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KDVS protest letter & end of affiliation 4-27-01

[cover letter:]

KDVS 90.3 FM
14 Lower Freeborn Hall
UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Pacifica Foundation
Board of Directors
2390 Champlain St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Friday, April 27, 2001

Dear Sir or Madam,

Enclosed are two copies of a letter protesting the abuse of Pacifica's programmers. Although some acts mentioned in the letter were performed directly by Executive Director Bessie Wash, the letter addresses the Board of Directors because of its apparent disinterest in those acts, and others that have been left unexplained.

You should also be aware that on March 12, 2001, KDVS General Manager Justin Kable announced that KDVS has ended its Pacifica affiliate status, due to the mistreatment of Pacifica programmers. Please remove our two listings on the Pacifica affiliate webpage (http://www.pacifica.org/about/afsubs.html).


Vincent H. Hancock KDVS Staff vincehancock@yahoo.com


[protest letter:]

March 12, 2001

To: Pacifica Network National Board

As individual programmers of KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis, a community radio station in existence for over thirty years, we protest the Pacifica national board's invasion of station WBAI in New York, and the board's complicity in allowing Pacifica programmers to be fired, banned, censored, and pre-empted without cause or explanation. Furthermore, we protest Pacifica's attacks on other media that address problems within Pacifica.

Specifically, we protest the following:

The takeover of WBAI on December 23, 2000, which included the abrupt changing of locks and the selective admittance of staff and programmers.

The installation and continued presence of security guards at WBAI.

The on-air gag rule at WBAI.

The censorship of portions of "Democracy Now!" at Pacifica member stations WPFW (Washington, D.C.) and KPFT (Houston).

The threat of lawsuits, by Pacifica, against "dissident" websites, including www.wbai.net , www.wbaifree.org and www.savepacifica.net .

We oppose such actions and demand that the national board reverse all firings and bannings that have occurred without due process. We also demand that the Pacifica board not allow any further censorship on the airwaves it purports to oversee.


Samuel E. Prentice, Janie Lozano, Elizabeth Berg, Chris Marland, Brad Anderson, Gil Medovoy, Darrick Servis, Valerie M. Walker, Stephanie Maud, Les Light, Danae Carvacho, Matt Jurach, Vincent H. Hancock, Damany Fisher, Jeff Diamond, Horacio Corro, Tao Wysocki, Rich Luscher, Todd Urick, Richard Ele III, Brian Graham Weiss, Brad Hostetler, Rich Blackmarr, Edward S. Salas, Gary Saylin, Nicole Lopez, Mateo Yanes, Jonathan Greathouse, Steve Edberg, Ron Glick, Lucero Cabral, Steve Scott, Claudia Acevedo, Clint Cochran, Bobby S. Henderson, Aaron King, Michel Pin, Jackie von Treskow, Ward Kadel, (and 3 others)

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