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 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 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

Pacifica Breakthrough Announced

by John Tarleton Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2001 at 3:11 AM

Plaintiffs in the three lawsuits against the Pacifica Foundation have reached a breakthrough in negotiations that would give dissident forces a slender majority of a newly configured national board when it meets later this month.

New York City--Plaintiffs in the three lawsuits against the Pacifica Foundation have reached a breakthrough in negotiations that would give dissident forces a slender majority of a newly configured national board when it meets later this month.

"We believe that the implementation of this agreement will begin the rebuilding of the Pacifica Foundation," the plaintiffs said in a joint statement that was released Saturday.

The left-leaning Pacifica Network, which has radio stations in New York (WBAI-99.5 FM), Los Angeles, Houston, Berkeley and Washington, D.C., has been engulfed in recent years in a power struggle between grassroots activists and corporate modernizers. The parent Pacifica Foundation is currently facing lawsuits from dissident national board members, four of its five Local Advisory Boards (LABs) and listeners.

Facing a historic court battle, Pacifica's leadership entered into mediation talks with its opponents on November 1. According to a source close to the negotiations, reformers will have a 10-9 majority when the Pacifica Board meets November 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

The final agreement is still being worked out in closed-door talks with Pacifica Board chairman Robert Farrell and former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Berry. Speaking at a Saturday night benefit for "Democracy Now in Exile", Juan Gonzales, Director of the Pacifica Campaign, warned that "the devil is in the details."

Plaintiff representatives participating in the negotiations are Dave Adelson (Los Angeles LAB), Pete Bramson (National Board member), Leslie Cagan (National Board member), Sherry Gendelman (Berkeley LAB), Barbara Lubin (Friends of Free Speech Radio), Miguel Maldonado (New York LAB), Thomas Moran (National Board member), Robbie Osman (Friends of Free Speech Radio) and Carol Spooner (Committe to Remove the Pacifica Board).

Saturday's announcement was greeted with cautious optimism in New York.

"I think this looks very hopeful and I'm looking forward to hearing the details," said Amy Goodman, the award-winning host of Democracy Now in Exile. Goodman's show has been dropped by four out of five of the Pacifica stations (including WBAI) but is still being carried on close to 30 community radio stations as well as cable access channels around the country.

"We hope this change in the board will bring Pacifica home to its mission," said Valerie van Isler, the former station manager of WBAI who was sacked by Pacifica management last December 23 in what critics have dubbed the "Christmas Coup." Twenty-five WBAI programers and producers have been removed from the station since then.

WBAI is New York's only listener-sponsored community radio station and loyal supporters have rallied to save the station. Debra Michaud, a CUNY grad student, expressed quiet satisfaction with Saturday's news. She discovered WBAI last year while living and working in the New Jersey suburbs and estimates she has attended more than 30 pickets, rallies, marches and vigils since the station's crisis began.

"The combination of Bush and losing Pacifica was enough to get me into the streets," Michaud said. "And, I knew I was in for the long haul."

Pete Korakis was driving home from work on January 25 when he heard that nine WBAI LAB members were being arrested for trying to hold their monthly meeting at the station. He threw himself into the fray, designing the web site and later starting a round-the-clock vigil outside WBAI's office at 120 Wall Street.

"It was guerrilla tactics all the way," Korakis said. "...It (the vigil) gave a human face to this movement. Programmers would come out at 3, 4, and 5 p.m. and see people there and realize that these were just people trying to do the right thing."

Stacking chairs at the end of the benefit, Korakis voiced a wary optimism about Saturday's turn of events.

"I'm skeptical but I'm happy," he said. "...I don't trust them (Pacifica) further than I can throw them."

(Ojette Brundage contributed to this report.)

Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

EPA Head Scott Pruitt: Of Cages And Sirens A06 2:15PM

More Breaking News...
© 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