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WBAI Indy/ACE Board Members: End Phony Boycott. Step Up or Step Aside

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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."

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