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PACIFICA ACTION: Join Rally against Ken Ford

by Karen Pomer Saturday, Jul. 07, 2001 at 6:45 PM
krpomer@aol.com

Tuesday, July 10: Join actions against National Board member Ken Ford

LOS ANGELES AREA ACTIVITIES FOR JULY 10TH

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST NAHB'S KEN FORD

Pacifica Activists In Over 12 Cities Plan to Protest

Please join the Pacifica Campaign LA and others in

pushing for the resignation of the new chair of the

Pacifica National Board, Ken Ford, who works for the National

Association of Home Builders (NAHB). We plan to target

the NAHB and its affiliate the Builders Industries Association

of Southern California (BIASC) until Ford, who supported

the attacks against KPFA, WBAI, and Democracy Now! resigns.

DATE: JULY 10th 2001

TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM the headquarters of the Building

Industry Association of S. California (BIASC),

1330 Valley Vista Drive, Diamond Bar

(60 Fwy East Exit- North Grand Ave. RT on N. Grand,

RT on Golden Springs Dr, RT. on Gateway Center Dr.,

RT. on Valley Vista Dr.)

and

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the Greater Los

Angeles/Ventura Chapter of the BIASC Membership Drive

and Mixer at the Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Old

Calabasas Rd., Calabasas (101 Fwy North -Exit Valley

Circle Drive, One exit past Topanga Canyon, take Old

Calabasas Rd. to Sagebrush Cantina)

WHAT:

A peaceful and legal informational picket outside the headquarters

and a local event of the NAHB afilliate, Builders Industries

Association of Southern California to protest the

NAHB's aggressive strong-arm tactics and to demand

that Ken Ford, manager at the NAHB, resign from the

Pacifica Radio Network's board of directors.

CONTACT: The Pacifica Campaign-LA by email at

pacificacampaignla@yahoo.com or call 323-878-5680

to sign-up for pickets, carpool and more information.

NOTE: The Pacifica LA will supply flyers and signs for this event.

Please e-mail down4brown68@hotmail.com

with slogan suggestions relating to Ken Ford.

If you cannot physically make it to the July 10th events:

Call or email the NAHB and tell them Ken Ford is a manager at the Washington

DC Headquarters of the NAHB who is actively participating in the destruction

of a highly valued public and nonprofit media institution, the Pacifica

Network. He has grossly violated the public trust, abused fiduciary

responsibilities, squandered the organization's funds, and stayed past his

second and final term on the board. It is urgent that Mr. Ford resigns from

the Pacifica Board. Please contact him at 800-368-5242x22 or Bruce Smith,

NAHB president at 800-368-5242x408.

Be polite but firm. Call as often as you feel you must to make yourself

heard.

More on the NAHB and Ken Ford

The NAHB spends millions on campaign contributions and lobbying to

influence public policy for the benefit of homebuilders, and

lobbies against any regulation that would protect the environment or

the interests of the public if that regulation conflicts with the

profits of real estate developers. In 1999, the NAHB lobbied against

the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the

toxic-waste-site Superfund.

"Vice chairman Ken Ford, an engineer with the conservative Housing Trade

Association in Washington, says the challenge is to honor the social-justice

mission while Pacifica grows. "But we are a corporation. It's nonprofit, but

we have to operate as a business."

--Time Magazine, January 29, 2001

"Aren't you the man who, when presented with a petition signed by

hundreds of KPFA (Pacifica Radio) listeners tore it up and threw it on the

floor

without reading it..."

--A letter to Ken Ford from

Edward S. Herman, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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