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Message from "Rescue Pacifica", for KPFA's Local Station Board election (8/15 to 9/30).

by Rescue Pacifica
Here is the message from "Rescue Pacifica", for KPFA's Local Station Board election, from August 15 to September 30:
Hi IndyBay readers,

We think many of you probably listen to KPFA radio. So if you're a KPFA subscriber, we'd like to remind you that it's voting time – on August 15, an election gets underway to choose the next members of KPFA's Local Station Board, the “LSB.”

The Pacifica Bylaws (with listener-elected boards) were adopted after a long struggle against the 1999 takeover attempt at KPFA. So please use your hard-won right to vote.

We strongly recommend voting for the “Rescue Pacifica” ticket. To make maximum use of your “single transferable vote,” please vote for all eight candidates (in any order).

** The Rescue-Pacifica ticket is:

Cheryl Davila, Stan Woods, Edward Escobar, Pathma Venasithamby,

Dr. Nayvin Gordon, Rich Stone, Steve Zeltzer, and Elizabeth Milos

** Read more about the candidates, platform, and endorsements at

Why vote for Rescue Pacifica? Because we oppose the pro-war / pro-intervention views that lately have been appearing more often on KPFA. Those opinions can already be found throughout the corporate media. We think KPFA should remain true to its history as an anti-war media outlet. Also, it's time for an infusion of fresh talent – we need to hear more voices from people of color, especially youth of color.

Another of our priorities is having the station walk its talk about “democracy,” by restoring participatory decision-making about programming. Top-down decision making is not the way to run a community institution! For many years, KPFA had a listener/staff Program Council to review proposed new shows and evaluate existing ones. A previous management eliminated the Program Council. It needs to be revived.

We urge KPFA subscribers not to vote for the rival “Protectors” slate. This faction (or its predecessors under different names) has held a majority on the LSB for years now, yet has actually avoided some of the most important responsibilities assigned to the LSB under the Pacifica Bylaws. For example: KPFA's previous General Manager resigned last summer after nine years on the job. The Bylaws require the LSB to do an annual evaluation of the manager's job performance. But the Protectors-dominated LSB did only one such evaluation, in nine years! And although the manager resigned a year ago, the Protectors majority still hasn't begun the process of hiring a successor. KPFA subscribers deserve an LSB that takes its duties seriously, and will do the work that's required of it.

KPFA subscribers who provided an email address to the station should receive voting instructions by email.

If you don't receive a ballot link by email on August 15, please go to and follow the instructions there.

So please remember to vote in the Local Station Board election, and vote for the Rescue-Pacifica ticket.

Much appreciation,
Rescue Pacifica
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