One year ago, Pacifica was shafted by the fifth columnist breakers, with the lockout at WBAI

Guess the anniversary never even got to Amy’s editorial meeting this morn. So here it is.

Bare leads, WBAI’s master control studio (W9Oct2019 photo; courtesy of R Paul Martin)

R Paul Martin: “[n]ot pictured is the vacant space where the Emergency Alert System (EAS) module had been. It is illegal for WBAI, or any radio or TV station in the United States of America, to operate without a functional EAS capability.”

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Lockout notice, new locks on the door, 3rd floor (W9Oct2019 photo; courtesy of R Paul Martin)

After the W9Oct WBAI Local Station Board, R Paul Martin & other staff went to the building housing the station, got inside, & saw the damage.

This was the work of “a group composed of Pacifica interim Executive Director (iED) John Vernile, Pacifica National Board Directors Bill Crosier (KPFT) and Adrienne LaViolette (KPFT) and Moe Thomas, Chief Engineer of WPFW”. Pacifica’s very own wrecking crew. WCP.

Nice.

R Paul Martin, ‘A visit to WBAI on the night of October 9, 2019’, https://glib.com/wbai_20191009.html

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That 9Oct WBAI LSB meeting (2:03:39; videographer, Joe Friendly):

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Protest outside City Hall, 15Oct (59:42; videographer, Joe Friendly):

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There are quite a few PacificaWatch blogposts about this attack on Pacifica by the breakers. Please scroll down on the right, or click ‘WBAI’ in the list of folders at the end of this post.

But the saddest thing is that the political lesson hasn’t been learnt: Pacifica partisans have to be strategic, have a plan, & not just be reactive to the repeated initiatives of the breakers. One year on, the only change is deleterious, a further reinforcing of established routines.

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Initiatives . . . the latest one was sprung on Monday, at the PNB Strategic Planning Cttee, 5Oct, by Lynden Foley (KPFT listener-delegate) – 7:22, https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnbstratcomm/201005/pnbstratcomm201005a.mp3.

‘Peruvian’ Lynden isn’t just an average breaker: he’s named in the groundhog scheme to give Pacifica a new constitution, the so-called by-laws petition doing the rounds. Lynden would be Pacifica’s treasurer, one of four breaker-appointed officers running a reconstituted Pacifica until “early December2023 (proposed Article 4, Section 13, added emphases), officers “responsible both for implementing the New Day Pacifica Bylaws and also bringing Pacifica back to financial and governance health during the transition”.

https://newdaypacifica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Proposed-New-Day-Pacifica-Bylaws.pdf (pages 17-18), & https://newdaypacifica.org/transition-officers/

The wheels, the wheels, they just keep a-turnin’ . . .

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4 thoughts on “One year ago, Pacifica was shafted by the fifth columnist breakers, with the lockout at WBAI

  1. robertgartner 7 October, 2020 / 16:15

    And meanwhile Bill Crosier sits on the Board of KPFT one more time. (Curiously Adrienne La Violette and her husband have disappeared. Were they brought in to stir up shit like a cointelpro??) One might think that a coupster and trespasser like Bill Crosier would have been banished from Pacifica forever. What is going on here? And he is back with the new petition mentioned in this article centered around Lynden Foley. Why do we have all this internal strife???? Answer to bleed Pacifica to the death???

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    • PacificaWatch 7 October, 2020 / 18:07

      Interesting, as ‘Sly’ Chris Cory would say. The slinking off into the December night by KPFT LSB Chair Matthew Moore & director Adrienne LaViolette is standard MO for the breakers: same at KPFA & KPFK. They’re trained in tag wrestling. When they take a breather they’re actually working in the corner, on the next constitution for Pacifica, devising a new set of by-laws, & launching a petition to drain even more $$$ from the members. Pacifica priorities – breaker-style.

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  2. bernieS 7 October, 2020 / 16:41

    Important context to the text below from R Paul Martin: “[n]ot pictured is the vacant space where the Emergency Alert System (EAS) module had been. It is illegal for WBAI, or any radio or TV station in the United States of America, to operate without a functional EAS capability.”

    It’s important to understand that on 10/07/2019, WBAI’s EAS receiver/encoder was quickly transferred by a Pacifica Engineer from the studios at 388 Atlantic Ave to the audio chain of the WBAI transmitter site at 4 Times Square. During October 2019 there was no interruption of WBAI programming, or station ID’s, or EAS compliance–despite false claims to the contrary by some people. FCC regulations allow for EAS hardware change-outs like this when done without delay.

    Facts matter.

    -bernieS

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    • PacificaWatch 7 October, 2020 / 18:15

      Thx for that. As R Paul said in his cited contemporaneous article, “[w]e have been told that the EAS was removed and installed at the transmitter site, but we don’t know that. It is hard to trust what’s being said by people who are flagrantly lying and acting in obvious bad faith.” That’s one of the things about nasty behaviour, it’s corrosive of trust. https://glib.com/wbai_20191009.html

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