No need to worry about the light, & The Lazarus Project – the M16Nov PNB Development Task Force

… not The Raising of Lazarus by Caravaggio, c. 1609; in his penultimate year, at 38; an altarpiece in Messina …

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This task force is quite important, you may think. Especially as four of the five members are Pacifica directors: Nancy ‘don’t say “FJC” again!’ Sorden (2018-9 PNB Chair, & WPFW listener-delegate), Tom ‘I get so harassed at KPFA LSB’s I wonder why I keep turning up’ Voorhees (KPFA listener-delegate), Sandra ‘I’m sorry for making a fool of myself at that recent PNB meeting’ Rawline (KPFT listener-delegate), & Heather ‘I used to work for Coretta King’ Gray (WRFG-Atlanta affiliate-director). The other member is given as Rosalie Hoffman (WBAI, not on the station board, according to the Calendar & Meeting Archive).

https://kpftx.org/pnbmem/public_cm_list.php?id=38&yr=2020&eventdate=20201116

There have been eight meetings of this important Development group, starting on 24June. Quite a lot, you may think. An urgency commensurate with pressing circumstances.

Thing is, there isn’t one audiofile in the Archive. Oh. But then it’s only met three times – yes, five have been cancelled. Quite the achievement, you may think.

But this is all explained, yes, that basic courtesy to members & listeners? Well, only twice: 19Oct, “[q]uorum not achieved”, & then today’s more detailed disclosure, made when ex-Chair Nancy ‘wooden as a chair’ Sorden updated the Archive:

Cancelled

No one present

https://kpftx.org/archive.php

Oh.

And the purpose of the meeting that no-one came to, not even the convenor?

Plan fundraising and member raising actions

https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20201116

OMG, Pacifica has embarked on The Lazarus Project!

Ah well, guess that’s one way to try to reverse the necroeconomics of The Golden Corpses, the reliance on bequests.

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Obvious I know, but wouldn’t it be a good idea for a director to ask at the next PNB, why the hell isn’t the Development Task Force meeting?!?

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And Rosalie Hoffman? A blast from the past. Not as far back as our Milanese talent, but at least from the turn of the century. She appears in a notorious list, the HCUA blacklist the National Board Un-Pacifican Activities list of “FIRED, BANNED, REMOVED, SUSPENDED or DRIVEN FROM WBAI SINCE DECEMBER 22, 2000” . . . appearing as “Rosalie Hoffman – producer (fired and banned)”. Exactly a year later the list was “37 and counting”. But Rosalie was in good company: Cerene Roberts, Mimimi Rosenberg, Bernard White, Kathy Davis, Bob Fass, Bob Lederer, Grandpa Al Lewis, Juan González, Amy Goodman . . . (letter from Pacifica Secretary Carol Spooner to Judge Ronald Sabraw, Alameda County Superior Court, Exhibit A, 2Jan2002 – https://glib.com/ipnb_meeting_0.html).

Not included was Ursula Ruedenberg, who popped up, with Rosalie & the next three, in this banned list, 19Mar2001: http://freepacifica.savegrassrootsradio.org/freepacifica/xmas/index.html. Thoroughly rehabilitated, Ursula’s the longstanding director of the Pacifica affiliates programme, https://pacificanetwork.org/contact/.

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