URGENT UPDATE

Police tore down Camp KPFA at 4 a.m. today and arrested 10 people, including KPFA local advisory board member Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi. They are about to arrest free speech demonstrators at the KPFA transmitter in the Berkeley Hills so that Pacifica can install a high-speed Internet connection there and broadcast programming from other locations. This, while Pacifica claims they want to mediate.

Demonstration today at 5 p.m. from the Ashby BART station to KPFA.

Andrea Buffa
Media Alliance
noon on 7/21/99
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Date: Wed, 21 Jul 1999 10:19:31 -0700
From: savepacifica

URGENT: BERKELEY POLICE RAID CAMP BERKELEY AGAIN...SIX MORE ARRESTED!

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL FAILS TO SUPPORT KPFA WORKERS AND COMMUNITY - MAYOR DEAN LEADS OPPOSITION!

FIRST MEDIATION SESSION BREAKS DOWN AS PACIFICA INSISTS ON LINKING UP KPFA TRANSMITTER TO SCAB PROGRAMMING...PROTEST PICKET CONTINUES...UNION MEMBERS ESPECIALLY NEEDED!

BIG PROTEST MARCH SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT, INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE, HIP-HOP CONCERT TO FOLLOW

Berkeley police raided "Camp KPFA" again early this morning, arresting six KPFA supporters and clearing the street in front of the chained and boarded up station. The arrests came at the insistence of Berkeley City manager James Keene, ostensibly to facilitate fire truck access. (However, at least three parallel streets ONE OR TWO BLOCKS AWAY provide major north-south access.)

"Camp KPFA" had tripled in size since the day before, with over 30 tents housing more than 100 people set up for the night.

The action came after the Berkeley City Council, missing the votes of two absent progressive members, failed (on a 4-3 vote in favor; five votes are needed) to pass a resolution, authored by Donna Spring and Dianne Wooley, urging the police to back off, and strongly supporting the KPFA workers and community. Mayor Shirley Dean, one day after addressing the massive benefit concert at the Berkeley Community Theater in apparent support of KPFA and community, led the opposition! The council is now in recess for the summer, unless a special session is called for Tuesday July 27.

PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL THE BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL IMMEDIATELY...URGING THE COUNCIL TO MEET IN EMERGENCY SESSION...TO PASS SPRING AND WOOLEY'S MEASURE...STOPPING POLICE HARASSMENT...AND SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS TO KEEP FREE SPEECH, COMMUNITY CONTROLLED RADIO ALIVE!

Those opposing are:
Mayor Shirley Dean
(510) 644-6484
dean@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Councilmember Betty Olds
(510) 644-6294
olds@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Councilmember Polly Armstrong
(510) 644-6401
armstrong@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Those supporting KPFA workers and community are:
Donna Spring
(51) 644-6266
spring@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Dianne Wooley
(510) 644-6294
wooley@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Kris Worthington
(510) 644-6399
worthington@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Maudelle Shirek
(510) 644-6243
shirek@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Those absent...presumed on our side...NEED TO BE URGED TO HELP CALL A SPECIAL MEETING 7/27... AND TO ATTEND IT!

Lina Maio
(510) 644-6359
maio@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Margaret Breland
(510) 644-6400
breland@ci.berkeley.ca.us

2. PACIFICA CONTINUES TO SEEK INSTALLATION OF SCAB SIGNAL AT KPFA TRANSMITTER

The first mediation session - with no face to face discussions yet possible - broke down Tuesday when KPFA's 11-person steering committee insisted that Pacifica stop trying to install phone lines to KPFA's transmitter.

This would allow complete abandonment of KPFA's downtown studios, and the broadcast of other Pacifica stations' programming on KPFA (where the union staff and community volunteers have now been locked out for a week).

Pacifica says it doesn't intend to do such broadcasts. But Pac Bell installers have shown up three times to install the necessary lines. They have refused to cross an information picket line set up by their fellow CWA workers!

COME HELP PROTEST PACIFICA'S EFFORTS TO COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN KPFA!

(Transmitter location: up Clarement, right on Grizzly Peak, 1/2 mile on left to site.)

3. BIG RALLY, MARCH, PRAYER SERVICE, AND HIP-HOP CONCERT TONIGHT!

Reminder: Meet at Ashby BART station 5-6 p.m., march to KPFA and "Camp KFFA," interfaith prayer service 7 p.m., Hip-Hop Benefit Concert, La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, 8 p.m.

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