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KPFA's Black, Broadcasters of Color, and Unpaid Staff Town Hall Meeting at Laney College
Date Thursday April 11
Time 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
Laney College
Student Center RM 401, on the 4th floor
Event Type Meeting
Organizer/AuthorBlock Report Radio
Emailblockreportradio [at]
KPFA's Black, Broadcasters of Color, and Unpaid Staff Town Hall Meeting at Laney College

on Thursday April 11th at 6pm at the Student Center RM 401, on the 4th floor

We will talk about:

1. The arbitrary suspension of Black broadcaster JR Valrey from the Morning Mix, without due process; as well as the consistent racist treatment of broadcasters and staff of color in the recent past including Nadra Foster, Carrie Core, Miguel Gavilan Molina, and more.

2. The 2 tier treatment system in which KPFA/Pacifica deals with the paid and the un-paid staff. 80% of the broadcasters at KPFA are unpaid, the 20% that are paid use up all of the resources, although it is mandated that all broadcasters raise funds. The Un-paid staff has NO say in the budget, hiring, office allocation, etc.

3. A program Council does not exist at KPFA. The Program Council used to be a group that consisted of 1/3 listeners, 1/3 broadcasters, and 1/3 management, that evaluated broadcasts as well as recommended changes to the programming grid. In '08-'09 former Program Director Sasha Lilley , of Against the Grain radio show, abolished the process, effectively getting rid of listeners and broadcasters participation in programming decisions.

4. The lack of a process to address grievances from the un-paid staff in a timely manner.

5. Selective enforcement of the rules by Pacifica and KPFA Management. Un-paid staff are penalized while paid staff, for the same infractions are not even addressed, let alone punished.

6. The Pseudo-union C.W.A. represents significantly less than half of the staff. It effectively controls the station and runs it into the ground, for the benefit of the entrenched staff.

It will feature presentations by Frank Sterling of the KPFA Local Station Board, Tracy Rosenberg of the Pacifica National Board, and The "Suspended" People's Minister of Information JR Valrey of Block Report Radio

For more info you can call The SF Bay View Newspaper at 415-671-0789

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by Zachary RunningWolf
(runningwolf.zachary [at] Monday Apr 8th, 2013 10:35 AM
KKKpfa is Listener Sponsored and Kkkorporate controlled and this last firing of JR Valley is an example of how racist our liberal radio is as they(liberals) will hang you from a shorter Tree. When Marcella and Myself tree sat KKKpfa after the longest urban tree-sit in US history where KRAPFA would not cover as they never cover anything locally (UC critical). Unless it is there to ratify Mayor Bates stolen election. Anyway we triggered 75 people within KKKpfa to come out with no confidence against the station. The tree People (Tuk Pikuni) tried to alert the community and its liberal station (right, Ha Ha) about 4700 truckloads of Nuclear Waste (Bevatron) going down almost by KKKpfa's frontdoor (University Ave.). Jr was the only DJ who was considering putting this on the air which he did not and I hope he has learned from this experience. Brian Edwards Tiekert said to one of our Tribal members that he would not put this on the air because our flyer wasn't good enough. Had this piece of Shit said this in front of me after chasing 800 trucks of Toxic material on my bike a block away from KRAPFA I would have reach out and touched him. Remember Brian Edwards Tiekert was in charge of Finances when 1.5 million dollars was lost and if anybody should be let go it is Mr Tiekert should not only fired but arrested.
by listener
Tuesday Apr 9th, 2013 8:33 PM
A transcript of J.R.'s Feb 6 broadcast is at: