TONIGHT AT 8:30PM ET, THE “NEW” PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD IS SET TO MEET. YOU CAN LISTEN HERE:
Background on last week's meeting:
On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Indy Caucus-ACE group and it’s national allies who primarily operate under the fiscal blanket of the Los Angeles-based Social Uplift Foundation met, via conference call, as if under the auspices of the Pacifica National Board in violation of the Pacifica Foundation Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order (RROR) that we are required to use.
After asking the pro tem secretary to take attendance and introducing the parliamentarian, the only elected officer who remained on the board, Adriana Casenave, the 2016 Vice Chair and 2017 Acting Chair of the PNB, pointed out a number of violations in the calling of the meeting, including that while 3 national board members / Directors can call a meeting, RROR requires them to determine from the Chair and Secretary their availability. No consultation was had and therefore no proper notification of either the open or executive sessions was made. The Acting Chair, therefore adjourned the meeting and a number of directors left the call in agreement. However, approximately 11 Indy-ACE folks and their allies remained.
In open session, they used “alternative facts” to discard the actual results of the election of Affiliate Directors to the 2017 Pacifica National Board (conducted via email in December 2016 as required,) and to approve an “alternate tally”:
- For this, they included ballots submitted by 3 WBAI LSB members who were not 2016 national board members and were not entitled to vote as such due to multiple breaches of the bylaws and RROR by Indy-ACE WBAI before and after their 2016 boycott.
- By this, they made the PNB partially self-selecting, which was one of the most fought-against practices during the Pacifica democratization struggles of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The bylaws require incoming Affiliate Directors to be elected by the outgoing Pacifica station directors each December, not by current station directors with whom they would serve.
They also passed a motion requiring more on-air fundraising by March to accumulate funds for the completion of the overdue audit for FY2015 and for the FY2016 audit; they hired as a consultant the former CFO who had not delivered the FY2014 Audit; and a member made some sort of announcement about a search for legal counsel.
In closed session, although I wasn't present, they’ve announced the selection of Bill Crosier, a PNB listener member from Houston who is a longtime Indy-ACE factional player, to be the interim Executive Director. It's important to note that a couple of hours after the end of our Feb. 2 meeting where it was stated that the body would be polled for a meeting date, Crosier had posted a PNB meeting for Feb. 9 in violation of the 7-day notice requirement. When challenged on this, he cancelled the notice and when questioned about the claim that the Feb. 9 meeting had been falsely labeled as a "continuation" meeting as though decided by the full Board, he wrote that his lie was “irrelevant.”
Stay tuned, stay strong and pay close attention.
- for I.D. only: WBAI Local Sation Board & Pacifica National Board
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