WBAI Indy/ACE Board Members: End Phony Boycott. Step Up or Step Aside
The 2015 elections by WBAI listener and staff members delivered a 12-12 tie between the Justice and Unity Campaign, a multi-racial, anti-racist coalition, and the "Indy Caucus," the latest incarnation of the group (previously called "ACE") that was responsible for firing longtime program director and Black community activist Bernard White in 2009. That move heightened division among staff and alienated a significant portion of the listenership.
Indy/ACE members controlled the board for more than seven years preceding this election; none have appeared at the meetings of the newly reconstituted board. Because of the boycott, the WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) has been unable to conduct business, even as the station is reeling from a continuing severe deficit and falling paid membership.
In a February 23 letter to the Pacifica National Board, the governing body of WBAI's parent foundation, the 12 Justice and Unity local board members requested "action in the face of this continuing emergency." According to the letter, initiated by member Lynne Stewart, the prominent activist and former attorney who was the top vote-getter in the recent elections, "One of the opposition was actually overheard saying that there may be no LSB meetings for the next year. Such a we-rule-or-we-ruin ideology has no place in a democratic process. . . . Together we must defeat this attack on the democratically constituted and elected WBAI Local Station Board."
For more background on this issue, visit http://www.justiceunity.org
- The Indy Caucus/ACE WBAI Local Board Members
- Pacifica National Board
To: Thomas Barton, Jim Dingeman, Reggie Johnson, Ken Laufer, Frank LeFever, Patricia Logan, R. Paul Martin, Eve Moser, Shawn Rhodes, Alex Steinberg, Jeremy Taylor, and Bob Young
The results of the 2015 Local Station Board elections are that you are tied 12-12 with Justice & Unity. Pacifica and WBAI’s mission, in broadcasting, is to build lasting understanding between individuals and groups.* If you’re supposed to be ensuring that the station fulfills that pledge in its programming, why aren’t you doing it yourselves on the Board? None of you attended either of the last two announced Local Station Board meetings, and most of you who were on the 2015 Board also failed to attend the preceding regular meeting, even though you were at the building.
WBAI cannot sustain another civil war. As things stand now, it will take everyone’s best efforts to stabilize and rebuild the station. We should not have to remind you of the crucial importance of WBAI’s continued existence as the only radio station in this area that dares to tell the truth.
Please respect the bylaws and the decisions of the station’s voters and show up and do the work that you were elected to do: Save WBAI.
The next Local Station Board meeting is 7pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at: ARC Senior Center, 120 W. 140 St., btw. Malcolm X Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Harlem, NY 10030.
START ATTENDING MEETINGS NOW!
Art. 1, Sec. 2 In radio broadcasting operations to engage in any activity that shall contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors; to gather and disseminate information on the causes of conflict between any and all of such groups; and through any and all means compatible with the purposes of this Foundation to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms.
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