DR. BERRY OFFERS KPFA STAFF ALL JOBS BACK EXCEPT SAWAYA AND BENSKY, NO GAG RULE, RE-EVALUATION IN SIX MONTHS
Pacifica Board Chair Dr. Mary Frances Berry, finally yielding to weeks of community and political pressure, Wednesday afternoon offered the KPFA staff free access to the building and airwaves as of 9 a.m. Friday 7/30. There will be no security guards, and no "gag rule" type restrictions.
Citing notice of possible legal actions against Pacifica (no legal actions have in fact yet been filed) by Nicole Sawaya and Larry Bensky, Berry said they would be excluded from this arrangement.
A three hour staff meeting attended by more than sixty KPFA paid and unpaid staff members ended with a decision to wait to see if Pacifica board chair Mary Frances Berry's offer is presented in writing at a mediation session set for today (Thursday) before fully evaluating it.
There was great skepticism expressed by many present, who believed that Berry's offer was probably a desperate public relations ploy to offset the bad publicity ensuing from confirmation that discussion DOES take place in the board about selling KPFA See board member Pete Bramson's press statement
Many also stated that Pacifica is offering a very damaged and probably close to bankrupt KPFA back to the staff and community. And that Berry's six (or nine, in some versions) month period for KPFA to program itself was too short and probably much too underfunded to make an impact.
There was consensus that it is VERY IMPORTANT that thousands and thousands of people turn out for the rally Saturday, to demonstrate once again that KPFA is broadly supported in its mission and in its practice.
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