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A Benefit for Nadra Foster: A Party and Celebration to Raise Legal Defense Funds
La Pena Cultural Center
January 22, 2009 7:00 – 9:30pm
Berkeley, CA – The KPFA Unpaid Staff Organization (UPSO), First Voice Media Action, Media Alliance, The San Francisco Bay View, Poor Magazine and Critical Resistance are joining together to sponsor a benefit and fundraising event for KPFA programmer Nadra Foster.
Notable authors, poets, and performers scheduled to perform at the benefit include
devorah major, former poet laureate of
Foster, a KPFA volunteer producer and host of 12 years duration, was roughly arrested by the Berkeley Police Department on August 20th, 2008, after KPFA management called the police to enforce a nebulous “banning” imposed on the long-time volunteer in a dispute over copy machine usage.
During the arrest, Foster was restrained, and suffered a severe wrist sprain and bruising. The
On an August 21st edition of Flashpoints that discussed the incident, Hard Knock Radio producer Weyland Southon, who witnessed the latter part of the arrest stated: “This is a place where we report on police brutality. This is a place where we hold the police accountable for wrongdoing. To bring the cops willingly into KPFA to deal with a situation like this was shortsighted. Situations like this get us killed”. Today’s headlines only confirm the truth of that statement.
Come celebrate independent media, mourn for those who pay too high a price for the divides in our society, help out a woman in need and honor the spirit of resistance to police brutality whenever and wherever it occurs.