YOU HELPED BUILD IT.
WILL YOU HELP SAVE IT?
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 20:15:19 -0700
From: MHF/PMI firstname.lastname@example.org | Block Address | Add to Address Book
Subject: KPFA - KPFK - KPFT - WBAI - WPFW: The Pacifica Radio Network
YOU HELPED BUILD IT. WILL YOU HELP SAVE IT?
Amy Goodman had bwalking around the station at WBAI with a mask over her face to protest surveillance cameras installed by Pacifica management. As of today, WBAI is re-broadcasting Amy's old programs rather than play new programs she made at a different location where she felt safer.
If you think this is outrageous, there’s something you can do. The Committee to Remove Pacifica Board (CRPB) and its Listeners’ Lawsuit legal team have researched and built their case against Pacifica for over two years. Now they are ready to take depositions from all major participants. This will cost an estimated $250,000 and they need your help.
THE LISTENERS’ LAWSUIT, IF SUCCESSFUL, WILL:
remove board members who have abused their authority violated their own rules of operation, and wasted listener funds give listener-sponsors voting rights recover damages from individual directors for any misappropriation of funds amend the bylaws and elect new directors.
WHY DID LISTENER-SPONSORS GO TO COURT?
The Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors, which holds legal title to the network's assets and licenses, has relentlessly abused its authority. They censored and fired programmers and locked out station staff. They fired their controller of twenty years and denied five board members access to financial information. They refused to testify before state and federal investigative bodies. Celebrities, nationally-respected progressives, and elected officials have talked to them. Listeners like you demonstrated, wrote thousands of letters, and filled their phone lines. Now the Board has hired two of Washington D.C.’s most high-powered law firms to fight listener-sponsors in court while they continue to destroy the network.
Amy needs decent working conditions to produce Democracy Now! The people of Houston, Texas need local news reporting. KPFA listeners need to know their station will not be compromised or sold. We all need the Pacifica Radio Network to remain independent, commercial-free, and listener-sponsored.
WHY THE MARIN HEALTH FUND/PUBLIC MEDIA INITIATIVE IS INVOLVED
A founding purpose of the MHF is to protect civil and economic rights of the general public. MHF has focused on protecting local control of public assets and created the Public Media Initiative to protect this important public forum. Of three lawsuits against Pacifica, only the CRPB Listeners' Lawsuit seeks local democratic membership control of Pacifica. Membership control can give listener-sponsors voting rights • elect responsive, accountable board members whose vision and guidance will rebuild Pacifica into the national treasure it is sustain the future of the Pacifica Network. MHF is raising funds through efforts such as this letter to continue providing grants to the CRPB. The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that the MHF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Together we can raise the money, win this legal case, and rebuild the Pacifica Radio Network. Please send as much as you can. Today.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• Send your check payable to:
Marin Health Fund/Public Media Initiative
• Call 415-522-9955 to donate appreciated stock.
• Donate on the Internet:
To find out more about the Marin Health Fund / Public Media Initiative,
visit our website:
In addition, we are listed at the national registry of charitable
To stay informed about the suit, visit CRPB at:
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