ACT NOW TO GET YOUR BALLOT - For details, click HERE
Ballots due back by Fri., Sept. 30
For VIDEOS of Justice & Unity board members, including Lynne Stewart and Sharonne Salaam, interviewed by Bernard White, click HERE.
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
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 AT 11:59 PM IS THE VOTING DEADLINE
A BOARD THAT WORKS – AND THAT WORKS FOR WBAI
Vote! The life of our station depends on it!
It’s too late to send your ballot by regular mail and be sure it will be received in California by Friday. We urge you to vote online.
TO VOTE ONLINE you need a “PIN” (Personal Identification Number).
If you donated at least $25 or volunteered 3 hours between July 2015 and June 2016, you are entitled to vote, whether or not you previously received a ballot by postal mail or email.
1. Vote from any computer.
If you don’t have your own email address, you may give the Supervisor the email address of a family member or friend with a computer or smartphone who can help you cast your vote.
If you have questions, leave a message for Justice & Unity at 212-591-2111.
2. Vote online at the station on Friday, Sept. 30.
The Local Election Supervisor will be there to issue PIN numbers during the following times: 10am–2pm, 5pm–8 pm, 9pm–11:59pm. Computers for voting will be available for your use. If coming to the station for a PIN, bring proof of your donation where possible.
(The station is wheelchair accessible: 3rd floor of 388 Atlantic Ave – btw. Hoyt & Bond Streets, Brooklyn NY 11217. Trains: A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F to Bergen Street; B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Atlantic Ave/Barclay Center; LIRR to Flatbush Avenue)
WHO SPEAKS FOR YOU?
Justice & Unity’s Slate of Eight are principled, hard-working, and committed to focusing on the needs and struggles of area communities. Please vote for only our candidates and in the following ranked order:
Eugene Hamond…rank 2
Cerene Roberts…rank 3
Dacio Quintana…rank 6
Moira Meltzer-Cohen…rank 7
William Heerwagen…rank 4
Sharonne Salaam…rank 1
Five Mualimm-ak…rank 5
Write in Ebon Charles and rank 8
PLEASE ENCOURAGE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE FOR JUSTICE & UNITY.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
ARE YOU A DECIDER?
For the election to be certified, there must be certain minimum participation or quorum: 10% of Listener-members and 25% of Staff-members.
As of Sept. 20th, 661 of approximately 7,600 listener-members and 29 of approximately 170 staff-members had participated.
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.