Saturday, January 28, 3 - 5 PM
Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mt. Morris Park West (at W. 122nd Street, east of Malcolm X Blvd.)
Harlem, NY 10027
Fake news, false accusations, a flimflam artist in the White House with racial and religious hatred, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny unleashed – and corporate, mainstream media still failing to provide a sane response.
The patriarchal hierarchy of abuse is not going down without a fight – but it is going down! Come to a town hall meeting on how community media can inform and inspire, and serve as a base for organizing and mobilizing in the midst of heightened political and economic crisis. We’ll also be talking about how WBAI ensures its ability to survive and serve.
Hear grassroots journalist Arun Gupta and members of WBAI’s Justice & Unity Campaign, the Local Station Board and the Pacifica National Board.
There will be plenty of time for questions and community discussion.
Closest trains: 2/3 to 125th Street; walk south to W. 122 Street, then east to Mt. Morris Park West. Church is opposite Marcus Garvey Park and Pelham Fritz Recreation Ctr.
Subway stations w/ elevator service: W. 135th Street on 2/3, then bus south to 122nd Street; W. 125th Street on A/C/D and then bus east to Malcolm X Blvd.; E. 125th Street on 4/5/6, then bus west to Malcolm X Blvd.
Sponsor: WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign
Inclusion on both sides of the microphone
WBAI STRUGGLE – January 2017 Special
From the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign
1. Going Away Party for Bernard White: Sat. 1/7, 5-9pm
2. Book Party for Louis Reyes Rivera: Sun. 1/8, 2pm
3. Local Station Board Meeting: 7PM: Wed. 1/11, 7pm
4. Good News: Mumia Wins Against Attempted Medical Murder; NY’s Homeless Win Against NYPD
5. Last-chance fights for justice: Clemency for Political Prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera, Leonard Peltier, & Dr. Mutulu Shakur
1. Going Away Party for Bernard White: Sat. 1/7/17, 5-9pm
Bernard is relocating to North Carolina
He’s moving to warmer climes next week, but this Saturday evening, the party is on!
Whether he and Bobby McFerrin made it sweeter in the morning or he put a Nina Simone song in your heart each day, he and the team (including Sharan Louise Harper, Erroll Maitland, Janice K Bryant, Leslie George, Zack Fink, the Community Bulletin Board crew, and others) made “Wake Up Call” a staple and a benchmark.
As Program Director, he increased airtime for women, youth, and other underrepresented communities, and long before those currently bemoaning the loss of civil liberties, highlighted the thin line between the brick-and-mortar prisons and outside life.
- Whatever your thrill, join us for the last Pier Party. Indoors.
Sat., Jan. 7, 5-9 pm
Solidarity Center, 147 W. 24th Street – 2nd Fl, btw. 6th & 7th Aves., NYC
212-633-6646. If possible, bring fruit, beverage, or a dish to share.
2. Louis Reyes Rivera’s Book Party: Sun. 1/8/17, 2pm
Before his transition, Louis, who hosted “Perspectives” on WBAI until 2010, completed a 150-page poem entitled “Jazz in Jail”. Posthumously published, this epic work by the Janitor of History will be celebrated with Ahmed Abdullah and others in an afternoon of jazz and poetry. His life partner, Barbara Killens Rivera, invites you to:
Sistas' Place, 456 Nostrand Ave at Jefferson
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(A train to Nostrand Ave., walk north against the traffic.)
3. Local Station Board (LSB) Meeting: Wed. 1/11/17, 7pm
The next LSB meeting will be held on Wed., Jan. 11. Current location: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (between 9th & 10th Sts.)
At 7pm, the 24 elected persons will meet as “delegates” to elect representatives
WBAI STRUGGLE – October 2016
From the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign
1. Local Station Board Updates
2. Station Updates
3. Other “BAIs”
4. Community Events
1. Local Station Board (LSB) Update
Preliminary election results for the half of the board seats up for election show Justice & Unity listener candidates receiving 3 of 9 open listener seats and 1 of 3 open staff seats. As a result of personal term limits, which will lead to the seating of runners-up, we are anticipating that on the overall 24-member board, Justice & Unity will have 10 of the 24 seats, Indy Caucus/ACE will have 13, and there will be one staff member who’s not part of either slate. The new board will be seated in December.
The election will be discussed more fully in an upcoming release, but it must be said that the extent of the fight for the right to vote was striking.
First meeting of reconstituted WBAI Programming Committee (re-established by Local Station Board after 7-year lapse) – Wed., Oct. 19, 7 pm at WBAI, 388 Atlantic Ave. (bet. Hoyt & Bond Sts.), 3rd floor conference room. The public is invited. Directions: https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20161019
Next WBAI Local Station Board Meeting: 7pm, Wed., Nov. 2, 2016. Location TBA. The space will be fully wheelchair-accessible. Public Comment is essential. Please come out and share your ideas and views.
- What’s at Stake?
The station generates far less money than is needed to operate, and with other Pacifica units in distress, there’s no money and little inclination to share. The Pacifica National Board recently held two meetings at which all WBAI local board members, except the 4 that had previously crashed a national board meeting, were invited to share their views on what was happening with WBAI.
WBAI currently owes $152K to the Pacifica National Office and Pacifica Radio Archives (at $17K/month and $4K/month, respectively), phone bills ($32K), $1 million-plus accrued Empire State Building rent (at $38K/month for over 2 years), and various other external bills exceeding $50K; in addition, the station owes members premiums valued at tens of thousands of dollars.
WBAI has been running deficits averaging about $500K/year for five years. Keeping current with the basics -- salaries, healthcare, modified transmitter rent, and studio-office rent -- has sometimes been a challenge. Intra-organizational borrowing to cover the first two has caused some resentment, which, coupled with a decade-long racially inflammatory campaign by a millionaire formerly on our local and national boards, has created an atmosphere of hostility toward WBAI.
The 2014 refusal of the then-majority Indy-ACE group to accept an opportunity to submit even a combination of sustainability plans to the National Board was both foolish and arrogant. That history and the year-long 2016 boycott have caused many to think not only that people at WBAI cannot get out of their own way, but also that without significant intervention, they will drag the rest of the network down.
As you know, there has been open discussion in some quarters of the possibility of swapping / exchanging our 99.5 frequency for a down-the-dial station with reduced reach or of selling the station -- both of which Justice & Unity have consistently opposed. (No sale is possible without a member vote; again, the atmosphere that has been created is not helpful, since such a vote would be network-wide.) We also reject converting WBAI to a remote broadcast outlet for the other Pacifica stations. Absent a significant influx of cash, the remaining cost-reduction option is what’s commonly (but totally inaccurately) referred to as “leasing” the station for a limited period of time to stop accumulating debt.
A Program Service Operating Agreement (PSOA), known commercially as a Local Management Agreement (LMA), would transfer liability for operating expenses and allow limited control of programming to another organization, subject to terms of a negotiated contract. Justice & Unity does not have a unanimous position on this, but we want you to know that the details of any such arrangement would include the right for WBAI to preempt programming by the other entity (the contractor) for the public good and the right to reserve programming hours, as well as the obligation to monitor programming.
In 2013, after pushback to consideration of only pre-determined participants,