Letter to Lynn Chadwick February 6, 2000

Ms. Lynn Chadwick
2300 Champlain
Washington, D.C. 20000

Dear Ms. Chadwick:

I have been grappling with the personification of you and your actions in relationship with Pacifica and KPFA as malefic but, on deeper consideration, I realize the net result has led to a great good.

It has almost become a clichÈ that those of us steadfastly opposing the actions of the Pacifica National Board have been brought together as a cohesive force by your actions over the past year. More significantly, we remain together in solid unity in spite of vast differences, having formed deep bonds of respect and friendship. People in our North Bay for KPFA group continue to spend in excess of one hundred hours per week in activities that affect a network of hundreds of KPFA listeners.

We have no illusions that it will be an easy task to democratize the structure of the Pacifica Foundation and to bring the listeners into the process. We know the great difficulties that have been imposed on the station, forced to function without adequate staff and funding in spite of the listeners responding to the fundraising drives with massive support. We know that the efforts KPFA has made to bring new, vibrant programming to the air to attract a more diverse listenership has been without any moral or financial support from the people who have publically decried the limited appeal of the station to white guys over 50. We have heard the lies and seen the actions of the National Board. We have seen the Pacifica National News disemboweled. Failing to destroy the effectiveness of the Pacifica network from the outside, those who support the NPRing of this radical voice have almost destroyed it from within. Almost.

This is where we have to thank you for the blatant power grab that has awakened us to what has been happening to Pacifica over the years. By your closing down the station last summer, we saw the extent of what was being lost. Instead of silencing our voices by removing KPFA from airwaves, you have pushed us to find many more ways to shout out and be heard. We have applied lessons learned in struggles over the years about non-violent action. We have learned how to use the legal structure to support the rights of those who fund the stations. And you have given us a cause that is part of the greater deterioration of democracy within our society.

You have given us so much, I wonder if the cost is your own soul. Once I was in management, heady with power, seduced by high pay, commended for my strength of character. As a woman who had worked from the bottom up into the inner circle, I was proud of the acceptance and respect; until I found I couldn't support the immorality of management policies and tried to change them only to find my position ruthlessly undermined. Power is not for the weak-hearted or the morally minded and I couldnít stay the course. How have you managed and at what cost to your own moral center?

Finally, I would like to thank you for leaving Berkeley. This move effectively nationalizes the struggle, and will clearly show that it is not just a dispute with the California crazies who are out of touch with the rest of the country. We are in Berkeley, we are in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., we are everywhere networking with all who believe in the principles of free speech, non-commercialism and peace.

Yours truly,

Kathleen Rueve

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