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The Rescue-Pacifica candidates vigorously condemn the shutdown of KPFA’s sister station WBAI in New York City. On October 7, there was an attempt by Pacifica’s interim Executive Director (“iED”) to close the station and terminate all WBAI staff. This surprise attack took place in the middle of WBAI’s fall fund drive, as well as the voting period for the Local Station Board elections. It is completely at odds with what democratic, transparent and responsible governance should look like, and contrary to Pacifica’s original grassroots mission. Fortunately, a New York judge issued a stay to prevent iED John Vernile from dismissing the WBAI workers and interfering with the station’s operations, pending a hearing to be held on October 18th.
 
For long-time KPFA supporters, the attack on WBAI should bring back unhappy memories of the 1999 takeover attempt at KPFA. The cast of characters is different this time, but the objective appears to be the same – to replace local community-based hosts with shows piped-in from elsewhere, and perhaps to eventually sell the station’s valuable broadcast frequency.
 
The attack on WBAI is the latest in a series of recent undemocratic actions to happen recently at the network. A group calling itself “Restructure Pacifica” has been circulating a petition to replace the present Bylaws with a system that would eliminate listener-elected Local Station Boards. There is also an attempt underway to remove KPFA board member Tom Voorhees from the Pacifica National Board, despite Tom’s unmatched knowledge of radio.
 
The Rescue-Pacifica candidates for the KPFA Local Station Board believe that KPFA and its sister stations should uphold the values of democracy, transparency, and community-based decision making. We oppose undemocratic power grabs, including the attempt to close WBAI.
 
Report from Pacifica National Board Director Tom Voorhees can be read here. 
 

Rescue Pacifica is an affinity group recommending a set of candidates running for the KPFA Local Station Board who are aligned with our no compromise platform to get KPFA and Pacifica on track.

What are we rescuing Pacifica Radio from? The forces trying to rip it apart: neoliberalism, voluntary bankruptcy proponents, seceders, and disrupters.

The only way we can speak truth to power in this time of societal dissolution is united. United with integrity, both here at KPFA, and throughout Pacifica. No collusion with breaking up the 250 strong community radio network, watering down programming, throwing the foundation upon the mercy of the federal judiciary in the era of Trump, or leasing off pieces of Pacifica.

Thank you for your support in 2018. 80% of Rescue Pacifica’s endorsed candidates made it on the board!

The 2019 election is coming up. Here are Rescue Pacifica’s recommended candidates. 

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Marilyn Langlois Tom Voorhees
Christine Pepin
Mantra Plonsey Karina StenquistDon Macleay
Steve ZeltzerAnn Garrison Darlene Pagano
(Staff Candidate) (Staff Candidate) (Staff Candidate) ( RP was split on this recommendation )

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Here is our platform

We are a group of KPFA listeners and staff, who value KPFA in our lives, as well as the Pacifica Foundation and the services it provides to 5 radio stations in major metropolitan areas across the country, the historic archives, 250 local affiliate stations, and Pacifica’s role as the only nationwide community radio network in the US. We came together because others whose aims are counter to Pacifica’s mission statement and bylaws have been working to gain control of KPFA and the other stations.

We believe in:

  1. Reliable news from a variety of independent sources and the field, not the corporatized wire services
  2. An anti-war stance as opposed to support for “humanitarian interventions”
  3. Support Julian Assange and other such whistleblowers.
  4. Air time for diverse grassroots community groups including during the morning drive time
  5. Bargaining rights for both the paid and the unpaid staff since the unpaid workers produce 70% of the station’s program schedule.
  6. Addition of new technology to broaden KPFA’s online reach. Expansion into video content.
  7. Vigilant free speech and anti-censorship radio
  8. Democratic governance and shared decision making among station workers and the community.
  9. Keeping listeners informed about governance matters.
  10. Restoring a democratic Program Council to Make programming decisions.
    NOTE: We protest the summary termination of Guns & Butter from the air and archives without due process.
  11. Retaining independence from any privatized ownership.
  12. No commercial underwriting
  13. Responsible budgeting and timely and transparent financial reporting to listeners.
  14. Keeping the Pacifica Foundation intact.
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DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Pacifica Foundation website nor an official website of any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio). Opinions and facts alleged on this site belong to the author(s) of the website only and should NOT be assumed to be true or to reflect the editorial stance or policy of the Pacifica Foundation, or any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio), or the opinions of its management, Pacifica National Board, station staff or other listener members.