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“ I support efforts to rewrite the by-laws…”
by Repost
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 8:14 AM
“The New Day Pacifica Bylaws will correct excesses of the present bylaws by reducing the size of the board, getting the Local Station Boards out of station management, and having direct elections of National Board Members, rather than our present, baroque two stage voting process.” - Carol Spooner
Dear friends and supporters of Pacifica Radio, and all its stations, KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, WBAI, and WPFW

Twenty years ago the Pacifica radio network was facing a crisis. The Board and Executive leadership had joined the mainstream in moving to the right and was attempting a takeover of the Pacifica Foundation. It appeared that their goal was to neutralize the message of radical critical analysis that Pacifica had offered for the previous 50 years. They posed such a threat to the network that many listeners and staff were unable to stand by and watch this happen, myself included. Several listener activist groups sprang to action around the country as well. Three lawsuits were filed to oust members of that Board and to protect the Foundation.

The lawsuits succeeded beyond our dreams. The Court allowed the listeners, and/or their representatives, to write new by-laws for the Foundation. We began that task with the intention of crafting by-laws that would (hopefully) ensure that Pacifica could withstand future attempts at a takeover. We thought that the best way to protect Pacifica from any type of political or corporate interference was to write by-laws that incorporated the ideas of a Foundation run by super democracy.
I am saddened to report that the exact opposite has occurred. The by-laws have resulted in nearly self-perpetuating boards, with the same people and their chosen successors reelected in factional slates year after year since 2003. The Foundation has been on the brink of financial collapse for several years due to mismanagement and self-serving and/or incompetent board members who just keep kicking the can down the road.

Pacifica, a desperately needed resource for these chaotic times, has lost its way. Our listenership has fallen drastically across the network, as much of our programming is not reaching or inspiring enough people to support and maintain the stations, while the Board has been unable and/or unwilling to address the need for cutting edge, incisive, inspiring and uplifting programming to meet the challenges we face locally, nationally, and around the world.

In our zeal to replace the old Board of Directors that ignored the history and purposes of the Foundation and the wishes of the membership in 2003 we created what we thought to be a truly democratic method for choosing a new board. Instead, a Frankenstein Board has emerged. We mistakenly believed that by including the element of single transferable voting in electing local and national Board members that the resulting Board(s) would be able to resolve the differing interests of various factions through dialogue and mutual commitment to the best interests of the membership and the Foundation. However, what has happened instead is that this entire governance system has been hijacked by competing factions consisting of some self-interested individuals, in league with small splinter groups, who have gamed the system to ensure that they control portions of the local station boards. The factions have passed control of the national Board of Directors back and forth like a ping-pong ball for years, with resulting chaos and decline of the network. What nonprofit corporation can survive 16 executive directors in 10 years? That is the track record of Pacifica.

A critical gap in the by-laws I helped to write was the failure to require any qualifications to serve on the board of directors. Consequently, the Boards, for the last 20 years, have lacked experience in either media, radio or financial oversight and controls. According to the most recent (2018) independent audit, the Foundation as a whole has lost over $12 million dollars in net worth since 2007, with a current total current net worth that is NEGATIVE -$4.6 million dollars. (KPFA is currently the only station in the network with a positive net worth of $2.5 million dollars, although KPFA too lost $2 million over that time period.)

In addition, listener support donations have fallen about 34% since 2007 (from about $12.5 million/year to about $8.3 million/year network-wide.) Yet no systematic analysis of the causes of this drop in listener support and membership has been undertaken to attempt to formulate a plan for reducing and turning around this disastrous trend.

This brings us to our current crisis that I believe will soon end in either the sale of more of Pacifica’s assets, or bankruptcy, or both. (The National Office Building in Berkeley was sold in 2018 for about $1 million to help pay off accumulated network debts.) Also, in 2018, the Foundation took out a $3.25 million loan secured by the KPFA, KPFK and KPFT buildings to pay off a court judgment for unpaid rent against WBAI and to fund moving WBAI to less expensive leased premises.

Pacifica currently has no financial reserves, and four of its five stations, except for KPFA, are failing to produce adequate revenues to fund their own expenses, and to pay their fair share of the network’s expenses. This has recently resulted in the layoff of the entire news staff of KPFK, our Los Angeles station. The Foundation has had almost three years to develop a well thought out plan to repay the $3.25 million loan the Board authorized 2-1/2 years ago to “rescue” the New York station. But the Boards for the past 2-1/2 years have ignored their fiduciary duty to protect the assets of the Foundation, in this instance by their failure to adopt a loan repayment plan. The loan is due in April 2021 [October 2022]. This fact alone, coupled with the loss of listener support and programming that listeners want support, is sufficient grounds for us to totally rethink how Pacifica is currently being undermined and mismanaged.

I support efforts to rewrite the by-laws, hopefully crafting ones that genuinely protect the Foundation from its current, catastrophic management system.

Respectfully,
Carol Spooner
by She Should Know ...
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 10:28 AM
Carol Spooner has not served on a Pacifica board for 16 years.

When she did, she paved the way for the disastrous Empire State Realty contract which tied Pacifica to a huge debt it could never pay and whose balance is "the loan" she keeps talking about. The contract was signed 90 days after she resigned as the board treasurer, having done nothing to stop it.

In 2004-2005, Pacifica needed *more* oversight, not less.

The work is being done, now, to salvage Pacifica from the mistakes of Spooner.

It requires the participation of all 5 stations, not the marginalization of the Black-dominated east coast stations, and robust local boards that make sure the Pacifica stations are responsive to their communities. New Day eviscerates all that with a California-dominated transition team that doesn't include a single officer from Pacifica's Black stations, a kibosh to any local oversight of station budgets and management and programming grids, and less worker and affiliate representation.

It's a rejection of grassroots values and replaces local accountability with national officers who have to run campaigns in 5 cities across the country, which will only be doable for celebrities and people with rich pockets.

Want a Pacifica board of the 1%? That's New Day.

Vote NO on the New Day bylaws. It's not good for Pacifica and not good for independent media.
by Face Your History
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 11:04 AM
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Carol Spooner is now again pushing a top down corporate bylaw proposal that will eliminate local elected boards by the members and staff of KPFA. This is the second attempt at a bylaw change in less than an year that has supported the destruction of Pacifica.

She and her lawyer husband also supported the the illegal shutdown of WBAI which her allies at KPFA without a report to the local station board spent over $80,000 to defend this action in court.
When she talks about saving money she should look at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by Pacifica to fend off nuisance lawsuits filed by her husband, former KPFA LSB board member Bill Campisi and others to weaken and destroy Pacifica. This is also a common tactic of corporate raiders who want to weaken a oompany in order to take it over.

These tactics are not new and are funded by the multi-millionaires of the Democratic Party Wellstone Club who want to make KPFA and Pacifica an appendage for the Democratic Party.
One of their notable on air supporters is Philip Maldari who claims he is an "anti-Zionist" but actually was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton and refused to put on supporters of Bernie Sanders during that election campaign.
The Wellstone Democratic Club have a large part in the funding and organization of the attacks on Pacifica and the open efforts to sell off WBAI which their members admit openly is part of their goal. They argued that during their past efforts to force Pacifica into voluntary bankruptcy so it could be taken over by a judge friendly to this crew.
These same people backed by Spooner are also pushing the latest scheme of a top down management style and have also have launched a red baiting witch hunt saying that the Greens and the Workers World Party have taken over the Pacifica National Board.
Apparently Spooner believes that or is keeping quiet about these attacks to get her latest bylaw proposal passed.
This red baiting campaign goes against the founders of Pacifica including Lew Hill who were facing a massive red baiting campaign in the 50's and established KPFA as a free voice against those very red baiters that want to censor the media today. The so called "saviors" of Pacifica are using these same red baiting tactics to take over the foundation.
Her supporters in KPFA management and the bosses at the News Department even prevented a report to the listeners of the results of the last bylaw proposal they made despite mandates that all stations report the results of the last election.
KPFA was the only station in the network to prevent a report to the listeners of the result of the last bylaw election. This malfeasance should be held accountable for a network that talks about "free speech" but a station that bans reports on the result of an election of their own members and supporters.
The lack of transparency and integrity was further exposed when these same people including ex-union bureaucrat and political operative Beth Kean put endorsers like Jane Fonda on their literature without actually getting their endorsement. This is called false advertising and again is the tactic of people without principles and integrity. Vote NO on these bylaws which will destroy Pacifica and take away any transparency and democracy of the network.
by Tom Voorhees
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 12:31 PM
KPFA and Pacifica radio stations members vote on democratic control of management. At steak is the detreating quality of news and public affairs' with a replacement set of bylaws election happening now in June.

Tom’s personal view from inside today’s Pacifica National Board and listening to KPFA from 1954.

Most news programing has been relegated to the entertainment divisions of all three corporate national networks, dis-empowering us citizens to vote with complete factual and science based information. With democracy under attack throughout the globe the Pacifica Radio Network is also under attack, mostly from within, with an un-democratic top down re-organization vote in June.

The Pacifica radio network is asset rich and cash poor, to the tune of over 100 million dollars invested in five full power FCC broadcast licenses and associated real-estate. Being asset rich has attracted takeover attempts, six in the past five years, all of which have failed.

The current attempt, the seventh, at top down governance, calling itself New Day Pacifica, is again proposed by some of the same, more conservative mindset, KPFA longer-term staff and Local Station Board (LSB) members.

Through the years these staff members have done everything possible to make our originally intended, democratically controlled network subservient to their programming control.

Content control and the resulting membership decline started in 1971 with the firing of long time ace national news and public affairs director, Elsa Knight Thompson. Why was she fired just after successfully contributing to Pacifica stations’ significant influence in ending the Vietnam War, with our own WBAI reporter stationed in North Vietnam, earning Pacifica multiple yearly national news awards? Pacifica’s Vietnam reporter was the first to report that the war had spilled over into neighboring countries. To date a national news director has never been rehired. WHY NOT?

The next blow to democratic program content control came in 1992 with the cancellation of the independent commentary hour that followed the daily evening news. This freed all host programmers to filter guests per their own political views without contradiction from the guest experts on the independent commentary hour, who provided comprehensive worldwide analysis.

For Pacifica stations to come back strong in discouraging never-ending wars and systemic racial discrimination, and also to accelerate viable solutions to the in-progress climate change disaster, the independent commentary hour and an ace national news director are badly needed NOW. That is not on New Day’s agenda.

Today’s Pacifica National Board (PNB) is badly misrepresented as being dysfunctional by the New Day takeover conspiracy. That was true in the past, courtesy of some of those same New Day conspirators. It is no longer the case. Today’s PNB majority is bringing our network back on track, starting with all PNB committees meeting regularly again towards rebuilding a healthy Pacifica network.

After New Day is defeated, we can’t wait around again for the 8th takeover attempt. Starting on June first we need to recruit fresh new young LSB candidates with established organizing skills, capable of refreshing the Pacifica spirit towards establishing a sane world. As mentioned above, what’s badly needed for Pacifica to shine brightly again is an ace national news director supported by a renewed independent commentary hour with a roster of international analysis experts.

Generally, just continuing to report mostly after-the-fact on political damage takes Pacifica nowhere. Pacifica still has in place some 220 affiliate stations capable of regional news gathering with local news airing capabilities. It’s either get going with what’s badly needed or Pacifica remains a manipulable tool for vested political interests. Pacifica still has the network power in place to influence peaceful leadership change throughout the globe.

PLEASE VOTE NO on the proposed New Day bylaws and support today’s PNB majority rebuilding a democratic healthy Pacifica network.
Tom Voorhees, PNB member from KPFA.

HOW TO VOTE: For currently paid up Pacifica members. Voting instructions were e-mailed or snail mailed the evening of June 6th from the Pacifica's National Election Supervisor, with instructions on how to vote online. If not found please check your spam file.

More information at http://www.elections.pacifica.org
http://www.RescuePacifica.org
by "Policing in America" 8 hour Special 5/25 ??
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 12:40 PM
a taste of New Things to Come
"NOT IN OUR NAMES: POLICING IN AMERICA" 5/25
an amazing 8 hour special put together with a lot of
blood sweat and tears by programmers across the nation
aired on all FOUR Pacifica stations ...but NOT on KPFA
they had a Civil War History Part III, a Herbal Highway program
and other assorted gems
guess it wasn't important enough for the Quince

NOT IN OUR NAMES: POLICING IN AMERICA
Across the network we unpack policing from its origins to present day, amplify the voices of activists and legislators calling for police abolition and reform, examine the prison industrial complex fed by police tactics such as jump outs and stop and frisk, and dream aloud of a country where black, brown and low wealth communities are invested in instead of over policed.
That’s Not In Our Names: Policing in America, a National Pacifica special, Wednesday, May 25th, 9am until 5pm Pacific, 11am until 7pm Central and noon until 8pm on your local Pacifica station, building a better world one broadcast at a time.

Policing in America
https://www.wbai.org/upcoming-program/?id=3543
Tue, May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
WITH MARGARET PRESCOD AND NANA GIAMFI
On the Anniversary of George Floyd's murder, across the Pacifica Radio Network we unpack policing from its origins to present day. We amplify the voices of activists and legislators calling for police abolition and reform, examine the prison industrial complex fed by police tactics such as jump outs and stop and frisk, and dream aloud of a country where black, brown and low wealth communities are invested in instead of over policed.
That’s Not In Our Names: Policing in America, a National Pacifica special, Tuesday, May 25th, noon until 8pm, building a better world one broadcast at a time.

Policing in America
https://www.wbai.org/upcoming-program/?id=3544
Tue, May 25, 2021 2:00 PM
WITH BASIR M'CHAWI

On the Anniversary of George Floyd's murder, across the Pacifica Radio Network we unpack policing from its origins to present day. We amplify the voices of activists and legislators calling for police abolition and reform, examine the prison industrial complex fed by police tactics such as jump outs and stop and frisk, and dream aloud of a country where black, brown and low wealth communities are invested in instead of over policed.
That’s Not In Our Names: Policing in America, a National Pacifica special, Tuesday, May 25th, noon until 8pm, building a better world one broadcast at a time.

Policing in America

Tue, May 25, 2021 4:00 PM
WITH CAT BROOKS
On the Anniversary of George Floyd's murder, across the Pacifica Radio Network we unpack policing from its origins to present day. We amplify the voices of activists and legislators calling for police abolition and reform, examine the prison industrial complex fed by police tactics such as jump outs and stop and frisk, and dream aloud of a country where black, brown and low wealth communities are invested in instead of over policed.
That’s Not In Our Names: Policing in America, a National Pacifica special, Tuesday, May 25th, noon until 8pm, building a better world one broadcast at a time.

Policing in America
https://www.wbai.org/upcoming-program/?id=3546
Tue, May 25, 2021 5:00 PM
WITH JOHANNA FERNANDEZ
On the Anniversary of George Floyd's murder, across the Pacifica Radio Network we unpack policing from its origins to present day. We amplify the voices of activists and legislators calling for police abolition and reform, examine the prison industrial complex fed by police tactics such as jump outs and stop and frisk, and dream aloud of a country where black, brown and low wealth communities are invested in instead of over policed.
That’s Not In Our Names: Policing in America, a National Pacifica special, Tuesday, May 25th, noon until 8pm, building a better world one broadcast at a time.

Policing in America
https://www.wbai.org/upcoming-program/?id=3548
Tue, May 25, 2021 6:00 PM
WITH ASKIA MUHAMMAD
On the Anniversary of George Floyd's murder, across the Pacifica Radio Network we unpack policing from its origins to present day. We amplify the voices of activists and legislators calling for police abolition and reform, examine the prison industrial complex fed by police tactics such as jump outs and stop and frisk, and dream aloud of a country where black, brown and low wealth communities are invested in instead of over policed.
That’s Not In Our Names: Policing in America, a National Pacifica special, Tuesday, May 25th, noon until 8pm, building a better world one broadcast at a time.
by and where we're headed with NDP
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 12:49 PM
This Is NPR: The First Forty Years Hardcover – October 27, 2010
by Cokie Roberts (Author), Susan Stamberg (Author), Noah Adams (Author), John Ydstie (Author), & 3 more

"Always put the listener first" has been NPR's mantra since its inception in 1970. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, NPR's programming attracts over 27 million listeners every week. This beautifully designed volume chronicles NPR's storied history, featuring dozens of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting by a who's who of NPR staff and correspondents, transcripts of memorable interviews, and an audio CD of the most memorable programming throughout the decades. Beyond an entertaining and inspiring tribute to NPR's remarkable history, this book is an intimate look at the news and stories that have shaped our world, from the people who were on the ground and on the air. With contributions from Steve Inskeep, Neal Conan, Robert Siegel, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Scott Simon, Melissa Block, P.J. O'Rourke, David Sedaris, Sylvia Poggioli, Paula Poundstone, and many more, this is the perfect book for any NPR supporter, fan, or devotee.

"always put the listener first" .. ROTFL .. see me after you've
spent 3 years with a self-selected junta
just like today's NPR is a pale imitation of the original,
New Coke Pacifica will be a shadow of what it once was
by for like $1-200K of PR and Marketng ?
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 2:01 PM
KPFA 59,000
KPFK 110,000
KPFT 100,000
WBAI 10,000
WPFW 34,000

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TOTAL 313,000 watts
by Pete Farruggio, PhD
Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021 3:58 PM
The hypocrisy of this writer is striking. She is a member of the United for Independent Radio (UIR- their latest name) faction at KPFA. UIR members are a key component of the New Day Pacifica (NDP) faction, who concocted the new anti-democratic Pacifica bylaws proposal and who are promoting it heavily, apparently with big money for expensive flashy postcards and numerous fancy email adverts.
The writer calls for more accountability by the Pacifica national leadership, and blames them for the massive debt and all of the network’s other problems. What she fails to mention is that it was her faction that controlled the Pacifica National Board for the past decade and more and that incurred the debt and other problems. Nor does she mention that after her faction lost their majority on the National Board this year the new leadership, which opposes the anti-democratic bylaws, has begun to solve the problems brought about by the UIR/NDP faction. For example, they worked out a deal with the creditors on the large debt to allow for a manageable plan to pay off the debt over time without the threat of bankruptcy.

UIR’s hypocrisy seems limitless. Their problems at KPFA are brought on by themselves, not the national leadership. They no longer have a listening audience and paying membership sufficient to support their bloated paid staff budget, mostly because they fail to serve the needs of the local communities. Instead, they devote 25% of their programming to boring, annoying pledge drives, which drive away more potential members. Their so-called news department sounds like status quo mainstream news, which turns off young people. They don’t do live on the spot coverage of local demonstrations and grassroots actions, like the struggle against privatization in the Oakland schools, the house occupations by homeless families, the recent port shutdowns to block Israeli ships and protest apartheid in Israel, and numerous other local events that affect real peoples’ lives in the Bay Area.

On the contrary, the UIR faction has a majority on the local station board, yet they refuse to comply with their mandated duty to evaluate the performance of a dictatorial station manager who comes from the world of commercial radio and who has demonstrated no understanding of the obligation for community radio to serve the community. UIR members raised no objection when the station manager secretly gave $80,000 of KPFA’s money last year to the lawyers defending their friends who illegally invaded the studios of WBAI Pacifica in New York, dismantled their equipment, and shut them down during a fund drive. They raised no objection when the station manager sat by and allowed the accountant (a UIR supporter) to refuse to pay property tax on the KPFA building FOR 7 YEARS. The UIR supported the programming decision to do all day, gavel to gavel coverage of the Trump impeachment hearings and the Ukrainegate hearings, thereby turning KPFA into just another NPR station, and subjecting listeners to daylong pontifications by corporate neocon politicians. They are turning KPFA into a Berkeley outpost of the Democratic Party. Not the mission for a Pacifica station!

The writer and her hypocritical faction mates now want to blame Pacifica’s problems on democratic bylaws and a new national leadership dedicated to preserving them. No, it is their own financial profligacy and autocratic leadership that imperils real community radio

Vote NO! On these bylaws and join the struggle to rescue Pacifica from these hypocrites.

https://rescuepacifica.net/
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