Don’t Sign The Petition At Pacifica To Corporatize The Bylaws
This is the second attempt to force PACIFICA to hold yet another referendum after the first cost us 150K – six months later.
It is being sponsored mostly by the same cast of characters who sponsored the last referendum. That one was defeated by a 2-1 margin.
Although some of the details are different this bylaws proposal is another assault on democratic governance like the last one.
Anti-Democratic Bylaws – AGAIN
Sadly, the anti-democratic brigade was not dissuaded by their crushing defeat earlier this year and are making another attempt to force a bylaws referendum. The new proposal which goes by the name “New Day” is no better than the first and returns Pacifica to the same self-appointed model that caused all the problems in 1999, with a few distracting flourishes, including toothless local station boards and pro forma elections for powerless station representatives. Don’t be fooled.
Don’t sign the petition and if you did, send an email with your request to UNSIGN to email@example.com with a cc: to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And join us at the Pacifica Fightback National Town Hall meeting on Saturday October 31 at 3pm PT titled “Where Do We Go From Here – Protecting Democracy, Fighting Racism”. The town hall features Dr. Brandon Mack and Kandice Owens of Black Lives Matter Houston and Professor Johanna Fernandez, author of The Young Lords, A Radical History and WBAI host, as well as many other Pacifica Foundation programmers, producers, listeners and board members.
KPFA Town Hall
Rescue Pacifica-affiliated local board members called a meeting for April 30, 2020 since the full board was out of compliance with the bylaws, not having met since January 11, 2020. The bylaws require local boards to meet every 60 days.
15 of the 16 UIR-affiliated reps boycotted the meeting, but 35 members showed up and a town hall discussion was held. The audio recording is below. Vice-Chair Marilyn Langlois presided in the absence of the board chair.
Anti-Democratic Bylaws Proposal Defeated 66% – 34%
Pacifica members and workers rejected an anti-democratic bylaws revision that would have ended the reforms adopted in 2002, after KPFA was raided and forcibly shut down by a self-appointed board of directors in the summer of 1999.
After voting closed on March 19, certified results were released on the afternoon of March 23, showing that both listener members and workers were issuing a thumbs down on the proposal by an almost identical 2-1 margin in parallel elections.
Certified results can be viewed here.
Rescue Pacifica thanks the many KPFA members and staffers who voted no. Our affiliated local station board members (elected by you!) are eager to get back to work on your behalf.
A host of prominent progressives supported the “NO” campaign including actor Danny Glover, Global Exchange co-founder Media Benjamin, Empire Files host Abby Martin, and CA Progressive Alliance founder Gayle McLaughlin.
An especially warm thanks to those of you who supported our Rescue Pacifica Voter Education Fund, which allowed us to get accurate info out to the entire KPFA membership.
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