Again this election, Justice & Unity has a stellar, diverse slate of eight board candidates rich in political and activist experience and practical expertise -- endorsed by Bernard White, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Ramsey Clark, Cynthia McKinney, Tim Wise, and many others - see list HERE.
Please rank the candidates in this order:
1. Sharonne Salaam - 25-year advocate for wrongly convicted Central Park 5; Founder, People United for Children - supporting rights of children in state custody; LSB member
2. Eugene Hamond - Volunteer with IFCO/Pastors for Peace; member of NYC Labor Chorus; former co-producer of WBAI’s Community Bulletin Board; former LSB member
3. Cerene Roberts - Member of LSB & Pacifica National Board & many Pacifica committees; former WBAI producer, staff rep., & pledge-room tally coordinator
4. William Heerwagen - Accountant; music lover & former host of "Jazz and Things;" member of LSB & WBAI Finance Committee; 2016 Chair of Pacifica National Board Audit Committee
5. Five Mualimm-ak - Co-founder, Incarcerated Nation Corp., helping formerly incarcerated people build new lives; organizer against solitary confinement & the prison-industrial complex
6. Dacio Quintana - Union-rights organizer; former teacher; Latin American & Puerto Rican solidarity worker; volunteer with capacity-building Strategies for Social Change
7. Moira Meltzer-Cohen - Civil-rights and criminal-defense lawyer serving communities of color, queer and gender-nonconforming people, religious minorities, & political dissidents
8. Ebon Charles - WRITE IN HIS NAME & RANK HIM #8 ON YOUR BALLOT - Elementary-school teacher; youth advocate; lifelong BAI listener; LSB member
THIS ELECTION: MAKE OR BREAK FOR WBAI
Almost a decade of Indy/ACE control = membership cut in half, fundraising days up by 50%, and 75% of the paid staff including the News Dept. laid-off.
Those who engineered the crisis are so resistant to power-sharing that when the board tied after the last election they began a boycott, so all year we’ve had no meeting quorum to do binding business or elect representatives to the national board and are under-represented there.
Meanwhile, WBAI has missed payroll, borrowed to cover staff insurance, and lost its phone service, severely curtailing guest appearances and listener call-ins.
Justice & Unity has begun the off-air fundraising they blocked, and revived the Membership, Outreach and Fundraising Committee.
We remain opposed to any sale or signal swap, and, of course, WBAI can thrive!
WBAI needs board members who will show up, not just show off.
DETAILS ON BALLOT PROCESS
Paper ballots have been mailed to you in a bright yellow envelope. Look for our informational mailer coming soon in a blue envelope. That’s where you’ll find the truth about who wants to sell WBAI. And it isn’t us!
If the station has your email address, you should also receive an invitation to vote online. But regardless, you can vote online using the unique PIN and the website given on the back of your paper ballot. You will get a message on screen saying "Ballot receipt confirmed." Be sure to print that out for your records.
For detailed instructions on completing your PAPER ballot, click HERE.
For detailed instructions on completing your ELECTRONIC ballot, check back HERE after Aug. 27.
- Only those who, between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, gave at least $25 or volunteered for 3 hours are eligible to vote
- Listen on air to candidates on Tues. 8/23 and Thurs. 8/25, from 4 - 6pm (another forum to be scheduled for week of 8/29).
WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign
Inclusion on all sides of the microphone…
A Letter from Bernard White and Lynne Stewart
Dear WBAI family member,
The board elections now underway will be critical in determining WBAI's future as the unmuzzled voice of truth-telling. As the board goes, so goes the station. Your support is crucial if WBAI is to be heard over the din of bigotry dominating media.
Without revenue from advertising or underwriters, WBAI must work hard to meet its expenses. Likewise, without personal wealth and in the face of others’ unfair advantages, Justice & Unity must work harder to reach members. Your generosity enables us to reach WBAI voters with the unexpurgated truth.
In the last WBAI election, Justice & Unity won over 60% of the vote, bringing us to a 12-12 tie in board representation. No sooner were the votes counted than the Indy Caucus (formerly ACE) began boycotting required meetings -- thus preventing the quorum of 13 people required to take vitally-needed action -- as well as suing to undo the effects of the elections, draining resources and distracting from the work of WBAI. Indy Caucus has abdicated their most fundamental duty, and shown themselves willing to imperil the station's existence rather than engage in civil discussion and joint decision-making.
WBAI STRUGGLE – July 2016
From the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign, www.justiceunity.org
1. Local Station Board Updates
2. Station Updates
3. Other Community Media
1. Local Station Board (LSB) Update
Rule or Ruin!
The Indy Caucus-ACE “boycott” continues as do the costly lawsuits they and their allies have brought on the east and west coasts to change the last election’s results. More on the lawsuits: https://is.gd/PVOns9
What’s at Stake?
The station generates far less money than is needed to operate and with other Pacifica units in distress, there’s little money to move around the network. Something has to give.
There needs to be real talk about what is possible, what is likely, and at what cost. But at this crucial time, after 8 eight years of dominance of the board and station, Indy-ACE is hiding out from the hard decisions.
The station’s broadcast license cannot be sold or exchanged without a vote of the membership -- but note, that means the membership of all five of Pacifica's stations, not just ‘BAI. After more than a decade of internet waste produced by a New York multimillionaire board member painting WBAI as a dangerous place like the stereotypical South Bronx, many “out there” think WBAI should just go away. And the busy rich man is accusing others of wanting to do what he proposed…break up the network. Read it yourself: https://is.gd/coT8Y0