PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD RESOLUTION: END RACE-HATE

Whereas, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, nine people – Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton Doctor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson – were engaged in the act of prayer when they were murdered in the “Mother” Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a self-identified white supremacist, and

Whereas, the AME denomination came into existence as a specific rejection of racially discriminatory treatment and is known for their commitment to social justice, and

Whereas, the Pacifica mission requires us to help build “a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors; to gather and disseminate information on the causes of conflict between any and all of such groups; and through any and all means compatible with the purposes of this Foundation to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms”, and

Whereas racial hatred plays a large part in the oppression of peoples around the world including in the retroactive de-nationalization of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry and the expulsion of Haitian people from the Dominican Republic, be it hereby resolved that

The Pacifica National Board calls upon foundation broadcasters to utilize the airwaves to present programming that identifies, analyzes, and reduces this destructive element.

Passed without objection by the Pacifica National Board.

(KPFT Director Teresa Allen registered her abstention.)

June 25, 2015