Audit Initiated

16 members of the California legislature have signed on to a call for a legislative audit of KPFA/Pacifica Foundation to determine if it has violated the public trust in its nonprofit status. This is an EXTRAORDINARY action on the part of California legislators.

Suit filed against Pacifica

Pacifica was sued this week by 18 members of local advisory boards from four of its five radio stations. The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, asks for an injunction to stop Pacifica from removing the power of local boards to name national board members.

The egregious and arrogant behavior and escalation of repression has happened since the event in February when the Pacifica Board finally succeeded in changing the bylaws of the Pacifica Foundation. Prior to that time each station selected two members of it's Local Advisory Board as representatives to the Mational board, and that was abolished in February. The plaintiffs in the suit are a variety of Local Board members.

The full text of the lawsuit is posted at FreePacifica

Funds are needed to support this final effort to block the antidemocratic changes recently enacted.
Send contributions to:
DAN SIEGEL, SBN 056400
SIEGEL & YEE
499 14th Street, Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 839-1200
Telefax: (510) 444-6698
 (write "Pacifica suit" in the memo area of your check),


Petition to Oppose the Sale of Any Pacifica Station

Committee to Remove The Pacifica Board


Resolution of the WBAI Local Advisory Board 8/3/99

We, the Local Advisory Board of WBAI, upon consideration of the actions of the National Board of Pacifica and being mindful of the mandate and principles upon which Pacifica was founded, declare a vote of no confidence in the National Board.

Further, we call for the immediate resignation of National Board Chair Mary Frances Berry and Pacifica Executive Director Lynn Chadwick.

We call for an end to censorship on Pacifica.

We call for a democratic restructuring of the National Board of Pacifica.

In the interim transition period the National Board must take no fiduciary actions contrary to the Pacifica mission, such as loans taken against station licenses, attempts to sell station licenses/frequencies, the use of station licenses as collateral, or any actions that jeopardize the trust of the listeners, the security of the staff, the station licenses/frequencies of KPFA 94.1, KPFK 90.7, KPFT 90.1, WBAI 99.5, WPFW 89.3, and the continued viability and vitality of the Pacifica network.

We want to reaffirm that the Pacifica network consists of five sister community radio stations: KPFA 94.1, KPFK 90.7, KPFT 90.1, WBAI 99.5 and WPFW 89.3. The stations are dependent and interdependent on each other. We support all five stations and consider that the strength of Pacifica rests in the preservation of the five broadcast licenses/frequencies.

In order to begin the process of restructuring as quickly as possible and to commence the transition in a responsible manner without jeopardizing the stations, we call for a meeting between the WBAI Local Advisory Board and the current representatives to the National Board from the New York City and the Washington, DC, areas at the earliest time convenient.

We expect the National Board to follow the spirit as well as the letter of this Resolution.


Save Our Station letter to Pacifica in support of
WBAI Local Advisory Board Statement

August 4, 1999

We the members of Save Our Station, listeners and supporters of WBAI, in support of the Local Advisory Board's vote of no confidence towards Pacifica national management, wish to submit the following opinion regarding the conduct of the Pacifica national board of directors. In our opinion, Dr. Mary Frances Berry and Lynn Chadwick, through their mismanagement, are not only a threat to the continuation of Pacifica stations as responsive community broadcasters, but now also constitute a potential threat to Pacifica's status as a qualified and responsible Federal Communications Commission licensee.

The policies and directives issued by MFB and LC have resulted in the removal from the air of KPFA, a perfectly viable broadcast operation. The resulting disruption of broadcasting, chaos on the broadcasting channel, and official condemnation of these actions by local and state governing bodies, bring into legitimate question the competency and honesty of Pacifica national management under MFB's and LC's stewardship. It is irresponsible for any broadcast management, without notice and without provocation, to disconnect broadcast lines, resulting in dead air and disruption of service with no set contingency plans in place for responsible operation of the station. It is also irresponsible to have nonunion personnel of questionable expertise install new signal paths for broadcast and satellite channels which disrupt the operation of the licensee's facility as well as the facilities of other independent licensed broadcasters that have existing agreements with Pacifica.

Any broadcast management (especially a listener-financed one) that wantonly engages in the physical destruction of its own primary licensed studio location, resulting in the continued and prolonged disruption of broadcast service, is clearly operating in questionable compliance in regard to the legal mandates and ethical responsibilities of a federally licensed broadcast station owner.

The ensuing public outcry, resulting in protest demonstrations against the errant policies of the Pacifica national board, prompted Dr. Berry, as head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, to use undue influence in the U.S. Department of Justice to bring federal pressure to bear on a reluctant police department of the town of license to arrest the demonstrators protesting against her policies in a private corporation's radio station. This is a clear misuse of her influence as a federal employee to further her objectives and policies in an enterprise in which she is engaged as a private citizen. This behavior constitutes a clear CONFLICT OF INTEREST with substantial personal legal implications which, if not addressed and if allowed to continue, could potentially have legal implications regarding the suitability of Pacifica Radio as a licensee in good standing with the Federal Communications Commission.

In light of all the problems - including operational, financial and legal problems and the resultant crisis in public trust - that the directors of Pacifica national management have caused their stations, audience and contributers, we the members of Save Our station must emphatically proclaim our belief that the only way for Pacifica Radio to protect its licenses and continue as the nation's oldest community broadcaster is for Mary Frances Berry, Lynn Chadwick and others on the national board who have supported their errant policies and actions, diverting Pacifica from its long-established mission, to RESIGN IMMEDIATELY and CEASE AND DESIST from discussing selling Pacifica stations or assets, taking stations off the air, destroying or squandering assets by hiring outside security or public relations firms, or engaging in potential OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE by planning to move Pacifica headquarters to Washington, DC, from its state of incorporation and historical base in Berkeley, CA. We the members of Save Our Station stand ready to assist in any way possible the orderly removal and replacement of the current corrupt and deceitful Pacifica national management and to return Pacifica operational directives to compliance with legal and ethical codes of conduct expected of Pacifica's federally licensed public trust.

Save Our Station New York


Statement of the Pacifica Accountability Committee (PAC)

August 5, 1999

By a nearly unanimous vote, the Pacifica Accountability Committee (PAC) today demanded the resignation of Pacifies Board Chair Mary Frances Berry and the resignations of the full membership of the Pacifica Board of Directors.

The listener group also called for the resignations of Pacifica CEO Lynn Chadwick and all other Pacifica executive officers. PAC also demanded that the KPFK Advisory Board join in the call for these resignations.
PAC also voted, by the same margin, to demand that elections be held for the KPFK Advisory Board and that a timetable be established under which the KPFK Advisory Board be elected by the listener-sponsors.

These demands will be presented to the KPFK Advisory Board at their meeting on Saturday, August 7, 11:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave, Culver City.

PAC will hold a demonstration at KPFK, 3720 Cahuenga Blvd. West, North Hollywood, on Monday, August 9, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. The demonstration will be In support of the community at Pacifica station KPFA (94.1 FM, Berkeley), whose station was taken off the air for over two weeks by Pacifica. We also condemn the Pacifica gag rule, rigidly enforced at KPFK, which prevents the honest reporting of what Pacifica management determines to be "internal matters."

PAC is a group of listener-sponsors and volunteers at non-commercial radio Station KPFK (90.7 FM, Los Angeles) which was formed in 1995 to work for accountability and openness at KPFK and the Pacifica Foundation. We see these values as essential to the good health (by any definition of that term) of any nonprofit, community-based institution. We support community radio at Pacifica.

Pacifica Accountability Committee
P.O. Box 8331
Universal City, CA 91618-8331
pac@pacfolio.org (818) 754-2482
pacfolio.org

SAVE OUR STATION'S LETTER OF SUPPORT TO WBAI PRODUCERS

SAVE OUR STATION
(212) 465-7562

July 28, 1999

Dear Producer,

At a meeting tonight of over 60 persons, Save Our Station (SOS) adopted a resolution supporting all broadcasters who, now or in the future, put themselves on the line to bring to us, the listeners, information regarding the current crisis at the Pacifica network and its associated stations.

If you or any other broadcaster is threatened with removal or other sanctions as a result of breaking the gag rule, the SOS phone tree will be activated and there will be an immediate response beginning with, but not limited to, an appearance en masse of free speech supporters outside the station.

With you in struggle,
SOS (Save Our Station)


What Can You Do?

  1. Contact Dr. Mary Francis Berry
    Pacifica National Board Chair
    Pacifica Foundation
    624 Ninth St. NW # 700
    Washington, DC 20425
    Tel: 202-337-0382
    Fax: 202-376-7558
    Email: mfberry@sas.upenn.edu
  2. Contact Lynn Chadwick at lynnchad@aol.com
  3. Get more background by visiting these web sites:
    Pacifica Accountability Committee
    Endgame at KPFA
    FreePacifica
    SavePacifica

  4. Join a List: just say subscribe in the body and address email to:
    freepacifica-request@recordist.com (full discussion of issues)
    freepac-request@recordist.com (announcements only)

  5. Join a group: Get involved on the local and national level