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What does the CL Majority on the KPFA LSB Have in Common With the Republican Congress?
by Richard Phelps, former Chair KPFA LSB
Thursday Jun 21st, 2012 2:15 PM
TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY!

The Concerned Listener majority on the KPFA LSB practices tyranny of the majority just like the Republican Congress. The CL censured Tracy Rosenberg without due process and when called on their wrongful conduct they continued to defy logic and fair play, just like the Republicans in Congress did with finding Attorney General Holder in contempt, etc.
At the April, 2011 LSB meeting I was absent due to a family emergency. The Concerned Listener majority on the LSB passed a motion to censure Tracy Rosenberg for conduct outside of an LSB meeting. The procedural rules that our LSB must follow require any discipline for conduct outside a meeting requires reasonable notice for a hearing/trial where the person charged will be able to produce witnesses and present evidence in her defense. Tracy was not provided with this due process and was ambushed at the meeting.

At the May 2011 LSB meeting I made a Point of Order challenging their censure of Tracy. The first response was Conn Hallinan giving me the finger. After some delay their Chair Margy Wilkinson allowed me to speak. I laid out the rules, even quoting some, and explained that they needed to withdraw the censure and give Tracy a hearing/trial with fair notice so she could prepare her defense. Their Chair ruled that my Point of Order was overruled since a censure is NOT discipline. I was shocked but on reflection not surprised that their chair would do this.

When I was chair of the LSB I went out of my way to be fair to all. LSB meetings should be a level playing field for discussion and debate on how to make things at the station better.

On the vote to uphold the chair's ruling the CLers, in their sectarian tradition, voted in lock step and supported the chair's illogical and self-serving denial of due process. Shortly there after out came the Petition to Recall Tracy Rosenberg which included that Tracy had been censured by the KPFA LSB. I guess the CLers didn't want to delay their recall petition since they knew they would have ignored any actual evidence that Tracy may present as they did the evidence I presented on the due process for Tracy issue.

Perhaps the saddest thing about this was that NONE of the CLers seemed to have any problem (conscience) with this obviously wrong ruling!

What kind of progressive doesn't believe in due process? How are we going to build a movement for a more just society when some among the movement use the same corporate tactics, win at all cost, that they claim to be against? The answer is that we won't succeed unless we demonstrate to the 99% that we have principles like due process, truth being our guide, and fair play in all our disputes. How we win in internal movement disputes is often just as important as winning and sometime more important.

We are what we do, not what we say we believe in. Fighting for justice and fair play in Oakland, Washington DC or anywhere in the world has limited value for building a more just world if we don't practice what we preach with each other!!

P.S. As some of you know I have some political differences with Tracy Rosenberg regarding KPFA, Pacifica and progressive principles and I am still against the recall because it is dishonest and wrong.

by Konsider
Thursday Jun 21st, 2012 10:05 PM
I can't believe there are people who can sit there for hours and hours writing about why KPFA is being controlled by the tyranny of the LSB. Making that point isn't what bothers me, rather I go to Indybay, and just about everyday there's another long tedious article about the subject. I could say more but I have other more important issues to deal with.
by Observer
Friday Jun 22nd, 2012 12:19 AM
I don't think Phelps was saying the tyranny was from the LSB. It was from the Concerned Listeners who have the majority and use the majority power unfairly to advance their groups power without concern for due process for whomever might be in their way.

The thought of the Concerned Listeners being "the vanguard" or worse a future government scares the hell out of me.

Since this was a conscious and clear violation of Tracy's due process there is no rebuttal possible by the Concerned Listeners so that is why I think this is them trying to change the focus from their misuse of the power they have as LSB members.

If anyone should be recalled they should be for such a gross and conscious denial of due process.
by freedom fighter
Friday Jun 22nd, 2012 12:21 AM
Most of them are members of the Democratic Party, former (?) Stalinists or both.
by By the Company They Keep
Saturday Jun 23rd, 2012 9:15 AM
People are known by the company they keep and the SaveKPFA/Concerned Listeners/Thug Hallinan Gang/Hate Pacifica Gang/fascist government operation/proud Democrats, the twins of the Republicans, view Larry Bensky, the former KPFA programmer and former editor of the CIA's Paris Review, as their leading light. Here is more on Larry Bensky & Company:
1. His attacks to callers on air:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/09/25/18659813.php

2. Supporters of Pat Scott Gang and union busters American Consulting:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/09/21/18659436.php

3. More horrors of supporting Concerned Listeners gang:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/10/22/18626386.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/15/18472757.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/29/18324348.php

4. His opposition to Peace & Freedom and Green Parties:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/04/27/18495315.php

5. His use of name lists in violation of Pacifica election rules:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/11/21/18462672.php

6. His opposition to the 9/11 Truth Movement
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/11/10/18459899.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/09/15/18311830.php

7. His anti-labor outlook on labor programming:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/04/14/18154241.php

8. His contempt for free speech:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2004/11/13/17051361.php

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
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2005/06/27/17498851.php

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:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2004/04/05/16762211.php
See above . If so how can these ''progressive democrats ''possibly justify being associated with a Open reactionary like that ? I even heard that this couple attended Meg Whitman's fundraiser for Romney !
by Larry
Monday Jun 25th, 2012 11:41 PM
Yep. Sarv Randawa. Represented KPFA on the national board for years and years. Married Harmeet Dhillon the chair of the San Francisco Republican Party. She advocates, among other things, for the elimination of teachers unions.

Here's the link: http://kalwnews.org/audio/2011/04/05/meet-the-leader-san-francisco%E2%80%99s-gop_923378.html

Her firm was hired by Save KPFA to sue Pacifica.
by Konsider
Tuesday Jun 26th, 2012 2:24 PM
To clarify, what I meant was the focus on the tyranny of the Concerned Listeners over the LSB is an obsession, and there's far more important issues-- like global warming and world hunger-- to focus on.