Brian's email of 2005

" how do we make our enemies own the problems that are to come?" -- Brian Edwards-Tiekert

The e-mail below was found at the station in September 2005. It has been acknowledged as real by the author. I have contacted in person or by e-mail everyone but one on that strategy group to ask them if they were just recipients of an e-mail that discussed “
dismantling the LSB” and other interesting topics or were they active participants and none of them have denied active involvement.

This e-mail was sent shortly after the Local Station Board (LSB) voted down a their motion to fire the General Manager for sexual harassment. It was voted down 15-5. Four of the five votes for it were in this e-mail group*. There was NO evidence of sexual harassment found after two separate investigations, one was done by their own Dan Siegel. It was an attempt to fire an African-American General Manager that wouldn’t toe their line. Their pushing for this unjust firing caused them to lose the majority on the LSB, thus their need for a "strategic retreat." This e-mail gives one a view of what these folks really believe in! Sort of like a Pentagon Paper.
--Richard Phelps, former LSB Chair.

From:"Brian Edwards-Tiekert"
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To:"LemlemTekle" , "Bonnie Simmons" ,
CC:"Sasha Lilley" , "LemlemTekle" ,, "Amelia Gonzalez-Garcia" , Rain
Geesler" , "Sherry Gendelman" , "Gary
Subject:Re: budget
Date:Thu, 1 Sep 2005 20:58:28 -0700

I'm up for coffee Saturday—Lisa and I can still meet Tuesday afternoon. Also, we need a general strategy session. How about Tuesday night?

Issues include:

How should we be handling the expiration of the union contract—is a strike in order, or is it a really terrible idea?

What's the best way to deal with these layoffs?

Coming up with, and presenting, an alternative budget.

Getting the Roy issue to the national board.

Propping up staff morale.

Strategic retreat on the LSB—how do we make our enemies own the problems that are to come? Alternatively, should we be recalling LSB members/dismantling the LSB? (Emphasis added.)

Dealing with the grievances underway.

Building community support—formation of a labor-community coalition.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Staff Representative, Local Station Board
1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley CA 94704

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