Democracy Hangs in the Balance at KPFK & Pacifica

Dual Elections at KPFK in June Reveal Dueling Futures for Pacifica Radio by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board Chair June 1 opens the regularly scheduled election process for listener and staff delegates to the KPFK Local Station Board (LSB), under the Bylaws that make Pacifica radio a unique democratically governed national media institution. June 7, a separate special costly election process begins on a revision of those Bylaws which, if it passes, would eliminate the election of LSB delegates and take away any power of locally [...]

Which Way KPFK? Neo-Liberal “Professionalism” or Free Speech Community Radio?

Which Way KPFK? by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board chair Listener-sponsored, free-speech community radio for southern California, Pacifica Foundation's KPFK 90.7 FM is currently in the midst of another fund drive. Even more critically, the station and the rest of the Foundation's stations face a fundamental choice, as a Bylaws revision comes up for a membership vote beginning on June 7. (You must have become a member during the year ending April 7 in order to qualify to vote.) The replacement Bylaws would strip any local [...]

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--paid advertisement-- Nicaragua Support Fund U.S.A. International [In Spanish, Fondo de Apoyo a Nicaragua USA-Internacional (FAN)] 1226 N. Alvarado Street Los Angeles, California 90026      Since late 2014, our organization has been collecting voluntary tax payments, to be forwarded to the National Budget of the Government of Nicaragua. We have not yet forwarded any of the payments, because we’re still working on getting more people on board. At the present time, our project bank account has $8,508.00. This year, 2021, is an election year in Nicaragua. And [...]

Pacifica Fightback Town Hall, Oct. 31 – Don’t Be Scared into Abandoning Democracy!

New Day's Pacifica Restructure - Trick or Treat? by Pacifica Fightback Why is democracy under attack at Pacifica and in the US? Is the NDP Petition a solution or part of the problem? There is a new Bylaws petition to restructure Pacifica circulating. Signing it amounts to signing away your rights to local elected representation or oversight and abolishing collective control of the Foundation’s destiny by Pacifica members. New Day Pacifica (NDP)  tried to scare people into eliminating democracy and diversity at Pacifica by raising the specter [...]

Free Press in the Dock: Assange Railroad Nears Terminal

This court case is like the 'Pentagon Papers' on steroids.  And yet: Only five people (including Craig Murray) are being allowed into the public gallery at the Old Bailey. The mainstream media are suppressing details of the case and the court proceedings. The magistrate in charge is acting like a CIA agent - railroading Assange to be extradited. You will not get a clearer report of the court proceedings than in Craig Murray's online blog. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/case  from which this report is excerpted: It is hard to believe, [...]

Pacifica Bylaws Revision Update

Vote No on Pacifica's Undemocratic Bylaws Revision by Michael Novick If  you are a member of KPFK (or another Pacifica station) you should already have received a link to the ballot for a referendum on new Bylaws for the 70 year old foundation and radio network. If you believe you are a member and haven't received an email or postcard with instructions, or an actual paper ballot, contact nes@pacifica.org ASAP! Are you surprised that, at a moment when democracy, human rights and racial and economic justice are [...]

Vote “NO!” on Pacifica’s Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision

Vote "NO!" on Pacifica's Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition www.gcrc-socal.org A court in Berkeley has ordered the Pacifica Foundation to conduct a vote on a total Bylaws revision, masquerading as an amendment, and because of financial and other issues, Pacifica is unable to contest the order, brought by the same hijackers who recently took WBAI in NY off the air, replacing local programmers with piped in content from KPFK and KPFA, and seriously damaging the NY station and its fundraising until the national Board [...]

Democracy at Pacifica in Peril

Bylaws Amendment Would Eliminate Local Station Boards, Ease Sale of Pacifica Assets, Disenfranchise Voters by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition, www.gcrc-socal.org Under a court order issued in Berkeley after a stealth lawsuit brought by several members of the Pacifica National Board minority and supporters, the Pacifica Foundation is being required to hold a vote, outside normal Bylaws procedures, on a complete revision of the Bylaws which would eliminate elected Local Station Boards entirely, double the monetary requirement to become a member, and increase the number of hours as [...]

KPFK Turns 60, But Would Lew Hill Recognize His Listener-Sponsored Public Radio Station?

KPFK Turns 60, But Would Lew Hill Recognize His Listener-Sponsored Public Radio Station? by Michael Zeno This morning on the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show, a recent addition which now airs five days a week on my local Pacifica station KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles, in between her wall-to-wall anti-Trump coverage and vitriol, she reported on a story about a man whose penis was ossifying into a "bone-er"(as she put it). The short segment was replete with a cacauphony of crude humor, sound effects, gasps and guffaws [...]

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Op-Ed: What Will It Take to Save KPFK?

What Will It Take to Save KPFK? Op-Ed by Michael Novick, Grassroots Community Radio Coalition June 30 is the deadline to become a listener-sponsor of KPFK 90.7 FM, Pacifica radio for southern California, and qualify to run or vote in the upcoming elections for the local station board. You may not know this, even if you are a listener, because the station has been in yet another fund drive. Over the last decade or so, as the station has lost touch with a new generation engaged in [...]

Paid Ad: The Fate of KPFK Is In Your Hands

Vote For Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for KPFK LSB   The fate of KPFK and Pacifica Radio is in your hands. You can choose mission-driven, unfettered free speech and community oriented programming that amplifies the voices of grassroots resistance and struggles for peace, justice and international solidarity, by voting for the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for the Local Station Board (LSB): Michael Novick, Reza Pour, Tyan Schesser, and Jeff Silberman. Or you can settle for gentrification of the airwaves, voter suppression, violations of the Pacifica [...]

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