Press Release from the National Organizing Committee
A motion and resolution from the National Organizing Committee, formed on March 4, 2001, to lay the groundwork for a strong national movement to build a new Pacifica.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 5, 2001
--Bryan Wiliams (firstname.lastname@example.org), co-facilitator of 3/4/01 N.O.C. meeting; Concerned Friends of WBAI, NY (http://www.wbaiaction.org)
--Sonia Rosen (email@example.com) secretary of 3/4/01 N.O.C. meeting; Concerned Friends of WBAI, NY (http://www.wbaiaction.org)
Following the conclusion of the Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors meeting in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, March 4, 2001, approximately eighty of the activists who had protested the meeting convened as a National Organizing Committee. This committee was comprised of representatives from all five Pacifica signal areas and included Pacifica listeners, producers, and Local Advisory Board members. The meeting was convened with the express purpose of drafting and adopting motions and resolutions that would unite our myriad independent, local groups across the country and lay the groundwork for a strong national movement to build a new Pacifica. The National Organizing Committee adopted five motions and resolutions. The first two of those five were adopted as follows:
MOTION: FORM A NATIONAL PACIFICA LISTENERS' STEERING COMMITTEE
In order to fulfill the original mission of the Pacifica Foundation, this National Organizing Committee, founded at the Pacifica National Board Meeting in Houston on March 4, 2001, hereby calls upon each Pacifica listener group in each locality across the country to participate in a discussion to found a democratic, representative, accountable National Steering Committee.
We also call for each listener group to elect two (2) representatives to participate in a National Steering Committee Discussion Group, and we authorize the Free Pacifica Interim Organizational Committee to handle the details of contacting the various listener groups to form such an elected discussion group.
We call for the elected representatives involved in the National Steering Committee Discussion Group that represents the five (5) signal areas to continue a discussion of the remaining organizational issues that were not addressed at this March 4, 2001, meeting.
Finally, we call for the elected representatives of this body to work to create a fair, adaptable, representative structure that would accommodate the growing levels of organization of Pacifica listener groups and Pacifica affiliate groups.
This schematic is intended to explain the relationship between the groups referenced in the preceding motion:
National Organizing Committee of March 4, 2001
RESOLVED: EXPAND THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
We, the National Organizing Committee, formed on March 4, 2001, at the Houston meeting of the Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors, resolve the following:
(1) We identify the need for the organized gathering of evidence in each of the five signal areas, to be used by lawyers in any lawsuits against the Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors. This evidence should be archived nationally, in a publicly accessible database.
(2) We urge that all plaintiffs and lawyers in all lawsuits against the Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors consult with each other and with the larger movement before any actions are taken.
(3) We encourage everyone to send information regarding the Pacifica struggle to Lee Loe, of the Houston Committee for People's Radio, for inclusion in the "Pacifica Notebook" newspaper, and to help her distribute it nationally in both Spanish and English.
(4) We request a Week of National Action to protest the current Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors in all five Pacifica signal areas. A possible date for this action may be during the first week of May, 2001.
(5) We urge the Pacifica Community to convene and hold a nationally organized action wherever and whenever the next Pacifica Foundation Board of Directors meeting is held. If the meeting is conducted as a conference call, we will attempt to compel the Board to make the call open to community observance and/or participation.
(6) We recommend that members of this committee work in collaboration with the Pacifica Campaign to develop advertisements and to boycott the individual Pacifica station fundraising drives.
(7) We urge activists in each signal area to "adopt" Board members acting against the founding principles of the Pacifica Foundation and to pursue a campaign against such individuals to pressure them to resign from the Board.
The National Organizing Committee endorses only those actions that are constitutionally protected and non-violent.
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