CHADWICK ANNOUNCES SYSTEM-WIDE HIRING FREEZE
ARRAIGNMENTS POSTPONED BY JUDGE WITH CONFLICT
1. Pacifica National Board member, Dr. Jewelle Taylor-Gibbs, a sociology professor at the University of California, has resigned abruptly from the Pacifica National Board.
Dr. Taylor-Gibbs had tried to serve as intermediary between board chair Mary Frances Berry and the KPFA staff and community.
Meanwhile, Kevin Cartwright, training director at KPFA, has also resigned.
This means a total of four key African-Americans have left KPFA during Dr. Berry's supposed "diversity" campaign (program director Lawrence Shorter and producer/anchor Sheryl Flowers having quit earlier).
Pacifica's by-laws would seem to indicate that the last remaining KPFA board member (Roberta Brooks having resigned last April, after pressure from the KPFA community), Pete Bramson, would now have to be a member of the Pacifica executive committee. Bramson is KPFA's strongest (and sometimes only) supporter on the Pacifica board.
2. Pacifica executive director Lynn Chadwick has instituted a system-wide hiring freeze, according to Berkeley's Daily Planet newspaper.
If true, this would mean that KPFA would be unable to replace at least five staff positions now vacant: station manager, program director, co-host of the morning show, training director, and subscriptions assistant.
3. Berkeley-Albany municipal court judge Jennie Rhine yesterday recused herself from arraigning the 53 protestors arrested when Pacifica took over KPFA's airwaves July 13, including staff members Dennis Bernstein, Aileen Alfandary, and Marc Mericle.
Rhine, a close friend of former Pacifica executive director Pat Scott, was formerly a Pacifica national board member.
Rhine set a new arraignment date of August 20 for the 53 arrestees...which happens to be the date of the state legislative audit committee's hearing in Oakland! (However, those with attorneys need not appear in court that day, the attorneys may make an appearance for them.)
NOT ONLY IS PACIFICA REFUSING TO DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THOSE ARRESTED...SEVERAL PEOPLE NOW FACE MORE SERIOUS CHARGES... LIKE INTERFERENCE WITH POLICE AND RESISTING ARREST!
IF YOU WITNESSED THE EVENTS OF JULY 13...OR HAVE ANY PHOTOS OR VIDEOS OF THE EVENTS THAT NIGHT...YOUR TESTIMONY MAY BE NEEDED! Call the National Lawyers Guild in San Francisco... (415) 285-1055.
And don't forget...the "Where do We Go From Here?" forum this Friday 8/13 at 7:30, Mission High School, 18th and Mission Streets, San Francisco, with Dennis Bernstein, Kris Welch, Lavarn Williams, J. Imani and others...
AND the music, dance, and information festival...SATURDAY 8/14... Mosswood Park in Oakland (Broadway at MacArthur) starting at noon...
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