Not A New Struggle – A Luta Continua

A little quiz for you: when was this statement made, and by whom? *

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“We need to remember the process that began in 1993 by the Pacifica National Board to ‘professionalize’ Pacifica and to replace member contributions with foundation grants.

We framed the struggle with the old board as [us] wanting to enlarge our audience by deepening our analysis of the US imperium, including the role of the Democratic Party in eliminating our social network and maintaining an aggressive foreign policy, versus the PNB wishing to eliminate overtly radical voices from the network to appeal to a broader non-progressive audience.

All of this occurred during the period when Reagan was shifting the political landscape of the US to its present right-wing landslide.

Opposition to Pacifica’s realigning itself to this rightward shift increased, particularly after the firing of dozens of programmers from KPFA in 1995. As opposition to the PNB increased, it voted in 1999 to eliminate even the Local Station Boards from electing representatives to the PNB. This would allow the self-nominating Board the power to do whatever it wished without institutional opposition, including selling Pacifica stations.

As this self-appointed board began firing those who questioned its decisions, opposition increased to the point where the PNB locked out and arrested staff and listeners from KPFA, beginning a nationwide struggle to reclaim the network.

The thousands of staff and listeners of the network won a legal and political struggle to reverse many of the changes that were made to our little but significantly important network, and just in time.

As the Democrats drove their party more and more in a conservative direction, a voice for the powerless was needed more than ever.   .

* Answer:   2006, Les Radke’s report as National Election Supervisor

One thought on “Not A New Struggle – A Luta Continua”

    What attracted me to RP is it’s opposition to the rightward drift of so many KPFA programs into the orbit of the corporate Democrats. There has been an abandonment of any semblance of an anti-imperialist focus in the reporting by the news department and the morning shows. For example, Amy Goodman regularly carries CIA/State Dept propaganda stories about the “valiant struggles” of the anti-government demonstrators in Nicaragua and Syria, and “news” reports by the White Helmets (NATO-supported al-Nusra front fighters) are taken as good coin. Like with the so-called progressive Dems, most coverage of Venezuela is front-loaded with statements about how bad Maduro is, without specifics about how he is bad, followed by criticism of potential US intervention. But no analysis is provided about the wealthy Venezuelan opposition groups and how they work hand in glove with the CIA. Defense of Julian Assange is pro-forma and unenthusiastic, with frequent mentions of his “unfriendly, egotistical” personality. Do the Democrat-feminists really believe he committed rape in Sweden? The Sunday morning show continues to have Karen Greenberg, defender of the “good” CIA/FBI, pontificate as an expert on Russia. It’s bad enough we’re bombarded by Russiagate bullcrap on the bourgeois media, but must we have it on KPFA also? Only Dennis Bernstein and a handful of other hosts speak out forthrightly against the Empire.
    How can we organize to make our anti-imperialist opinions known to the staff and listeners?
    I continue to contribute $10/month because I want to keep KPFA on the air. It’s better than nothing, but we’ve got to make it better.

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