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Lying Does Not "Nurture" Relationships! Pacifica New Day Fake News Tactics
by Stop "New Day" Fake News Campaign
Sunday Jun 6th, 2021 1:13 PM
The Pacifica "New Day" faction put out fake news that Jane Fonda had endorsed their corporate bylaw proposal. They were caught in a lie which was answered by the Pacifica Counsel. These tactics have been supported by their KPFA on air hosts who have used their names and credibility to put out fake news.
They also engaged in red baiting tactics by charging that Pacifica has been taken over by the Green Party and Workers World Party.
They need to be held accountable for these corrupt election tactics.
From Pacifica Counsel To All Pacifica Members

To Pacifica Members:

On June 7 you will receive a ballot to vote on a set of Pacifica bylaw revisions proposed by a group of members who call themselves "New Day Pacifica."

In mid -May this group sent out an email to the entire Pacifica membership list (as allowed by our very democratic election rules) which stated that their proposal had been endorsed by progressive actress Jane Fonda.

On May 28, 2021, Ms. Fonda stated: "I guess I was hoodwinked along with Martin Sheen," and then copied me on this email which she had just sent to New Day at info [at]

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to request that my name be immediately removed from any mailings related to New Day and Pacifica.

She also authorized me to release this statement:

"I withdraw my endorsement of the New Day proposals and applaud the efforts of the Pacifica leadership to maintain an amazing democratic organization"

We have all learned much over the last few years about the importance of labeling false information as "false. " We are doing this here because the Pacifica email list was used to disseminate false information.

Please make sure to vote.

Arthur Z. Schwartz
General Counsel - Pacifica Foundation

"Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society."

John Lewis

Lying & Fake News Does Not "nurture" Relationships
"Pacifica needs to nurture and support our relationships"?

What's The Jane Fonda Brouhaha?

2021-06-05 BLOG_ADMIN
Jane Fonda endorsed our campaign on February 9. We subsequently publicized her endorsement along with Martin Sheen’s in our May 21 mailer to the Pacifica membership.

We were notified by Pacifica’s General Counsel Arthur Schwartz May 28 12:42pm that he had talked to Ms. Fonda and she wanted her “name immediately removed from any mailings related to New Day and Pacifica.”

We immediately contacted Ms. Fonda through the mutual friend who had communicated with her in February, and the misunderstanding was resolved with her privately. There was no “outrage” involved–ever. We then emailed Mr. Schwartz the same day at 8:47 pm to thank him for bringing the issue to our attention and to let him know that the issue had been resolved with Ms. Fonda.

General Counsel Schwartz who is leading the Vote No movement inside Pacifica told the Pacifica national board the next day that the Jane Fonda misunderstanding was “some pretty high profile dishonesty”and invited the national board to tell the members about it.

Some of the Vote No majority on the national board then sent out a tabloid-style scandal sheet “Jane Fonda Outraged” May 31, 7:56pm, to the Pacifica national membership in an attempt to get members to vote No and quoted Pacifica General Counsel Schwartz’ memo re New Day’s supposed dishonesty.

It saddens us to see progressives who should appreciate the advocacy work Jane Fonda and other Hollywood celebrity activists engage in trying to turn a private misunderstanding into a self-serving public scandal, making less likely Ms. Fonda and others’ future engagement of any sort with Pacifica. Our intention has always been to strengthen Pacifica and the community that it is part of. Pacifica needs to nurture and support our relationships with activists like Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte.

Please Vote No on the New Day Pacifica Bylaws Amendments because the people behind these new bylaws have:
No plan to improve Pacifica or its stations
No plan to improve programming
No plan to reduce fund drive days
No plan to improve diversity
No plan to increase income
No plan to pay the loan
No plan to decrease expenses
No plan to protect our buildings or radio licenses
Here's a plan to really save Pacifica: Strategic Recovery Plan

This communication has not been paid for by the KPFA LSB or the Pacifica Foundation. It is a campaign communication distributed by or on behalf of King Reilly, M.D./Pacifica Democracy Project. Otherwise, it has no affiliation with or endorsement by the KPFA LSB or the Pacifica Foundation. Please note that you are receiving this email because you are on the KPFA membership list.

Join these Vote No endorsers:

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Danny Glover, actor and human rights activist, Harry Belafonte, actor and human rights activist, Cindy Sheehan, peace activist, San Francisco Bay View, National Black Newspaper, Tracy Rosenberg, Pacifica in Exile, ED of Media Alliance, Black Star News, Leonard Peltier, Verna Avery-Brown, Producer/Host of WPFW What’s At Stake, Former Deputy Exec Dir of Pacifica, The SNCC Legacy Project, Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA chapter, KPFK programmer, Covert Action Magazine, Fernando Velazquez, Producer & host, Informativo Pacifica, Ann Garrison, Black Agenda Report, Oakland Greens, San Francisco Green Party, Sharonne Salaam, Mother of one of the Central Park 5, Justice 4 the Wrongfully Incarcerated, Bonnie Faulkner, producer, Guns & Butter, Abby Martin, journalist, Gary Null, WBAI Host, Johanna Fernandez, host of A New Day/WBAI, The Lynne Stewart Organization, Nubi Brown, Alex Steinberg, Chair of the Pacifica National Board, Dr. Suzanne Ross, Rescue Pacifica, Pacifica Fightback, WBAI Fight Back, Steve Brown, past Pacifica National Board Member, Marilyn Langlois, co-founder, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Mary Ratcliff, publisher SF Bay View, Alison Weir, founder If Americans Knew, and many others including Seventeen Members of The Pacifica National Board, a majority of the KPFK Local Station Board, the WBAI Local Station Board unanimously, and the WPFW Local Station Board unanimously.
See all endorsers:
§The KPFA Management & Supporters Of The Corporate Bylaw Change
by Stop "New Day" Fake News Campaign
Sunday Jun 6th, 2021 1:13 PM
The KPFA management and their supporters have kicked off programs without letting programmers know and also helped shut down WBAI with imported programming from KPFA. They put KPFA host Sabrina Jacobs into running WBAI and illegally shut down the station. They also refuse to have any on the air debates at KPFA on the bylaw changes so the members can make an informed decision. Since they control the airwaves they want to shut down any real debate on their top down corporate bylaw proposals.
With this election, the survival of Pacifica and its five stations, KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, WPFW, and WBAI, is at stake.

If you're frustrated by endless fund drives and news of impending financial disaster ... if you don't want your favorite hosts and shows to go silent ... if you don't want an invaluable progressive media asset to continue down the road toward the threat of forced asset sales and possible shutdowns ... vote YES for change and reform and renewal.

This has been a hard-fought campaign. The issues can be confusing. But there's no question that although current management may mean well, they've fumbled the ball: things are financially a mess and must get better. Clinging to the status quo is not a solution — it's just more of the same.

Please don’t sit this one out. This is our one big chance to turn things around, and your YES vote will make all the difference. Pacifica's future is in your hands
by Stop The Proposed Corporate Top Down Bylaws
Monday Jun 7th, 2021 12:18 PM
In the last proposed corporate bylaw election campaign the very same language was used by the supporters of that last bylaw change. This is the last chance to save Pacifica. This is like a broken record.
The facts however is that Pacifica is dealing with it's financial crisis and is in much stronger footing despite the effort to destroy the network. The "New Day" group are even unhappy that Pacifica was able to get funding from the government like many other non-profits that have faced a financial crisis because of the Covid pandemic.
Instead of applauding the Pacifica ED and the PNB for making this happen, they complain about Pacifica getting the funds. Those who are supporting the bylaws want the bankruptcy and destruction of Pacifica because they want to sell of the signals at WBAI in New York and KPFT in Houston.
For many years, these same people who support management at KPFA and blame WBAI for all the problems have spent their time at the Local Station Board supporting lawsuits and other tactics to push the foundation into the hands of a bankruptcy judge arguing that Pacifica was going to have to be liquidated unless it was turned over to a judge to run the Foundation.
They call. themselves "progressives" but they want a government judge to take over a democratically run alternative radio network?
They did not even wait until the regular election cycle for another run at new bylaws costing the Foundation tens of thousands of dollars.
In the last election they lost 2 to 1 but this does not matter as they push ahead in their efforts to destroy the only national alternative media network. Make sure to vote NO on their latest scheme.
by WBAI Listener
Monday Jun 7th, 2021 12:49 PM
OMG! Everything that "Repost" claims that New Day will save Pacifica from IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID to WBAI.

3 out of the 4 Officers New Day has chosen for us SUPPORTED the COUP at WBAI!

1. Their MINORITY FACTION on the national board violated the current bylaws by muting the mics of WBAI Directors and REFUSING to let them vote on the Pacifica National Board (This is how they stop factionalism---now they are using their bylaws scam to block WBAI and WPFW from having a voice. Notice only the West Coast is repped by their 4 self-appointed Officers!)

2. The pre-"New Day" faction's "professional" interim Exec. Dir. John Vernile showed up on 10/07/2020 with ARMED GUARDS and FIRED EVERYONE at WBAI.... oh, but maybe New Day doesn't count WBAI staff when they warn about "firings."

3. That iED ripped out mics, padlocked the station, and piped in boring, canned shows from KPFA. Oh, but it doesn't matter if WBAI listeners lose THEIR "favorite programmers!"

4. We had to go to court to STOP THEM--the invasion in the middle of a FUND DRIVE cost WBAI HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of $$$. Remember "a penny saved is a penny earned?"

5. The "Coup-ster's" own Wall Street attorney billed them $380,000. Yes, over a third of a million dollars. KPFA gave the Coupsters $80,000 to help them pay for their ILLEGAL coup at WBAI.

6. The first attempt at bylaws rewriting--defeated 2 to 1, cost Pacifica like $100-150 grand. (Yes, it was the SAME people, no matter how the try to B.S. you). Add another $100 to $150K for the current bylaws rip off referendum. Plus New Day has spent $30K on emails and probably $20+K on huge glossy postcards sent to ALL 40,000 Pacifica members!

7. Add it up---all the $$$$$$$$$ they have wasted and cost Pacfica could have paid off half that "loan!" And they are complaining that Pacifica is BROKE? If that's the "New Day" I'd hate to see "The Day After New Day" takes over!

8. What ELSE are they lying about, beyond the Jane Fonda fake news? Maybe it's just because I'm a New Yorker... once burned, twice shy.

Go to WBAI Fight Back or Pacifica Fight Back.
And Vote NO! Save democracy and fight racism!

(Don't worry, they'll be back again, even if we beat their pants off... because they seem to have A LOT OF MONEY! (Notice they have not asked all those hidden donors to give money to Pacifica now. No, it's like a bribe... "If you want all this money, vote Yes!") Sorry. I will vote NO!

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