28 October, 2008

CPB Audit:
Incompetent KBBF Management,
Imperils Funding Support

Source: http://vozfuerte.info

Full report:

CPB Audit Reveals Incompetent KBBF Management,
Imperils Funding Support

A Special Review of management practices by the incumbent "insiders" has led the audit team from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to recommend that KBBF refund over $66,000 in misspent grant funds. The audit team has also presses CPB decision makers to "Determine whether the current governance structure is adequate and sufficiently responsible to continue as a CPB grant recipient."

These recomendations are only the two that most immediately threaten the survival of KBBF. There are 15 others that point to deeply incompetent management practices. They resulted from the auditors' findings that echo long standing observations by Voces:
  • No public reporting of financial condition
  • No compliance with required Community Advisory Board
  • Violation of Open Meetings requirements, and many others.
Read the complete report here (in PDF):

26 October, 2008

Mon-October 27 1pm PST - KPFA LSB
Report to Listeners (with live call-in)

On Monday October 27th at 1 pm, the KPFA Local Station Board will resume broadcast of its' monthly Report to the Listeners, moderated by LSB members Sasha Futran and Henry Norr.

The broadcast will include time for live call-ins from KPFA listeners and supporters. The studio number is (510) 848-4425. Feel free to ask questions regarding any aspect or concerns about the station, management, governance, arbitrary banning policies, financial situation, its bureaucratic and violent treatment of workers and community programmers, hiring practices, and where and how your contributions are being spent.

Live on the web: www.KPFA.org

This article is open for comments

Jim Bennett leaving KPFA & KCSM for
GM postion at station WMNF in Tampa, FL

At the beginning of his long-running weekly jazz program "Forms and Feelings", past KPFA interim General Manager Jim Bennett announced he's accepted the position as General Manager with community radio station WMNF FM in Tampa, Florida.

Bennett, who filled in during two separate tenures as interim general manager during some of KPFA's more tumultous years, has been involved with the station since 1981, serving as Operations Manager and also as National Technical Director for Pacifica; and leading remote broadcasts of events ranging from anti-war demonstrations and other rallies, Power to the Peaceful concerts, the Vallejo Jazz Festival, and the annual Carnaval in the San Francisco Mission District; to intimate club dates from Yoshi's in Oakland, Anna's Jazz Island, Bimbo's 365 Club and other venues; as well as the BAJAMA Showcase hosted by Doug Edwards featuring local artists, and broadcast live from the KPFA studios.

Over the past few years Bennett has brought his expertise in live jazz recording to SF Bay Area station KCSM for the live music series, "In The Moment".

The announcement can be heard from the KPFA website (link below) at the beginning of the 2pm broadcast of "Forms and Feelings". At 4pm, fellow jazz programmer Art Sato joined by Derk Richardson further discuss at the top of the program "In Your Ear" (link below).

This article is open for comments

Forms and Feelings (announcement at 1:30 into program)

In Your Ear (Art Sato and Dirk Richardson reminicing with Bennett)

14 October, 2008

Oct 14: Nadra Foster court update;
Video from KPFA arrest released

----Original Message -----
POCC Block Report Radio
Tue, Oct 14, 2008

Prisoners of Conscience Committee's People Alert:
The newest court date for Nadra Foster and a new video showing Pacifica's former Executive Director attempting to stifle the documentation of police terror inside the station.

On August 20, 2008 Black programmer Nadra Foster was beaten to the ground by a number of Berkeley police officers inside of KPFA, kicked in the face, had her arm severely injured, was strait-jacketed, and taken to jail, after Lois Withers, a member of KPFA's management team called the police on her, after falsely accusing her of being "banned". Before Lois called the police, she got approval from the Pacifica human resource woman Dominga Estrada. Since this has happened nearly two months ago, Lois Withers continues to be at work daily at KPFA, Sasha Lilley, the Interim Program Director, who was on the scene, is still at work everyday, and Lem-Lem Rijio, who was the Interim General Manager, was promoted to General Manager of KPFA, by Pacifica's departing Executive Director Nicole Sawaya two hours before Sawaya's resignation, for Rijio's role in engineering a cover up of what really happened.

Currently the KPFA News, Democracy Now and the Morning Show with the exception of the Poor News Network, have refused to cover this police beating of a Black programmer inside the station claiming that "this is an internal matter that is not newsworthy". Supposed progressive people like Andrea Ali, the manager of Berkeley's "conscious" Guerrilla Cafe claims that her newest spiritual quest will not allow her to lend her space to the public to talk about what the police did to Nadra, which is less than 5 minutes away. Nevertheless the the people are still fighting for the 5 charges to be dropped against Nadra Foster, for KPFA to pay all of Nadra Foster's medical and legal fees, for an independent investigation into what happened and severely punish those responsible, and our last demand is for a Black public affairs show that speaks to the politics that are going with the masses of Black people in the United States, and the world, similar to what the POCC: Block Report does on other people's shows. The "diverse and progressive" KPFA, currently doesn't have a Black public affairs at all, while even white stations like NPR have daily ones.

Secondly, the Prisoners of Conscience Committee is urging people to support Nadra Foster in court on October 23, '08 at 661 Washington St. in downtown Oakland at 9am in courtroom 104. To give much needed financial support, you could call Neema, Nadra's mother, at 510-395-7810.

Lastly, to see this just released shocking video of August 20th inside of KPFA, where Pacifica's former Executive Director Nicole Sawaya tries to prevent the documentation of a case of police terrorism inside of KPFA, after the pigs were called by KPFA management with the approval of Pacifica's management. Check out these links.

Go to www.blockreportradio.com to see the movie talked about in this article.

Also you could hear from Nadra Foster herself and some of her colleagues on a video that was shot at her first courtdate.

Please leave your comments on the pages that these videos are on.

The Minister of Information JR
POCC Block Report Radio

08 October, 2008



Monday, October 6, 2008

“Goodbye, goodbye! And here’s a job for you.”

Perhaps she didn’t speak those exact words, but the Pacifica Network’s departing Executive Director, Nicole Sawaya, used her very last day at work to appoint a General Manager at Pacifica ’s oldest radio station, the Bay Area’s KPFA. In an email sent out late in the afternoon of September 30, Sawaya announced she was appointing the divisive Lemlem Rijio to permanent status as KPFA General Manager. Rijio already held the job on an interim basis, but by appointing her as permanent-status GM, Sawaya ignored a call by scores of KPFA staffers for new leadership at the troubled station.

Under the Pacifica Bylaws rules for filling management positions, the Executive Director is empowered to select a station General Manager from a pool of candidates submitted by the Local Station Board. Sawaya chose Rijio from a pool of eleven candidates, without interviewing all eleven.

Rijio was appointed interim General Manager in the spring of 2006 by Greg Guma, the Executive Director at that time. Guma recently said that he and Rijio had agreed that Rijio would hold the interim GM job for a maximum of nine months, then return to her previous position as Development Director. Writing to a radio email list, Guma said, “I wish she had stuck to the arrangement we had made and returned to the job she originally had.”

Later in 2006, Rijio appointed Sasha Lilley as Program Director, a job that had been vacant for years. Although both Rijio and Lilley occupied their jobs only in interim status, they soon began taking unprecedented actions to expand their own power. Lilley told the members of the station’s Program Council that she, not the PC, would make programming decisions (contrary to a ruling by KPFA’s governing body, the Local Station Board). In January 2007, without consulting the PC, management took the program Youth Radio off the air because one episode of the show included a song containing FCC-prohibited words that the show’s producers had forgotten to edit out. Youth Radio never returned. Under Lilley’s direction, the Program Council, which formerly met weekly, now rarely meets at all. This past June, a community representative to the Program Council resigned, complaining that, “there's no ongoing body of work visibly connected to an actual programming process.”

In the summer of 2007, Rijio surprised the station’s unpaid staff members by announcing that management was withdrawing its recognition of the Unpaid Staff Organization (UPSO) as the official representative of the unpaid staff. Unpaid staff are the majority of KPFA staff and produce the majority of the station’s programs. KPFA’s Local Station Board and Pacifica ’s National Board subsequently passed motions ordering management to re-recognize UPSO, but Rijio has ignored those directives. While most of KPFA’s paid staff are unionized, the unpaid workers now have no official collective representation. UPSO was not engaged in any negotiations with management at the time of the derecognition; given its timing, management’s only plausible motive was to claim authority over the unpaid-staff voter list for the LSB elections later that year (but, although some unpaid staffers did not receive ballots in that election, dissatisfaction with management had already become sufficiently widespread that reform candidates won two of the three staff seats anyway).

The Rijio/Lilley administration has sometimes taken to censoring programmers, not for their language but for program content. In some cases the intent appears to be to keep the KPFA audience from hearing about inside-KPFA controversies. In March of this year, the First Voice Apprenticeship Program and Full Circle presented a Town Hall meeting in Oakland to discuss issues of media control (including, but not limited to, KPFA). Management ordered that the event not be aired live; on a later date, when the producers had a recording of the Town Hall ready to broadcast, management edited out part of the recording. In July, management told Flashpoints not to put its financial correspondent Catherine Austin Fitts on the air; the explanation given was that there’d been a listener complaint that required an investigation, but Fitts returned to the air in September, and management provided no public explanation of what the investigation was about, or if there had actually been one.

But on August 20, 2008, an event occurred that marked a new low in management behavior. On that day, KPFA Business Manager Lois Withers called Berkeley police to evict programmer Nadra Foster from the building. Foster is best-known to KPFA listeners as “Your Brown Sista” on the program Elemental Roots. On August 20, Foster was working in a studio when Withers entered the room and told her to leave; Foster refused (Withers’ insistence that Foster leave the building apparently stemmed from an argument the two had had several months previously). When police arrived, they forced Foster to the floor, injured her arm, and took her away in a “wrap.” In addition to the injuries she suffered at the hands of the police, Foster faces charges of resisting arrest. Management emails sent to staff in the days after the incident referred to Foster as an “unauthorized visitor” who “threatened a KPFA employee.”

The use of police violence against the young African-American woman shocked the KPFA community. KPFA staffers have circulated a statement condemning the police action; the statement has been signed by many well-known progressive organizations and individuals, including authors Michael Parenti, Norman Solomon, and David Barsamian. However, even weeks after the incident, Rijio wrote, “As far as I know, KPFA/Pacifica has not done anything wrong.”

Meanwhile about 75 KPFA staff have signed a “no-confidence” statement calling for the replacement of Rijio as General Manager. Those signing include music programmers, public-affairs programmers, news reporters, and graduates of the station’s Apprenticeship Program. The statement notes that, although Rijio herself did not call the police, “Her shift of KPFA’s culture away from one of collaboration and mutual support helped create the climate leading to the tragic and unnecessary police arrest of unpaid staff member Nadra Foster.”

Management’s most noticeable response to the arrest was the announcement that a more elaborate security system would be installed in the building, and that staff would be issued individual entry cards (although programming collectives were to be issued only three cards, even if a collective had more than three members). In the face of questions and complaints, management then backtracked and put the plan on hold, though not, apparently, cancelling it permanently.

In the aftermath of the widespread outrage over the police incident, Rijio sent out an email inviting staff to attend a September 30 meeting with management and a facilitator, “so we can work together to resolve our conflicts and move forward together in a positive direction.” But on September 29, Rijio sent another email cancelling the meeting; no new date was set.

On September 30, instead of the staff meeting, came the announcement of Rijio’s appointment as permanent General Manager. Sawaya wrote, “I have every confidence in her ability to keep KPFA strong and forward moving during turbulent times!” But by ignoring the concerns of the staff and appointing Rijio, Sawaya has instead insured that KPFA will continue to be an arena of conflict rather than an institution that embodies the pacifist beliefs of its founders.

- Anthony Fest

    Media Justice KPFA
    mediajusticekpfa @ gmail.com

Amy Goodman To Nadra Foster:
Alternatives to Police Terror

Hear the broadcast summary of article (starts 50 minutes into show)

Wednesday 8 October 2008 - KPFA Morning Show

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From Amy Goodman To Nadra Foster:
Implementing Alternatives to Police Terror

POOR Magazine refuses to engage in any forms of police terror - EVER! - why can't we all?..

Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia/POOR Magazine-PNN
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

The officers were waiting, loaded firearms dangling from their wastes, steel filled chests puffed out, glassy stares behind helmets, all three thousand of them - or maybe there were only 8? One got the woman from behind, one got her from the front... they knocked her down, they physically harmed her. She was one woman alone. She was a journalist doing her job. She was attacked by the police for no reason at all. Her only crime was being a media producer in a hostile location.

The story you just heard could be the well-known story of Democracy Now's Amy Goodman's experience of police terror at the Republican National Convention. It also could be the rarely heard story of KPFA long-time volunteer and media producer Nadra Foster's experience of police terror at the KPFA offices in Berkeley last month.

Just a few days before when Amy Goodman was experiencing the fascist silencing of her powerful voice and that of her fellow Democracy Now colleagues by what POOR Magazine calls the po'LICE, Nadra Foster, a mother of two, an apprenticeship graduate and 12 year long unpaid media producer at KPFA was experiencing a similar form of po'LICE terror at the KPFA station in Berkeley because she was allegedly using the phone for personal calls.

This is where the similarities end. When the Amy Goodman story broke, there was national news coverage, which was great, because it detailed the ways in which the fascist police state we are all living in is only increasing. When the Nadra Foster story broke, it wasn't considered real news by the powers that be inside KPFA and Pacifica, including Amy Goodman.

My questions go to the heart of this difference and this idea that somehow things that happen to some people constitute real-ness, that some people are real, that some media is real, that some perpetrations of abuse are real, that some use of fascist force is ok, sanctioned, and alright because we are doing it and its about us, and that its for "legitimate" reasons.

All of my conscious colleagues at KPFA, Democracy now, Pacifica, Free Speech Radio News, The SF Bay view, KPOO, The POCC Block Report, and POOR Magazine are desperately concerned and dedicated to the increased fascism that is being perpetrated on all people locally and globally, on migrant scholars at the border, on youth of color in Oakland, on families, children and individuals in Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestine, on poor people in struggle everywhere, This station and all the Pacifica stations across the globe are reporting, writing, recording and broadcasting every day on the wrong-nesses perpetrated by police, armies, militias and beyond -so why is it ok to perpetrate abuse on our own folks, EVER?

To insure that we are not EVER practicing hypocrisy and because of our work and dedication to all fights of injustice and oppression- we as a poor people led/indigenous people led organization who have personally and organizationally been abused by corporate and insitutionally racist and classist systems like the police, practice the same standards of community, care-giving, accountability and self-protection that we promote and expect of all humans, organizations and communities.

At POOR Magazine we clearly understand that we all need to self-protect and stay safe in what ever that means for all of us individually - which is why we have developed different forms of redress and community accountability to deal with wrong-nesses perpetrated by any one of us against any other of us. If there is an egrious act committed against one of us we call for a cross-organizational Community Council. WE model it after tribal councils that exist in indigenous communities across the globe, councils of organizational elders that listen/hear from all people concerned and as a community decide what is a proper form of redress for people's actions.

WHAT WE DO Not do is call the police - EVER! -the police as all of us are always reporting on - are used as agents of capitalism, fascism and power and operate under a culture of terror- They are taught to use force and weapons. They are instructed to apply harm, the same way as they do in East, West and North Oakland with youth of color, with migrant workers, with houseless folks, with Palestinians on the Israel border.

My challenge to readers, my fellow media producers, artists, reporters, writers, activists and service providers from Amy Goodman to the management of the KPFA station, as well as several non-profit organizations that have also fallen into this same illogical pattern, is to adopt a policy of NO POLICE calls EVER - and with that adopt other forms of inter-organizational redress, and accountability that is NEVER about violence. Yes, that might take more time and more involvement of more people - but that ultimately means that we are not becoming the monsters that we are so focused on reporting on and working against, - that we truly understand that our personal and organizational behavior MUST not emulate the perpetrators who we are fighting , and that if we are going to report on the wrong-nesses of others we must start by fixing the wrong-nesses of ourselves.

For more information on POOR Magazine's indigenous model of Community Accountability, call us at (415) 863-6306 or email us at deeandtiny@poormagazine.org

03 October, 2008

The Need for a
Black Public Affairs Show at KPFA

The Need for a Black Public Affairs Show at KPFA
by The POCC Minister of Information JR

Recently KPFA radio station, located in Berkeley Ca. has been making headlines in recent weeks for a number of different reasons; most notably among them being the August 20th police beat down of Black programmer, of 12 years, Nadra Foster, after Lois Withers, a member of the KPFA management team called the police on her with approval from Pacifica management, after Foster was accused of using a KPFA telephone for her own personal use. When the police arrived, Foster was thrown to the ground severely injuring her arm, kicked in the head, and put into a strait-jacket like contraption, and hauled off to jail. She has been released, and is still facing five charges from the incident.

On August 23rd, in a separate incident, Black programmer August "Fef Nitti" McCoy, was shot dead in Vallejo. Did you hear anything about these two incidents dealing with Black programmers at KPFA, on Democracy Now, the KPFA Morning Show, or the KPFA News? Hell no. When I asked KPFA news directors Aileen Alfandary and Mark Mericle, and Morning Show Executive Producer Mitch Jesserich, why there hasn't been a story about these issues on their shows, all of them, almost verbatim, explained to me how "this was an internal matter at KPFA that was not news-worthy."

Weeks after the incidents, when I talked to the Executive Producer of Democracy Now Amy Goodman, who was recently arrested at the Republican National Convention, why were the cases of KPFA Black programmers Nadra Foster and August "Fef Nitti" McCoy never reported on, she claimed she did not have any information. I gave her websites where she could inform herself, and still today, weeks after this telephone conversation, nothing has been said on her show, which airs twice on weekdays on KPFA. When she was elegantly arrested, KPFA made a big deal out of it, but they refused to do the same for their own Black programmers, in two incidents that happened, less than 10 days before she was locked up.

So who's job is it to report on issues such as these in the Black community, in and around KPFA, or nationally? A daily or weekly Black public affairs show. That would sound like the proper place for news like this, if not the KPFA news, but the fact is KPFA does not allow for Black people, domestically living in America, to have political talk radio shows on its airwaves. Some KPFA listeners might say, what about the interviews done by Black programmers Greg Bridges, Davey D, Funky Man, Queen Jahneen, Ricky "Uhuru Maggot" Vincent, T-Kash, and Anita Johnson? All of these programmers are regular music programmers who try to make up for the void in Black public affairs on the station, with occasional political interviews in between the songs and poetry that they are scheduled to play.

What about Walter Turner who hosts "Africa Today"? "Africa Today" is a weekly public affairs show about news on the continent of Africa, which sometime spills over into domestic politics. That's as close as KPFA gets to allowing the Black community in its living room to access the airwaves, for organizing purposes, although when fund drives come many of the premiums include Black political giants from this country like Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), Paul Robeson, the Black Panthers, James Baldwin, and Martin Luther King. It is not important enough for KPFA management to make sure that the masses of listeners get a domestic view of happenings in the Black world from involved Black journalist, but they continue to pimp our struggle with sweet voices pleading for money and an iron glove using our struggle, allowing us none of the social or political benefits of having our own public affairs show on the station.

Many in the Black community have been calling KPFA apartheid radio, for good reason. Even KMEL, the Bay Area based corporate radio station that is owned by the media monster Clear Channel has "Street Soldiers", which is a two hour weekly talk show.

So much for the liberal-progressive feeling that KPFA listeners felt years ago, when they put on their KPFA t-shirt or looked at their station bumper sticker, the racist (they also come in Black face) wolves, that run KPFA, have been discovered in progressive sheep's clothing. Are you ready for the truth? Will you continue to support kkkpfa's style of apartheid radio?

The Minister of Information JR
POCC Block Report Radio

01 October, 2008

Lame-Duck Appointment of
Embattled KPFA Manager


For Immediate Release
Contact: Tracy Rosenberg
October 1st, 2008
Cell (510) 684-6853

Lame-Duck Appointment of
Embattled KPFA Manager

At 4:00pm on her very last day of employment as the Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation, Nicole Sawaya permanently appointed Lemlem Rijio as the general manager at KPFA-FM, a position Rijio has been occupying on an interim basis for two years.

Rijio has been under fire as of late, with Berkeley police violently arresting a station programmer who had allegedly been banned in a dispute over copier usage, and 74 of 215 station staffers signing a statement of no-confidence in her leadership.

A hiring process had been underway since last fall, with Sawaya instructed to choose from among a pool of 11 candidates submitted by a hiring committee.

Sawaya sent an e-mail at 4pm on her last day of employment confirming that she had made the hire. The Board of Directors is expected to discuss the issue at a Friday evening teleconference.

Local board member and former KQED board member Sasha Futran commented “Does the PNB understand what has just been done and the ramifications of disregarding the opinions of so many people deeply involved with KPFA? How can there be such disrespect for those voices?”

Nadra Foster, the programmer of 12 years duration whose alleged banning and violent removal from the station by the Berkeley police on August 20th ignited considerable criticism, is still facing five misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident.

Rijio failed to heed instructions from both the national and local boards to recognize the unpaid staff organization and use its grievance procedure to settle disputes with the station’s large volunteer workforce.

Staffers report growing unease with proposals to increase security measures, restrict on-air discussions on internal matters, remove certain guests from appearing on programs and facilitated meetings to address the growing tensions with the management.

National board member Joe Wanzala commented “I would like to formally register my dismay over this decision and request that the Board rescind this on-the-way-out-the-door action by the outgoing Executive Director of a deeply problematic interim General Manager who is the subject of a no confidence vote from a huge number of staff members at KPFA - making the decision one that cannot, in my view, augur well for morale or for the stability of the station. Furthermore, as previously noted there are serious problems with the underlying process as at least two of the eleven candidates in the pool were not interviewed”.

The Pacifica Foundation is the FCC license-holder of five large radio stations in Berkeley, New York City, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington DC and sends programming to over 100 community radio affiliates throughout the nation. Berkeley’s KPFA is the flagship station, founded in 1949 by WWII conscientious objector Lew Hill and charged with “contributing to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors” in its mission statement. The network, one of the largest communications assets in the nation that broadcasts from a progressive point of view, is said to be suffering severe financial difficulties.

# # #

Tracy Rosenberg
Managing Director
Media Alliance
1904 Franklin Street # 500
Oakland CA 94612

74 KPFA Staffers: No-Confidence for Rijio
29 Sept 2008

KPFA Staffers No-Confidence Statement Gaining Signers:
74 Now Endorse Call For a Change

Statement of no-confidence in current management following the banning and arrest of unpaid programmer Nadra Foster has now been endorsed by 74 staffers.

KPFA Staffers Release No-Confidence Statement as Fall Fund Drive Begins; Community Supporters Express Dismay at Use of Police

Berkeley, CA – Nine years have passed since Pacifica radio station KPFA, the seminal community radio outlet founded by pacifist Lew Hill in 1949, last had the police inside its doors to arrest its workers, but on August 20, 2008, the Berkeley police were again summoned to 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way, and asked to eject programmer Nadra Foster, who had been allegedly banned for a disagreement involving usage of a copier.

Sixty-five of the station’s workers, paid and unpaid alike, have joined together to condemn what they describe as a growing atmosphere of intimidation, including increased security measures, restrictions on airing discussion of internal issues, the return of banning individuals from the premises, and the use of police force to address non-violent policy issues.

Several prominent members of the progressive community the station serves have decried the use of force, including authors Michael Parenti and Norman Solomon, devorah major, former SF poet laureate, Jack Heyman of the ILWU, Mills College professor Julia Sudbury and advocacy groups Critical Resistance, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Copwatch.

Project Censored Executive Director Peter Phillips commented "KPFA should only use outside police in the station when a serious life-threatening circumstance is evident or major crime is in progress. A progressive self-managed system of mutual respect and communication must take priority over outside force”.

After Pacifica Radio surmounted a major crisis in the late 1990’s that involved ousting a Board of Directors that planned to sell the stations, a subscriber-elected governance system was put into place, allowing listeners who pledge $25 annually to select the network’s directors. An attempt to replace the current interim manager, the station’s former development director, with a permanent hire was stymied last year and the hiring process is again underway.

Media Alliance director Tracy Rosenberg, an elected local board member, commented “It is way past time for KPFA, and Pacifica as a whole, to move away from discredited command and control tactics to manage its diverse workforce”.

The Unpaid Staff Organization, (UPSO) which from 1990-onwards organized the 160+ unpaid programmers, was de-recognized in August 2007, leaving the majority of the station’s producers and hosts with no avenue for internal appeal of disciplinary actions and/or loss of status.

Programmer Foster, who suffered a severe sprain and bruises during her arrest, is still facing five misdemeanor charges in Alameda County, including trespassing, resisting arrest and battery on an officer. Her pre-trial hearing was on September 22nd. Fellow staffers are trying to arrange a fundraiser to assist her with legal expenses stemming from the August 20th incident.

The Pacifica Radio network, one of the few national media outlets that features news, information and culture with a decidedly progressive slant, is said to be facing significant financial challenges in what is clearly a difficult economic environment for journalism.




" We, the undersigned paid and unpaid KPFA staff, do not have confidence in the management of KPFA's Interim General Manager Lemlem Rijio. Rijio's actions during the past 2 years have caused the alienation of a large of number of staff members, have created turmoil within the station and have resulted in her losing credibility with many staff members. Her shift of KPFA's culture away from one of collaboration and mutual support helped create the climate leading to the tragic and unnecessary police arrest of unpaid staff member Nadra Foster.

" KPFA and Pacifica management's transformation of a workplace dispute, internally resolvable through collaborative means, into a major police action violates KPFA's mission to promote peaceful ways to solve conflicts. Moving toward a more restrictive work environment will distance the station further from grassroots communities that Pacifica aims to serve.

" We look forward to the appointment of a new General Manager from the list of 11 candidates, prepared by KPFA's Local Station Board, in order to bring comprehensive teamwork, support, and peace to the station. We agree with the some 80 staff members who signed the "Open Letter on New KPFA Leadership Attributes/Priorities" that it's time for fresh leadership.

Matthew Abaya, Filmmaker, Educator, API Specials
Shahram Aghamir, Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa
Nick Alexander, KPFA Producer, Reporter
Naji Ali, Graduate First Voice Apprenticeship,
Co-producer, Full Circle, Executive Producer/Host Crossing The Line: Life in Occupied Palestine.
Rosie Austin- First Voice Group 33
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Senior Producer & Co-host, Flashpoints
Amanda Bellerby, Producer, Flashpoints
Donna Bellorado, First Voice Graduate 2007, pending Lead Segment Editor
Khalil Bendib, Producer & Co-host, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa
Mary Berg, Music Programmer, Host of a Musical Offering
Dennis Bernstein, Host, Senior Producer, Flashpoints
Bonnie Bone, Engineer, Early Morning Music Host/Producer
Allison Budner, First Voice Apprentice, Full Circle Producer
Erica Bridgeman, Engineer, Co-Producer, The Radio Chronicles
Greg Bridges, Host of Transitions on Traditions
Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs, Producer/Host of BAJABA on JazzLine, and subsitute voice @ KPFA
Darren J. de Leon, Producer/Co-Host Radio 2050
Angela Fautt-DeCastro- First Voice Group 33
Lisa Dettmer, KPFA Producer, Women's Magazine
Meg Dixit, News
Tara Dorabji, Co-Host La Onda Bajita
Emiliano Echeverria, Producer: Radio Cuba Canta (sub for Con Sabor) and at KPFA since '68
Doug Edwards, Programmer/Producer, Music of the World and Ear Thyme
Professor Samera Esmeir, Producer, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa
Bonnie Faulkner, Host and Producer of Guns and Butter
Anthony Fest, News Anchor
Rainjita Geesler, First Voice Co-Director, Co-Host Apex Express
Victoria Gutierrez, Co-host, Radio Zapatista (La Onda Bajita)
Shawn Hamilton, News Reporter
Stephenie Hendricks, former producer, Pacifica Radio National Programming, Sunday Salon,
Flashpoints, Visionary Activist Show"
Francisco Herrera, Co-host and Producer, Flashpoints, La Onda Bajita
Yvette Hochberg-producer Women's magazine I~los, Roots Kommunikations kru, API Specials Team"
Ras Ivier, KPFA DJ & Producer, Reggae Express
Shuka Klanatari, Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.
Robert Knight, the Knight Report on Flashpoints
Anita Johnson, Senior Producer, Hard Knock Radio
Kayumanggi' Kaloy, KPFA DJ, API Specials Lead Producer, Apprenticeship Grad '89
Wildecy de Fatima Jury, Apprentice, graduated from Quilombo Group
Rahul C. Lagura, KPFA API Specials, Smartmoves/East Oakland Boxing Association Athletic Director
Adrienne Lauby, Producer/Host Pushing Limits
Fabian Chavez Martinez, Live Music Engineer
M. Mayzes, Producer/Engineer
David McBurnie, Producer, Music of the World
Evelina Molina, Co-Hosts, Flashpoints in Espanol
Miguel Molina, Executive Producer, La Onda Bajita; Roving Producer, Flashpoints
Jill Montgomery First Voice Apprentice, KPFA Board Operator
Tony Moses, KPFA Reggae Programmer (Since 1974)
Daniel Nemser, Co-Host, Radio Zapatista collective of La Onda Bajita
Kevin Pena, Flashpoints Haiti correspondent
Miguel Perez, La Onda/Vox-Populi Co-Host
Emmit A. Powell, DJ and Programmer, The Gospel Experience
Kate Rafael, Producer, Womens Magazine
Malihe Razazan, Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa
Alejandro Reyes, Radio Zapatista (La Onda Bajita)
and Mexico correspondent, Flashpoints.
Pedro Reyes, Co-Producer, La Onda Bajita
Rosi Reyes, Host, Ritmo de las Americas
Raynelle Rino, Scientist, Educator, API Specials Team
Art Sato, Host, Producer, In Your Ear
Jan Santos, Producer, Pushing Limits
Attorney Rene Saucedo, Co-Hosts, Flashpoints in Espanol
Doyle Saylor Host, Producer Pushing Limits
Adália M. Selket , Brazilian Music Program Producer , 1st Voice Graduate
Nina Serrano, Co-producer La Raza Chronicles, Host/Producer, Open Book
Preeti Shekar, Producer, Women's Magazine
Ruthanne Shpiner, News Reporter, Host, Producer, Pushing Limits
Frank Sterling- First Voice Technical Fellow
Kirsten Thomas, Board Op/Producer, Morning
Show/Democracy Now! Apprentice Alumnus
Walter Turner, Producer, Host of Africa Today
Minister of Information JR Valrey, Producer of POCC: Block Report Radio
Carla West, News, Apprenticeship Graduate
Gabrielle Wilson, Producer, Co-Host of The Gospel Experience
Ali Zadeh, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa
Dr. Zeina Zaatari, Producer, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa


Open Letter on New KPFA Leadership Attributes/Priorities

Below is an open letter offering points of recommendation for new leadership within KPFA and Pacifica. As you may know, a permanent KPFA general manager will soon be hired. With this statement we hope to bring about the best possible leadership to help steer the station and network in a more positive direction. This letter embraces our concerns about the future of KPFA and Pacifica.

It's been nearly ten years since the 1999 Lockout of KPFA Staff, a major turning point in our station's and network's history. After surviving an attempted authoritarian coup, the station began a new era of democratic decision-making and station Transformation. Many staff, including those from under-represented communities and their allies, did not want to re-enter the station with business as usual.

A new vision was reflected in the ten point Transformation Proposal adopted at a historic, broad based community/staff meeting at La Pena Cultural Center, which included "the expansion and transformation of KPFA's Program Council to include diverse non-paid staff and community representatives as voting members" and "a commitment to turning the 4-5 PM program slot into a dynamic, top-quality community/public affairs show (now known as "Hard Knock Radio") appealing especially to young people and people of color." Also demanded was the return of fired KPFA general manager Nicole Sawaya, who had become emblematic of creative, collaborative, and visionary station leadership. The push for new, more inclusive programming, as well as enduring changes in internal power relations, gained prominence during the Lockout.

Nine years later, some of these goals have yet to be realized. We are excited about the prospect of fresh leadership at KPFA as we enter 2009. Pacifica network is in a dismal financial state and moving KPFA forward through vision and strong leadership will result in a wider base of support among new listeners. Pacifica's move toward the digital/internet realm to reach a global community will help move the network into more equitable and sustainable financial streams. As KPFA has historically been a beacon within the network, a financially stable KPFA must be a role model for all of the Pacifica stations. In this context, we look forward to innovative management that embodies the following qualities listed below.

We, the undersigned members and supporters of Pacifica Radio Network and KPFA, offer the following points of recommendation for the fresh leadership that we would like to see within KPFA and Pacifica. These attributes reflect our common goals of shifting the culture of KPFA and Pacifica to one of collaboration, support and creative diversity. We wish to see leadership that:


Believes in the mission of Pacifica Radio Network and is committed to fulfilling the overarching preface to the historic Transformation Proposal made during the 1999 KPFA Lock-Out, which reads, "It is imperative that we take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves for transforming KPFA into an even more powerful and inclusive voice for social justice."


Supports and encourages the professional and organizational growth of Unpaid Staff, KPFA radio collectives, and the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Maintains a respectful and collaborative spirit with regard to the historical struggles, internal operations, autonomy, freedom of speech in on- air content & programming, and self-organization of KPFA collectives and programs.


Is committed to achieving democracy within the radio station, including ensuring an active, empowered role for a Program Council, which includes Unpaid Staff, LSB and Listener Representatives in programming KPFA's air waves. Supports inclusive, fair and collaborative decision-making processes with respect to programming, which is enshrined in Pacifica's bylaws: "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." Understands that we can measure our success in meeting the needs of communities through our broadcasting with the active participation of community representatives on our decision-making bodies.


Is committed to shifting the current programming grid, and has the vision to integrate decentralized multi-media tools such as interactive web pages and digital radio bands to attract a new generation of listeners, to create space for new voices and talents to be fostered, and to move Pacifica forward in the 21st century. Understands that the listener base will grow through equitable participation and inclusion of the "first person" story, moving beyond basic reporting about these communities to letting the people speak for themselves, broadening listener-based support and interaction.


Understands the changing demographics of our listener base from a financial perspective. Recognizes that our subscriber base is an aging population, and because of this there is a need for younger listeners and attracting them will require new fund raising approaches that go beyond the traditional fund drive model, such as engaging in collaborative projects with organizations/individuals from new communities.


Within the station budget, supports the needs and growth of local producers and staff through funding for the recommendations of the Disability Access Report, staff training, reimbursements for station-related costs such as transportation, childcare, promotion, and production expenses and in-station support for grant and fellowship applications.


Will adhere to an equitable hiring process and rejects backdoor hiring. Is accessible to staff and community members, and can rise above factional disputes and can work successfully with a broad spectrum of people.


Shows due respect to under-served and under-represented communities by prioritizing annual ethnic specials (including heritage or history months, anniversaries, celebrations, and yearly specials) to be aired on the appropriate dates or months, adjusting for fund drive dates, and confirming awarded dates and timeslots with the producers and programmers concerned at the earliest possible time. Eliminates repeated bureaucratic problems in scheduling specials and is inclusive in the decision-making process in relation to programmers who produce annual specials and events for broadcast.

Matthew Abaya, Filmmaker, Educator, API Specials
Shahram Aghamir, Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.
Raquel Aguirre, Host of Musical Colors
Nick Alexander, KPFA Producer, Reporter
Naji Ali, Producer, Full Circle
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Producer, Flashpoints
Amanda Bellerby, Producer, Flashpoints
Donna Bellorado, Lead Segment Editor/Fellow in the First Voice program
Khalil Bendib, Producer & Co-host, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa
Mary Berg, Music Programmer, Host of a Musical Offering
Rivian Berlin, Producer, Women's Magazine
Dennis Bernstein, Senior Producer, Flashpoints
Vanessa Bohm, Producer, La Raza Chronicles
Bonnie Bone, KPFA Engineer / Music Show Host / Apprenticeship Grad
Allison Bunder, First Voice Apprentice
Erica Bridgeman, Engineer, Co-Producer, The Radio Chronicles
Melody Brown, First Voice Apprentice
Dolma Chuteng, KPFA API Specials, Tibet Update
Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs, Producer/Host, Music
Lisa Dettmer, KPFA Producer, Women's Magazine
Darren J. de Leon, Producer/Co-Host Radio 2050
Julius Dimanlig, API Specials, Bindlestiff
Doug Edwards, Programmer/Producer, Music of the World, Ear Thyme
Professor Samera Esmeir, Producer, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa
Bonnie Faulkner, Host and Producer of Guns and Butter
Anthony Fest, News
Omar Flamenco Board Op/Producer/DJ, Apprenticeship Graduate
Leah Gardner, Producer, Pushing Limits
Rainjita Geesler-First Voice Co-Director, Co-Host Apex Express
Wendell Harper, Staff Reporter, KPFA News
Francisco Herrera, Co-host and Producer, Flashpoints, La Onda Bajita
Yvette Hochberg, Producer, Women's Magazine
I~los, Roots Kommunikations kru, API Specials
Minister of Information JR, POCC, Block Report Radio/Flashpoints
Kayumanggi' Kaloy (Klay), KPFA DJ & Producer, [Apprenticeship Grad'89]
Shuka Klanatari, Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.
Julieta Kusnir, Producer, La Raza Chronicles, Hard Knock Radio
Kevin Jefferson, Producer, Radio Chronciles
Rahul C. Lagura, KPFA API Specials, Smartmoves/East Oakland Boxing Association Youth Coach
Adrienne Lauby, Producer, Pushing Limits
Fabian Chavez Martinez, Live Music Engineer
Mickie Mayzes, Listener/Subscriber/Producer
Evelina Molina Assistant Producer / Roving Reporter for Flash Points & La Onda Bajita
Miguel Molina, Executive Producer, La Onda Bajita; Roving Producer, Flashpoints
Jill Montgomery, 32nd Generation of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program
Joy Moore, Producer, KPFA
Tony Moses, KPFA Reggae Programmer (Since 1974)
Safi Wai Nairobi, Producer, Women's Magazine
Daniel Nemser, Producer, Radio Zapatista collective of La Onda Bajita
Teresa Opaon-Ali, Filipina Women's Network, API Specials Translator/Contributor
Eddy Pay, Music Programmer and Board Op
Miguel Perez, Co-Producer, La Onda Bajita, Flashpoints en Espanol
Emmit Powell, DJ/Producer, The Gospel Experience
Kate Rafael, Producer, Women's Magazine
Malihe Razazan, Producer and Co-Host of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa
Michael B Reagan, News
Alejandro Reyes, Radio Zapatista collective (La Onda Bajita) / Flashpoints Mexico correspondent
Pedro Reyes, Co-Producer, La Onda Bajita
Raynelle Rino, DJ, Scientist, Educator
Taiye Robinson, Apprenticeship Graduate
Jan Santos, Producer, Pushing Limits
Art Sato, Host of In Your Ear
Doyle Saylor, Producer, Pushing Limits
Adália (Moncada) Selket, Apprenticeship Grad, Producer, Host Brazilian Music Show, Board Op/DJ
Nina Serrano, Co-producer La Raza Chronicles, Monthly Host/Producer, Open Book
Preeti Shekar, Producer, Women's Magazine
Ruthanne Shpiner, News Reporter, Producer/Pushing Limits
Jacob Simas, Full Circle
Frank Sterling, Full Circle Fellow
Tiny AKA Lisa Gray-Garcia- POOR NEWS
Kirsten Thomas, Board Op/Producer, Morning Show/Democracy Now! Apprentice Alumnus
Walter Turner, Producer, Host of Africa Today
Carla West, News, Apprenticeship Graduate
Simin Yahaghi, Women's Magazine
Ali Zadeh, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa
Dr. Zeina Zaatari, Producer, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa

Elliott Axelson, Listener, Mill Valley
A. Gilman, WBAI & KPFA Listener/Supporter
Peter Kim, Listener/Supporter, Managing Director of Streetside Productions
Thelma Mondero, Listener, Santa Cruz
Ken Moshesh, Subscriber/Supporter, Commissioner, Berkeley Homeless Commission
Dave Room, Bay Localize
Eloise Rose-Lee - Listener/Supporter, Media Alliance
Elena Serrano, Listener/Supporter, EastSide Arts Alliance
Greg Stagi, Listener, San Francisco
Brian Stegner, Listener, Oakland
Eric Stegner, Listener, Santa Clara
Yvette Torres, KPFA Subscriber/API Community Organizer
Jahleah Valdez, Listener, San Francisco