Letter from "Friendly Palo Alto" 7/28/99

An open letter to Mary Frances Berry, President, Pacifica Foundation from Paul George Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, located in "friendly" Palo Alto...

Dear Dr. Berry,

In his news conference today, Pacifica Board member Pete Bramson had this to say: "With a small portion of the proceeds of the sale of KPFA, [board member] Acosta proposed that Pacifica set up another Northern California station--perhaps in Palo Alto which Mary Berry said might be a friendlier city than Berkeley."

If your statement is reported accurately, then I can only say that it is further proof that you simply have no understanding of what this crisis is all about nor what you have wrought. This isn't a "Berkeley" thing. You have assaulted freedom of speech, you have sought to destroy a community institution that is clearly loved and valued by people throughout the Bay Area. You have insulted and discounted thousands of decent, hard-working people who truly care about KPFA and what it represents.

Palo Alto is a very friendly city. But if you assume that people here are any more tolerant of your elitist, heavy-handed tactics than are people anywhere else in the Bay Area, you are very badly mistaken.

On Saturday, hundreds of residents of Palo Alto and the surrounding communities will be boarding chartered buses, joining carpools, getting on public transit to travel to Berkeley to demand the return of their station and your resignation. I know this for a fact.

I hereby offer you an open invitation to come to friendly Palo Alto and listen to what the listeners and supporters of KPFA who live here have to say to you. Please call me at your convenience at (650) 326-8837 to set a date.

Sincerely,
Paul George
Director -- Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
457 Kingsley Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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