How can conflict of interest by-law 13 disenfranchise 3 of the 4 WBAI directors? ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ž๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™– โ€“ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ?

This comment arose from Tracy Rosenberg’s assertion, Sa12Oct, that “Board directors representing WBAI’s 8,000 voting members prevented from voting in post-facto vote to authorize WBAI’s shutdown” (my emphasis). That was her one-sentence post this evening, Sa12Oct, at the Pacifica Radiowaves group at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificaRadiowaves/permalink/1345046588983955/. Her post links to her Sa12Oct article, ‘The turn of the screw: WBAI’s elected directors prevented from voting on WBAI shutdown’, https://pacificainexile.org/archives/2769.

In response to that post, Kim Kaufman noted, “Kathy Davis was on the PNB when Summer asked for a vote of the PNB to lay off/fire a majority of the WBAI staff in 2012 or 2013. Kathy voted for it, even though she knew she would lose her job. She voted for what’s best for Pacifica.” Ms Rosenberg replied, “Absolutely. No staff representative has ever been excluded from a vote regarding layoffs for expense-cutting in the history of Pacifica democratic governance. Until now” (my emphases).

My own comment was posted at that FB group, with this as the final sentence of the intro:

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ž๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™– โ€“ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ?

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Tracy, why do you say “Board directors representing WBAI’s 8,000 voting members prevented from voting” (my emphasis)? Who, making what decision, has done this? When was this decision made? How can such a decision be made by other than a legally constituted meeting of the PNB, at which those alleged to have a conflict of interest are (1) able to hear the reasoning against them, before (2) being given time to get advice (legal & otherwise), & then (3) having the opportunity to present at a PNB meeting an evidenced counter-argument?

Let me note, because no-one mentioned it in this FB group, that since the Th10Oct PNB public & private sessions there have been two more private sessions: 8.30pm (all ET), F11Oct, “Purpose: discuss confidential personnel, legal, and contractual matters”, “Continuation of Oct. 10 Executive Session”, called by Bill Crosier, 11.07pm, Th10Oct; & 8.30pm, Sa12Oct, “Purpose: To discuss confidential personnel,legal,and contractual matters [original, rushed typing]”, called by Crosier, 11.24pm, F11Oct. These notices only appeared on the grid calendar, not on the linear list that is the homepage of Pacifica Calendar & Meeting Archive, https://kpftx.org/.

https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20191011 & https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20191012

Tracy, you say “prevented”, so the PNB voted to exclude the three? Was this done at Friday’s meeting?

Just some immediate, obvious points concerning by-law 13, “Conflicts of Interest”, that Greene relies on for his opinion. [UPDATE, Sa12Oct: Tracy says, “Greene is not relying on Pacifica’s bylaws. He’s relying on section 5233 of the CA Corporations Code”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificaRadiowaves/permalink/1345144892307458/]

Links to by-law 13: https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art13.html (this form is convenient); another is the booklet, also dated 1Jan2016, pages 37-9 https://mega.nz/#!qyBgCK6J!99O3H916evVwa5U0FSef2ONlL8pkQU4OZKLZIfXzq6Y)

On its face, there are two themes in this by-law that make it inapplicable here:

  • it only applies when “financial or business interests” are involved; &
  • it only applies to “proposed contract or transaction”, so prospective action by Pacifica, not retrospective justifications of unauthorised actions by IEW Vernile, the Interim Executive Wrecker.

I’ll go thru the by-law in its sequence.

By-law 13(2) speaks of a conflict of interest as involving “financial or business interests”. Greene gives no evidence that this applies to directors Steinberg & Sagurton. Concerning staff director Rhodes, he has as much of a monetary interest as any of the other paid staff directors, as the claimed benefit of shuttering WBAI is to monetarily help the other stations.

https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art13sec2.html

By-law 13(3) starts by saying, “An Interested Person must disclose in writing all material facts related to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest to the Board and/or the members of a committee considering a proposed contract or transaction to which the Conflict of Interest relates” (my emphasis). Have the three accused submitted anything in writing?

https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art13sec3.html

But the whole of by-law 13 only refers to prospective action by Pacifica, “proposed contract or transaction”, not retrospective action, such as Vernile’s wrecking on Monday.

13(3) then speaks of “after the Interested Person responds to any questions that the Board may have regarding the Conflict of Interest, the Board shall discuss the matter, outside the Interested Party’s presence, and vote on the contract or transaction in question” (my emphases): so this occurs during a PNB meeting, not an exchange of emails โ€“ and anyway, the possible conflict of interest refers to prospective action, not retrospective.

Furthermore, 13(3) says, “In order to approve the contract or transaction, the Board must in good faith after reasonable investigation make the following determinations [blah, blah]” (my emphases): no evidence has ever been presented that shuttering WBAI was merely one option amongst a number of considered, thought through, &, furthermore, costed options; indeed, there is no evidence that the PNB has ever directed the IEW & ICFO to document such options, & no evidence that the PNB has ever discussed such options.

13(4) starts this way: “If the Board or committee believes that an Interested Person has failed to disclose an actual or potential Conflict of Interest, it shall inform the Interested Person of the basis for such belief and afford the Interested Person an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose” (my emphases). Greene’s letter to PNB Vice-Chair Sabrina Jacobs, KPFA-staff delegate, is dated F11Oct. So how long was this opportunity, the one given to the three accused? Five hours? Five minutes?

https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art13sec4.html

The next & final paragraph, indeed, the last of this by-law: “If, after hearing the response of the Interested Person and making any further investigation, the Board reasonably believes is warranted in the circumstances, the Board determines that the Interested Person has in fact failed to disclose an actual or potential Conflict of Interest, it shall take that action it, in its sole discretion, believes to be appropriate in light of the circumstances.” Again, all this done in five minutes?

Kangaroo court.

Breakers try to disenfranchise 3 of 4 WBAI directors: alleged conflict of interest. Ford Greene legal opinion to PNB Vice-Chair Sabrina Jacobs, F11Oct2019. Page 3 of 3

https://mega.nz/#!qqhzHQwa!_sn44Q8cs3s5sg-rsBuJcFlkzxcFgPqsN3CAntJYOIo

Breakers try to disenfranchise 3 of 4 WBAI directors: alleged conflict of interest. Ford Greene legal opinion to PNB Vice-Chair Sabrina Jacobs, F11Oct2019. Page 1 of 3

The software only allows one large image per post, so for your convenience the three-page letter takes three posts.

https://mega.nz/#!qqhzHQwa!_sn44Q8cs3s5sg-rsBuJcFlkzxcFgPqsN3CAntJYOIo (read online using ‘magnifying glass’ or download)

After invasion, “found the station office in shambles” โ€“ sworn testimony

Evidence of the breaker authoritarians on the march โ€“ for some, the right sort of authoritarians, obviously, the well-meaning ones, the righteous ones.

The court depository for this case, so continually updated (12 deposits Monday, six yesterday) โ€“ just do the NY State Supreme Court’s ‘captcha’ to reach it: http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/iscroll/SQLData.jsp?IndexNo=159745-2019

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Respondent has refused to take any action to allow WBAI back on the air [page 2, my emphases]

Both this & the title quote, made “under penalty of perjury”, come from Arthur Schwartz. In this Pacifica case, he’s counsel & co-petitioner (the right sort of petition), & this was in his declaration to the NY State Supreme Court, Tu8Oct, p. 2, filed 6.28pm ET: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=MismQ7u0AA82W5_PLUS_vdNPK7w==&system=prod

Schwartz also swore that,

Pacifica Foundation […] dismantled all of its [WBAI’s] computers and broadcasting equipment, removed the Emergency Alert System from its office (a device required to be operating if a station is going to broadcast), eliminated the WBAI General Managerโ€™s ability to access the WBAI bank accounts, and disconnected the WBAI credit card processing account [pp. 1-2, my emphases]

The staff of WBAI re-entered the WBAI studios at 388 Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn, New York, shortly thereafter [10pm ET, Monday, with judge’s permission] and found the station office in shambles [p. 2, my emphases]

During the course of October 8, 2019, Respondent has refused to cooperate in restoring WBAIโ€™s ability to broadcast. Instead, the stationโ€™s FM station (99.5 FM) and its website (wbai.org) are broadcasting a feed from something called ‘Pacifica Across America.’ [p. 2, my emphases]

Schwartz then spoke emphatically, & unequivocally:

By acting in this manner, Respondent is acting in contempt of Judge Nervoโ€™s TRO. Respondent has refused to take any action to allow WBAI back on the air [p. 2, my emphases; Temporary Restraining Order]

That bears repeating, don’t you think?

Respondent has refused to take any action to allow WBAI back on the air

Schwartz drew the obvious conclusion:

Respondent, because of its behavior, should be held in contempt [p. 2]

Schwartz also, & remember this is late Tuesday afternoon, asked “the Court to direct:

a. Durst Broadcasting, LLC, which I represent hosts the WBAI broadcast antenna at 4Times Square, to restore control of the broadcast antenna to the WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers;

b. Hostgater.com, LLC, which I represent hosts WBAI.org, to restore control of the WBAI.org domain to the WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers;

c. JP Morgan Chase Bank, which I represent is the bank which receives contributions from WBAI listeners,to restore control of the following bank accounts tothe WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers: Account No. 117875510[,] Account No. 359801138[,] Account No. ending in 3449[,] Account No. ending in 4991; and

d. Google, Inc., which I represent hosts WBAIโ€™s email account,to restore control of WBAIโ€™s Gmail account ending in @wbai.org to the WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers [pp. 2-3]

Oh, dear, sworn testimony, made “under penalty of perjury”. Sworn testimony declaring that Pacifica’s IED is throwing IED’s, not just at the court but at the Pacifica members, Pacifica staff, & Pacifica listeners. IED Vernile is behaving as IEW Vernile, Interim Executive Wrecker.

Plus all the charitable funds โ€“ the members’ subs & the listeners’ donations โ€“ paying for all this mayhem & repeated court appearances.

Question is, in the spirit of accountability, transparency, & decency, who were the bright sparks within the Pacifica National Board who thought this wrecker was the right guy to have until 31Jan2020, when his six-month contract expires?

Who’s going to stand up & take responsibility for letting this IED into ‘the Pacifica fam’?

~๐Ÿ’—~ Che Memorial Day ~๐Ÿ’—~

Vernile and breakers propagandise pseudo-plan in “peaceful, informed dialogue”. M7Oct2019 letter

Dictator Vernile & Breakers Co. excel themselves with hypocritical pseudo-plan

https://mega.nz/#!z7InSKYK!BVqLEaFnU8-fFHqTLD7g-duBDHR7jaLLlJewdfKf8vM

Last weekend I showed that Vernile & McCoy go back in the day, the late ’90s in San Francisco, at Gavin Report, the music radio trade weekly. https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/10/06/john-vernile-prince-harry-and-charlotte-church-qm-and-quincy-mccoy-qm/

Two peas in a pod.

Pacifica listeners, unbeknownst to them, have been funding for weeks a coup, paying the wages of authoritarians, paying for security guards, paying for a secret plan, an action that is the very antithesis of what Pacifica stands for.

Bulldozering through the break up of Pacifica . . . “peaceful, informed dialogue” . . . the hypocrisy of dictators.

The rational response to this nonsense by the 11 anti-breaker directors on the Pacifica National Board:

โ€ข today, the 11 anti-breaker directors on the Pacifica National Board must issue an open letter condemning the unauthorised move by Vernile & his associates, such as the station manager of KPFA in the Bay Area, Quincy McCoy; &

โ€ข declare that all those involved will be fired for acting beyond their powers, not least in using members’ subscriptions & listeners’ donations to defy all that Pacifica stands for.

The rational response to this nonsense by the anti-breaker delegates on the three Local Station Boards that have their monthly meeting tomorrow, WBAI in New York, WPFW in DC, KPFT in Houston:

โ€ข the anti-breaker delegates must move a motion in support of the letter of the anti-breaker directors;

โ€ข demand the firing of Dictator Vernile; &

โ€ข reverse his authoritarian action.

WBAI station manager Reimers’ email to staff, 9.49am ET, M7Oct2019

Dear WBAI producers and staff,

The interim Executive Director terminates all of WBAIโ€™s employee as if this morning. They cited financial problems. As of now WBAI is controlled by Mr. Vernile and the National Office. There is a show on the air now that I do not recognize.
This means your shows are no longer on WBAI per this action by Mr. Vernile.
I will keep you posted.
Thanks much for all you do,
Berthold

Berthold Reimers WBAI Radio 99.5 FM General Manager

[email, 9.49am ET; no sics added]

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At least he signed it.

COUP AT WBAI! IED John Vernile, without authorisation, closes station, turns it into relay. His letter to all Pacifica directors

. . . screenshot of the homepage โ€“ the only webpage WBAI has, showing the audio button of the relay . . .

[Vernile’s letter, then a commentary.]

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Dear PNB Director,

Immediate action must be taken to address a dire financial crisis that seriously threatens the viability of the Pacifica Foundation. As a result of the ongoing financial shortfalls and poor payroll planning at WBAI, the Foundation lacks the financial reserves to pay: (all of our) or (national and PRA) staff salaries, health care, needed legal and engineering services, required insurance for our loan and legally required audit services.

Paramount, we have a legal obligation to have the resources available to pay our staff. Our financial condition makes it clear that it will be impossible to sustain this legal obligation without immediate action. The Pacifica handbook is clear that when payroll cannot be made that layoffs must be made immediately.

In addition, unless action is taken, we will also lose our NETA partner by monthโ€™s end due to nonpayment. NETA support includes: HR, retirement administration, audit coordination, payroll and finance. This will be catastrophic for our operations, employees and listeners.

Under its current management and strategy, WBAI is exposing the Foundation to insolvency. In short:
โ€ข WBAI has repeatedly missed payroll, employee health insurance payments, and payments to Pacifica Central services.
โ€ข They have failed to meet the last 2 payroll cycles and lack the cash reserves to meet the next.
โ€ข WBAI studio rent is currently behind by two months.
โ€ข WBAI constantly requires the support of the other Pacifica units, PRA and our affiliates to maintain current operations. This is no longer possible, as our reserves are virtually exhausted.
โ€ข WBAIโ€™s accumulated debt to Pacifica Central Services is over $4 million
โ€ข WBAI is currently subjecting its listeners to over 140 days of on-air fundraising, rarely reaching its modest goals, despite being in the largest metro area in the US, on a prime, mid-dial FM channel.

The accumulated debt and ongoing financial mismanagement threaten our larger Foundation and its current, vitally important work that serves hundreds of thousands of US residents and online listeners worldwide.

So, with a sober understanding that the survival of Pacifica is at stake, we need to cease local staff operations at WBAI and operate the station via a remote Pacifica network feed as allowed by FCC regulations. As soon as financially and logistically possible, a plan will be drawn up to address how we can rebuild the station into a vibrant local going operation.

Pacifica will undertake the task of rebuilding WBAI, advancing the service at the other four Pacifica stations, strengthening our services to affiliates, redirecting badly needed resources to the Archives and completing a long overdue list of organizational projects that all directly impact Pacificaโ€™s viability.

Please keep this document confidential because it may affect our relationship with our creditors.

John Vernile, Interim Executive Director

(this letter is undated; read online using Clouseau’s best friend, or download)

~~~

The WBAI website has closed, simply having a homepage with an audiofile button: https://wbai.org/.

There are two takeaways at the start of this new crisis:

  • no evidence has ever been presented to justify smashing WBAI; &
  • the IED is not carrying out a policy of the Pacifica National Board; instead, he’s probably coordinating with the core of the breaker faction, with them keeping the PNB paralysed, with its 11-11 split.

Despite this dictatorial bluster by the IED โ€“ and he is proving to be an IED โ€“ no evidenced case has EVER been presented within Pacifica to smash WBAI. Not by an IED or ED, not by an ICFO or CFO, not by a Chair of the board of directors, not by any group of directors, or an individual director. Not even by the current incarnation of those who have been trying to break up Pacifica for longer than a decade. No-one has presented an evidenced case. As the Interim Chief Financial Officer has told the PNB Finance Cttee, she hasn’t even got current monthly statements, be they management or financial, for any station, let alone the Foundation as a whole.

As repeatedly demonstrated here, & at Chris Albertson’s blog, http://wbai-nowthen.blogspot.com, it’s spurious to say WBAI is the problem. The Executive Director appoints station managers; the Executive Director is responsible for all major contracts. If fiefdoms exist it’s because the ED, & the PNB, want an easier life โ€“ that’s until the moment when the strained string snaps.

Instead of evidenced argument, there’s been a splutter, then a stream, & now a flood of assertions, unsubstantiated claims, citing a putative fact ripped from its context. And power need not be constrained by reason, as we saw today.

This is the latest written report from WBAI Treasurer R Paul Martin, dated 11Sep, six pages, given to his Local Station Board: https://glib.com/treasurers_report_2019-09-11.pdf

To the same meeting was a report by Pacifica directors Alex Steinberg, James Sagurton, & Shawn Rhodes, & its accuracy has been proven by events:

  • โ€œthe goal of these behind the scene machinations is not the revival of WBAI but its dismantlingโ€
  • โ€œWe believe WBAI is in grave dangerโ€
  • โ€œa series of events has transpired in the past two weeks that should raise the alarm bells about the continued existence of WBAI as an independent radio stationโ€
  • โ€œa group of Directors on the PNB is intent on usurping the role of the WBAI LSB in evaluating management. They are intent on removing WBAIโ€™s management team by executive fiatโ€
  • โ€œwe are once more hearing about why a team from California should be sent immediately to take over and manage WBAIโ€
  • โ€œThis report is meant to alert the WBAI LSB and WBAI staff, listeners and supporters to the dangers we are facingโ€

https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/09/13/the-goal-of-these-behind-the-scene-machinations-is-not-the-revival-of-wbai-but-its-dismantling-pacifica-directors-sound-the-alarm/

This, combined with the PNB being paralysed, means that what we have is planned chaos.

The political context now facing us has two main elements:

The immediate task is to counter this coup. The PNB Finance Cttee meets tomorrow, Tuesday, 8.30pm ET, livestream link at https://kpftx.org/. WBAI’s Local Station Board meets Wednesday, 7.30pm ET (the same evening the LSB’s meet in DC, WPFW, & Houston, KPFT). The PNB next meets the following day, an hour earlier than usual, also at 7.30pm ET. Whether quorum is achieved will depend on the breaker faction, which started the paralysis of the PNB when it tried to push its move for a new Pacifica constitution at the Su29Sep PNB meeting.

https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20191010, with livestream link at https://kpftx.org/

~~~

Some obvious questions: who planned & executed all the logistics in today’s operation, including hiring the ‘security guards’, all funded by Pacifica listeners? how long has this planning been going on? who authorised this expenditure of listeners’ donations? and who went to the trouble of designing the graphic that is now WBAI’s sole webpage?

~~~

Early take by RealWorlders, not worried that they may be alerting the creditors (as if): http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2019/oct/07/wbai-shutting-down/ (11.15am ET)

Oddly, the Amsterdam News cites “a letter from the station’s owner, the Pacifica Foundation”, which isn’t on its own website, https://pacifica.org/, & doesn’t seem to be in the public realm. “‘Due to ongoing and continued projections fo [sic] further financial loses at WBAI, local operations are being discontinued as of October 7, 2019 […] We realize this news will come as a deep and painful shock, but we can no longer jeopardize the survival of the entire network.'” [This is a statement Vernile distributed, not under his own name but that of “Pacifica Foundation”; it’s here: https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/10/07/the-cowardly-letter-sent-by-vernile-he-didnt-even-have-the-guts-to-sign-it/]

More RealWorlders alert the creditors: https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/wbai-radio-station-abruptly-shuts-down (12.31pm ET)

The New York Post has its completely derivative take, as any reader of this blog will readily appreciate, simply being the mouthpiece of IED Vernile’s letter: https://nypost.com/2019/10/07/new-york-based-wbai-radio-abruptly-shuts-down/ (1.56pm ET)

And the NYT? . . . & then the WSJ? . . . Maybe Bully John will get asked for an interview, just like when he helped out Charlotte Church . . .

Here’s the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/07/business/media/wbai-pacifica-layoffs.html (4.39pm ET)

First Maxie, now Grace: Grace Aaron deposed as Chair of the Pacifica Board, Th5Sep

Grace Aaron is no more โ€“ according to the Foundation’s website: “Chair election”, listed as one of the purposes of the Pacifica National Board meeting this Thursday, at 7.30pm EDT (note, it’s an hour earlier than usual).

https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20190919

It seems she met her demise not on the way to the Forum but at the PNB’s Th5Sep private meeting. In the tradition of the secrecy culture secreting from every pore of the beast known as Pacifica, this non-confidentiality matter wasn’t done in public, allowing members, staff, listeners, to hear the reasons & arguments made, & how directors voted. Oh, no. That would be transparency in action โ€“ anathema to the Pacifica way. Instead, her former allies turned against her, knives drawn, stabbing her. In the front, the sides, &, of course, the back. Cowards. All of them.

Greek tragedy this was not. Pacifican tragedy neither. It was simply what passes for daily life amongst The Chosen of Pacifica. Just a lil bit more raw.

A number of hitherto reliable sources tell me the proximate reason for Ms Aaron’s end was her defence of WBAI’s station manager, He-of-the-Augsburger, Berthold Reimers. In this she was supported by Director Alex Steinberg, a WBAI listener-delegate. But a raging gale of retribution is blasting through Pacifica HQ 2.0, the virtual version, powered by CSC, Californian station chauvinism, & all those frightened forces who think that if WBAI is hacked off then their own station’s begging bowl has fewer competitors. So let’s all gang-up on WBAI, 4-on-1.

Hence the Alex Steinberg/James Sagurton report to the W11Sep WBAI LSB, warning that “the goal of these behind the scene machinations is not the revival of WBAI but its dismantling“. It’s just that in Stalinist style, Alex left out the lil detail of Gorgon Grace having her snakes slashed off a few days before. Old habits never die. Stalinists, nuns, indeed, Stalinist nuns, same-same-same. https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/09/13/the-goal-of-these-behind-the-scene-machinations-is-not-the-revival-of-wbai-but-its-dismantling-pacifica-directors-sound-the-alarm/

This Thursday there are three PNB meetings, with these stated purposes, etc.:

  • 7.30pm public session: “Set Bylaws Notice Date, ED report, Chair election, NES report[;] Special meeting called by Directors Crosier [KPFT listener-delegate], Sabbagh [KPFK staff-delegate], Goldmacher [KPFA listener]” (my italics & bold), posted by Bill Crosier, 10.54pm EDT (updated 11.41pm), Th12Sep;
  • 8.30pm private session: “Personnel Issues, Legal Issues, Governance Issues[;] Meeting called by Tom Voorhees [KPFA staff], Alex Steinberg [WBAI listener], Grace Aaron [KPFK listener]”, posted by Grace Aaron, 3.13pm, M9Sep; &
  • 10.30pm public session: “Governance, Committee Business[;] Meeting called by Tom Voorhees, Alex Steinberg, Grace Aaron”, posted by Grace Aaron, 3.17pm, M9Sep

https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20190919

So not just electing a new PNB Chair, but setting in motion the revision of the by-laws. The new majority are intent on fundamental change. Hence the Steinberg/Sagurton focus on the Pacifica break-up plans of Peter Franck & others (please see the posts of recent days).

So it needs to be emphasised that Grace’s passing is only part of a much more expansive move from within the PNB: (1) to instigate direct central control over WBAI, removing local management (principally GM Berthold Reimers & perhaps PD Linda Perry), & (2) to revise the by-laws, making it easier to dissolve the Pacifica network. Call it ABS, the Acid Bath Strategy.

Simultaneously, the monthly LSB meetings are being cancelled without explanation: KPFT’s W11Sep (announced at Meeting Archive, 11.38pm EDT, M9Sep), & also not just KPFA’s Sa21Sep (ditto, 1.32pm EDT, Sa14Sep) but the 19Oct too (ditto, 9.18pm EDT, W21Aug). KPFK’s was due to meet yesterday, Su15Sep (audio likely to be posted tomorrow, perhaps Wednesday, at https://kpftx.org/archive.php). Shutting down discussion isn’t part of the progressive playbook โ€“ but Pacifica is run by reactionaries, passionate about controlling access to information. Is a coordinated attempt being made to stymie opportunities to ask basic questions, to discuss, to express dissent?

Consistent with it all is the lack of mandatory posting of audiofiles for two recent public sessions of PNB cttees.: the Tu3Sep Strategic Planning Cttee, & the W4Sep Programming Cttee. As expected, no explanation for these violations is given at https://kpftx.org/archive.php. Manners maketh man, but obviously not P-man.

This makes the current Local Station Board elections more important than ever, as the clichรฉ has it. Voting started Th15Aug, ends Tu15Oct, with results certified F1Nov. Will the commencement of ructions drive the 46k electors towards the polls or make them rip up their membership cards in despair? Latest from National Elections Supervisor Renee Penaloza, Th5Sep, with listener quorum 10%: KPFA 3.4%, KPFK 2.5%, KPFT 3.6%, WPFW 3.0%, WBAI 3.3%. Every chance we’ll see stuffing by blank ballots again. (The NES’ link for a later report, apparently dated Su15Sep, is as dead as a Pacifican parrot.) https://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/ (strapline, “Grassroots Democracy at Pacifica Radio”) & http://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Pacifica-Election-Report-09-05-19.pdf

Not to be outdone by the PNB, the same evening, the execution process proceeds apace at WBAI. Here the Management Evaluation Cttee sits (or is it smothers?): “[t]his meeting will complete preparations for the Management Evaluation Process”. The joy, the schadenfreude, of the rule of the offices. This, the station-level correlate of the PNB Personnel Cttee, the one chaired by Grace’s fellow Gorgon, Jan Goodman, that delivered Maxie to the slab. https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20190919

The bodies are beginning to pile up in PacificaWorld.

On a happier note, contradicting the meetings archive, of course, a more prominent Foundation webpage still lists Ms Aaron as the occupant: https://pacifica.org/pnb_members.php. Touching. As the lady puts it at the end of her own personal correspondence, peace . . .

. . . Pacifica peace . . . doing it all for The Mission . . . Pacifica, where peace is war . . .