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It happened... it might not be a bad idea to keep in mind where we've been...

FUN EVENT (Urgent stuff just below-- We need Fun!)
"How Berkeley Can You Be Parade & Festival" Salutes KPFA! Sunday, 9/26.
"How Berkeley Can You Be" has invited the KPFA staff to be the Grande Marshals of the Parade, and will kick off the Festival in the park with a salute to the station. You need to be there too! We all need to march together to show our support for our tenacious non-commercial free-speech radio station.
Bring signs, puppets, musical instruments of all kinds - but most of all bring yourself. For more information, call 510-848-6767, ext. 206.

SOS! SOS! SOS!-- URGENT! Tabling help needed.

WE NEED HELP TABLING FOR THESE EVENTS! WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO COVER and we need your help to keep the KPFA presence there:

DRAGONFLY CULTURAL UNITY GATHERING in Occidental All day Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Sept. 17, 18, 19 - in Occidental We've been invited to come and have a table there, so please call Sharon at 829-7844 to sign up.

HERB FESTIVAL at Santa Rosa Junior College Saturday, Sept. 18th from 10 to 5 Please call Jane at 527-8725 to sign up

Friday evening, Saturday day and evening, Sunday day - Sept. 24, 25, 26 Call Sara at 824-4338 to sign up

Northbay for KPFA tabling and presence needed at SSU for Michael Parenti's talk on Wed., Sept. 15, at 7:30 PM at Sonoma State University's E. Person Theater. Call if you can help with this or other OUTREACH tasks.
Sara Sunstein - 824-4338
Jane McGrew - mspacrat@sonic.net or 527-872

News from Michael Costello and further reaches...
I am forwarding part of a letter I recently received from Leigh Hauter, my contact at The Alliance for Progressive Radio, the listener group at WPFW in Washington D.C. Head here for the full enchilada...

Sunday Night SPOKESPERSON'S COORDINATING COMMITTEE meeting 6:30 pm Sept. 12, Peace & Justice Center. All are welcome.

Lynn Woolsey will be in Occidental on September 18, 10:00 to 12:00am; call the local office for appointment.

The next Coordinating Council Meeting will be at the Peace & Justice Center on Sunday 9/5, at 6p.m. NEW LOCATION!! The P&J Center is at 540 Pacific Avenue in Santa Rosa. All are welcome, especially members of affinity groups who wish to report on the activities of particular groups.

Carol Spooner needs to pass this enjoyable but very time consuming task on to someone else. I'm back in night school (plus day job) starting this week and can no longer do it justice. Needs someone with time to cull through various information sources and to pass on viewpoints and bulletins from various sources. Contact Carol Spooner wildrose@pon.net

DIVERSITY PICNIC, Saturday, August 28 at Sonoma State University - contact Susan at 874-1383 if you can help
COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL, Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29, in Cotati - contact Deborah at 823-3409 if you can help
WE NEED YOU to help us reach out to our fellow KPFA supporters, to get the message out, to keep the momentum going, and to enjoy the empowerment of making a connection with others at this event. Please help us - sign up to share your voice in support of KPFA at the North Bay for KPFA table!

The 2nd Annual Progressive Festival
Sunday, August 22, 11 am - 6 pm
Walnut Park, Petaluma Blvd. So. & D Street
Petaluma, California
Head here for the participating groups

Featured Speakers:
ALEXANDER COCKBURN - Author, Columnist for 'The Nation'
NORMAN SOLOMON - Author, Media Critic, Columnist for FAIR
GLORIA LA RIVA - International Action Center
PETER PHILLIPS - Director of Project Censored
BARBARA LUBIN - Middle East Children's Alliance
CORA LEE SIMMONS - Round Valley Indians for Justice
DOUG DOWD - Progressive Economist, Author
Live Music!

HELP NEEDED TABLING on Sunday, August 22, at the Petaluma Progressive Festival!
CONTACT Judd Otney at 769-8644 to sign up
Festival hours: 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday, August 22 Location: Walnut Park, Petaluma Blvd. So. & D Street, Petaluma WE NEED YOU to help us reach out to our fellow KPFA supporters, to get the message out, to keep the momentum going, and to enjoy the empowerment of making a connection with others at this event. Please help us - sign up to share your voice in support of KPFA at the North Bay for KPFA table!

Pacifica To Skip KPFA Hearing
Chairwoman says legislative body has no authority

"Supporters of beleaguered KPFA radio were rocked in opposite directions yesterday by two surprise disclosures from the head of the station's governing Pacifica Foundation. Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the Pacifica board, said Pacifica is refusing requests to appear at a special hearing Friday by the state's Joint Legislative Audit Committee on the continuing dispute between KPFA and Pacifica. KPFA partisans have hailed the hearing as a high-profile, government-sponsored probe of what they view as Pacifica's authoritarian attempts to control the iconoclastic, listener-sponsored station. The hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Elihu Harris State Building in Oakland."

Witnesses scheduled to testify on the morning panel include Pacifica Foundation national board member Peter Bramson; Bill Harvey of the Communication Workers of America; and David Adelson, the acting chair of the local advisory board of KPFK, the Pacifica Foundation†s station in Los Angeles. The afternoon panel witnesses include Nicole Sawaya, the fired KPFA station manager... The rest of the letter here

According to an article in the Contra Costa Times, written by David Ferris, in the 8/27 edition: "A state legislative committee will likely force the Pacifica Foundation to hand over revealing financial data about its operation of public radio station KPFA if Pacifica does not volunteer them by Wednesday, the committee chairman said Thursday."

In order to "force" the Pacifia Board to open their books and to testify under oath, the Audit Committee will need the approval of the Joint Rules Committee of the California Legislature. They might be reluctant to issue such authority because of an awareness of the political fallout from the Federal government, especially the Clinton administration and the Justice Department. The legislators who can make such a decision are Democrats and Mary Frances Berry is in tight with the big Federal Democrats.

The California Legilature's Joint Rules Committee will not meet again this year after September 10th. If Pacifica can stall until then, the Audit Committee will not be able to issue subpoenas to the Pacifica Board. We must convince the Rules Committee to allow the board to be subpoenaed. It is therefore urgent that as many people as possible contact the following legislators and urge them to allow Mr. Wilder's Audit Committee to issue subpoenas if necessary.

John Burton is the President of the Senate, Antonio Villaraigosa is the Speaker of the Assembly and Robert Hertzberg is the Chairman of the Joint Rules Committee.

Please contact:

Robert Hertzberg

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
Phone: (916) 319-2040

6150 Van Nuys Boulevard.
Suite 305
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 376-4040

Email: Robert.Hertzberg@assembly.ca.gov

Antonio R. Villaraigosa:
Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0001
Phone: (916) 445-0703
District Office:
1910 West Sunset Blvd.
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213) 483-2730
Email: Speaker@assembly.ca.gov

Senator John Burton:
Capitol Office:

State Capitol Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-1412

District Offices:
455 Golden Gate Ave.
Suite 14800
San Francisco, CA 94102
Ph: (415) 557-1300

3501 Civic Center Room 425
San Rafael, CA 94903
Ph: (415) 479-6612

THURSDAY 8/19 at New College from 6-9 p.m.

Many issues have arisen over the past few of months -- concerning how the struggle to free KPFA and Pacifica is conducted, and how we can best use our individual and collective energies to bring about the needed changes. What are the needed changes? What's the best way to get from here to there? How can we make ourselves heard? Who's in charge? We're going to grapple with these and any other issues you want to bring with you. Let's hash it out, brainstorm, and figure out what to do next.
Please come THURSDAY 8/19 at New College from 6-9 p.m.

Much, much more

Representatives of the listening community and KPFA station staff will call on Alameda County's District Attorney to drop all charges against KPFA protesters at a press conference tomorrow. They will also call for Pacifica to join in that demand and withdraw any requests for prosecution it may have made. Full text of letter...

From The Media Alliance:
Although KPFA is back on the air without the gag rule, the battle continues.
Please write letters to the editor!
Today's targeted publications: San Francisco Chronicle (chronletters@sfgate.com), Oakland Tribune (pstinnett@angnewspapers.com), LA Weekly (hblume@laweekly.com).
Head here for talking points and e-mail links...

The Civil Rights Commission appears in "disarray,"
congressional auditors say in a report accusing the 40-year-old agency of lacking fiscal accountability, misplacing records and taking years longer than planned to finish projects.
More From Capitol Hill Blue News

Transmitter Pickets Needed
Dear Friends, Message has come in for anyone available to please go up to the KPFA transmitter to support the CWA picket there. Pickets needed from 8 am - 5 pm.
Continuous CWA Union Picket Line is needed at the Transmitter to prevent scab signal from being connected to KPFA transmitter. Also, we need to write and let KPFK's workers know that Pacifica management has plans to use their voices to scab on the KPFA staff and community! To get there, go up Claremont (road behind the Claremont Hotel), turn right at Grizzly Peak, go for 1/2 - 1/3 mile to the access road on the left. Parking is right there by the side of the road. Dress warmly! Thanks to all! -- John Sheridan

National Fight...
A historic conflict now underway will determine the future of the only progressive radio network in the United States - the Pacifica Network. With radio stations in Berkeley, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, Pacifica is in a unique position to bring progressive social, political, and cultural programming to millions of people. But, under the direction of Board Chair Dr. Mary Frances Berry and Executive Director Lynn Chadwick, Pacifica has abandoned and betrayed its mission. It has censored journalists at several of its stations, used armed guards to close down KPFA in Berkeley, threatened to sell the Berkeley or New York stations, and eliminated the voices of numerous people of color and political dissidents from its airwaves. Join us to demand free speech at Pacifica and the resignations of Pacificažs leadership. For more information, see www.savepacifica.net or www.radio4all.org/freepacfica.
More news and addresses

Sat. Aug. 28, 11 am - 4 pm - Diversity Picnic at SSU
... with Congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr., Lyn Woolsey, and others w/ many social justice and interfaith groups participating. Michael Pritchard, MC (Nationally renowned Humorist & Activist)
Children's activities -- Informational booths. FREE admission. Sonoma State University - On The Quad 1601 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park

Bring your own picnic or purchase food at event. Alcoholic beverages prohibited.
Groups or individuals in support of the Marin-Sonoma Community Diverstiy Celebration Picnic, can send $10 and get listing in program. $10 if interested in tabling at event Send check by Tues. Aug. 10, to get into printed program. Make check payable, and mail to:
Community Baptist Church
1620 Sonoma Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
For more info, call: Bob Tunks, 526-3832 or 544-8971

OUTREACH Affinity Group's next meeting is Wednesday, August 11, at 7:30 PM at Sara's house. For directions, call Sara at 824-4338.More info at Affinity page

LISTENER ELECTIONS Group next meeting is Wednesday, August 11, at 7:30 at 1136 Wild Rose Drive, Santa Rosa More info at Affinity page

September 27-28, 1997
[excerpt from statement of Mary Francis Berry]
"I also do not, though, intend for this organization to destroy my reputation. If it ever appears to me that being associated with this organization is about to destroy my reputation for credibility, for candor, for honesty, for responsibility and integrity, then I will resign. I'm telling you that right now."

SATURDAY 8/14...
The music, dance, and information festival...
Mosswood Park in Oakland (Broadway at MacArthur) starting at noon...
Street parking and a huge lots nearby for Kaiser Hospital.

Kpfk had a LAB (Local Advisory Board) meeting yesterday. About 40 people attended. It got heated in a hurry. Head here for the full letter...

From The Guardian, Media Pages... 8/9 This was reviewed on this web-site before it was posted from above.
Head to The Media Review Page for analysis
The reassuring words of Bob Marley - "every little thing's gonna be all right" - are being broadcast over the airwaves of the oldest and best-known non-commercial radio station in the US. But few who have witnessed the turmoil at KPFA's studios in Berkeley, California, over the past few weeks believe the sentiments for a moment.
Full text...

8/5 News from NY, LA, and Houston...Head here


8/3 Alert! Lynn Chadwick refused to allow KPFA's transmitter to be repaired.
The full story

A Pacifica Chronology

Just in!... Marin Affinity Group:
The Marin Coalition for KPFA invites you to a meeting on Wednesday evening, August 4th at 7:30PM.
This event will take place at:
Social Justice Center of Marin
Isabelle Cook Recreation Center
1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Room 18 San Anselmo
Contact Barbara Sykes 415-388-2821


How Fresno bcame the only town in California with truly free and independent Radio! Great Story!

I am Dorothy Jesse Beagle, member of reporting team for LUVeR (Love Underground Vision Radio) - reporting on KPFA protest since June

A fine article from The Christian Science Monitor...
"Among the eucalyptus hills of Berkeley, KPFA is struggling to control its programming and very identity as one of the last remaining alternative on-air voices." Head here for the full story...

Rafael Renteria Proposes A National Listeners Union... For more info, Head here...

K P F A Benefit Concert!
Saturday, August 7, 7:30 pm

Fundraiser for Friends of Free Speech Radio, Siegel & Yee Trust (lawsuit), North Bay for KPFA.

with WEYLAND SOUTHON of KPFA's 'Seven Generations'
Performances by:

99 6th St., at Wilson, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
Tickets - advance, $12 / $15 at door
New College, 99 6th St., Santa Rosa
Last Record Store, 739 4th St., Santa Rosa
Music Coop, 9 Petaluma Blvd. No., Petaluma
Backdoor Disc & Tape, 7665 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
Incredible Records & CD's, 112 N. Main St., Sebastopol
Toyon Books, 104 Matheson, Healdsburg

The Fundraising/Benefit Concert scheduled for Saturday, August 7 will be a kicker!
We need 20 people to bake or buy 2 dozen cookies for the big concert Saturday night. Last time we sold out 200 cookies in no time. Contact Suzanne Drake at 823 5954 or tanager56@aol.com

EVERYONE: pick-up flyers from the Peace Center (540 Pacific Ave. in SR, 575-8902) or contact your AG rep to see if they have any.

PLEASE CONTACT KATE AT 579-1842 or <katydid@ncgate.newcollege.edu> if you can help. Also PLEASE take this to your Affinity Group for discussion. We need a LOT of help, even if your whole AG can't plug in, small groups or individuals are very much needed Things we know that we need right now are:
* A Coordinator for the Door and Ticket Volunteers
* We anticipate needing about 20 people to help with the door and ticket sales, everyone getting about a 1 hour shift. We are hoping that an affinity group or two will make this a project of their group.
* A coordinator for soliciting donations of food and beverages (so we don't have duplication)
* Some folks to help make calls, pick up donated items
* Tablers for food & beverages and the t-shirt table
* 4 people to help direct parking from about 7-8:30 p.m.
* Set-up the day of the event- this is very important!

This (refund requests) is not what the staff wants at present! (8/7/99)
Head here for a good example of a letter sent July 14th...
If you have not already done so, please send a registered letter to Pacifica and ask for your money back. Put it in writing that you do have an understanding that specific requirements must be met by the Foundation. You do not want your money used for armed guards, Mickey Mouse public relations companies, lock out of the staff, shut down of the station, gag rules, censorship, etc.. etc.. etc.. It is interesting that KPFA has survived the McCarthy Era, Civil Rights Era, Free Speech Era, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, etc.. and it has not survived the Free Market Economy Clinton Era.
Call : (510) 848-6767 extension 264
Another View on Recouping Donations
It is a complex issue, and it is affected by events which are changing daily. I have not yet asked for my money back. I agree with the reasons given for doing so, and I have considered asking for a refund, but there are more issues than those addressed here.
Head here for the full letter

Call your bank and have your automatic payment canceled. Send the money to cover the expenses of the lawsuit. This lawsuit addresses the concerns of the listeners, donors and local representation.
(See the address earlier in this window.)
Send emails and call friends and family all across the country and the world and let them know what is happening here. Send emails or letters to everyone in your University Alumni Associations, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Civil Rights groups, Environmental groups, Professional Associations, spiritual groups, Arts Councils, Unions and any other group you can think of.

Fineman Office Protest Up-Date. Read about protests at the P.R. Head's office at 71 Stevenson St., San Franciso. Here's a map to the Office

Info from Mark Merikle about the staff return to broadcasting... Read the comments from last night:

The Pacifica Foundation has made an end run around the mediation process and has gone straight to the press with an ultimatum to the KPFA community, the eleven-member KPFA steering committee said. The committee, comprised of union and non-union staff, community members and local management, emphasized that KPFA staff will not be rushed back into the station, especially when the sale of the station is still on the table. Full Text of Steering Comm. Letter

Below is news, analysis and comments following Pacifica's odd offer to "allow" local programming while demanding increased listeners and "diversity", all after the abuse they've heaped upon KPFA.
Much, much more...
Director Bramson's inside news of planned sale
Interview and analysis with Bramson

John Thomas' Report from Saturday's Rally
The AP wire's crowd estimate of 1,000 demonstrators at the rally for radio station KPFA in Berkeley was so far off as to be more criminal than laughable. The estimates by those who were there, including the Berkeley Police Deparment and reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland Tribune, estimated the crowd from between 8,000 and 15,000 and most compromised on 10,000.
The AP photographer who took my picture in Sproul Plaza and which was sent over the AP newswire was working alone without any reporter to take notes, and I never saw him again either at the parade or the demonstration in Martin Luther King Jr Park which climaxed it. He was so uninformed about the demonstration that he assumed I must be either a student or professor at the University and was surprised to learn that I was a KPFA supporter who had carpooled the 1 1/2 hours from Santa Rosa to be there.
AP crowd estimates at the KPFA demonstrations have consistently been too low, which makes me wonder if the problem is just incompetence. I have written the Managing Editor of The Press-Democrat, my hometown paper which printed my picture, to inform him of the error and to suggest that the AP newswire is so unreliable that he needs to replace it.
John Thomas ... Here's his letter to The P-D Editor

News From the KPFA TEACH-IN at The NEW COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA (Thanks for being such a wonderful host!)
Hired ($$$) P.R. Honcho, Fineman is no longer working with Pacifica
Dennis Bernstein told the crowd of 350 or so that Fineman had said as of 5pm, Friday he no longer was associated with Pacifica!
Wendell Harper, Dennis Bernstein, Maria Gillardin, Dan Seigal, and Larry Bensky spoke about the current issue of Pacifica's bogus offer to return KPFA to local control. Dan Seigal explained details about the lawsuit, the hostile corporate takeover of a non-profit.


7/28 ! Sale of KPFA imminent?
But! Up to the minute news, not in the article... Attorney Siegel says injunction about to be filed. Read more here...

Here's a schedule of speakers!
A mass demonstration is being held today, July 31, with a march from Sproul Plaza, site of the 1964 Free Speech Movement on the University of California campus, to KPFA.
(Meet at 11 a.m. Sproul Plaza, march through Berkeley, past KPFA, to 1:30 rally at MLK Jr. Park, MLK at Addison Streets. 3 blocks from Berkeley BART station.)
Get thee to Berkeley! (7/31)

Santa Rosa Labor Center, 1700 Corby Ave, just south of 7-11. LEAVES at 10 a.m.
Sebastopol Vets Building on High St at 9:30 a.m.
Cotati Park and Ride (Hwy 116 and Old Redwood Hwy, the PAVED lot) at 10 a.m.
Lakeville Park and Ride (Hwy 101 and Lakeville, near Lucky's) at 10:30 a.m.
Vets for Peace bus is FULL . They will NOT be stopping in Sonoma County.