-Jan 2005), former KPFA LSB member (Apr 2000-Apr 2005), former lead plaintiff in the “listeners’ lawsuit to remove the old Pacifica Board (1999-2001).

Alex Steinberg – Pacifica National Board Member and LSB Member from WBAI. (See statement on additional statements page.)

Frank Sterling – Flashpoints; Full Circle.

Rick Sterling – KPFA Listener.

Roger Stoll – Secretary, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas.

Leslie Stovall – The Morning Mix

Irwin Swirnoff – Spokesperson, Save KUSF

B. Emily Sykes – KPFA Listener, Marin Peace and Justice Coalition.

Akio Tanaka – KPFA Local Station Board member.

Kate Tanaka – KPFA Local Station Board member.

Steve Taylor-Ramirez – KPFA Listener.

Richard Uzzell – Former KPFT LSB and Pacifica National Board listener-representative.

JR Valrey – Host/Producer the Morning Mix & Block Report Radio.

Marsha Vas Dupre, Ph.D. - City Councilwoman Santa Rosa, CA.

Mari Villaluna – Poor News Network, Morning Mix.

Tom Vorhees – KPFA Listener, early-on engineering volunteer.

Lindsay Vurek – KPFA Listener.

Joe Wanzala – Former KPFA LSB and Pacifica National Board member.

Elaine Wellin – Sonoma State Univ./Media Freedom Foundation.

Laura Wells - Green Party candidate for the 2010 California Governor’s race.

Dave Welsh - Labor organizer, journalist, musician, letter carrier, S.F. Labor Council delegate. Member of Occupy Oakland, Freedom Song Network, Haiti Action Committee.

Carla West – Flashpoints.

Sue Wilson – Producer, Broadcast Blues.

Candace Wolf – Pacifica listener, storyteller, Washington, DC.

Betsy Wolf-Graves – KPFA Listener.

Gregory Wonderwheel – KPFA Listener.

Stan Woods - former KPFA LSB member, Member Occupy Oakland/Labor Solidarity Committee.

Steve Zeltzer – Labor journalist.
by We Love Tracy Rosenberg
Monday Jun 18th, 2012 5:40 AM
The government operation known as SaveKPFA, whose leading light is Larry Bensky, a former programmer and former editor of the CIA publication, Paris Review, is responsible for the financial damage to KPFA and Pacifica. It is they as a majority on the Local Station Board who emptied the treasury at KPFA, including the reserve fund, so that to save both KPFA and Pacifica, the latter of which holds the license, and to pay the first thing that must be paid anywhere, labor, the garbage Morning Show had to be terminated as the staff was paid. It is also they who had a beauty queen government operative puppet with utterly reactionary politics pretend to be Local Station Manager, giving her the opportunity to let a huge check sit in a drawer for a year. This government operation's sole purpose is clearly to destroy a voice of the Left, namely all 5 Pacifica stations and their many linked stations so as to promote the fascist, war criminal twin of the Republican Party, the Democratic Party. Their members, such as Pamela Drake, of the Alameda Central Labor Council, have openly stated they do NOT support volunteer labor, which means KPFA, with its 200 plus staff, of whom only 20 or so are paid, mostly part-time, is HELD IN CONTEMPT BY THE SAVEKPFA GOVERNMENT OPERATION. It is also they who hired a Republican Party law firm, Dhillon & Smith, whose partner Ms. Harmeet Dhillon is San Francisco Republican Party chairperson, to SUE PACIFICA (plaintiff, not defense) on behalf of Brian Edwards Tiekert, Mitch Jeserich and Lewis Sawyer over a staff election to the Local Station Board which involves some 200 people and thus could easily be redone if there were any problems. We know that because we had SaveKPFA mouthpiece and Local Station Board chair, Margy Wilkinson, state on this website that she saw nothing wrong with hiring Republican Party lawyers as the Communist Party, of which she was a member, did just that in opposition to the 1950s witchhunts as defense attorneys, a non sequitur at best. It is this same Communist Party that has been promoting the utterly reactionary Democratic Party since the 1930s, which means they were taken over by government agents a long time ago. Her own father, Mickey Lima, former Northern California Communist Party chairperson, is better known as a rapist of Bettina Aptheker. See Bettina's must read autobiography, Intimate Politics, for the whole sorry scene that was the Communist Party of the 1940s through the 1970s. See

Here is the documentation on Larry Bensky:
1. His attacks to callers on air:

2. Supporters of Pat Scott Gang and union busters American Consulting:

3. More horrors of supporting Concerned Listeners gang:

4. His opposition to Peace & Freedom and Green Parties:

5. His use of name lists in violation of Pacifica election rules:

6. His opposition to the 9/11 Truth Movement

7. His anti-labor outlook on labor programming:

8. His contempt for free speech:

9. His attack on William Blum's book exposing the CIA and a reminder that Bensky was editor of the CIA front, the Paris Review, at

10. His ridicule of the fact of history that Nazis influenced the anti-Communist witchhunts of the 1940s-1950s as of course they were first and foremost anti-communist:
by Balance
Monday Jun 18th, 2012 1:26 PM
KPFA listeners: Look for your recall ballot, then vote YES!
Posted on April 26, 2012 by admin

Thanks to a grassroots campaign for local control, Pacifica treasurer and KPFA boardmember Tracy Rosenberg is facing a recall (see FAQ). If you are a KPFA listener-member, watch your mail for a ballot. [UPDATE: Pacifica missed its own deadline of 12/30/11 to mail ballots, provoking this petition and a formal complaint to California's Attorney General. It said in mid-March that it has finally hired an election supervisor, who has said ballots will mail in May.]

When you do get your ballot, VOTE YES on the Rosenberg recall, which is endorsed by: CRAIG ALDERSON, Secretary, KPFA Local Station Board | AILEEN ALFANDARY, News Co-Director | TINA BACHEMIN, KPFA Reporter | DAVID BACON, labor correspondent, former KPFA Morning Show | BOB BALDOCK, KPFA Public Events Producer | LARRY BENSKY, Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent (1987-2007) | MAL BURNSTEIN, KPFA board member and retired civil rights lawyer | PAMELA DRAKE, Oakland activist | BRIAN EDWARDS-TIEKERT, KPFA News | DANA FRANK, Professor of History, UCSC | JON FROMER, singer/songwriter, NABET/CWA Local 51 shop steward | MARY FROMER, Organizing Director, SEIU Local 707, Sonoma County (retired) | DAVID GANS, music programmer, KPFA board member | SHERRY GENDELMAN, attorney, former chair, KPFA board; former chair, Pacifica National Board | CONN HALLINAN, columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus, the Daily Planet, contributor to CounterPunch, former head of UCSC’s journalism program | MATTHEW HALLINAN, Listener Rep, KPFA board | JOHN HAMILTON, KPFA News anchor | JOHN TANGO IVERSON, health activist |RICH JOHNSON, activist | RANSEY KANAAN, KPFA unpaid staff, founder AK Press and PM Press, co-founder San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair | LARRY KELP, KPFA producer and host, Sing Out! | ROSE KETABCHI, Free Speech Radio News | JACK KURZWEIL, Listener Rep, KPFA board | YING LEE, Asian-Americans for Peace and Justice | LAURA LIVOTI, Founder, Justice in Nigeria Now! | SASHA LILLEY, Against the Grain (Shop Steward, CWA Local 9415) | TIM LYNCH, KPFA producer and host, unpaid staff | PHILIP MALDARI, The Sunday Show (Shop Steward, CWA Local 9415) | JOANNA MANQUEROS, Music of the World, unpaid staff | DIANA MARTINEZ, Letters & Politics, unpaid staff | LAURA PRIVES, former Executive Producer of the KPFA Morning Show; Producer, Letters & Politics, KPFA board member, Pacifica National Board member | GLENN REEDER, KPFA News, unpaid staff | LYN HOLLANDER SAVIO, Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award | DAN SIEGAL, activist and KPFA board member | VANESSA TAIT, KPFA News; co-founder, FSRN | JOHN VAN EYCK, former KPFA board member | KRIS WELCH, Living Room | BARBARA WHIPPERMAN, Treasurer, KPFA Local Station Board | MARGY WILKINSON, Chair, KPFA Local Station Board | RYCHARD WITHERS, KFCF General Manager (titles and organizations for identification only) | and these organizations: ACT UP EAST BAY. See also SaveKPFA ENDORSERS and LISTENER LETTERS.

Why Recall Rosenberg?
Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg has been the principal defender of the current regime at Pacifica, the corporation that owns KPFA. With Rosenberg’s support, that regime has declared war on KPFA’s listeners and workers. It has:

purged KPFA’s biggest fundraiser and most listened-to local program (The Morning Show), causing morning pledges to drop by more than half and putting the station’s fragile finances at risk
conducted illegal, retaliatory layoffs
wasted more than $80,000 of listener money on an anti-union law firm
diverted workers’ retirement contributions for other purposes
slapped gag rules on KPFA’s staff
illegally barred KPFA’s elected representatives from taking their seats on Pacifica’s Board.