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on the Tainted WBAI Local Board Election

THE WBAI ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED - Ballots must now be RECEIVED by Fri., Mar. 14
Omowale Clay Responds to False Accusation By LSB Member Mitchel Cohen
Downloadable updated Justice & Unity flyer - PLEASE PHOTOCOPY & DISTRIBUTE!
Mobilize to Stop the Attempted Coup at WBAI on Thu. for Court Date and Fri for Pacifica Board Meeting
Letter From 5 LSB Members Denouncing the Sham "LSB"
ANOTHER ATTEMPTED COUP IS UNDERWAY AT WBAI
ACE/"INDEPENDENTS" OUT TO DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS

*A CHALLENGE TO OUR RIGHT TO VOTE
*WBAI Election Extended
*Vote for the Justice & Unity slate in the Local Station Board election
*How to Fill Out Your Ballot
*Election Supervisor: ACE Mailing Includes "Improper" and "Misleading" Statements
*Details on the Justice & Unity candidates
*Endorsers of the 2007 Justice & Unity slate
*Downloadable PDF flyer (2-sided) about the Justice & Unity slate - please copy & distribute widely
* Famed Attorney Michael Tarif Warren Endorses Justice and Unity Slate (3 min Video)
*Help Keep WBAI Solvent and Anti-Racist
* Action Plan for WBAI's Financial Stability and Growth
* Justice & Unity's Accomplishments
Justice & Unity on TV & Video Schedule & episode list Also new streaming video.
* Text of email to send to friends supporting the Justice & Unity slate
* Other Ways to Support Justice & Unity
* New York Times on Steve Brown's Company: Mail-Order House of a Hundred Names
*New Video Shorts, Candidates on the Issues & News
 
Information from 2006 Local Station Board election
* Gary Null's Troubled History at WBAI
* Justice & Unity Maintains Majority on the WBAI Board
* Statement on Police Brutality
* Results of Last Fall's Elections (2006)
* WBAI Adds Daily Spanish-Language News - Established by Justice & Unity Motion
* Steve Brown's Karl Rove-Style Accusations & Racial Code Language
* Factual Background on Steve Brown's Business History
* Help Keep WBAI an Activist and Anti-racist Station

Steve Brown - background on abusive statements
Paul DeRienzo - background on abusive statements

* Justice and Unity Campaign's Proposal for Creating a Multi-channel WBAI
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WBAI Board Turnover in Dirty Election

In a demonstration of the corrupting influence of money in elections, WBAI's local governing board shifted hands on April 23 and is no longer a majority-people-of-color and women board but is now 58% male and 63% white. On the new board, the Justice & Unity Campaign -- a multiracial activist coalition that fights to keep WBAI community-connected and anti-racist -- has switched from a 13-11 majority to a 14-10 minority, and has lost two of the three WBAI seats its members held on the Pacifica National Board. (In this election, Justice & Unity won 4 of the 9 listener seats and 1 of the 3 staff seats.)

Under their third name since 2003, the grassroots-sounding Association for Community Elections (ACE) led by multi-millionaire former marketing executive and station board member Stephen Brown produced an expensive mailer.... Click HERE to read more

 

WBAI Radio Update

The first issue of "WBAI Radio Update," containing the article above and the four below, is downloadable by clicking HERE. Please help us distribute these copies in your community, or email us at info@justiceunity.org if you would like additional copies.

Open Letter to the WBAI and Pacifica Communities
on the Tainted WBAI Local Board Election

March 28, 2008

We are the 8 listener candidates for the WBAI Local Station Board from the Justice & Unity Campaign. We believe that owing to a devastating combination of outrageous violations of the fair-campaign rules by one group of candidates and serious mismanagement and errors by the Local and National Election Supervisors, the integrity of this election has been fatally compromised. The list of inappropriate actions is extremely long, and this letter can only mention the most egregious. As community activists who have actively spoken out against election irregularities and corruption in government elections, we find it even more unacceptable that such improprieties could occur in the elections of a community radio station that is supposed to be progressive.

For the vote count scheduled for this Monday, March 31, we insist that ALL ballots of eligible voters be counted -- contrary to the position of the plaintiffs who have sued Pacifica. Ultimately, however, the serious violations and tainting of the electoral process argue for reballoting to occur, at the expense of the group operating under the name ACE (Alliance for Community Elections), the candidate-endorsing organization whose adjudged misconduct in their private mailing to WBAI members led to the lion's share of the problems with the election.

Issues covered inside -- for continuation, click HERE:

1. Severe Violations by ACE of Fair Campaign Rules
2. Serious Errors in Ballot Handling and Processing
3. Voter Disenfranchisement Owing to Mismanaged Delivery of Ballots
4. Lawsuit Against Pacifica Is Based on Deception and Seeks Disenfranchisement
5. Urgently Needed Remedies

WBAI ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED - Ballots must now be RECEIVED by Fri., Mar. 14

On Jan. 24, Judge Richard Braun of NY Supreme Court ruled that everyone who was a WBAI member as of Aug. 31, '07 and has not yet voted can do so. If you haven't yet sent in your ballot, send it ASAP. If you need a REPLACEMENT BALLOT, request it by Fri., MARCH 7 (or, you will also be able to pick up a ballot and vote at WBAI on Fri., March 14, noon-9pm). To come to the station you need to call in advance to 212-209-2800 from 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm, and have your name added to the list, you also need to bring a picture ID when you come. If you need a replacement ballot, you must e-mail votewbai@gmail.com OR call 212-209-2828 -- by March 7 -- with your full name and address as listed on WBAI records (check the label of the most recent WBAI mailing if you have it). Fill in the ballot IMMEDIATELY and mail it in. Ballots must be RECEIVED (NOT postmarked) by Fri., March 14.

WHY?
On Nov. 16, 2007, board members related to the ACE faction stopped the WBAI election through a court order and attempted to disenfranchise voters and restrict who could vote. Now the judge's ruling means that everyone who has not had the opportunity to vote can still vote.

more...

 

Letter From 5 LSB Members Denouncing the Sham "LSB"

The following letter was sent on Jan. 13, 2008 to the Pacifica National Board by five members of the WBAI Local Station Board (LSB). The appendix is the legal opinion from Pacifica's Interim Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Dan Siegel.

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We, the undersigned WBAI LSB members whose terms are due to expire in 2009 want to set the record straight on what has occurred regarding a group of LSB members who are now claiming to constitute the "legitimate" WBAI LSB. We denounce the attempt of 7 other LSB members to establish an illegitimate 12-member board of WBAI, when the bylaws explicitly state that the Local Station Boards are to consist of 24 members... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

How to Fill Out Your Ballot

There are 9 board seats to fill. You can vote for more than one candidate by ranking them in order of preference. We've developed rankings to maximize the chances of electing all 8 Justice & Unity candidates. To make sure your favorite candidates aren't stranded in the minority on a hostile board, it's crucial to rank ALL of the Justice & Unity candidates! Do not give the same ranking to more than one candidate - it divides and dilutes your vote. Vote ONLY for Justice & Unity candidates. If you also rank other candidates, it could hurt our chances.

For a photo of a filled-out ballot, click HERE.

Please rank all 8 Justice & Unity candidates in the precise order listed below:
1. Omowale Clay
2. Tibby Brooks
3. Lisa Davis
4. Sara Flounders
5. Marianela Tricoche
6. Marian Borenstein
7. Wellington Echegaray
8. Bok-keem Nyerere

 

NOTE: SEND YOUR BALLOT IN TODAY! THE ELECTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

 

For more information or to help the campaign: email info@justiceunity.org

or call 212-591-2111.

JOIN THE (low-traffic) EMAIL LIST OF THE WBAI JUSTICE & UNITY CAMPAIGN:
Send an email to: info@justiceunity.org or to join our email list for campaign updates (announcements only, no discussion, very low traffic), Click HERE.

Vote for the Justice & Unity slate
in the Local Station Board election

To all WBAI members: We need your vote in the very critical election taking place right now for the Local Station Board (ballots were mailed Oct. 15 and you should already have received yours in a blue envelope from Pacifica Radio). The Board has a major role in budgets, selection of managers, and assuring that programming follows the station's mission.

The WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign stands for maintaining and expanding WBAI's progressive, activist, anti-racist programming and for advancing affirmative action throughout the Pacifica Network. Its members currently hold 10 of the 18 listener seats on the board, and another 3 of 6 staff board members are allies. However, other board members seek to reverse the gains of recent years - the inclusion of hard-hitting educational and activist programming on working class issues, particularly programs by and for communities of color. Some of those board members have mounted aggressive efforts to fire the progressive Program Director, Bernard White.

Nine listener seats on the Local Station Board are up for election this year. The WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign is fielding a truly diverse slate of 8 candidates representing various communities served by WBAI. All are experienced activists who bring a variety of important skills to the table.

We're asking those of you with voting rights to vote for the entire WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign slate:

Full statements and photos of each candidate are available HERE

Omowale Clay
Tibby Brooks
Lisa Davis
Sara Flounders
Marianela Tricoche
Marian Borenstein
Wellington Echegaray
Bok-keem Nyerere

 

1. Omowale Clay*
Member, December 12th Movement; a key organizer of National Rally for Reparations and Sean Bell justice march

2. Tibby Brooks*
Organizer, NY Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition; member, Friends of Abraham Lincoln Brigade

3. Lisa Davis*
Member of Pacifica National Board; reparations activist; chair, Tri-state Support "Like It Is" Coalition; member, Millions More Movement, NJ

4. Sara Flounders*
Co-director, International Action Center; author; resistance organizer for many mass mobilizations vs. U.S. wars

5. Marianela Tricoche
Member of Women Workers for Peace (Bronx Latina group), Bolivarian Circle (Venezuela solidarity), & Vieques Support Campaign; immigrant rights activist; former WBAI program translator

6. Marian Borenstein*
Board member, Black Radical Congress-NYC; former WBAI Local Advisory Board co-chair

7. Wellington Echegaray
Long-time Ecuadoran labor and solidarity activist with Cuba & Venezuela

8. Bok-keem Nyerere
Former Pacifica Campaign organizer/activist; former WBAI Outreach Coordinator

*Incumbent Local Station Board member

Note: IDs are past or present political/activist affiliations for identification purposes.

 

 

Help Keep WBAI Solvent and Anti-Racist

The national trend of declining listener revenue that affects all of community radio has collided with rising costs and has hit WBAI hard. This trend is not unique to WBAI: a report last year by Audience 2010 projected a $30-60 million drop in public radio revenue. The financial impact of 9/11 and rising NYC poverty and unemployment rates make it very difficult for listeners to be as generous as they would like. And when the board's opposing bloc speaks of WBAI's debt to the national office, what they don't tell you is that WBAI faces a financial burden unmatched by any other Pacifica station. WBAI's operational cost (transmitter rent, studio rent and utilities) is $736,000 a year -- no other station's exceeds $146,000.

Pacifica tower rent & utilities
The Justice & Unity board majority has scrutinized management's proposed budgets and corrected errors and excesses, producing more accurate and economical budgets. We'll work with the incoming permanent manager to launch a major capital campaign so the station can purchase its own facility. We're working with the Pacifica National Board to bring in a professional to raise funds off-air. We'll also build on our Board's past successes and help the station hold more community fundraising events, run ads in diverse publications, and create a Pacifica record label.

Justice & Unity recognizes that racism is not dead, or even asleep, and remains committed to ensuring that WBAI maintains and expands its progressive, activist, anti-racist programming, and to advancing affirmative action throughout Pacifica. Some opposition board members are against this, and have even campaigned to fire progressive Program Director Bernard White and to purge other anti-racist programmers by disseminating vitriolic, unsubstantiated allegations against them. To stand up against this opposition and protect WBAI's legacy as a powerful tool for oppressed communities, Justice & Unity needs a stronger board majority.

Don't Be Fooled!  Most of the "independent" candidates are joined with the same hostile bloc that for years has undermined WBAI, demoralizing listeners and staff with unsubstantiated allegations. (More details at http://www.justiceunity.org/index.html#Pacifica.) Justice & Unity candidates have varied backgrounds but shared values supporting racial, gender, and class justice.

 

 
 

WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign Dissects
Steve Brown's Karl Rove-Style Accusations
and Racial Code Language Against Opponents:

Alliance for Community Elections (ACE) Seeks to Reverse Decades of Progress
Toward An Activist and Anti-Racist Focus at WBAI

Table of Contents:

1. Steve Brown's Attacks Latest in Decades-Long Struggle at WBAI Over Inclusion of Working Class Communities of Color
2. Brown Falsely Claims Bernard White Instituted "Anti-White" Programs
3. Brown Offers Racially Homogenous Station in Boulder, Colorado as Model
4. Brown Uses False Charges to Evoke Racist Imagery of Alleged Violence by Black People at WBAI
5. Brown Makes Nonstop Defamatory Attacks on Bernard White
6. Core of the Issue: Brown Seeks to Turn Back the Clock at WBAI
7. Brown's ACE Allies Join in Vilifying Bernard White and Calling for Drastic Programming Changes
8. Brown Calls for a Purge of Opponents at WBAI
9. Final Note

Introduction (read article)

 
* On Cable TV: Participation of LGBT forces in the Movement to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Battle for Progressive Media episode.
* The Cost of White Supremacy and Racism
* Statement on Police Brutality
*What if you don't get a ballot?
*WBAI Election Extended
 
Updated January 31, 2008

WBAI Voting Reopened - Vote for Justice & Unity by Feb. 23
Requests for ballots must be received by Feb. 15

On Jan. 24, Judge Richard Braun of NY Supreme Court ruled that everyone who was a WBAI member as of Aug. 31, '07 and has not yet voted can do so. If you haven't yet sent in your ballot, send it ASAP. If you need a replacement ballot, you must e-mail votewbai@gmail.com OR call 212-209-2828 -- by Feb. 15 -- with your full name and address as listed on WBAI records. Fill in the ballot IMMEDIATELY and mail it in. Ballots must be RECEIVED (NOT postmarked) by Sat., Feb 23. For details, go to www.wbai.org.

WHY?
On Nov. 16, 2007, board members related to the ACE faction stopped the WBAI election through a court order and attempted to disenfranchise voters and restrict who could vote. Now the judge's ruling means that everyone who has not had the opportunity to vote can still vote.

For more information, go to www.wbai.org

 
January 22, 2008

MOBILIZE TO STOP THE ATTEMPTED COUP AT WBAI

JUSTICE AND UNITY REALLY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

Thurs., Jan. 24, 9:00 a.m.  Hearing on the lawsuit against WBAI. At NYS Supreme Court, 80 Centre Street, nr. Worth St., Manhattan, Part 23 (Room 320 - 3rd floor), Judge Braun's courtroom
Trains: 4, 5 or 6, J, M or Z to Brooklyn Bridge; 1, 2, 3 or A or C train to Chambers St.

Fri., Jan. 25 - Sun., Jan. 27: Pacifica National Board public meeting
Take the PATH Train from the WTC site to Newark Penn Station (22 min.; $1.50) or take the NJ Transit Train from New York Penn Station to Newark Penn Station. (19 min.; $4). Once in Newark Penn Station, proceed to lobby - hotel is across street from front entrance of station. Visit www.njtransit.com for schedule information or call 1-800-772-2222 for bus and train information.

Public comment is permitted throughout the meeting (specific times to be announced). Approximate times of meeting: Fri. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For details on any of these events (check for time changes), call 212-591-2111
or visit www.justiceunity.org.

SUPPORT WBAI!
If you're not already a member, we urge you to become one ($25 or 3 hours volunteer work makes you a member) - the station very much needs the funds. The station urgently needs volunteers to answer phones during the Winter Pledge Drive, Feb. 4 - 29

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A small clique of WBAI board members and their friends, led by multimillionaire marketing huckster Steve Brown and variously called "ACE" and "independents," have escalated their illegitimate efforts to take control of the station. Click HERE to read more...

 

Speak Out to Defend WBAI! Upcoming Events

January 10, 2008

A faction at WBAI (variously called "ACE" and "independents") has sued WBAI, thus stopping the board election from being completed before votes could be counted. They're using this suit -- which seeks to stop additional qualified voters from participating -- and unsubstantiated charges against progressive Black community activists as part of an effort to illegitimately take control of the station (for details, see http://www.justiceunity.org).

We urge you to come out to the following wheelchair-accessible public events and speak out to protect your station and the right of all members to vote. Let this racist and unscrupulous opposition know that you won't turn back!

* Sat., Jan. 12 at 2 PM: BAI GOES TO BED-STUY! Town Hall Meeting
* Mon., Jan. 14 at 7 PM: Local Station Board meeting at 1199 union hall in Manhattan
* Thurs., Jan. 24, morning: Next hearing on the election lawsuit against WBAI. New York State Supreme Court.
* Fri. evening, Jan. 25 - Sun. afternoon, Jan. 27: Pacifica National Board public meeting in Newark, NJ.

More details here

Election Extension Details
& Getting a Replacement Ballot

November 2008 info

If you became a WBAI member between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007, either by donating at least $25 or volunteering at least 3 hours or if you received a waiver, you have the right to vote in the current election.

If you haven't received a ballot, immediately call (212) 209-2828 AND e-mail the Local Election Supervisor at votewbai@gmail.com to request a replacement ballot (and cc info@justiceunity.org, so we can keep track of the requests). Provide your name and address and indicate whether you are a listener-member or staff person. If leaving a message, please speak slowly and clearly and provide the spelling of your name. A court hearing about the election has been set for Thurs., Nov. 29. Check this website and www.wbai.org for updates on the voting deadline.

For full text of the notices on these topics from the Local and National Election Supervisors, click HERE.

 
August 2007

BECOME A MEMBER OF WBAI (99.5 FM) BY AUG. 31
SUPPORT the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN WBAI by August 31, 2007?

So you can vote in the very important upcoming elections for the Local Station Board. A struggle against racism has been underway at WBAI/Pacifica Radio. Strong progressive people must be on the Board to stand up for the strong programming WBAI offers -- particularly around the concerns and fight-backs of African-American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab, Indigenous, and immigrant communities. Support those who are fighting for Pacifica to live up to its mission of airing the voices of the disenfranchised:

Vote For Anti-Racist Justice and Unity Board Candidates

If you donate $25 or more, or volunteer at least three hours (including on a board committee) by AUGUST 31, 2007, you become a WBAI member with the right to vote in October's election for the Local Station Board. Call (212) 209-2845 or pledge online via credit card at www.wbai.org . Can't do that? Well, you can apply for a hardship waiver which, if granted, will give you voting membership. Call (212) 209-2919 to have a form sent to you, or visit www.wbai.org/lsb (if waiver form is not yet posted, please check again shortly).

For a downloadable version of a flyer urging people to become voting members of WBAI, click HERE.

 

November 2006 Local Station Board Election:

Justice and Unity Candidates Win 4 seats

Father Lucas
Nia Bediako
Berta Silva
Ray Laforest
       
 

Justice and Unity Candidates Take 1st and 2nd Runner-Up Slots

 
Tibby Brooks
Samia Halaby
More inside
 

VOTE FOR WBAI JUSTICE & UNITY CANDIDATES

There is a high-stakes election going on now at peace-and-justice WBAI Radio (99.5 FM, wbai.org) that will determine the future direction of the station, and will influence that of the entire five-station Pacifica network. Some may see the ongoing conflict there as in-fighting or "factionalism." But it is in fact a major battle between competing ideologies about whether to keep WBAI's programming focused on the struggles of working class people, particularly those in communities of color.

Do you want a board member who calls for beating an activist program director -- whom he opposes politically -- with a baseball bat? (Yes, this happened. For details, click HERE.)

Do you want a board member who singles out Black colleagues on the board for insults and taunts, and who berates and repeatedly shouts "F--- YOU" at the woman chair? (Yes, this and more also happened. For details, click HERE.)

Or do you want people on the board who have proven track records of fighting oppression and working for all people's human rights -- and who will keep those values foremost in their work for WBAI?

The WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign is a broad, multiracial coalition of progressive community activists running a slate of listener candidates for three-year terms on the Local Station Board. This board has significant power over station management, budgets and policies. We are fielding a truly diverse slate of 10 candidates -- as in previous elections, majority women and representing a broad range of communities served by WBAI. All are experienced activists, ranging from age 29 to 72, who bring a variety of important skills to the table.

We're asking those of you with voting rights (make the words "voting rights" clickable, linked to "WBAI VOTING RIGHTS" --new section to be added--see below) to vote for the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign slate in the following rank order:

Ballots must be received on or before Nov. 15.

Father Lucas
Nia Bediako
Berta Silva
Ray Laforest
Marianela Tricoche
Bernadette Ellorin
Samia Halaby
Sam Spady
Imani Henry
Tibby Brooks
         

For candidate statements and questionnaires click on the "Candidate" button or click HERE.

*Incumbent board member seeking re-election

How to Fill Out Your Ballot
Click here for a photo of a filled-out ballot with the rankings we recommend above .

There are 9 board seats to fill, and you are allowed -- but NOT required -- to rank up to all 23 candidates. If you rank candidates you don't fully support, you could help elect them and reduce the chances of the candidates you do favor. Also, do not give the same ranking to more than one candidate -- it divides and dilutes your vote among them. We've developed rankings to maximize the rollover benefit of your vote -- these do not reflect our appreciation or valuation of any of our candidates. Please rank ONLY the 10 Justice and Unity candidates AND in the precise order listed above.

We have 10 candidates for 9 seats because we want to insure that we have runners-up ready in case board members resign over the next three years. (The bylaws specify that the next highest vote-getter is seated whenever anyone resigns.) Since the last election, 4 board members have resigned and the runner-ups took their place.

LIST OF JUSTICE & UNITY ENDORSERS (2006)
(For list of endorsing organizations and individuals including
Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy NOW!* and Brenda Stokely) click HERE

Juan GonzalezBrenda Stokely

For more information or to help the campaign: email info@justiceunity.org

or call 212-591-2111.

CONTACT US/JOIN THE (low-traffic) EMAIL LIST OF THE WBAI JUSTICE & UNITY CAMPAIGN:
Send an email to: info@justiceunity.org or to join our email list for campaign updates (announcements only, no discussion, very low traffic), Click HERE.

For Downloadable flyer to print click here, for viewing click HERE

 

 

Fight Racism at WBAI and the Pacifica Network

(June 2006)

All out to the Pacifica National Board Meeting - Fri., June 2-Sun., June 4
New York Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Avenue (bet. 48th & 49th Sts.)
4, 5 trains to 42nd St. or 6 train to 51st St.

Key times to come out: Fri., 7:30-8:30 PM; Sat. 1:30-3 PM; Sun. 11:30-12:30 PM

On June 2-4, the National Board of the Pacifica Radio Network, which includes WBAI (99.5 FM) in New York and four other stations around the country, will hold its quarterly public meeting in New York City. It is vital that progressive, anti-racist activists who value the strong programming WBAI offers, particularly around the concerns and fight-backs of African-American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab, indigenous, and immigrant communities, come out and support those within Pacifica who are under attack. The struggle at Pacifica mirrors other battles going on within the progressive movement nationally. (Click HERE to read more)

 

WBAI Board Disassociates Itself from Vicious, Racist, Public Comments of LSB Member Steve Brown 

(March 16, 2006)

The WBAI Local Station Board voted 10-1 to disassociate itself from a long stream of abusive, unsubstantiated and in some cases racist attacks on WBAI staff and managers, circulated by board member Steve Brown to thousands of WBAI listeners via large email lists. Brown's most recent attacks on Program Director Bernard White, an African American who has increased the diversity of station programming, have been denounced by numerous WBAI staff members as filled with false and offensive characterizations. Many of Brown's running matters on the "List-Prog" slate stayed away from the board meeting at which the vote occurred.

For the full text, click HERE

 

Justice & Unity Board Member Calls for Public to Oppose Overturning of National Board Committee on Racism & Sexism

(April 17, 2006)

In the wake of remarks by "List-Prog" member of the Pacifica National Board from WBAI, Patty Heffley, claiming that Justice & Unity board member Lisa Davis, an African American, had only sought election to the board for the free food, hotels & airfare, the National Board voted to establish a committee to investigate allegations of racist and sexist conduct by board members. Now Heffley is leading an effort to rescind that motion. Her move to rescind will be voted on during an April 24 teleconference.

Click HERE for details, including how you can email the Pacifica National Board to register your views.

 

Mumia Appeal Denied! Emergency Call to ACTION!

From Free Mumia Coalition, http://www.freemumia.com/dismiss.html
(June 9, 2005)

Mumia Abu-Jamal's latest petition was just dismissed by Philadelphia Judge Pamela Dembe. This means that evidence pointing towards his innocence and prosecutorial misconduct won't be included in the record -- unless people do something about it!.

Join us for protest and outreach on Thursday, June 16, on the west side of City Hall in Philadelphia, at 12 noon. That will be the last day Mumia can file for "reconsideration" of Dembe's ruling. We must let the courts know that we will not be quiet in the face of this outrageous and continuous process to kill and SILENCE OUR BROTHER MUMIA. (Buses will be leaving from NYC. Email info@freemumia.com if you are interested)

Also, call Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Pamela Dembe's supervisor, to let her know you are outraged by Judge Dembe's decisions.
(215) 686-2523. (More ...).

Next on the Battle for Progressive Media

Bloody Hand print

ACT UP Confronts Global AIDS-Part 2

Manhattan: Mon., June 6, 2005 -10:00-10:30 pm, Ch 34 Time Warner, Ch 110 RCN
also streaming at broadcast time at:
http://www.mnn.org click on the Ch 34 Time Warner icon

Coverage of demonstrations at the Brazilian embassies and consulates in NY, Washington DC, and Paris as well as in San Paulo, demanding Brazil take away patent rights from 3 AIDS drug manufacturers. Recently Brazil told 3 pharmaceutical companies that if they didn't voluntarily license 4 AIDS drugs, that Brazil would issue a compulsory license to allow for their generic manufacture. Brazil treats over 150,000 of its citizens with AIDS with triple drug therapy, but many of these people now require 2nd line drugs to stop the disease from progressing. ACT UP and Health GAP demonstrate in Washington DC and New York to demand that Brazil issue a compulsory license as Brazilian NGO's demand and export the drugs to other poor countries.

This episode also looks at charges by activists from the US, Bolivia, Kenya and Thailand, that W.H.O.'s the "3 by 5 plan", which calls upon the world to treat 3 million people by 2005 will be a failure if the Group of 7 industrialized (G7) countries continues to fail to provide promsed resources to stem the epidemic. Stephen Lewis, Special Envoy on AIDS to Africa calls on the G7 to provide funds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and provide debt forgiveness to poor countries with a huge HIV/AIDS problem.

CLICK HERE for a 64 Meg Quicktime mp4 video file of the show. (nice quality)

CLICK HERE for a 8 Meg Real Media Video file of the show (so-so quality)

CLICK HERE for a 22 Meg Real Media Video file of the show (nice quality)

 

Eric Sawyer Battle for Progressive Media

(June 2005)

"Censoring AIDS Drug Pricing Controversy" for 65 Meg. file

Click Here for smaller 25 Meg. thumbnail version.

For years AIDS activists have struggled to expose the real cost of production for AIDS drugs. When activists produced concrete evidence that generic versions of AZT and other early AIDS drugs were being produced by Indian Drug companies for $80/years supply vs. the $2500-$3500 being charged in the US, they faced an initial media black out. Eric Sawyer of ACT UP/NY discusses how he convinced ABC's Ted Koppel to run a story about this issue on Nightline in March 2000, only to have the crucial segment vetoed by the head of ABC News to avoid angering the programs sponsors. Sawyer also discusses the need for media reform and the founding of the ACT UP in 1987.

"The Battle for Progressive Media" on Cable Access

Rebroadcast of Interview with Assata Shakur

Manhattan: Mon., April 25, 2005 -10:00-10:30 pm, Ch 34 Time Warner, Ch 110 RCN
also streaming at broadcast time at:
http://www.mnn.org click on the Ch 34 Time Warner icon

With the NJ State Government placing a bounty on the capture of Assata Shakur, the Battle for Progressive Media lets her tell the world about life in free Cuba.

For years, U.S. government travel restrictions have impeded the free travel of people from the U.S. to Cuba and made it difficult to communicate with people living there. In 1997, while in Cuba to cover a Latin American AIDS conference, journalists Bob Lederer and John Riley filmed an interview with Assata Shakur, a Black revolutionary living in exile in Havana. In the interview she discusses racism, sexism and homophobia in the new society and the battle against these oppressions.This interview was first broadcast on WBAI Radio in 1997.

According to a communique by the Black Liberation Army, Assata was freed from a New Jersey prison (where she was serving a life term after being convicted of murdering a police officer in a racist frameup) on November 2, 1979 by a BLA unit that included white allies. Assata surfaced in Cuba in 1986 after being granted political asylum.

This is part one of two parts. Part one (70 Megabytes when downloaded here-this requires a recent version of the free program called QuickTime-if you click the part one link and get a string of gibberish text, you need to download or install this program.) of the interview will be broadcast Monday January 3, 2005 at 10pm on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) ch 34 or RCN 107, or watch the video stream at www.mnn.org on Channel 34 (part two will be broadcast on Monday, January 17). For more biographical information on Assata, click HERE. (http://www.afrocubaweb.com/assata.htm)

 

 

"Race and Nationality at Pacifica"

Manhattan: Mon., April 25, 2005 - 10:00-10:30 pm, Ch 34 Time Warner, Ch 110 RCN

Short update on Paul DeRienzo's continuing disruptive behavior at board meetings. At a recent local board meeting DeRienzo again disrupted the meeting by walking around the front of the room, in front of the board meeting while filming board members at the distance of a few feet blocking the view of members of the public.

At the Pacifica National Board meeting in Los Angeles held on January 15-17, long-postponed issues of broadening and enforcing policies to fully include communities of color and immigrants in the network's broadcasting, staffing and governance, and to deal with manifestations of conscious or unconscious racism, were finally addressed. On three occasions, in 2002, 2003 and 2004, previous boards had mandated adoption of broad policies on these issues, but no implementation had occurred. For four hours on January 17, the board grappled with four motions to move these policies forward. Three of those were administrative, but important: hiring coordinators to make sure the work is accomplished; developing funding streams; and setting up an expert commission to recommend affirmative action policies. These were referred to committees. Two other motions were passed -- the first, to establish an international Spanish language daily news broadcast, the second, to mandate anti-racism/anti-oppression trainings for board and staff members at all five stations. This program shows part of the presentations made to the board.

Click here to go to page to stream video.

Click HERE to download a 60 megabyte file

Click HERE to download a thumbnail size 20 megabyte file

Email THE PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD: DON'T REVERSE DeRIENZO'S SUSPENSION

(April 2005)

Write: pnb@pacifica.org Send a cc to: info@justiceunity.org

Please write the Pacifica National Board (PNB) -- the 22-member body that sets policy for the 5-station radio network -- to demand that they not reverse the 6-month suspension of Paul DeRienzo, a WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) member who was suspended at the March 9, 2005 board meeting for repeated racist, sexist, anti-semitic and personal attacks on other board members during a number of meetings this year. (More information and talking points...)

[Update: In April 2005, the Pacifica National Board rejected a motion to overturn the WBAI LSB's motion suspending Paul DeRienzo.]

RESPONSE TO ARGUMENTS AGAINST SUSPENSION OF PAUL DeRIENZO

(April 2005)

by Pacifica National Board Members Michael Tarif Warren, Ray Laforest, and Bob Lederer

Since the March 9 suspension by the WBAI LSB of its member Paul DeRienzo for severe, persistent disruption and abusive conduct toward other board members (full text pasted at the end of this email), various arguments have been posed that the action was unwarranted, excessively harsh, and/or violative of Robert's Rules of Order and/or Pacifica's bylaws.

Here we respond to the main arguments that have been offered.
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Next Episode of "The Battle for Progressive Media" on Cable Access

"WBAI Board Conflict Grows - Part 1 "

Brooklyn: Tues., April 5, 2005 - 12:30pm & 9:00 pm, Ch 69 CableVision, Ch 56 TW

Tues., April 12, 2005 - 12:30pm & 9:00 pm, Ch 69 CableVision, Ch 56 TW

"WBAI Board Conflict Grows - Part 2 "
Manhattan: Mon., April 11, 2005 - 10:00-10:30 pm, Ch 34 Time Warner, Ch 110 RCN

Click HERE to download 4 minute trailer

Click HERE to download 28 minute show

(More....)

Support the Anti-Racist Struggle at WBAI

(April 2005)

A fierce struggle is under way for the future political direction of WBAI. This will intensify with the imminent departure of anti-imperialist General Manager Don Rojas. A broad coalition of anti-racist activists -- the Justice and Unity Campaign -- holds a majority on the Local Station Board (after a hard-fought election campaign last fall), but their efforts are under siege from the board minority, led by the "List-Prog" slate, which disrupts every meeting and attempts to stop work from getting done. List-Prog is hostile to current station management and unfriendly to the unions of workers at the station.

One List-Prog ally on the board, Paul DeRienzo (who was a strident on-air supporter of the 2000-1 coup at WBAI), has consistently hurled vicious epithets -- such as "Nazi scum!", "Sieg Heil!", "When are you going to open BAI's ovens?" and "F--- you!" (5 times) -- at the chair and other board members. DeRienzo has also focused venomous attacks against African American male board members Father Lawrence Lucas, Omowale Clay, and Michael Tarif Warren.

[more...]

Downloadable Video Available on the Misconduct of
Board Member Paul DeRienzo That Caused His Suspension

(March 2005)

Click HERE to download the 2 minute trailer of the Battle for Progressive Media episode, "WBAI Board Conflict Grows". (20 meg QuickTime .mov)

Click HERE to download the 28 minute, 60 Megabyte mp4 QuickTime movie anytime. (The large file size is designed for cable modems or DSL)

Click HERE to download the 28 minute, 268 Megabyte .mov QuickTime movie. (For people with problems viewing the mp4 version)

Click HERE to download the 28 minute, 7 Megabyte Real Player File (designed for dialup connections -much lower quality)

You can watch the last edition of "The Battle for Progressive Media," a 28-minute biweekly cable TV program, shows how some of the new minority on the Local Station Board have conducted themselves in the course of debates, including the use of abusive language, name-calling, and extreme personal attacks. A particular focus is the severe disruptiveness and abusive behavior of Paul DeRienzo during three recent meetings, and the resulting successful motion to suspend him for six months. Plus analysis of the history and political issues behind the conflict.

Tune into Channel 34 or 107 (MNN) in Manhattan at 10pm every other Monday night (next show March 28) or on the Internet at http://www.mnn.org.

To View the latest episodes in Jersey City, Brooklyn and Westchester County, Click HERE

(More...)

WBAI Board Member Paul DeRienzo Suspended For Abusive Attacks on Other Members

(March 11, 2005)

The WBAI Local Station Board voted 12-7 Wednesday to suspend member Paul DeRienzo for six months and demand that he apologize "for his racist, sexist, anti-semitic and personal attacks" before returning to the board. DeRienzo, elected by listeners to a three-year term in January 2004, had become increasingly disruptive and vitriolic in recent meetings since last December, when a diverse slate of anti-racist community activists won a board majority in the second round of elections. DeRienzo has frequently denounced the policies of that slate -- the WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign -- and has publicly called for the firing of the station's General Manager and Program Director, both prominent African American community advocates. (More...)

For a FACT SHEET on Paul DeRienzo's history at WBAI, click HERE.

 

The New Pacifica National Board on the

"Battle for Progressive Media"

Aired: Mon., Feb. 28, 2005, 10:00-10:30 pm Eastern time
MNN, Ch. 34 or 107 or www.mnn.org.

Click HERE to download the 60 Megabyte QuickTime movie.

January 14-16 was the first meeting of the newly elected Pacifica National Board (PNB), held in Los Angeles. The board chose new officers and (among other actions) discussed and passed a series of resolutions to promote more inclusion, training, and programming on the issues of race and nationality.

This episode of "The Battle for Progressive Media" introduces 7 board members -- the outgoing and incoming board chairs, new vice chair and secretary, and 3 of 4 WBAI board members -- plus the Executive Director and Chief Financial officer. Each person presents their background and how they got involved in the Pacifica radio network. Tune into Channel 34 or 107 (MNN) in Manhattan at 10pm Monday night or on the internet at http://www.mnn.org.

Click HERE to download the 60 Megabyte QuickTime movie.

 

Interview with Assata Shakur on

"Battle for Progressive Media"

(January 2005)

For years, U.S. government travel restrictions have impeded the free travel of people from the U.S. to Cuba and made it difficult to communicate with people living there. In 1997, while in Cuba to cover a Latin American AIDS conference, journalists Bob Lederer and John Riley filmed an interview with Assata Shakur, a Black revolutionary living in exile in Havana. In the interview she discusses racism, sexism and homophobia in the new society and the battle against these oppressions.This interview was first broadcast on WBAI Radio in 1997.

According to a communique by the Black Liberation Army, Assata was freed from a New Jersey prison (where she was serving a life term after being convicted of murdering a police officer in a racist frameup) on November 2, 1979 by a BLA unit that included white allies. Assata surfaced in Cuba in 1986 after being granted political asylum.

This is part one of two parts. Part one (70 Megabytes when downloaded here-this requires a recent version of the free program called QuickTime-if you click the part one link and get a string of gibberish text, you need to download or install this program.) of the interview will be broadcast Monday January 3, 2005 at 10pm on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) ch 34 or RCN 107, or watch the video stream at www.mnn.org on Channel 34 (part two will be broadcast on Monday, January 17). For more biographical information on Assata, click HERE. (http://www.afrocubaweb.com/assata.htm)

 

Come to the Summations of Lynne Stewart's Trial


(Lynne Stewart Defense Comm., Dec. 27, 2004) The trial portion of attorney Lynne Stewart's case has concluded. Govt. summations begin on Dec. 29 & may go into Dec. 30. There will be a 4-day break for New Year's until Mon., Jan. 3. It's probably best to be in court on Jan. 3 & 4 for the defense summations. PLEASE COME SUPPORT!! Click HERE for details

 

WBAI Election Results

(December 2004)

Justice and Unity Candidates and their allies won 7 of 12 seats. Combined with the 6 Justice and Unity boardmembers with 2 years left on their term already on the board, this will give the slate a narrow majority on the new LSB. General results follow. To see the round by round results click on winners.

On the listener side, the winners were:

1. Omowale Clay of Justice and Unity     

2. Evan Tobias of Justice and Unity     

3. Sara Flounders of Justice and Unity

4. Luanne Pennesi of the LIST-PROG/Null-associate fusion slate

5. Bertold Reimers of the LIST-PROG/Null-associate fusion slate

6. Lisa Davis of Justice and Unity

7. Marian Borenstein of Justice and Unity

8. Patty Heffley of the LIST-PROG/Null-associate fusion slate

9. Alice Shields of the of the LIST-PROG/Null-associate fusion slate

First Runner up:     

1. Cheryl Ife Griffin of Justice and Unity was first runner up. If there is a vacancy among listeners representatives, Ms. Griffin would be next in line to fill the vacancy.

2nd runner up is Mitchel Cohen of the LIST-PROG/Null associate fusion slate  

3rd runner up is Berta Silva of Justice and Unity

Winners of this fall's election on the staff side were:

Cerene Roberts-an independent who is an ally of the Justice and Unity Campaign

Vajra Kilgour- an ally of the Justice and Unity Campaign

R. Paul Martin - an independent who often voted with the LIST-PROG slate

Roger Manning was first runner up. If there is a vacancy among staff representatives, Mr. Manning would be next in line to fill the vacancy.

Click here for round by round results on the staff side.

These results are yet  not certified. Official results will be available at www.wbai.org.

VOTE FOR THE JUSTICE & UNITY SLATE

(Oct. 2004)

Half the 24 seats on the Local Station Board are up for election and your vote counts. Nine of those seats are voted on by listeners, 3 by staff. The Justice & Unity Campaign holds 6 continuing seats, but with your help could become a genuinely progressive majority. Our diverse, majority-women slate of respected activists is committed to Pacifica's mission of giving voice to the voiceless, and covering issues ignored by corporate media. Click HERE for our platform.

LIST OF JUSTICE & UNITY ENDORSERS (2004)
(For list of endorsing organizations and individuals including Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy NOW!*) click HERE

Juan Gonzalez

Basic Email with the Case for Justice & Unity

(Oct. 2004)

(Please forward widely)

TRACK RECORD: Current LSB Majority vs. Justice & Unity Positions

(Oct. 2004)

Click HERE

DOWNLOADABLE JUSTICE & UNITY FLYER (2004)
Click HERE! (Best results from a PostScript-compatible printer)

 

JUSTICE & UNITY TV PROGRAM ON 7 CABLE SYSTEMS

(Nov. 2004)

Five 28-minute episodes have been produced, examining the record of the current local station board and controversies which have erupted including: the resignation of Don Rojas, racially inflamatory statements by Luanne Pennesi, the removal of Father Laurence Lucas from the board without due process because of "unexcused absences" following a lengthy hospitalization, and the battle over the budget. Includes with video and audio footage from Station Board meetings, candidate debates and more. For episode descriptions, downloadable files, schedules, click HERE. Tonight, Monday Nov. 22, tune into MNN ch 34 or RCN 107 for the latest episode or click here for Episode 5 (60 Meg)

DONATIONS MUCH NEEDED

List-Prog has access to substantially more funding. Help us
get out the word about our candidates and our vision.
Send checks payable to "Justice & Unity Campaign" to:

Justice & Unity Campaign
Manhattanville Station
PO Box 337
New York, NY 10027

GARY NULL REMOVED FOR CAMPAIGN UNFAIRNESS

(Oct. 2004)
Null removed from air by independent election supervisor. For details, Click HERE

GARY NULL SUPPORTERS CALL FOR 'BAI BOYCOTT

(Aug. 2004)
Null's website promotes the calls. For details, click HERE.

WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING AT WBAI

(Aug. 2004)
For details, click HERE

FATHER LUCAS RESTORED TO WBAI BOARD

(Aug. 2004)

For details, Click HERE

 

Crisis at WBAI

(July 2004)

On June 25, WBAI's visionary anti-imperialist station manager Don Rojas -- longtime respected Black journalist and an exiled leader of Grenada's New Jewel Movement -- announced his plans to resign at the end of the year. This came just weeks after the Pacifica National Board meeting in Houston, where as part of a longer statement responding to a biased report by the Secretary of the Local Station Board, Don publicly said the following:

"Relations between the WBAI LSB [Local Station Board] and the staff have reached a crisis point. Management and staff feel like they are under siege resulting in plummeting staff morale. Indeed, many talented and committed senior staff throughout this network have resigned in recent months and others, including myself, are seriously contemplating leaving Pacifica soon if the situation does not improve."

And now progressive Program Director Bernard White, who was fired in 2000 by the Pacifica Network's pro-corporatist hijackers, and who the people's movement helped restore (along with 28 others of us who were fired, banned or driven out), finds himself under siege as well. Since Bernard's return in 2002, he has added more than a dozen new progressive public affairs and cultural programs covering such topics as the environment, youth, women's rights, the Latino community, Haiti, criminal justice issues, New York City political/economic justice issues, multicultural health approaches -- to name a few.

For news story that originally aired on OUT-FM on WBAI, click HERE. To read the story and supporting statements click HERE.

  • Justice & Unity Motions to Disassociate Local Board from Outrageous Statements by Board Members Luanne Pennesi [For text, click HERE.] and Steve Brown. [For text, click HERE.]
  • Justice & Unity Motion to Disassociate Local Board from Unauthorized Statements to National Board by Board Member Patty Heffley. For text, click HERE

 

What You Can Do

to Help Keep WBAI on Track

(July 2004)

We need your help to build the pressure on the WBAI Local Station Board to stop harming the station. We also need all hands on deck to mount a campaign to elect a much more progressive Board this fall (9 of the 18 listener seats are up for election; nominations open July 25).

•  Become a voting member of WBAI (deadline: Aug. 31). Requirements: either a minimum $25 donation or 3 hours of volunteer work in the past year. Hardship waivers will be offered on a case-by-case basis. (You can donate online by secure credit card transaction at www.wbai.org , or call 212-209-2800.)

•  Get at least 5 friends to become voting members of WBAI. Spread the word everywhere you go. Speak at your community group, union, or religious institution.

•  Join the outreach campaign to elect progressive candidates to the Board this fall. Help distribute leaflets, fact sheets, and candidate petitions. Arrange for speakers to appear at your community group, union, or religious institution.

•  Consider becoming a Board candidate yourself or recommend a colleague who would be good - it's a three-year term and a lot of work, but will make a huge difference.

•  Attend meetings of the Board and its Committees and make your voice heard . All meetings are public, accessible, and include time for public comment. For dates and times, go to www.wbai.org (Local Station Board section) or call (212) 209-2919.

•  Join our letter-writing campaigns to protest unjust decisions of the Local Station Board.

TIMETABLE

July 25 - Board nominations open (must be enrolled WBAI member;

need 15 member signatures to qualify)

August 31 - Deadline for enrolling as a member with voting rights in fall election

September 25 - Board nominations close

October 15 - Ballots mailed to homes of all enrolled members

November 15 - Ballots must be received back by station

December - New board members seated.

WBAI JUSTICE & UNITY CAMPAIGN

(212) 591-2111 * info@justiceunity.org * www.justiceunity.org

Click here for flyer pdf format.

 

 

 

 

Election Supervisor Orders Gary Null To Stop Violating Fair Campaign Rule

(January 2004)

 

10-15-04 Null Recording