Pacifica Fightback is a national coalition of listeners, paid and unpaid staff, local and national Board members from all five Pacifica radio stations, uniting across any previous differences to preserve and extend democracy, accountability and transparency at Pacifica by opposing the proposed bylaws revision, and urging a “NO” vote on it by both listeners and staff. That’s the necessary immediate step to enable us to move forward to solve Pacifica’s financial problems and reintegrate with the rising and urgent movements of today for community solutions to critical issues.
The revised bylaws would eliminate local station boards and local oversight of management and budgets, establishing in their place a permanent and self-perpetuating outsider majority of the national board with the power to change the bylaws as it sees fit.
They increase the cost of membership, disproportionately so for people with low incomes, eliminate diversity in representation at each station, and cut in half the vote necessary to sell Foundation assets, including station signals, buildings or the Pacifica Radio Archives.
They scapegoat democratic governance for financial problems that Pacifica faces without proposing any solution or strategy for dealing with those problems. They strip workers of representation, and prohibit any elected station directors from serving as key officers of the Foundation.
The bylaws revision would indemnify any and all current and former directors of the Pacifica Foundation in case of any lawsuits that arise from their actions as directors. This is potentially extremely expensive, and serves as a pardon for past damage done by Board members and a blank check for any future issues that cause litigation.
You can learn more about these and other problems with the proposed Bylaws revision, and about how we can preserve and extend democracy at Pacifica in the face of this threat, on the rest of this website.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or comments. You can also follow us on twitter @ForPacifica Pacifica Fightback for Democracy, or like and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PacificaFightback-for-Democracy-Accountability-100629658187564/