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Fed up with KPFA Infighting? Vote No on the Recall
by Henry Norr
Saturday Jun 30th, 2012 8:04 AM
The current campaign to recall Tracy Rosenberg from the KPFA and Pacifica boards takes the cake for unbridled factionalism and sheer vindictiveness - not to mention the waste of some $25,000 at a time when the station again faces a severe financial shortfall and the likelihood of more staff cuts.
In my five and a half years on KPFA's Local Station Board, I've lived through more nasty bickering than at any other time in a half century of progressive activism (and believe me, that's saying something!). But in my book the current campaign to recall Tracy Rosenberg from the local and national boards takes the cake for unbridled factionalism and sheer vindictiveness - not to mention the waste of some $25,000 at a time when the station again faces a severe financial shortfall and the likelihood of more staff cuts.

If you care about KPFA's survival, please take my advice and vote "No" on the recall ballot listener-subscribers should - finally! - be getting in the mail this week. It's the best way you can send a message to all of the powers that be at the station and its parent Pacifica Foundation - local and national board members, station and foundation managers, and the paid staff's union local - that you want us to cut out the craziness and concentrate on pulling the operation back from the brink of financial abyss, reinvigorating programming, expanding the audience, and catching up with 21st-century technology and tastes.

Who is Tracy Rosenberg? In addition to her work with KPFA and Pacifica, she is executive director of the Oakland-based Media Alliance; in that capacity she's a nationally recognized leader in the grassroots movement to resist the corporate media behemoths and preserve and extend alternative people's media. From my personal observations I can attest that she is incredibly dedicated and hardworking: for years now, not only as a member of the local and national boards but also as chair of Pacifica's National Finance Committee - always a critical role, but especially in a time of severe financial stress - she has devoted countless hours every month to interminable meetings and grueling conference calls. Sure, she can be abrasive at times, and no one agrees with her about every decision she's been part of - I certainly don't. But overall she's the kind of qualified and caring person Pacifica needs in its governance structures. Instead of a smear campaign and recall attempt over policy differences, we should thank her for service to the station and the network.

As for the charges against Tracy, go to http://www.StopTheKPFARecall.org, especially the page devoted to "Deconstructing the Recall Petition," if you want details. Just a few points here:

• The main charges against Tracy involve her role (real and imagined) in the budget cuts Pacifica required KPFA to make in the fall of 2010, which resulted in, among other effects, the cancellation of the Morning Show. It wasn't Tracy, though, who caused the cuts - they had to happen because the station, after losing $1.4 million over the previous three years and completely burning through its reserves, could no longer meet its payroll. Tracy's contribution, when she and others at KPFA were consulted by Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt, was simply to point out the obvious: there was no short-term alternative but to reduce expenses and, since most of the station's budget goes for salaries and benefits and most other expenses are fixed, cutting expenses required, regrettably, trimming the paid staff. Tracy is accused of drawing up a list of staff to "purge from the station." In fact, what that list was was simply the staff seniority list, and the National Labor Relations Board has repeatedly ruled that the cuts were made in accordance with the seniority provisions in the paid staff's union contract.

• The second allegation on the recall petition, under the inflammatory heading "Election Fraud," actually involves a disagreement over the interpretation of Pacifica's bylaws. Those rules, adopted in reaction to the near takeover of Pacifica in the 1990s by forces deeply involved in electoral politics, include a provision that any member of a Pacifica board who accepts "a political appointment" is automatically removed from that board. In January 2010 attorney Dan Siegel, a member of the LSB who had just been elected also to the national board, accepted an appointment as legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. A majority of the Pacifica National Board - including Tracy - voted that, in accordance with the bylaws, that move made him ineligible to stay on the local or national boards. (His position in the Quan administration was unpaid, but the bylaws make no distinction between paid and unpaid appointments.)

Whatever you think of Siegel - I happen to admire him for much of his work, in particular his principled resignation from Quan's administration to protest its handling of the Occupy movement - the board's position was at the very least a plausible interpretation of an important element of the bylaws. A local judge eventually ruled in Siegel's favor and he remains on the local and national boards. But should disagreement on such a debatable issue be grounds for recall?

• The third count in the recall petition - "Email Theft and Misrepresentation" would be laughable if it were not so defamatory and destructive. Just go read the e-mail in question for yourself - it's at http://www.StopTheKPFARecall.org/?p=367. As you can see, all it does is promote the programming scheduled to air on KPFA's Morning Mix program during the week of March 7, 2011 - and, of course, plead for donations. There's not a syllable in it about internal Pacifica politics or anything else controversial among KPFA listeners. The backstory is that the unpaid crew putting together the Morning Mix, which was then in its first months and, admittedly, still struggling to find its groove, decided to try to encourage listenership by announcing upcoming programming via e-mail. You'd think that would be a routine approach to marketing in 2011, but believe it or not, KPFA lacked the capability to put out promotional e-mail. The Mix crew learned that Tracy had an account with a service that does e-mails blasts to lists provided by the customer - an account she frequently makes available to various progressive causes - so they asked her to send the message out, using a list of addresses provided by Pacifica.

That, in a nutshell, is the case against Tracy Rosenberg. Only in Pacificaland, I'm afraid, could one imagine that such charges could be the basis for initiating a recall. It's especially tragic considering that the recall proponents claim at every opportunity that they're defending KPFA's workers, yet the process they've imposed will probably end up costing the station close to $25,000 for printing, postage, and administration - money desperately needed to forestall additional staff cuts.

If this recall effort succeeds, it will undoubtedly encourage others in the future, and still more money and energy that could go improving the station will instead go down the tubes in factional infighting. If you think that's nuts, join me, Grey Brechin, Peter Franck, Jack Heyman, Cynthia Johnson, Barbara Lubin, Michael Parenti, Andrea Pritchett, the late Les Radke, Sally Sommer, Carol Spooner, and scores of other longtime listeners, plus Mary Berg, Dennis Bernstein, Davey D, Anthony Fest, Robbie Osman, Peter Phillips, Kate Raphael, Nina Serrano and many other KPFA staff members (see more names at http://www.StopTheKPFARecall.org) in voting an emphatic "No" when you get your recall ballot.

Henry Norr, a retired journalist and Berkeley resident, will finish his second term as an elected listener representative on KPFA’s Local Station Board in December. He can be reached at henry [at] norr.com.
by Thinking out loud
Sunday Jul 1st, 2012 5:51 AM
Having voted No already and mailed my ballot which was picked up at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, I am now calm enough to look at the second hate piece from the well-funded Hate Pacifica Gang, the first having arrived on 12/31/11. What strikes me most is how out of touch they are with the world we live in.

Pacifica Foundation is a very poor charity, the legal term being a non-profit corporation. Both the 1st and 2d slick mailer describe Pacifica as a "corporation," implying that it is the usual profit-making business we associate with the term "corporation." This is from a gang that claims to holier than thou when it comes to supporting labor, although the reality is the opposite.

The ever-changing figure paid to the law firms Pacifica was forced to hire by the Hate Pacifica Gang to defend itself against lawsuits and NLRB charges they filed, including a lawsuit brought by a Republican Party law firm, Dhillon & Smith, whose partner Ms. Harmeet Dhillon is SF Republican Party chairperson, should be a sign that this is all completely contrived, which it is. On the 1st slick mailer, they claim they cost Pacifica $80,000; on the second, $115,000 and on the hit piece on the reverse side of Tracy Rosenberg's excellent statement inside the envelope with the ballot, $30,000. They blame these various amounts on Tracy when it is they who cost Pacifica money and when it comes to all the issues, Tracy is just one member of the Pacifica National Board; the decisions are always collective.

The biggest lack of understanding of the real world comes in terms of organized labor, which is only 10% organized in the US. KPFA has over 200 workers, of whom some 20 or so are paid; the rest are VOLUNTEERS. That is a point that should be stressed everywhere. MOST OF US ARE NOT UNION MEMBERS and MOST OF US HAVE NO PENSION; we depend on our savings and Social Security for retirement. The 10% paid staff at KPFA are no better nor more deserving than anyone else. All of this whining about all kinds of fancy benefits this 10% paid staff expect to receive from this very poor charity courtesy its poor subscribers is insulting to us who do not have these benefits. WE ARE NOT IMPRESSED THAT WE ARE PAYING PENSIONS TO PART-TIME STAFF especially when we have just enough to survive ourselves, and no pension. The unions have no one to blame but themselves for not doing the labor organizing that needs to be done but instead they give the union dues to the anti-labor Democratic Party. Thus, all of their hysterics and histronics over benefits they expect the poor listeners to pay falls on very deaf ears among most of the listeners.

It is clear that ALL OF THE RECALL PROVISIONS MUST BE REPEALED as we have almost annual expensive Local Station Board elections and thus there is never any reason for any recall.

Dan Siegel, a lawyer, obviously found this recall provision in the bylaws and realized that it could be used against Pacifica, so he came up with the excuse that because he was not seated on the Pacifica Board for a short time due to the clear provision in the bylaws that he could not sit there while advising Oakland Mayor Quan, he and his fellow Hate Pacifica Gang members would cost us poor workers money by having this recall. LET US REMEMBER THAT DAN SIEGEL PROMOTED POLICE IN OAKLAND SCHOOLS. Dan Siegel uses various causes, like the Occupy movement, as publicity for his law firm. Any member of the Hate Pacifica Gang, of which he is a proud member, listing himself on both slick mailers for the recall, is to be avoided.

The 22,000 listener-subscribers must now act to defeat this recall if we are to have a radio station at all. I am so glad to see Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party highlighted on the anti-recall mailer. The rest of the honor roll is found at the end of this article. WE ARE LUCKY TO GET 6,000 VOTERS IN A REGULAR ELECTION. PLEASE VOTE, VOTE NO, AND MAIL YOUR BALLOT TODAY. Further clarity on what is going on can be found in the fact that the leading light of the Hate Pacifica Gang, aka SaveKPFA, is Larry Bensky, a former programmer at KPFA proudly listed on both SaveKPFA slick mailers, and a former editor of the CIA's Paris Review. See and read the links below:
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:

Join the honor roll, vote No on the recall and Mail your ballot today. From:
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.
Richard Becker - Western Region Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition – Act Now to Stop War & End Racism.
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.
Carolyn Birden - WBAI LSB and Pacifica National Board Member; former plaintiff in the “listeners’ lawsuit” to remove the old Pacifica Board in 1999-2001.
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.
Jean E. Brechan - KPFA (and Pacifica) Listener
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 listener
Sunday Jul 1st, 2012 6:08 PM
Yes, the amounts paid to anti-union consultants have GONE UP over the many publications cited because Pacifica has been paying more and more money to them. It's public information. It's a scandal that our listener dollars are going to this!

as for the "republican" law firm you keep mentioning, you've made that up. Here's the real story:


Here's the truth about KPFA's financial crisis: http://www.savekpfa.org/facts-about-the-kpfa-situation/why-is-kpfa-broke

Here are the YES on the KPFA recall endorsers, which is growing every day:


We urge you to VOTE YES on the recall!
(titles and organizations for ID only)


CRAIG ALDERSON, secretary, KPFA Local Station Board

AILEEN ALFANDARY, News co-director


DAVID BACON, labor correspondent, former KPFA Morning Show; TNG/ CWA Local 39521

BOB BALDOCK, KPFA public events producer

MARGARET BANNERMAN, listener, San Francisco

MICHAEL BARGLOW, listener, public school teacher

VIC BEDOIAN, Pacifica Evening News Central Valley reporter, Fresno

IAIN BOAL, social historian of the commons

SUMMER BRENNER, author, Richmond Tales

LARRY BENSKY, Pacifica National Affairs correspondent (1987-2007)

MAL BURNSTEIN, KPFA board member and retired civil rights lawyer

CATHY CAMPBELL, president, Berkeley Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1078

YVONNE CAMPBELL, Martinez listener

KAANII CLEAVER, listener, Fort Collins CO

SHIELA COCKSHOTT, listener and supporter of every fund drive since 1980

JOYCE COLE, listener, San Anselmo

ALISON DAVIS, listener, San Mateo

JIM DAVIS, filmmaker, “Meeting Room”

JANE DICKSON, listener, Oakland

PAMELA DRAKE, Oakland activist

ELLEN DUBROWIN, listener, long-ago programmer (unpaid staff) and off-air staff (Pacifica Workers Union, then UE member)

STEVE EARLY, labor journalist (CounterPunch), TNG/ CWA Local 39521


BARBARA EPSTEIN, Professor, History of Consciousness, UCSC

JAN ETRE, Crafts Fair Coordinator

RUTH FALLENBAUM, listener, Oakland

DEE FARLON, Oakland listener

JOSEPH “JODY” FERGUSON, longtime listener, Menlo Park

DANA FRANK, Professor of History, UCSC; correspondent, The Nation

JULIANA FREDMAN, public interest attorney and activist

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

JANET GEIS, publisher, Open Exchange Magazine

SHERRY GENDELMAN, attorney, former chair, KPFA board; former chair, Pacifica National Board

PAUL GEORGE, director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

SUZANNE GORDON, journalist and author, NWU/UAW

KATE GOWEN, listener, Petaluma

ANDREJ GRUBACIC, anarchist historian, author of Wobblies and Zapatistas

MIGUEL GUERRERO, KPFA web producer, producer of Rock en Rebelion

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

SHAWN HAMILL, listener, Sebastopol


JANE HIRSHFIELD, poet, author, listener-member

CHRISTINA HUGGINS, First Executive Vice President, CWA Local 9415

JOHN TANGO IVERSON, health activist

RICH JOHNSON, activist

RAMSEY KANAAN, KPFA unpaid staff, founder AK Press and PM Press, co-founder San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair

LARRY KELP, KPFA producer and host, Sing Out!

DAVID KESSLER, longtime listener, UCB staff, CUE-Teamsters member

SHELLEY KESSLER, Executive Secretary of the San Mateo Labor Council


SANDY KING, listener

ERIC KLEIN, former FSRN tech producer; former KPFA News producer; former tech producer, Flashpoints

JACK KURZWEIL, Listener rep, KPFA board

MARCIA LARIS, listener

JIM LAFFERTY, host, KPFK’s Lawyers Guild Show; executive director, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles

JOHN LAVINE, activist, former Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner

YING LEE, Asian-Americans for Peace and Justice

CLYDE LELAND, listener

ELIZABETH LEONE, PhD, applied linguist, activist, Fresno listener

ROBERT LEVERANT, longtime Sebastopol listener, psychotherapist

ARTHUR LEVITT, listener, Belmont

LAURA LIVOTI, Founder, Justice in Nigeria Now!

SASHA LILLEY, KPFA’s Against the Grain; Shop Steward, CWA Local 9415

TIM LYNCH, KPFA producer and host, unpaid staff

KAREN MACLEOD, University Council-AFT

PHILIP MALDARI, KPFA’s Sunday Show; Shop Steward, CWA Local 9415


JOANNA MANQUEROS, Music of the World, unpaid staff


DIANA MARTINEZ, Letters & Politics, unpaid staff

BARRIE ANN MASON, listener and contributor for 25 years, Santa Rosa

SUSAN MCDONOUGH, former KPFA Local Station Board member

MARY MORTON, listener

PETER OLNEY, listener and ILWU organizing director

ZEESE PAPANIKOLAS, listener, Oakland

EDDY PAY, KPFA’s The Herbal Highway

SCOTT PHAM, Free Speech Radio News, Technical Producer

SALLY PHILLIPS, KPFA Producer, Host, Engineer

MARY POWER, listener, Berkeley


LAURA PRIVES, former executive producer of the KPFA Morning Show; producer, Letters & Politics, KPFA board member, Pacifica
National Board member

GLENN REEDER, KPFA News anchor, unpaid staff

HAYDN REISS, listener, San Anselmo

BLANCHE RICHARDSON, listener, San Francisco

DERK RICHARDSON, host of KPFA’s the Hear and Now

SUSAN SACHEN, Campaign Director, California Labor Federation

CHARLOTTE SAENZ, community artist and educator

CLARA SANTISO, listener, Somis CA

LEWIS SAWYER, producer, Early Morning Music, former KPFA Receptionist

LYN HOLLANDER SAVIO, Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award


SONA SHAH, Clark University postgrad

DAN SIEGEL, activist and KPFA board member

BONNIE SIMMONS, host, KPFA’s Bonnie Simmon’s Show; former LSB, Pacifica National Board member

SARA STEFFENS, The Newspaper Guild/CWA District 9

ROSALIE STEWARD, listener, Petaluma

VANESSA TAIT, KPFA News; co-founder, FSRN; author, Poor Workers’ Unions

ANDREA TURNER, cultural and community activist, LSB member

JOHN VAN EYCK, former KPFA board member

KIT VAQ, Oakland listener

RICHARD WALKER, radical geographer & author, The Country in the City

KATHLEEN WEAVER, biographer, poet, translator

KRIS WELCH, KPFA’s Living Room

ERMA WHEATLEY, Berkeley listener

BARBARA WHIPPERMAN, treasurer, KPFA Local Station Board

MARGY WILKINSON, chair, KPFA Local Station Board

CAL WINSLOW, labor historian, co-author of Rebel Rank and File

RYCHARD WITHERS, KFCF general manager

EDDIE YUEN, KPFA’s Against the Grain

by Are You Kidding Me?
Sunday Jul 1st, 2012 10:11 PM
Recall endorsers are mostly staff, staff spouses or past and present LSB members on the Concerned Listeners side. That should put the lie to the idea that the Concerned Listeners/Save KPFA is anything other than a front for entrenched staff interests against layoffs, whether or not KPFA can pay the bills. It's a "grassroots movement for Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Mark Mericle control".

by reader
Saturday Jul 7th, 2012 10:18 AM
I don't see Mitch Jeserich's name. Did he take a position?
by activist
Monday Jul 9th, 2012 7:00 PM
mitch is for the recall, he's on the postcard