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Updates and Venue Change for Pacifica Radio Meetings in NYC


Come to the National Board Meeting Jan. 11-13
In N.Y.C. and Make Your Voices Heard!

305 W. 44th St.

Hotel Worker's Union

Between 8th and 9th Ave.

Friday 7-9pm

Sat. 9-5 pm.

Sun. 9:30-2:30

To volunteer before or during the board meeting, please call 646-230-9588.
We need drivers, runners, office help, etc. During the meeting we'll need
to help with food, hospitality, and clean-up.

Housing will be provided for those coming from afar. See below for contacts.

You may have read that the listener lawsuits against Pacifica have been
settled and that a new interim National Board has been installed with
progressives in the majority - unquestionably a step forward due to months
of determined mass struggle. But what the mainstream media aren't telling
you is that this agreement does not take back WBAI - much less the rest of
the network - from those who hijacked it. We still have to fight for it. Any
decisions that don't get the vote of one of the reactionary former majority
(now minority) get sent to a California judge to resolve. And at the new
board's first conference-call meeting on Dec. 29, that pro-corporate
minority - led by former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry - showed that they'll fight
tooth and nail to stymie any progress toward reclaiming Pacifica.

For a summary of the Dec. 29th board meeting, see

Fortunately, the interim board mandated that its next meeting be held here
in New York City. The open-to-the-public event will run from Friday night
Jan. 11 to Sunday afternoon Jan. 13 at a location to be announced shortly.
Concerned Friends of WBAI is asking for listeners and community activists to
turn out in force to insist that our embattled, beloved station be taken
back as the first step in restoring the network to its historic progressive

It's been a year since the Christmas Coup that led to the purging of more
than 25 progressive producers and staffers and the decimating of vital
programming. The New York community needs to show up and demand that the
coup be reversed, that the fired and the banned be brought back, and that
WBAI and the other Pacifica stations nationwide return to their role as a
voice for the voiceless and an empowering agent for social change.

This meeting is a key window of opportunity. It's crucial that there be a
large and diverse popular presence to both lend support to our allies and
make clear to our adversaries the price they will pay for continuing their
assault on our network. The struggle is far from over. Come join us!

For the latest updates and to find out how you can help, call the Concerned
Friends hotline at 800-825-0055. For further information, visit
http://www.wbai.net ; and

For general questions or to volunteer, call 212-989-8222 or email
and debra@wbaiaction.org

For housing or to offer housing, call 973-762-3682 or email

New York City - Friday, January 11 - Sunday, January 13, 2001

305 W. 44th St. Hotel Worker's Union
Between 8th and 9th Ave.


7:00 - 7:20 pm Rules for our meetings - Adopt minutes of 12/29/01

meeting - Review agenda

7:20 - 7:25 pm Comments from Board chair

7:25 - 7:35 pm Report from the executive director

7:35 - 7:45 pm Update: lawsuits, grievances, severance arrangements,

etc. overview, no discussion

7:45 - 9:15 pm Finances

report on where we are (debt, projected income, projected costs)

priority expenses

how to cut expenses

set up finance committee


9:00 - 9:45 am Community comments

9:45 - 12:00 pm Station Reports

managers - 10 minutes each

LAB chairs - 5 minutes each

brief community comments

12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch

(Executive Director search committee will meet.)

2:00 - 3:30 pm WBAI

brief community comments

status of the committee

next steps

3:30 - 4:45 pm Bylaws review and revision/LAB elections

what needs to be done, proposal for structuring this work

community comments (15 minutes)

establish committee

4:45 - 5:15 pm "Gag Rule"

Evening - visit to WBAI, followed by reception with LAB and listeners


9:30 - 10:15 am Community comments

10:15 - 11:00 am Executive Director search

report from committee
next steps

11:00 - 11:45 am Status of national office/staff

11:45 - 12:15 pm Democracy Now!

update on broadcasting, back pay

update on negotiations

12:15 - 12:30 pm Break

12:30 - 1:00 pm PNN stringers strike

overview of issue

next steps

1:00 - 1:30 pm Affiliates

overview of issue

next steps

1:30 - 2:15 pm Interim Board business

reports to the listeners at each station

approving and posting minutes of meetings

our meeting schedule

Adjourn meeting