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 …


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).

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:


No one present


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

Plan fundraising and member raising actions

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.


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?!?


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 –

Not included was Ursula Ruedenberg, who popped up, with Rosalie & the next three, in this banned list, 19Mar2001: Thoroughly rehabilitated, Ursula’s the longstanding director of the Pacifica affiliates programme,