From: Bernie Eisenberg
Date: Sat Sep 28, 2002 7:26 pm
Subject: KPFK draft proposal for a Pacifica Foundation Bylaws Convention
Proposal for a Pacifica Foundation Bylaws Convention
Passed by the KPFK BYLAWS SUBCOMMITTEE, 9/1/02, 9/25/02
Passed in principle by the KPFK LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD, 9/5/02
There is palpable and widely expressed concern among those KPFK
and Pacifica listeners who have spoken, that the current Bylaws
process may be inadequately discussed before a determination is
rendered; insufficiently representative of the listeners' and Local
Boards' wishes; and/or untested and subject to defect.
THEREFORE, WE PROPOSE:
That within one month of seating of elected PNB members under the new Bylaws, the
current iPNB-mandated station area Bylaws Subcommittees will meet, and will continue to
meet periodically throughout the following twelve months to review and revise the Bylaws;
and that the Local Boards and PNB complete independent reviews of the Bylaws within that
time; and that other reasonable accommodations be made to involve listeners in the process
of Bylaws review.
That the Bylaws Subcommittees report their activities, solicit listener input, and
otherwise advance the process of review on the air for one hour per week in addition to any
other governance programming mandated by the PNB, or, if no mandated governance
programming exists, for three hours per week; and that these broadcasts be recorded and
posted on Pacifica's website.
That at approximately twelve months of the seating of elected PNB members under
these Bylaws, the PNB will hold a Bylaws Convention. This convention may be held in
person or electronically, as determined by the bodies represented in it
That this convention will be webcast and broadcast at all stations in its entirety; and
that it will be recorded and made available at the Pacifica website.
That the voting representatives from each signal area to that meeting will be 2 PNB
members, 2 Local Board members, and 4 listener members.
That a minimum of 50% of the representatives will be racial/ethnic minorities and a
minimum of 50% of the representatives will be women.
That Pacifica Foundation will provide funding for reasonable expenses for all
That the representatives be charged with incorporating into the Bylaws by consensual
or democratic principles those local revisions that they have brought from their
That these Revised Bylaws will be ratified by a national vote of listener-members at
the next regular election or at a special election in 3 months time after the Convention,
whichever is first; and that the PNB and Local Boards, with the assistance of the Bylaws
Subcommittees, will make extraordinary effort to educate the listener-members and
encourage their participation.