We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

LA Pacifica Supporters Demonstrate at Epstein Becker & Green

by Celia Alario and Brett Doran Friday, Feb. 09, 2001 at 7:57 AM
brett@riseup.net 310.392.7656

FREE PACIFICA! Citizens Support Free Speech while Epstein Becker and Green Attorney Prepares for Hostile Takeover with New By-law Proposal

Contact: Brett Doran (310) 392-7656; Vince Ivory or Tracy Larkins (cell) (310) 283-6039


Citizens Support Free Speech while Epstein Becker and Green Attorney Prepares for Hostile Takeover with New By-law Proposal

Century City, CA ~ In the latest action in the burgeoning nationwide campaign to reclaim the Pacifica Radio Network for the community, a new coalition of 90.7 KPFK listeners and grassroots organizations from across Los Angeles spoke out today for free speech, calling for the resignation of Pacifica National Board Member John Murdock with a colorful visit to the LA offices of his law firm Epstein Becker and Green (EBG).

The event was cosponsored by: Action Resource Center, KPFK Listener Lab Alliance, and Pacifica Accountability Committee, and endorsed by Aztlan Media Center, Coalition Against Police Abuse, BAYAN International-USA, East Timor Action Network-LA, Office of the Americas. Listeners, volunteer programmers and staff of Pacifica stations around the country are mobilizing to thwart attempts by Pacifica Board members at a centralized power grab, which could result in increased censorship and possibly the sale of listener-sponsored Pacifica Radio stations.

John Murdock, an attorney from the Washington DC office of Epstein, Becker and Green, was added to the Pacifica Board of Directors last year. He has since taken a leadership role in proposing new by-laws for Pacifica which would allow a small number of directors to sell off Pacifica assets (including stations), ban Local Advisory Board (LAB) members from serving on the national board, and allow directors like Murdock to receive compensation for actions like changing the bylaws-- a move community members and Pacifica stakeholders see as a blatant conflict of interest.

Pacifica supporters believe that the threat to the Pacifica Radio Network will be lifted only when the current Board of Directors is reconstituted by removing members like Murdock. EBG specializes in "maintaining a union-free workplace" and is representing the Pacifica Foundation in lawsuits that have been filed against the board by concerned listeners.

Today’s demonstration featured giant puppets representing Murdock as a thief, stealing public radio for personal profit, and censored Pacifica programmers. Later in the day, an eight-person delegation attempted to meet with representatives from Epstein Becker and Green and was met by guards. The ‘Billionaires for More Media Mergers’, (cousins of Billionaires for Bush or Gore) performed ‘Let’s Buy Pacifica’ (to the tune of God Bless America) for Murdock’s coworkers through locked doors.

Today's demonstration at the Los Angeles offices of Epstein Becker & Green is the latest in a growing campaign to pressure certain Pacifica Foundation board members to resign from their posts. Murdock and other Pacifica leaders supported a hostile take-over at WBAI radio in New York, in which the management fired and banned several journalists from the station, changed the locks to the station in the middle of the night, and have now imposed a gag rule on the staff.

The gag rule has been adopted locally at KPFK, where local programmers have been terminated or threatened with termination for exercising their freedom of speech in talking about the Pacifica struggle. Many long time programmers have resigned in objection to the censorship by Pacifica management

Grassroots organizations and the Los Angeles listening community are committed to challenging censorship and the gag rule at KPFK, and have vowed to continue demonstrations until democratic and corporate-free decision making structures are reinstated throughout Pacifica.

(The full text of the proposed by-laws changes can be found at www.radio4all.org/freepacifica or www.savepacifica.net)


Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy