OUR VISION

What Makes Us Different:  We are members of KPFA, listeners and staff, who oppose the efforts of some current station board members to break‐up the Pacifica Foundation and operate KPFA as a stand‐alone station.

As KPFA and Pacifica gravitate farther away from the 1949 original mission of opposing all war, we need your vote to start re-organizing all five Pacifica stations to slow the march toward a state of perpetual war.

The false economy of eternal war concentrates wealth farther up the scale, leaving a growing disadvantaged population with less economic opportunity.

KPFA and Pacifica have the capacity to confront the war machine, as was proven when the stations contributed significantly to the end of the Vietnamese war and toll of death and distraction across Southeast Asia.

KPFA management canceling several programs, like Guns and Butter and Counterspin  that confront government policy makers is part of this devolution. It’s been accompanied by a steady decline in paying memberships.

As KPFA has evolved into a more neutral position of only reporting on global deterioration, it will take members making their feelings known to shift existing KPFA and Pacifica management back in the direction of regularly confronting self-serving lobbyists and politicians. As it stands now, KPFA could easily be confused with the voice of the Democratic party.

Please vote for Rescue Pacifica sponsored candidates in your top ranked positions to restore KPFA to the watchdog we need.

Here is what our recommended candidates will do:

  • Dispense with corporate wire services like AP and Reuters (Reuters literally helps ICE track undocumented immigrants through their corporate parent) in favor of using independent-only and alternative news sources.
  • Reach out to diverse community groups to help us make programming together that speaks to their issues, their way, instead of just having people on as guests. KPFA should have regular co-generated specials with groups organizing their communities to go deep on local issues.
  • Expand into video when appropriate. Digital cameras are easy and portable, bandwidth is cheap and sometimes you need to SHOW what you are describing. Clinging to parochialism about format is a recipe for failure. Content can be and should be multilayered and multimedia.
  • No censorship. Broadcasts that don’t match the mission statement and offend community standards should be dealt with in the context of community board or a program council that, free of workplace politics, can measure content against articulated goals and decide if it is found wanting. Abrupt hierarchial decisions just create nepotism, fear of upsetting the boss and self-censorship. Risk taking should be encouraged. We want to air things now that 50 years later will still be frighteningly ahead of their time. We did it once, and we can do it again.
  • Forget commercial underwriting. It’s a nice idea, but sponsoring a program means it belongs to the entity that pays for it. The programming has to belong to all of us.
  • Practice radical transparency about governance. Post all the votes with names in a place easy to find. Post the station’s budgets and actual results compared to the budget in a place easy to find. Report to the members like they own the place, because they do.
  • Keep the Pacifica Foundation intact. No one ever owned the very few pieces of mass media infrastructure not captured by six huge corporations and decided “eh, who cares, too much trouble”. A nationwide voice is impossible to replace and once lost, will never ever be reinstated. Care for public assets, value them and use them to make big trouble.

11 thoughts on “OUR VISION”

  1. FYI, I just took the online elections survey and wrote these comments for the following questions:

    Question #2: The Rescue Pacifica slate addressed my misgivings about many of the station hosts’ drift rightward and away from a clear anti-imperialist orientation, eg support of Russiagate nonsense and the corporate Democrats, and of pro-CIA NGOs’ propaganda about Nicaragua, Syria, etc
    Why not allow real experts on the air, like Ray McGovern and Bill Binny?

    Question #5 I support KPFA’s independent voice, contrasted with the horrible mainstream media; but I’d like to hear more daily airtime given to left programs like Dennis Bernstein, Project Censored, and Counterspin. I’d like to hear more from Richard Wolff, too.
    The evening news is too much an echo of mendacious mainstream news sources, especially on international coverage. Ditto for Rose Aguilar’s new show, with so many guests similar to the ones she had on NPR

    Q #6 Too much of a shift to the right on international issues

    Q #7 As I stated above, devote more airtime to leftist and anti-imperialist voices

  2. Where’s more info on post-election activities? Are we waiting for Upfront or Maldari’s Sunday show to get the word out? Not everyone is addicted to social media, so please produce some updates and keep us in the loop. There were some victories in the last election, and there’s no information about next steps and how voters can support. Thanks for this effort so far.

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  4. An apology –
    Sorry. folks, for the lack of communication these last months. The repeated delays of the last LSB election, followed so quickly by the start of the new election cycle, has thrown us for a loop. We have been working very hard to catch up and have had to neglect this site to do so. But the two elections have ended up in good hands, and are being carried out, thanks to the hard work of some.
    Coming soon: our candidates.
    Vote carefully if you are a member, so we’ll have the best possible outcome.
    — Mara

    1. Thanks, Mara, for all you’re contributing to get us up to speed. I’m feeling energized and confident after our last meeting and looking forward to our next moves. Best, Mantra

  5. I’m concerned that the radio station supported by the public censors so much information about what we’re paying for. I want coverage about the decisions to change programming, the disputes within KPFA, and real, meaningful opportunities for candidates to discuss their relative positions. I’m also concerned that too many programs on KPFA are drifting rightward. If I wanted to hear Bill Maher, I would pay for HBO.

  6. I’ve just read Rescue Pacifica’s Vision, which is somewhat of a program, statement of actions that will be taken. I would like to have from Rescue Pacifica more information about the actions that will be taken. If RP has the votes on the KPFA station board, what will be done to increase the number of the station’s listeners? Maybe advertise on buses, in BART stations?

    What does RP want the PNB do about WBAI? Last I heard it was going deeper into debt and losing listeners. How about changing the Pacifica by-laws so that a badly dysfunctioning Pacifica station can be placed in receivership?

    1. Actually that is inaccurate, Ray. WBAI is the only one of Pacifica’s stations that increased its member numbers from 2018 to 2019. Went up 3%. KPFA declined by 8%.

  7. It is time to begin seriously gathering information on how Pacifica can become energy independent. we are in an energy revolution called “Distributed Energy”. This revolution involves the recent scale up of battery technology, renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal, and open energy trading by facilities acting as DERs (Distributed Energy Resources) on a transforming Distributed Energy Grid. Pacifica can literally own it’s own power generation and may even be able to provide power to others. The Board needs to seek presentations as to what is happening in energy so that Pacifica, with it’s huge footprint of resources use, leads in transition to zero emissions. This is in fact, the single most important undertaking Pacifica should be prioritizing.

  8. I’m from NYC. I feel terrible about what’s happening to WBAI. The irony is that, at least in my view, the programming over the last like 9 months or so has gotten SO MUCH better!
    And it seemed like donations were increasing. I found myself listening more and more to BAI..What Pacifica just did (literally, it seems like overnight) is unconscionable. It seems not paranoid to think that Pacifica wants to destroy BAI so they can sell it. Very, very upsetting!

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