Peyton Place, as my great-grandmother would apparently say, a world unto itself.
PacificaWorld, unwilling, & finding itself unable, to recognise & then satisfy its two existential needs: replacing de facto federalism with adequate centralised control; devising & implementing a network development plan.
PacificaWorld, populated by peeps who have yet to live in the 21st century.
PacificaWorld, unwilling to accept reality, to accept that it too is bound by the social law of money, by its causal force.
What a bunch of busy breakers! Whilst attention was on the New Day Pacifica group, this lot stayed focused, beavering away, stamping the PSN brand here, there, & everywhere, & even finding time to go to court – not once but twice! So what have they been up to, this last three months?
a 501(c)(3) registered Tu29Sep2020: doc linked from Pacifica in Exile, please see below – will also be embedded on this webpage
of course, a GoFundMe, created 5Oct2020: “Donald Goldmacher is organizing this fundraiser” – well, he is the chief financial officer, according to the Cali Secretary of State; “$60,000 goal”; as of Pacific breakfast, W16Dec, $1 350 had been raised from 8 donors, all within the last 24hrs bar the first donation, made 18 days ago, Sa28Nov; https://www.gofundme.com/f/pacifica-safety-net
officers publicly disclosed M16Nov2020, to the Cali Secretary of State: Sherry Gendelman, Chief Executive Officer; Craig Alderson, Secretary; & Donny ‘do you think I care?’ Goldmacher, Chief Financial Officer – see Pacifica in Exile doc drop
a YouTube channel, Pacifica Safety Net, created F20Nov2020: 13 subscribers as of Tu15Dec; no public content, but two vids (detailed below), that are ‘unlisted’, so they don’t come up in a YT search, but each has a URL so can be shared; notably, comments are turned off – these peeps aren’t into conversation, discussion: they’re steamrollers (think tankies), into dissemination, into top-down communication; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1mgsTKWHgHkxO-yyK83RiQ/about[UPDATE . . . the two vids were made public at c. 1600PT W16Dec(changing the upload date to 16Dec, but leaving the views unchanged).]
& a Facebook page created Sa21Nov2020: linked to the primary website; three posts (the Peter Coyote vid described below, a note by David Talbot, & admin referring to Talbot); one ‘like’ & one ‘follow’ for the page; no likes/comments/shares for the posts; https://www.facebook.com/pacificasafetynet/
(GoFundMe donors, in chronological order: 28Nov, Anonymous, $5; −22hrs, Anon., $100; −16hrs, Thomas Miller, $1 000; −15hrs, Ann Riley, $100; −15hrs, Anon., $20; −11hrs, Rolando Thorbourne, $25; −8hrs, Barbara Whipperman, $50; & −8hrs, Chris Stehlik, $50. In The Times of Corona, glad to see some have a hoped-for $60 001 to spare. If only they were putting their energies into fundraising for Pacifica – priorities, I guess, priorities on what to build, what to destroy: building the attack to destroy Pacifica.)
The YT channel has at least two unlisted vids, both embedded on the PSN website homepage:
one titled ‘Peter Coyote’, he speaks to camera, not having learnt the script, as betrayed by his eyes; uploaded Su6Dec2020; 331 views (this out of praps 3k-5k pre-contacted potential supporters); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PH_BRBmjFY (5:31)
the other titled ‘Programming Heard on Pacifica Radio’: unreferenced medley of gross falsehoods (even lies) & gibberish, allegedly broadcast by Pacifica; uploaded Su6Dec2020; 28 views; the clips are from Guns & Butter, Alan Sabrosky, Michel Chossudovsky, & a combo of anti-vaxxing/anti-masking/crisis actors/alien visitors/quackery/snake-oil hawking; but remember, in the 1960s, WBAI had the KKK on, to interrogate their ideas; & the liberal conception of speech allows causing offence, even expressing hatred, but bars incitement to violence (all anathema to liberalism are cancel culture/dis-inviting/safe spaces/trigger warnings); a separate matter, of course, is whether Pacifica should give its valuable airtime to reactionary views; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8aYys_rhlo (6:47)
And part of building the PSN brand is thru action, thru what are now two court cases, according to the PSN site, brought to eat up money that Pacifica doesn’t have, to punish their enemies on the Pacifica National Board, & to discourage anyone from becoming a Pacifica director:
Tu8Dec, the rejection by Judge James Chalfant, Los Angeles County Superior Court, of a petition (case # 20STCV46681) to put Pacifica into receivership & order a temporary restraining order; &
a Th10Dec press release declaring, “[l]egal action [by persons unnamed] to stop the destruction of the Pacifica Radio Foundation was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The complaint accuses members of Pacifica’s board of directors with misfeasance and malfeasance, negligence in their management of Pacifica, unlawful conduct and gross dereliction of their fiduciary duties and responsibilities, causing Pacifica the severe loss of multiple sources of income, the imminent loss of its assets and putting Pacifica in imminent danger of insolvency and complete collapse” (emphases added) – https://pacificasafetynet.org/litigation-filed-in-la-superior-court/. (So Th10Dec; but this is contradicted by another webpage, which gives M14Dec: “PSN’s launch today [Tu15Dec] follows the bombshell announcement on Monday that Pacifica network directors were being sued for malfeasance and mismanagement” – https://pacificasafetynet.org/campaign-launched-by-donor-to-save-pacifica-radio/. Bit of a pickle.)
And filings with the Cali Registry of Charitable Trusts? Unfortunately their Registry Verification Search, & other resources, are currently down for maintenance – and, like a failed state, the webpage says “[w]e do not have an estimated date on which those services will be restored and available”, a notice that’s also undated (https://oag.ca.gov/charities). Amerikan Karnage. Yes, the future is the present – and we aren’t even talking climate emergency.
A Pacifica safety net, a really awkward phrase, yes? Even more rubbish as the name for a group. Seriously. But it has a genealogy, rooted in KPFA separatist culture, going back just over four years ago, just after when Trump was elected. This will be detailed in a companion post, ‘The hydra grows another head: breakers resurrect a 2016 plan, the Pacifica Safety Net’.
The primary sources are the two audiofiles of the Sa19Nov2016 KPFA LSB – yes, them again – and a 29Nov report & analysis by Janet Kobren, then a Pacifica director, PNB secretary, & KPFA listener-delegate.
“One notable difference was the Proposal #4: Proposal for LSB to Establish a 501(c)3 (see description below) for which the title had changed from ‘Proposal for bringing to Life The KPFA Foundation’ to ‘Proposal for Bringing to Life a 501(c)3 Foundation As An Available Safety Net To Catch The License And/or As A Way To Ensure KPFA’s Financial Stability’” (emphases added);
“Set up a safety net 501(c)3 Foundation – lavender paper [document]. A safety net organization to receive the license to broad cast [sic] in the event of collapse, dissolution, or acceptance of the plan #3 (above) that makes KPFA an independent affiliate of Pacifica holding our own license and operating in exchange for assuming Pacific’s debt” (emphases added);
“Proposal #4: Proposal for LSB to Establish a 501(c)3 [… new para …] Kobren summary: Per Travis, in the case that Pacifica is dissolved, this is a way to pass some of the assets to a nonprofit organization that has a similar mission, and this 501(c)3 would have an identical mission and ‘have something in place’ (a ‘safety net’)” (emphases added); &
“Whipperman [Barbara, an early GoFundMe donor, $50, to PSN] suggested the 501(c)3 be named the Thompson/Hill Foundation”.
A final, crucial point.
PSN betray their origins:
[t]he Pacifica Safety Net (PSN), a California non-profit organization, formed by Pacifica radio listeners, volunteers, and donors officially launched a website and posted a five-minute videotaped statement by actor and author Peter Coyote
Donors. In PSN’s own words, donors who aren’t “listeners”, donors who aren’t “volunteers”.
So who are they? Who bankrolled the court actions? Who are these people? What do they want?
Why no transparency?
Why the secrecy? What are they hiding from the Pacifica members, from the Pacifica staff, from the Pacifica listeners?
The GoFundMe tells it like it is, meekly & modestly:
[o]ur mission is durable because it was created to serve – out of a righteous spirit
[w]e are dedicated to raising money, outside of the purview of foundation [sic] management, to protect the local stations from the immediate dangers they face. We are raising money for a ‘safety net’ of funds to protect the stations in case of emergencies, whether they are legal, operational or otherwise
. . . no flowers in their office, no flowers in their hair . . .
Published today, Tracy Rosenberg’s Pacifica in Exile blog (email version, not yet on website). [UPDATE: the web version, Th10Dec, has a one-sentence addition, in the opening para, & it appears below.] . . .
Donny ‘do you think I care?’ Goldmacher (KPFA listener-delegate),
Christina ‘Nurse Ratched’ Huggins (KPFA LSB Chair & listener-delegate), &
Andrea ‘so anodyne I don’t merit a moniker’ Turner (Pacifica director & KPFA listener-delegate).
Allegedly, this morning, Tu8Dec, they broke their ‘lockdown’ (nice Pacifican conduct there), drove from the Bay Area to a LA court, & tried to shaft the members, the staff, the listeners.
Three Members of KPFA’s LSB Try To Give Pacifica’s Assets to California Court
Los Angeles – Three members of KPFA’s local station board, Chair Christina Huggins, Andrea Turner, Donald Goldmacher and their lawyer, traveled down to Los Angeles on Tuesday, violating California’s COVID19 shelter in place order, to try to convince a court to place Pacifica’s assets into a receivership and remove control of the Foundation from its members. [Update: The 4th plaintiff is Craig Alderson, a former KPFA LSB member and the attorney is Stephen Jaffe, an SF employment lawyer and unsucessful Congressional candidate.] Their effort was unsuccessful and their emergency request was denied by the court.
Their filing, apparently an error-riddled 800 page tome, was not available on the LA County Superior Court site as of the time of this newsletter, but was said to have asserted incorrectly that Pacifica’s buildings were about to be foreclosed upon and that the fiscal year 2017 audit had not been completed. (It was completed some time ago). The judge denied the request in a brief hearing of less than 30 minutes duration and castigated the plaintiffs for procedural irregularities.
Among the procedural irregularities was the failure to serve the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney merely called a few officers of the board on the telephone at 8:00 am the day before the hearing.
Receivership, which is normally requested by an organization’s creditors, not its member-elected delegates, hands over all of the foundation’s assets, including all five station radio licenses, title to all owned real estate, and all of the money in any the station bank accounts, to an independent party appointed by the court. The receiver maintains possession of all assets until discharged by the court, The receiver makes all financial and operational decisions during the period of receivership and may shed assets and discharge workers to attain profitability. With the permission of the overseeing judge, a receiver can act to liquidate an organization and can also petition to terminate or not renew collective bargaining agreements.
The three KPFA local station board members did not inform the KPFA local station board of their actions, and one of them Andrea Turner, who is a PNB director, did not inform her national board colleagues. Their bizarre actions happened as other members of their faction send pleading emails to members to sign a petition for a bylaws referendum, which would no longer be possible under receivership, as members would lose their voting rights for the duration of the receivership.
While the “emergency request” was formally and finally denied, the full lawsuit will continue wending its way through the court system, with Pacifica members like you footing the bill.
Pacifica members upset at the actions by delegates to take away the Foundation from its members can email the KPFA local station board at email@example.com.
Thx to Tracy Rosenberg, not least for publishing so swiftly. Respect.
A Pacifica pre-emptory 2hr broadcast, ‘The Battle for Community Radio’, went out this evening on WPFW & WBAI, alerting The Faithful to the dastardly deed perpetrated on the West Coast, hosted by John Riley & Mimimi ‘you think Third Worldism died in 1976? Racist!’ Rosenberg:
• with Arthur Schwartz (Pacifica lawyer, 9:12), Ralph Engelman (Pacifica historian, 17:29), Tracy ‘yes, the other one, &, no, not related to Ethel & Julius’ Rosenberg (21:54) – and the talent just keeps coming, rising to a crescendo with DeWayne ‘I put the chip into cookies’ DeLark (Pacifica Vice-Chair, KPFT listener-delegate, & NAAAAAACP junior chapter president when a three-year-old, 49:16), all on today’s court case
• with Tracy ‘yes, the other one’ Rosenberg (6:27), Grace ‘hallow’d be Thy name’ Aaaaron (in her last days as both director & KPFK listener-delegate, 11:24), Michael Novick (KPFK listener-delegate, 19:27), Ron Pinchback (director & WPFW staff-delegate, 38:12), Akua Holt (producer of KPFT’s pan-Africanist programme (not known to be on Lynden Foley’s iPod), 44:02), & Lawrence Reyes (director & KPFK listener-delegate, 53:21), all on the Golden DawnNew Order New Day new constitution by-laws petition
One can only enjoy.
[UPDATE: John Riley, WBAI stalwart, made this video of the 2hr broadcast . . . although I think you’ll agree that some of the visuals are a lil scary . . .
What you doing the Saturday before Christmas? Got something to get off your chest?
PacificaWatch, during the last KPFA LSB meeting, Sa21Nov, via a linked quote in the Zoom chat, reminded the delegates that, per the by-laws, they couldn’t do the elections at their usual every-other-month meeting, so in Jan. (Yes, maximising participation, & increasing the opportunity to hold decision-makers to account, are anathema to the KPFA station chauvinists. Moreover, the public are just a nuisance, wreckers.) Chair Christina ‘Nurse Ratched’ flatly denied the prompt; after she’d been reassured by lackies that the linked quote was correct, ‘Nurse Ratched’ carried on being ‘Nurse Ratched’, so not as much as an apology to the humble attendee. Manners not maketh ‘Nurse Ratched’, only unbridled power.
“Each Local Station Board shall elect a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Recording Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be elected annually at the December meeting of the LSB for a term of one year using the Instant Runoff Voting method.” https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec5.html
[Not Edward Hopper, Office in a Small City, 1953; he was 71]