Board elections are coming to KPFA this summer, and it matters.
At stake is KPFA’s 7-decade legacy as a progressive and antiwar voice.
Since 1949 KPFA has stood up to Joe McCarthy and HUAC, opposed the wars in Korea and Vietnam as well as nuclear armament. The Pacifica radio network, which grew to 5 stations in major cities across the country, has been a toothy watchdog and a voice for various progressive movements.
This remarkable radio network has survived many perils, but not all. It’s never, ever been out of danger. The corporations and their government agencies, the CIA etc., which subvert the media, overthrow democratically elected leaders and impose dictatorships around the world, are a standing threat to all independent media — including KPFA/Pacifica.
During the 1990s operatives of the Bill Clinton White House took over KPFA/Pacifica. Remember Mary Francis Berry and the “Hijacker regime”? MFB was thrown out. But acolytes of that regime remained, and their protégés (and progeny) are today very much back in control, the gatekeeper clique at KPFA.
These folks operate through a faction calling itself the “KPFA Protectors”/”New Day”/”Safety Net” and other misleading names. They have committed various actions to undermine and break up the Pacifica radio network. One recent example: The seizure of $305,000 by Federal Marshals — which they blame on Pacifica — was mostly due to their own actions.
In today’s world of bipartisan warmongers playing nuclear chicken, we need to restore and defend KPFA’s antiwar voice and defend grassroots social Justice programs such as the First Voice Apprenticeship program which was recently closed down. This is what the upcoming Local Station board election is about.
Nine seats on KPFA’s Local Station Board (LSB) are open for election.
All candidates need to be nominated by June 30. Each candidate needs 15 nominators. See Pacifica.org for the election process.
Our RESCUE PACIFICA affiliated members of the Local Station Board are:
James McFadden ~ Donna Carter ~ Daniel Borgström ~ Elizabeth Milos ~ Christine Pepin ~ Frank Sterling ~ Tom Voorhees
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Labor donated 4-30-23
Author: LSB Member Daniel Borgstrom