In a reversal of a recent vote in favor of Draft B, the KPFK LAB voted
12-11 against passing the proposed Pacifica bylaws.
From: Paul Surovell [WBAI area]
Date: Tue Jul 22, 2003 3:30 am
Subject: Re: FLASH! KPFK DEFEATS "B"
You're wrong, this is not a victory for affirmative action, it's a
victory for Ken Ford and his allies on the iPNB who want Pacifica put
into receivership based on the failure of the iPNB and LABs to adopt
As you pointed out, part of KPFK's rejection of B was based on
supposed "democratic" issues. These were specified and referenced by
Leslie Radford in a post earlier today. But all of her references
and objections were provisions of Plans A and C, as well as B.
So the vote at KPFK -- as well as the vote at WPFW -- were votes
against ALL proposed bylaws options -- A, B and C.
On the iPNB, there was only support for Plan B, which had a total of
8 votes. A had 2 votes, C may have had 3.
And if you think Plan A is a viable option for affirmative action,
please get Ted Shaw to say so. In the absence of Ted Shaw's opinion,
please read Lani Guinier's memo, which clearly warns against adopting
the number-based and color-as-a-sole factor mechanism of Plan A.
If WBAI votes NO, the bylaws process will be back at square one after
16 months of great expenditure of time and energy, which have
diverted the iPNB, the LABs and many listeners from doing the
necessary work to build our stations and our network.
But being back at square one after 16 months is not a position from
which the foundation can move forward. It is a position that will
mark our failure to fulfill the settlement with no prospects in sight
for agreement. If the WBAI LAB votes NO, the settlement is history
and we're going back into court.
--- In WBAIBylaws@yahoogroups.com, sheilahamanaka [WBAI area] wrote:
> Subject: FLASH! KPFK DEFEATS "B"
> FLASH! In a stunning victory for affirmative action, the KPFK
> Angeles Local Advisory Board voted last night, 12 - 11, to reject
> of the Pacifica bylaws. Draft "B" lacked any affirmative action
> The WPFW Washington DC LAB voted unanimously to reject
> Next the focus will be on the WBAI LAB which is meeting tonight
> station at 6:30 pm. It is expected to reject Draft B as well.
> In addition to passing the interim Pacifica National Board by a
> vote, 3 out of the 5 LABs must ratify any draft of the bylaws
before it can
> prevail. So the KPFK vote sealed the fate of Draft B.
> Controversy arose after Draft B failed to get a 2/3rd majority
> the interim Pacifica National Board. IPNB members Carol
> David Fertig/KPFK asked Judge Sabraw to rule in favor of Draft "B"
> discounting the votes of 3 African American directors on the interim
> Pacifica Board who had abstained when asked whether they supported
> Spooner maintained, and the Judge agreed that abstaining was in
> voting so therefore even though Draft B had failed to get a 2/3rds
> it passed anyway.
> This move backfired, fueling resentment, particularly amongst
> color in Pacifica. Nationwide, the vast majority of people of color
> affirmative action for obvious reasons. 45 people addressed the
> last night. All the speakers of color spoke against "B."
> In addition to issues of DIVERSITY, the KPFK Bylaws Committee
> concerned about DEMOCRACY: it strongly opposed to elements of
> which they felt would result in a loss of local control over
> governance, and editorial control and freedom of speech for
> addition, they wanted more transparency vis a vis finances (i.e,
> and a Listener Bill of Rights. These elements had been largely
> by the intense internal debates over affirmative action remedies,
> Spooner and Fertig called "illegal."
> This development paves the way for bylaws which can truly
> Mission of Pacifica to serve the oppressed and underrepresented
> to build racial harmony. Pacifica is classified as a "Minority"
> and as such receives over 1.5 million dollars a year in CPB
> the staff, audience and/or national board fail to be at least 50%
> "minority", Pacifica would lose part of all of that funding.
> Taking a short time to resolve this concerns, and to get expert
> advice of the impact of the recent Supreme Court decisions will
result in a
> set of bylaws which will hopefully contain meaningful affirmative
> remedies and allow for full development of empowered local boards.
> LOOK FOR A FULL REPORT FROM LOS ANGELES LATER TODAY!