THIS MESSAGE COMES FROM THE KPFA STAFF UPDATE...AND ACTION SUGGESTIONS!
A NOTE ON COMMUNICATIONS: We've been told that a few - probably a very few - among the thousands and thousands of people who've written, e-mailed, FAXed, and telephoned Pacifica board members and others during this crisis have used disrespectful, insulting, sometimes violent language.
PLEASE remember that this is not what we're about, this is not in the Pacifica tradition, and it will not advance our cause - quite the contrary. We understand that emotions are high around this outrageous usurpation of power. But please remember that NO ONE'S EMOTIONS ARE HIGHER THAN OURS...the locked out staff and outraged community. We are working endlessly to reverse this situation. But we are not helped by inappropriate communication. Thanks again for your participation, your passion, and your cooperation!
THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO HELP US!
1. Call or write Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean and DEMAND that she endorse and support a special session of the Berkeley City Council. And that she reverse herself and support the resolution sponsored by Councilmembers Donna Spring and Dianne Wooley which askes for: 1)Immediate resumption of live programming on KPFA; 2) Ending the lockout of staff and community; 3) Returning dismissed staff and volunteers; 4)Removing the gag rule; 5) Establishing a process for democratic representation of the local boards to the national governing board; 6) MINIMIZING THE USE OF POLICE!
Mayor Shirley Dean
2. Pacifica has reportedly fired spokesperson Elan Fabbri (known to us as "the fabbricator" for her frequent erroneous statements about what's happening) and hired an expensive San Francisco public relations firm, Michael Fineman and Associates, to tell its story.
PLEASE CALL MR. FINEMAN AND HIS ASSOCIATES and explain to them who they are representing! And that they are receiving subscribers' money to work for Lynn Chadwick and Mary Frances Berry and AGAINST the interests of free speech, community radio!
Michael Fineman and Associates
3. Despite repeated denials from now departed spokesperson Elan Fabbri that they intended to do so, Pacifica yesterday forced the installation of ISDN telephone lines to KPFA's transmitter. Union installers from Pac Bell, fellow members of CWA 9415, the union that represents the paid staff at KPFA, refused to cross our informational picket line. Instead, a Pac Bell management person, escorted by police, circled around and entered the property.
Thanks largely to pressure from supporters like you, the staff and management of KPFK Los Angeles have refused to allow their programming to be broadcast on KPFA. The workers at Pacifica Program Service in Los Angeles have made the same statement.
IT IS NOW DISTINCTLY POSSIBLE that Berry and Chadwick will begin broadcasting on KPFA's transmitter, bypassing our building completely. One possible site is Western Public Radio in San Francisco. It is run by Carolyn Van Putten, the first would-be scab recruited by Lynn Chadwick (Van Putten was brought in and was waiting to go on the air to replace Mary Berg or Robbie Osman after Larry Bensky was fired in April, should either invite Bensky on the air. Both Berg and Osman speak out strongly about the matter anyway, and Osman was eventually also fired.)
Van Putten, who has no relationship to KPFA, was proposed by Chadwick as a Pacifica national board member at the recent meeting in Washington, but was rejected after the board apparently concluded that her appointment would further anger KPFA supporters. She is a long-time associate of Chadwick's. Western Public Radio is a grant and fee supported training and production facility. Many of the signers of the so-called "diversity coalition" letter last month, which supported Chadwick, are associated with it. The only local scab to cross into KPFA's building since the lockout, Chris Howell, also is associated with WPR.
KPFA PROGRAMMING FROM WESTERN PUBLIC RADIO...OR ANY PROGRAMMING DONE BY ANYONE OTHER THAN KPFA STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS FROM KPFA'S BUILDING IS SCAB PROGRAMMING!
Also...Western Public Radio shares its space at Ft. Mason San Francisco, with the headquarters of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, which Chadwick formerly headed. Many NFCB stations have strongly protested Berry and Chadwick's actions.
Please call Carolyn Van Putten and Western Public Radio...RIGHT AWAY... and DEMAND THAT THEY ISSUE A STATEMENT LIKE THAT OF KPFK AND THE PACIFICA PROGRAM SERVICE...THAT THEY WILL NOT SCAB ON KPFA!
Western Public Radio
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