“What’s at stake is the survival of KPFA as we know it,” writes UpFront host Brian Edwards-Tiekert, who also serves as Pacifica’s treasurer, in an open letter. “Pacifica, the nonprofit that KPFA is a part of, is teetering on the brink. Years of mismanagement at a national level has reduced stations that were once alternative media icons to shadows of their former selves, struggling to keep from going dark altogether.”
Edwards-Tiekert urges listeners to vote for all 7 SaveKPFA candidates named above. We reprint his LETTER ON KPFA by Brian Edwards-Tiekert: “Five years ago, it looked like KPFA was headed the same way. The old regime at Pacifica had just purged KPFA’s biggest fundraiser, The Morning Show. They had hired the country’s top union-busting law firm, Jackson Lewis, to fight us. But SaveKPFA led the charge to change Pacifica’s leadership, and prevailed.
“Since then, we’ve recovered our financial stability – KPFA is now the only station in Pacifica that doesn’t have any debt. We’ve put a locally-hired management team in place at KPFA for the first time in years. KPFA’s rolled out popular new programs like Sonali Kolhatkar‘s Uprising and the program I work on, UpFront – both of which drew dramatically increased pledges. Meanwhile, KPFA’s new managers led an overhaul of KPFA’s website, have started experimenting in the growing world of podcasting, and, thanks to some windfall income and off-air fundraising initiatives, even started shrinking the amount of time KPFA spends in fund drives.
“That’s why I hope you’ll vote to keep SaveKPFA in the majority on KPFA’s Local Station Board.
“The opposing slate, United for Community Radio, consists almost entirely of new faces. But the actions of the slate’s incumbents speak volumes.
“When Pacifica fired the entire staff of The Morning Show, they supported it. When Pacifica hired the nation’s most notorious union-busting law firm to fight us, they publicly defended it. When Pacifica’s disgraced former executive barricaded herself in her office for two months after being fired, they helped maintain the barricades – and block KPFA’s elected board members from access to financial records. One of their candidates for this year – Janet Kobren – even joined a frivolous lawsuit against Pacifica while sitting on its board (the lawsuit was tossed out of court).
“Does that mean everyone running on their ticket supports more of the same? Not necessarily. There are a lot of new faces in the election this year. But the first thing they’ll do once they’re on KPFA’s Local Board is vote to send their veteran slate-mates to the Pacifica National Board, where the real power lies. And those slate-mates will make their worst decisions behind closed doors in Executive Session meetings, where there’s very little accountability.
- Pass this email on to people you know who might be KPFA members.
- Go to www.savekpfa.org to learn more about the SaveKPFA candidates.
- Most importantly, return your ballot now so you don’t forget. Pacifica is not allowing any in-person ballot drop-offs this year – you have to mail it. Your ballot has to arrive at the ballot-counting location by December 4 – so send it now.
Co-Host, KPFA’s UpFront | Former Co-Host, The Morning Show