. . . KPFA Local Station Board, roll-call . . .
. . . and delegate Elizabeth Milos has decided she’s going to speak . . .
. . . KPFA Local Station Board, roll-call . . .
. . . and delegate Elizabeth Milos has decided she’s going to speak . . .
A Song on the End of the World
On the day the world ends
A bee circles a clover,
A fisherman mends a glimmering net.
Happy porpoises jump in the sea,
By the rainspout young sparrows are playing
And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always be.
On the day the world ends
Women walk through the fields under their umbrellas,
A drunkard grows sleepy at the edge of a lawn,
Vegetable peddlers shout in the street
And a yellow-sailed boat comes nearer the island,
The voice of a violin lasts in the air
And leads into a starry night.
And those who expected lightning and thunder
And those who expected signs and archangels’ trumps
Do not believe it is happening now.
As long as the sun and the moon are above,
As long as the bumblebee visits a rose,
As long as rosy infants are born
No one believes it is happening now.
Only a white-haired old man, who would be a prophet
Yet is not a prophet, for he’s much too busy,
Repeats while he binds his tomatoes:
There will be no other end of the world,
There will be no other end of the world.
Czeslaw Milosz, A Song on the End of the World, Warsaw, 1944, translated by Anthony Milosz, in Czeslaw Milosz, New and Collected Poems 1931-2001, HarperCollins Publishers (New York), 2003, pages 56 & 776 – free download at https://libgen.is/search.php?req=milosz+collected&lg_topic=libgen&open=0&view=simple&res=25&phrase=1&column=def
[Pertinent is the successful 2022 news blackout, keeping secret even the concrete topics of any significant PNB decision (made in the famed ‘executive sessions’), the cherry on the top of the increasing number of open meetings either lacking a publicly available audio recording or even closed to the public thru the withholding of joining details when they aren’t streamed. Every lil bit helps. This exercise in opacity makes it even more likely that Milosz is right, that “There will be no other end of the world, / There will be no other end of the world.” – “And those who expected lightning and thunder / Are disappointed. / And those who expected signs and archangels’ trumps / Do not believe it is happening now.” Gotta luv it. Only goes to prove that when Pacifica decision-makers really put their mind to something, even without coordination, they can come up trumps. Now there’s a thought.]
. . . not Cornelis Cort, Heracles slaying the Hydra, his second labour, engraving, c. 1565 . . .
[Remember, the KPFA Local Station Board meets this Saturday, 19Dec, at 1100PT. “Each meeting shall include a public comment period of not less than thirty (30) minutes. No person shall be required, as a condition for attendance at any public meeting or to publicly comment, to register his/her name or to provide any other information” (Art. 7, Sec. 6C), https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec6.html. Given the latest news out of Berkeley, I’m sure that the KPFA delegates will want to learn from a full & frank exchange of member & listener views, so one can expect at least an hour of public comment. To join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97261721597?pwd=eWdHbE81bVovVzlqV0kwd2lOVmFxQT09 (accessing in another way, just use meeting ID 9726172 & passcode 935186), per https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/showfile.php?id=6882&type=agenda.]
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?
(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:
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:
What else is publicly available? Pacifica in Exile, the blog of Tracy Rosenberg, usefully posted other primary docs on Tu15Dec2020 – https://pacificainexile.org/archives/9901. (They’ll be embedded here.)
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.
Nevertheless, RCT gives alternative routes. First, it says “[d]ownloadable Charity Registration Reports are updated monthly on the Registry Reports page”, but this drew a blank (just Pacifica churches – although that’s close) – https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/reports/charities-may-operate.csv. Second, the Charity Annual Report Filings, as expected, give nothing for Pacifica Safety Net, but it lists Pacifica Education Foundation, & Pacificans Care (lines #20247 & #20259 respectively; ‘care’ popped up on the PSN website, closing the ‘about’ statement: “[t]hank you for caring and giving” – https://pacificasafetynet.org/about-psn/). However, the location detail for both charities is Pacifica, CA, so one wouldn’t expect them to have anything to do with breakers – https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/reports/charity-annual-report-filings.csv. But when normal service is restored to the RCT site we’ll take a look.
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.
https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kpfa/161119/kpfa161119a.mp3 (two audiofiles, 3h35; as you know, at the end, just replace the ‘a’ with ‘b’) & https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/12/01/18794297.php
Quotes from the report, in order of appearance:
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 Coyotehttps://pacificasafetynet.org/campaign-launched-by-donor-to-save-pacifica-radio/ (emphases added)
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 otherwisehttps://www.gofundme.com/f/pacifica-safety-net (emphases added)
Let’s not mince words: the stated ambition is to set up a parallel funding operation, one necessarily competing with Pacifica. In the meantime, fund litigation to bleed Pacifica dry.
Let battle commence.
. . . the Pacifica of their dreams . . .
. . . 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.] . . .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 Dawn New 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?
. . . “Address: Info for how to join by Zoom will be posted on the agenda page for this meeting on KPFTX.org the week before.” Thx, Carol . . . https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20201219
. . . “Public Comments”, even “PNB and LSB Updates” – interesting, as Chris ‘I may only play the triangle, but I’m still a musician’ Cory would say . . . https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kpfa/201219/kpfa201219_6882_agenda.txt
The world & her wife can make their views known, via Zoom, during the mandatory minimum 30mins public comment at this KPFA LSB meeting, 1100PT Sa19Dec, when the 2021 LSB officers will also be elected.
“Each meeting shall include a public comment period of not less than thirty (30) minutes.” https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec6.html (Art. 7, Sec. 6C)
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]