Strengthen the Lawsuits !!
[Editor's note: also remember to boycott, boycott, boycott the hijacker's fund drives!]
It seems the wind is changing... a sort of blowback of another kind. The Pacifica Board packed itself with mostly people from Washington, DC and 13 men vs 3 women.
There are a few strategies for success. I believe that well funded lawsuits are the most important element to do the job. The listener lawsuit needs to be well funded so that the listeners will be able to have a say in their network. The rhetoric about the listeners being important is only valid in the Listeners' Lawsuit - The Committee to remove the Pacifica Board. All others may return the network but it will remain in danger without the broad democratic participation of the listeners.
There's talk about an alternative network being built. Where will it be displayed here in NYC? Do you know how much a frequency costs? If one were available?
Some say that the listeners and staff are going to win the network back. I am a little confused how the staff are going to win it back but the fact is that the listeners are the ones that have been putting out their hopes for a network over the airwaves - not on the internet. Most listeners can't listen on the internet. It will be the listeners that win it back and the courts. Unfortunately there ain't much else except the courts that will force legal change.
Please give generously to the lawsuits, especially the listener's lawsuit Info below.
Thanks so much for your interest in saving WBAI and Pacifica.
[This message comes from Patty H. of cdpny]
September 24, 2001
Dear All --
Pacifica was founded specifically for the purpose of speaking out against these things. Now, when we need Pacifica more than ever, it is almost completely shut down. The Washington beltway takeover that has been in the works for several years has succeeded in keeping Democracy Now! off Pacifica's airwaves, as well as keeping all the Pacifica stations except KPFA from doing much, if any, intelligent anti-war programming now in this hour of great need.
Many of us who have been in this fight for several years have long believed that the purpose of the Pacifica takeover was to stifle political dissent in this country. Pacifica was the only national broadcast medium for such voices and it had to be eliminated, if possible, by those whose job it is to manufacture consent in America. Our foes are formidible and have never been in it simply for the money or for corporate interests, in my view.
On September 19th, the day after the court permitted the Pacifica Board elections to go forward, five (5) new directors were illegally elected to the Pacifica Board -- Marion Barry, James Ferguson, Dick Gregory, George Barnstone & Krishna Roy -- bringing the number of directors to 16. It may be that one or two of them will actually take "our side" -- perhaps George Barnstone & Dick Gregory -- that remains to be seen. But the fact is that the controlling Washington DC cabal of political operatives and propagandists and their sycophants will continue to destroy what is left of Pacifica unless we prevail at trial in January and get them thrown off the Pacifica Board.
It is important for everyone to know that the judge did NOT rule last week that the election on the 19th was legal. He merely put it off for the trial judge to decide that. We will be amending our lawsuit to add the five new directors as defendants, and we will ask the trial judge to remove them along with all the other unlawfully elected Pacifica directors.
Although it was very depressing to listen on the internet to the Pacifica board packing meeting last week -- nothing has changed essentially. The controlling board majority is still intent on silencing political dissent on Pacifica, and we still must defeat them in court -- and our legal case -- both the facts and the law -- is every bit as good as it ever was, if not better.
I continue to have great confidence that the trial judge will correctly apply the law in January and that he will remove all illegally seated directors from the Pacifica Foundation board of directors -- and that the Pacifica of the past half century will be restored with new vigor and purpose to meet the demands of the time to come.
Many of you are going to peace rallies and demonstrations now. You can help us to save Pacifica -- as an essential communications medium needed NOW MORE THAN EVER for the peace movement -- by going to our web page at http://home.pon.net/wildrose/remove.htm and printing a "declaration" form for your local station, then make some copies on the back of your peace flyers and hand them out at rallies. Thanks.
Pacifica means Peace,
Important -- We can't do this without you! Contributions to our legal fund can be made payable to:
Committee to Remove the Pacifica Board
Your gift to the Committee is NOT tax deductible, but your support of the cause of free speech radio is invaluable. Question, details? Call or email Carol Spooner, (707) 526-2867, firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Tax deductible gifts of $500 or more to support our legal action can be made payable to our fiscal sponsor:
Marin Health Fund/Public Media Initiative
You will receive tax deduction receipt from them. Also, the MHF/Public Media
Initiative has a special account to receive gifts of stock in support of our
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