Interim Pacifica National Board meeting report
Complete audio of the meeting: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4039
CD ROM of of 12/01 and 1/02 meetings Compiled by Gary D. Evans
[ This a quick sketch done on the fly. - Roger M. ]
The conference call started a little late (scheduled for 12:00 noon est). Missing from the call were Bertram Lee, Marion Barry, and Wendell Johns. Election of officers proceeded until interrupted when an angry Lee joined the meeting claiming that he and the other missing members had been informed that the meeting had been cancelled. Once all 15 interim board members were on the line the meeting was re-started with much disruption from Lee on and off. KPFT LAB appointee Barney Goodman voted with "our side" on the election of officers but against us on issues. (There is concern regarding his vote.)
Joanne Meredith - acting executive director
First agenda item: Election of interim officers.
Second agenda item: Location of next national board meeting.
Third agenda item: Formation of committee to select new executive director
for the Pacifica network.
- Somewhere's around here there is a motion passed to bring in a parliamentarian at future meetings in order to keep Robert's rules in order.
The fourth agenda item: To set up a committee to deal the WBAI situation.
The vote is 9 to 6 in favor of the now amended motion but it is not a balanced majority or 2/3 vote so it will it come before the judge early next week.
A motion to adjourn the meeting at this point does not carry.
Fifth agenda item: Democracy Now!
(?) expresses concerns that various board members don't have much information as to what's going on with DN nor understanding as where DN gets the kind of leverage to make these demands. [ Of course this is extremely ignorant and telling of how little these various hijackers care about Pacifica. The information has been in circulated in abundance. ]
A motion to amend the proposal by the removal of the item regarding back pay is defeated.
The motion to bring back Democracy Now! under the above conditions passes.
Sixth agenda item: Resolution to remove the gag rule
Bert Lee loudly calls the question which is rejected.
There is discussion as to the national board mandating specific programming time for a report to the listener on the Pacifica restructuring at the 5 stations. It's agreed to tone down requirement but that only a specific requirement will insure that airtime will be provided.
There is a provision in the motion that abusive and slanderous content is still subject to removal. This is discussed.
The motion provides programmer in question with appeal procedure. (This means employee handbook will be amended.)
The vote is 9 to 5 in favor but it is not a balanced majority or 2/3 vote so it will it come before the judge early next week.
Seventh agenda item: Status of litigation lawyers (proposed termination of Williams and Connely)
The vote is 9 to 6 in favor but it is not a balanced majority or 2/3 vote so it will it come before the judge early next week.
Motion to adjourn by Lee does not pass.
Eighth agenda item: Democracy Now! goes back on air as soon as possible"
James Ferguson makes another motion to adjourn which fails to pass.
Ninth agenda item: Station managers required to make state of their station report at
next national board meeting.
Friendly amendment to include arbitron ratings as part of report is accepted.
The motion passes.
Meeting is adjourned...
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