URGENT: Ally with us to defend our community KPFA radio station

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KPFA & Pacifica, a strategic asset for social movements

by Daniel Borgström
August 27, 2012

KPFA and the Pacifica radio network are a strategic asset for grassroots movements challenging the status quo. It has given Occupy some very good coverage. However, this cannot be taken for granted, because this radio station and network are under attack (from within). There is now an election going on for the KPFA board which could determine the future of this radio station and the Pacifica network.

KPFA, at 94.1 FM, is the local station here in Northern California. Pacifica is the parent organization; it has stations in five major cities. It also has over a hundred affiliated stations. In short, this is a nationwide radio network. Since the Occupy Movement has been nationwide, we can see the strategic importance of keeping the Pacifica network intact. However, there are some who want to break up the network; a group calling itself “Save KPFA” has been pushing to separate KPFA from Pacifica. That’s a bad idea, because if the network were broken up, the stations would likely fall into the hands of centrist or even rightwing broadcasting companies. A breakup must be prevented; this is one of the main issues in the upcoming board election.

In the KPFA election, 9 board members will be chosen. There are two competing alliances with totally different (and in my opinion irreconcilable) visions for KPFA’s future. In a nutshell, the situation is comparable to that of  Occupy Oakland vs. the Alameda County Labor Council bureaucrats — who for a while seemed to be our natural allies, but ended up opposing Occupy and lining up with Mayor Jean Quan and the Democratic Party.

We may remember that last fall, almost from day one, the Democratic Party set out to co-opt Occupy, to turn it into the Democrats’ equivalent of the Tea Party. As soon as tents appeared in the Plaza, Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland City Council (all Democrats) made a major bid to co-opt Occupy Oakland. They were actually very nice to Occupy at first, and it was only after the General Assembly rejected their advances that the Democrats sent police to attack us.

The same struggle has been going on at KPFA. The difference being that whereas the General Assembly decided within the short space of about two days that it didn’t want to carry water for the Democrats, KPFA has spent 2 decades on this question, and is still in the process of making up its collective mind.

KPFA’s board consists of 24 members — slightly over half are aligned with the pro-Democrat labor bureaucracy, and several of this faction, which calls itself “SaveKPFA,” are members of MoveOn.org and the Wellstone Club. Pamela Drake of “SaveKPFA” openly works for Mayor Jean Quan. They are also the group that has been attempting to do a recall on Tracy Rosenberg, a highly effective KPFA board member and advocate for media democracy. If the “Save KPFA” group wins out in this struggle, KPFA’s programming will most certainly be unfriendly to Occupy and other grassroots movements. Occupy will NOT receive good coverage.

Opposing the pro-Democrat faction is an alliance (including Henry Norr, David Welsh, Stan Woods among others) which is friendly to Occupy. Most of its members have taken part in Occupy Oakland’s actions. This group is “United for Community Radio.”

That is the KPFA situation in a nutshell; for more details, there are articles at my website, “Daniel’s Free Speech Zone” http://danielborgstrom.blogspot.com ; also see stoptherecall.org stopthekpfarecall.org and supportkpfa.org.


Become a KPFA subscriber and vote in the upcoming board election.
Attend KPFA board meetings; they’re monthly, and most are held in Berkeley.
Read up on the issues and the current history of KPFA at the above websites.
Share Facebook posts about “United for Community Radio.”

TO BECOME A VOTING MEMBER of KPFA, a $25 subscription must be delivered to the station by August 30th. It’s at:

KPFA Radio Station, 94.1 FM
1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley CA 94704
(One block north of University Ave.)
(510) 848.6767

For more information about KPFA’s board election, please contact:
Aharon Morris, Local Election Supervisor
510.848.6767 ext. 212
or via e-mail at:  election@kpfa.org


2 Responses to “URGENT: Ally with us to defend our community KPFA radio station”

  1. KPFAWorker

    We at KPFAWorker.org also urge you to support KPFA and vote. However, please don’t believe this ridiculous article about Mr. Borgstrom’s allies being the only ones to support Occupy.

    Take the time to research the situation. You’ll find much more reliable information at http://www.KPFAWorker.org and http://www.SaveKPFA.org, including a long list of progressives who endorse SaveKPFA….

    KPFA Workers

    C.S. Soong, Co-host, Against the Grain
    Mitch Jeserich, Letters & Politics, Producer & Host
    Brian Edwards-Tiekert, KPFA’s UpFront, co-host
    Mark Mericle, Co-Director, KPFA News
    Aileen Alfandary, Co-Director, KPFA News
    Bonnie Simmons, Host, The Bonnie Simmons Show, former KPFA LSB, Pacifica National Board
    Philip Maldari, Sunday Show, Producer & Host
    Kris Welch, Living Room & Saturday Morning Talkies, Producer & Host
    Miguel Guerrero, Web Producer & Producer, Rock and Rebellion
    Jan Etre, Crafts Fair Coordinator
    Laura Prives, Morning Show, Executive Producer
    Sasha Lilley, Against the Grain, Producer & Host
    Max Pringle, News Reporter
    John Hamilton, News Producer & Anchor
    Rose Ketabchi, Free Speech Radio News, Technical Producer, KPFA News Co-Anchor
    Scott Pham, Free Speech Radio News, Technical Producer
    Derk Richardson, Host of the Hear and Now
    David Gans, Host of Dead To The World
    Bob Baldock, KPFA Events Coordinator
    Richard Wolinsky, Bookwaves on Cover to Cover, Producer and Host
    Vanessa Tait, labor journalist, KPFA News unpaid staff, FSRN co-founder
    Lewis Sawyer, producer Early Morning Music , former KPFA Receptionist
    Esther Manilla, former Morning Show and Fund Drive producer
    David Bacon, former Morning Show labor producer
    Eddie Yuen, Against the Grain, co-editor of Confronting Capitalism
    Sally Phillips, KPFA Producer, Host, Engineer
    Glenn Reeder, KPFA News Anchor
    Eddy Pay, The Herbal Highway
    Tina Bachemin, News reporter
    Serge Morel, reporter, KPFA News
    Tim Lynch, KPFA music producer & host
    Diana Martinez, Letters & Politics
    Ramsey Kanaan, founder, AK Press; co-founder/publisher, PM Press; KPFA unpaid staff
    Judith Scherr, KPFA News
    Joanna Manqueros, Music of the World, unpaid staff
    Vic Bedoian, KPFA News reporter, former KFCF General Manager
    Jonas Hansen, former KPFA intern

    Artists, Journalists, Academics

    Larry Bensky, Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent (1987-2007)
    Raj Patel, author of “The Value of Nothing” and “Stuffed and Starved”
    Jello Biafra, artist/musician/entrepreneur
    Rychard Withers, Executive Director, Fresno Free College Foundation, General Manager, KFCF (Fresno)
    Ignacio Chapela, Professor, Director of Laboratory of Microbial Ecology, UCB
    Conn Hallinan, foreign policy analyst, Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Study, columnist, LSB member
    Aaron Glantz, Free Speech Radio News, co-founder, “Winter Soldier” broadcasts
    George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
    Karen Paget, author
    Mattie Harper, Democracy Now former producer
    Rick Flores, Host of “Wasteland Of The Free” on KFCF
    Andrea Turner, cultural and community activist, LSB member
    Frank Delgado,”Frank D”, KFCF, Creative Director
    Bernard Gilbert, Freedom Song Network
    Barbara Epstein, Professor, Dept. of History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
    Jon Fromer, singer/songwriter, NABET/CWA local 51 shop steward
    Pat Wynne, Dir. Bay Area Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus
    Peter Najarian, Artist, Writer, “The Great American Loneliness”
    Andrej Grubacic, radical historian and sociologist
    Summer Brenner, author of Richmond Tales and community activist
    Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch investigative journalist, author of Halliburton’s Army
    David Martinez, radical filmmaker
    Sheila Tully, Faculty CSUSF
    Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
    Kay Trimberger, Professor Emerita, Sonoma State University and author
    Johanna Poethig, Professor, CSU, Monterey Bay, Public & Community Artist
    Lynne Hollander Savio, Chair., Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award
    Beth Lisick, author/poet/performer
    Debbie Speer, Journalist, former KFCF Director, former LSB member
    Dr. Carla J. Fehr, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, Iowa State University
    Scoop Nisker, radio commentator and author
    Marty Price, educator, youth worker
    Kathleen Weaver, author of Peruvian Rebel
    AnnaMarie Smith, Professor, Government Department Cornell University
    Susan Stone, former KPFA Drama and Literature Director
    Dana Frank, Professor of History, UCSC
    Susan Moon, listener, writer, teacher
    Stephanie Luce, Associate Professor, Murphy Institute/CUNY
    Adrienne Carey Hurley, Professor of East Asian Studies, McGill University
    Lynn Feinerman, founding producer, Women Rising (National Radio Project)
    Todd Davies, Lecturer, Stanford University
    Lynn Feinerman, artist/journalist
    Molly Holm, Vocalist/Composer
    Maya Manza, Dept of Geography, McGill University
    Teresa McFarland, Dept of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
    Juan Pedro Gaffney Rivera, Founding Director, Coro Hispano de San Francisco; composer and arranger, choral director and educator

    Community Activists

    Act Up, East Bay
    Rashidah Grinage, founder, People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO)
    Cecilia E.”Ces”Rosales, Alameda Cnty. D.C.C., Ntl. Cntr. for Lesbian Rights, E. Bay No on Prop 8 Campaign
    Marty Bennett, Co-Chair of the Sonoma County Living Wage Coalition
    Max Anderson, Berkeley City Council Member
    Dr. Jeff Ritterman, Vice Mayor of the City of Richmond
    John Iversen, Act Up, East Bay
    Mal Warwick, consultant, author, and public speaker
    Tom Bates, Mayor, City of Berkeley
    Loni Hancock, State Senator, District 9, East Bay
    Anna Rabkin, former City of Berkeley Auditor
    Bob Meyer, President, Progressive Perspectives
    Giuliana M. Sorro, SF Community Activist
    Linda Olivenbaum, Director, Early Childhood Program Administration
    Kathy Lipscomb, Senior Action Network, S.F. Executive Board
    Fran Taylor, SF Community Activist
    Anne Weills, Civil rights lawyer and community organizer
    Nick Jones, Atchison Village Co-op, former UFWA Boycott Director
    Sandy Spiker, East Bay community activist
    Nancy Friedman, MFT, Oakland
    Jack Radey, historian, game designer, Eugene, OR
    Mike Rotkin, Mayor of Santa Cruz, California
    Igor Tregub, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
    Ying Lee, Berkeley community activist
    John Van Eyck, former listener rep, KPFA Local Station Board
    John Tango Iverson, health activist

    Labor Leaders

    Dan Siegel, civil rights and labor attorney, former Pacifica General Counsel
    Sal Rosselli, president, National Union of Healthcare Workers
    Glenn Goldstein, National Organizing Director, NUHW
    Shelley Kessler, Sec. Treas., San Mateo Labor Council
    Walter Johnson, emeritus Secretary Treasurer of the SF Labor Council
    Michael Eisenscher, Coordinator, Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace and Justice
    Betty Olson-Jones, President, Oakland Education Association
    Warren Mar, labor & community activist
    Roger Scott, Executive Board AFT 2121, CCSF
    Susan McDonough, labor activist, LSB member
    Catherine Powell, California Faculty Association
    Larry Hendel, No. Ca. Organizing Director, California Faculty Assn.
    Tho Thi Do, International General Vice President, Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE)
    Bill Harvey, Retired Sec/Treas CWA Local 9415, Retired President Alameda County Labor Council AFL-CIO
    Ana Turetsky, President, American Federation of Teachers, Local 771
    Sandy Kaplan, Co-President, Shoreline Educators Association/CTA
    Peter Olney, International Organizing Director, ILWU
    Maria Guillan, SEIU Local 1021 activist
    Mary Fromer, Organizing Director SEIU Local 707, Sonoma County (retired)
    Libby Sayre, CWA District 9
    Tonette Garcia, Worksite Organizer, SEIU Local 1021
    Paul Kaplan, Executive Board Member, North Bay Labor Council
    Jelger Kalmijn, President, University Professional & Technical Employees/CWA
    Steve Early, labor journalist
    Francesca Rosa, member-delegate San Francisco Labor Council, SEIU 1021
    KPFA Listeners

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  2. callresponse.radio

    To re-state the most important time-sensitive element from Daniel’s article: please find $25 somewhere by Thursday, Aug 30 (listeners now have 2 extra days – til Sept 1) and JOIN KPFA via the address above or online at http://www.kpfa.org.

    stopthekpfarecall.org is the correct website Daniel is wanting to link above. (it includes the word KPFA within.) stoptherecall doesn’t link.

    Thank you for the article, Daniel. it’s hard to explain something as convoluted as the long and important campaign to keep KPFA/Pacifica independent from corporate and corporate-party control..One thing to say is that our group, United for Community Radio also stands FOR some important things. The following is a draft statement, still being finalized, possibly something to add, for example, about working to broadcast a progressive agenda making more use of new technology such as the internet – to realize this power more and more for the network.

    KPFA and Pacifica are a priceless resource. We have the opportunity to be a force for change – by amplifying the voices of those whose needs and desires, whose opinions and culture, are overlooked, marginalized or silenced by the mainstream media.
    Statement of Purpose:

    1. A Community Resource – To reclaim the mission of Pacifica and KPFA as a commons, reflecting broad and diverse participation, and not to be controlled by any particular group or party.

    2. Both Station and Network – To maintain the integrity and financial viability of KPFA and the Pacifica network – the national office, all five stations, the 160-plus affiliates, and the Archives. To develop a financial recovery and sustainability plan for KPFA to ensure its continued survival.

    3. Democratically Governed – To maintain governing boards that are democratically elected by proportional representation and have true management oversight.

    4. Program Council – To reconstitute our Program Council, including representatives from the listener community, and unpaid and paid staff.

    5. A Voice for Progressive Social Movements — To ensure that news, public affairs, music, arts and cultural affairs programming incorporate and prioritize the voices of people’s movements and communities – including struggles for protection of human and labor rights, civil liberties and the environment; for social equality; for the liberation of oppressed peoples, and freedom from imperialist domination and war. This includes expression of varied and controversial ideas, speech, information and debates – working especially to understand opposing viewpoints while standing for those whose voices are too often excluded from commercial media.

    7. Mutual Respect – To recognize and respect the essential roles of staff (unpaid and paid), apprentices, volunteers, management, and listeners at all 5 Pacifica stations.

    8. Listener Input – To ensure that the listeners have opportunities to provide input to the station, through various forms of feedback, including two annual, bylaws- mandated, LSB- hosted Town Hall meetings, regularly scheduled listener call-in shows and surveys.