Introducing Rescue Pacifica - February 2018




Introducing
Rescue Pacifica


We are a group of KPFA listeners and staff, who value KPFA in our lives, as well as the Pacifica Foundation, the services it provides to 5 stations in major metropolitan areas across the country, its historic archives, its over 250 local affiliate stations, and its role as the only community radio network in the US.

We came together because others have been working to gain control of KPFA and other stations, whose aims are counter to Pacifica's mission statement and bylaws.

We believe in
* Reliable news from a variety of independent sources and the field
* An anti-war stance, not support for "humanitarian intervention"
* Airtime for diverse grassroots community groups, including during morning drive time
* Bargaining and union rights not just for paid, but also unpaid staff, who provide over 70% of programming and keep KPFA on the air
* Addition of new technologies to broaden our reach online and through video
* Democratic governance, and shared decision making among workers and the community
* Retaining independence from private ownership, and no commercial underwriting
* Responsible budgeting and timely, transparent financial reporting
* Sustainable resolution of the financial crisis and debts, relying on bylaws and community support, instead of proposals that devalue, divide, or dissolve the network, such as bankruptcy, signal sales or swaps
* Keeping the Pacifica Foundation intact

These are not the aims of "Save KPFA", whose supporters are trying to separate KPFA from Pacifica, nor are they the present aims of some representatives of United for Community Radio, who have been promoting voluntarily filing for bankruptcy under the misguided illusion that the government will step in and reorganize our community radio network for the better.

Pacifica elections are coming up later this year, and we plan to run candidates for Local Station Board who support our aims. Make sure you renew your membership, or become a member for the first time, so that you can participate and vote in the election.

We also want to hear from you if you have recommendations for candidates who share our objectives. Please get in touch and let us know how to contact potential candidates, or if you have any questions or comments, or would like to get more involved, at RescuePacifica@gmail.com

To keep up with what's happening at KPFA and Pacifica, we recommend signing up for updates at
Pacifica in Exile

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KPFA 94.1 FM is one of five stations of the Pacifica radio network which are located in major cities across the country. The other stations are WBAI 99.5 in New York, WPFW 89.3 in Washington DC, KPFT 90.1 in Houston, and KPFK 90.7 in Los Angeles. There are also about two hundred affiliate stations.


RESCUE PACIFICA
Feb 18, 2018