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WBAI bylaws revision sub-committee main info


Janice K. Bryant, Ray Laforest, Co-Chairs

The WBAI Area Bylaws Revision Committee (BRC) is one of five subcommittees of the Pacifica Bylaws Revision Committee. Each of the five subcommittees shall endeavor to meet weekly in the evenings or on weekends when the most people can attend. The time and place of all subcommittee meetings shall be announced on WBAI 99.5 FM several times a day for at least 3 days before each subcommittee meeting, and the Chair of the subcommittee shall make certain that meeting dates and times are also posted to public internet Pacifica-related discussion lists (from the proposal establishing the bylaws committee adopted by the interim Pacifica National Board on March 10th 2002).

WBAI Area BRC Meeting Schedule (as of 4/12/02)

All meetings commence at 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted Community participation is mandatory. Be there!

Tuesday, April 16th
Town Hall Meeting (BRC/LAB/Concerned Friends of WBAI)
Henry Winston Center, W 23rd Street, NYC.
Topic: What is the electorate, in LAB elections and how should these elections be conducted?

Tuesday, April 23rd
DC 1707, 75 Varick Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10013
(Corner Canal Street, Trains: A, C, E, I or 2 to Canal Street)
Follow-up on town hall meeting and issues of LAB functioning:
-Function and power of LABS.
-Should LABs have same election procedures/rules?
-Number of LAB members, term of office
-Removal provisions. Etc ...

Tuesday, April 30rd
Maplewood Main Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Hosted by Concerned Friends of New Jersey. Directions to Maplewood Library are at http://snow.prohosting.com/wbailab/
- National Board of Directors:
- Role and function of national board
- Number of directors, how many from each LAB?
- At large and appointed members?
- Eligibility, term of office, removal provision, ect...

Issues to be considered in May might include:
-Officers/Executive Committee.
-Relation between National Board and Executive Director.
-Financial oversight
- role of national board.

Past meetings of the WBAI Area BRC:
April 2, 2002, BRC, DC 1707, 75 Varick Street
April 11, 2002, BRC, DC 1707, 75 Varick Street
Topic: Membership in Pacifica Foundation

National Bylaws Revision Timeline

April 15th: by this date each of the 5 subcommittees distributes brief written statements. of various points of view to the other four subcommittee Chairs for distribution to all subcommittees.

May 31st: the national committee will produce and circulate one or more "rough drafts" of proposed bylaws. The subcommittees should make every effort to communicate among themselves, find areas of agreement, and to consolidate their "rough drafts" to the greatest extent possible. The "rough draft(s)" will be circulated to all IPNB and LAB members, as well as to Pacifica's legal counsel, for review and comment. The rough draft(s) shall also be posted to the Pacifica Foundation web page http://www.pacifica.org/

July 15th: the committee will produce a "revised draft" of proposed bylaws, taking into consideration that any bylaws concerning the number and manner of election of LAB members and the national board must be approved by majority vote of at least 3 of the 5 LABs in addition to approval by 2/3rds majority vote of the interim board of directors. This "revised draft" will again be circulated for review and comment to all IPNB members, LAB members, and Pacifica's legal counsel, and the web page.

August 15th: a final draft of proposed bylaws shall be submitted to the IPNB and to the 5 LABS. At least 3 of the 5 LABs must approve, by majority vote, any bylaws concerning the number and manner of election of LAB members and Foundation directors for those bylaws to become effective. All bylaws must-be approved by 2/3rds vote of the IPNB to become effective.

August 31st is the target date for obtaining all required votes of approval.

December 29, 2002: Under the legal Settlement Agreement, the LAB elections must be completed within one year of the date of the first meeting of the IPNB on 12/29/01. Based on the KPFA experience, LAB elections will take 3 months to conduct, including fielding candidates, conducting "campaigns", mailing ballots with a 30-day return period, and counting the votes, A new board of directors shall be elected, pursuant to the new bylaws, for terms to commence March 29th 2003.

Further Information

The WBAI Area Bylaws Revision Committee has a web site http://snow.prohosting.com/wbailab/ with links to full sets of bylaws current, previous and proposed, and other relevant info. [ and obviously many materials available at this site: www.wbai.net ] The BRC maintains an email listserve - to join send an email to WBAlBylaws-subscribe@yahoo.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject line. Join this historic discussion and help shape and invigorate your Pacifica community station and network for the 2 1 " century.

Whose station - our station!

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