VERY SERIOUS DEVELOPMENTS AT PACIFICA

Dear KPFA/Pacifica listener,

As you may have heard, KPFA’s national foundation, Pacifica, is in a critical financial crisis, in large part due to debts from the network’s New York station, WBAI. We hope you’ll take a moment to read the update below and then write the national board at pnb@pacifica.org.

On Oct. 7, Pacifica’s interim Executive Director, John Vernile, was forced to lay off WBAI’s employees, cancelled local programming, and replace it with curated programs from around the network called “Pacifica Across America.” You can listen to it online at www.wbai.org, and read Pacifica’s press release about WBAI here

We’ve also posted long-time activist and former board member Carol Spooner’s assessment here, and Pacifica historian Matthew Lasar’s reflections here.

In a sobering report to the Pacifica board last month, executive director Vernile had warned that the network was in a “spiraling cash flow crisis that must be immediately addressed,” and that it “will not survive without decisive leadership, coupled with a clear-eyed approach to sound financial management…” The changes at WBAI are needed to “stabilize and secure” the network and WBAI.

Nevertheless, several of Pacifica’s national board members are now trying to overturn the WBAI action, even though that would be financially unsupportable and could mean the end of the network. We need your voice to protect Pacifica and KPFA – please write the national board to support the executive director at pnb@pacifica.org and copy SaveKPFA at votesavekpfa@gmail.com.
 
The New York Times reports here, and KPFA reached out to listeners with a message last year about this situation. It was also covered in the East Bay Express, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Mercury News.
 

Please circulate to your friends, and also keep up to date with a new Facebook group, Pacifica Protectors.

Questions? Contact us at votesavekpfa@gmail.com.

Vote for SaveKPFA board reps by Oct. 15

Elections for KPFA’s Local Station Board representatives ends October 15, at 8:59 PDT. All KPFA listener members should have received a ballot (see below if you didn’t.)

SaveKPFA
is backing a unity coalition of smart, responsible candidates for KPFA’s board. Please vote for ALL of the United for Independent Radio candidates, in the order below, to keep KPFA and Pacifica healthy.
 
1. MARK VAN LANDUYT
2. CHRISTINA HUGGINS
3. ANDREA TURNER
4. CAROL WOLFLEY

5. AKIO TANAKA
6. LILY KIMURA

ENDORSERS include Margy Wilkinson, Sally Sommer, Adrianne Lauby, Akio Tanaka, Aileen Alfandary, Christina Huggins, Andrea Turner, David Bacon, Bob Baldock, Philip Maldari, Sherry Gendelman, Carole Travis, Timothy Lynch, Barbara Whipperman, Carol Wolfley, Sharon Adams, Curry Williams, Kathy Horsley, Zach Pine, David Wofford, Pam Reynolds, Don Goldmacher, Alison Paskal, Kit Olsson, Sabrina Jacobs, Emily Sykes, Gianna Ranuzzi, and Luci Riley.

To read more about the candidates and issues, or to add your name as an endorser, go to www.unitedforindependentradio.com.

WATCH YOUR EMAIL
Your vote really matters! Please look for your email ballot and vote. If your email is registered with KPFA, you will get an e-ballot from vote@simplyvoting.com on August 15. The ballot company Pacifica hired is absolutely reputable. Check your spam folder if you don’t see your ballot by August 15.
 
We strongly urge you to update KPFA with your current email by going to this ballot request form on Pacifica’s website. That form also allows you to request a paper ballot if you prefer one.
 
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP: Forward this newsletter to your friends on social media and email, and urge them to vote in KPFA’s Local Station Board election. Or ask them to visit www.SaveKPFA.org or www.unitedforindependentradio.com to learn more about the candidates.
 

QUESTIONS? Please email us at votesavekpfa@gmail.com

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