Dear Mr Brown, Ms Casenave, Mr Diaz, Ms Roberts, and Mr Tshibanda et al of the PNB
This is a polite and quite sincere request for information from the five of you as well as a request for further information from the PNB as a whole.It relates to votes cast at the August 17 2017 PNB Executive Session.The report out from the PNB executive session held on August 17 states that three motions related to the Pacifica audits were passed at that executive session.I am one of many concerned Pacifica listener members, including several attorneys, who have been actively tracking and documenting the board behavior of PNB members for over a year--as individuals and as voting blocks.Our goal is to examine the accusation, frequently made, that a subset of PNB members are working from within to sabotage Pacifica in hopes of walking away from the destroyed organization with valuable pieces of it and/or control over those pieces, or for some as yet identified self serving purpose.Should evidence of this sabotage be apparent, legal action against such PNB members could commence. This action could include civil AND CRIMINAL prosecution under a host of state and federal fraud statutes, including breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy to breach fiduciary duty, and conspiracy charges under the RICO statutes.As I understand it, a group of board members, acting in a coordinated fashion, and in collusion with each other can qualify as a corrupt organization or enterprise under the RICO statutes.Those found guilty under the RICO statutes can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for EACH RACKETEERING COUNT of which they are convicted. RICO includes 27 federal counts and 8 state counts under which legal charges can be brought.Collusion to commit fraud would be easy to prove, given the lock step voting pattern of the group of you, usually joined by Ms Washington, Ms Turner, and Ms Sorden.This quote is from Wikipedia information on the RICO statutes:"Despite its harsh provisions, a RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts."Nothing would be easier to prove than "patterns of behavior" on the part of each of you as individuals and as a group.As you well know, a cornucopia of open source audio exists that would easily establish a coordinated voting pattern on the part of this group.In addition, evidence of coordination among you is not limited to voting patterns of your group, but also to the intense and unremitting and often successful vocal disruptions, designed to create delay and chaos, that your group engages in. Your behavior occurs every meeting along very well established, highly predictable guidelines and methods and absolutely suggests a coordinated or conspiratorial quality to your group.The report out from the August 17 2017 PNB Executive Session states that three audit related motions were approved. A vote count was given for the first motion only:"The PNB accepts and approves the Audit Report, Management Letter, and Amended Tax Return prepared by Regalia & Associates for FY2015."Failure to produce timely audits has afflicted Pacifica for some time now, without any clear explanation given as to why. This is but one piece of suggestive evidence of a "plan from within" to sabotage Pacifica.The lack of timely audits is an existential threat to the Pacifica Foundation by at least two, and possibly more, mechanisms--denial of CPB funding and the revocation of Pacifica's tax exempt status by the Attorney General of the State of California. Other vendors, lenders, etc often demand to see audited financials before deciding whether or not to do business with Pacifica. Absence of the audits obviously seriously jeopardizes Pacifica's basic ability to function day to day.Therefore, I would respectfully ask that you clarify your vote on this motion to "clear your name" before the public. For starters, I would suggest responses to the following:1) Published statements by each of the 5 PNB members referenced above who voted "No" on this motion to clarify the reasons and rationale led to your "No" vote.2) So many of your votes, if not all, are in lock step with one another, whether on something as weighty as a Pacifica audit or as minor as extending time. This vote absolutely bears that stamp. Why would a reasonable person not conclude that your No vote was not part of a coordinated attempt to block approval of the audit, hurting Pacifica, potentially fatally if your side had prevailed? Please elaborate.3) That the report from Executive Session for the August 17 meeting be amended to include the roll call results on the other two motions approved during this Executive Session.4). That explanation be given as to why these Audit Committee motions were made, discussed and voted under a cloak of secrecy in Executive Session. Under which of the limited "reasons for consideration in Executive Session" do these Audit related motions fall?I would suggest that responses to the above be placed on the Pacifica Radio Waves Yahoo Group website, along with any other places you choose.Once your statements and the voting results outlined above are published, that you make yourselves available for written questions and answers to the public you serve on the Radio Waves group site. Or, in the case of Mr Tshibanda, responses to "The People" you purport to represent.Thank you so very much,S D Cohen
Sunday, August 20, 2017
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This letter was sent to the pnb@Pacifica.org site as well as to the Pacifica Radiowaves forum. It was picked up by this blog unofficially.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Read this and see what they have done to WBAI.
WBAI Treasurer's Report - August 2017
On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 7:42 AM, Gary Null wrote to Berthold Reimers, the token, well-paid "general manager" of WBAI:
Berthold..late last evening while getting a fresh juice a man approached me to tell me that he had been at the Plant Codes premier and was a long time listener. He then mentioned that he has been waiting for a premium for more than a year….that he has either received premiums very late or not at all and that the only reason he pledged this spring drive was because I gave my personal promise that all of the funds from the premier would go to the purchase of premiums. I assured him that the manager was in the process of making final arrangements for all spring premiums to be delivered. He reiterated his enjoyment at the premier and lecture. I asked him his occupation . He said he was a lawyer. I thanked him for his continued support to WBAI. Berthold please honor your word and on Monday wire the money for the premiums. I hope you realize that one of the main reasons the station has lost so many supporters is due to not getting the listeners their premiums in a timely manner or not getting them at all. Also everyone tells us that no one responds to their phone calls or e mails. This time I gave my word. You gave me your word. We must keep our words. Just last week I had a tragic death very close to me . I flew out of town to grieve and handle all arrangements. I told Scott…my in house council …to let you know I would not be able to attend the premier. He told me that the audience would be very upset and disappointed and that I should fly back for the premier then return the next day. I did the best I could and let no one know that I am in a grieving period. I also spent thousands out of my own pocket for the two free films and forgave my normal lecture fee…all for the station. Also do you realize that during the past three years that I have paid for more than 50% of the premiums…saving you tens of thousands. I hope you will do the right thing and pay for these premiums. Please honor your word. Thank you.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
As the absurd Mimi Rosenberg crawls around in blackface spewing her toxic JUC drivel and advocating handing WBAI over to MNN, Reimers, Bates, and the rest of the scammers are pulling harder and longer on those udders. However, that alleged cash cow is feeling rather poorly these days, so there's but a trickle where it used to flow rather nicely.
Null is rumored to be the only one generating a mentionable amount of sales, which means that he is doing okay for himself. That said, the station's credibility is now such that nothing we hear coming out of there (on or off the air) is to be taken seriously.
The Pacifica National Board is no help—it spent its entire public meeting this evening (1 hour and 21 minutes) arguing about what to argue about.
We laugh, but it isn't the least bit funny.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
They may in many ways be as race-obsessed and dishonest as WBAI, but KPFA—Pacifica's mother station—will at least allow themselves to be the subject of satire. I don't know about Washington and Houston, but WBAI has Randy Credico, whose humor belongs on milk cartons, KPFK has predictable Jimmy Dore, whose weekly attempts are better, but have too much in common with Credico's, and KPFA has the Twit Wits, who know what's going on and have the intelligence topical humor demands. The following link will take you to last Sunday's ungodly goodie.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Updated with audio July 26, 2017 6:15 PM
Many months ago, confronted by ESRT’s turning to the courts for enforcement of WBAI/Pacifica’s contract, Crosier presented WBAI/Pacifica’s offer in settlement to ESRT, which offer consisted of suggesting ESRT settle for a small fraction of the value of the contract.
Crosier and WBAI/Pacifica were surprised in the time following that there was no response from ESRT to their offer in settlement.
Today, after WBAI/Pacifica had pointed happily several days ago to the fact that following some local officials having sent letters sympathetic to WBAI/Pacifica to ESRT, ESRT had requested a meeting, concluding that WBAI/Pacifica’s ‘pressure’ would force ESRT to present a ‘reasonable’ counter offer as to financial terms, Crosier, Himmelstein (WBAI/Pacifica’s pro bono firm), et al were ‘disappointed’ that ESRT presented no counter offer in settlement, but instead presented a series of questions centering solely on WBAI/Pacifica’s ability to pay monies due per contract, and particularly focusing on why WBAI/Pacifica claimed it was unable to raise the monies due by a signal swap, with the accompanying sale of their existing frequency, which, as a commercial frequency in the center of the FM band in the New York Metropolitan market, is of considerable value.
According to Crosier, they attempted to explain why they found this ‘very, very difficult,’ ie, effectively impossible to accomplish.
There have been several points in the past years where signal swaps have been proposed, internally, for various reasons, principally financial. Such a swap would require, according to Pacifica’s bylaws, a vote of the Pacifica National Board, and on all such previous occasions neither the local nor the national stakeholders were able even to approach the possibility of such a change.
That internal dysfunction is the reason why a signal swap is effectively ‘very, very difficult’ in WBAI/Pacifica’s view and understanding, if not quite simply impossible.
This line of argument as to why ESRT ought to accept WBAI/Pacifica’s continuing as it has in the past, not paying them the monies contractually due, seems to have had little effect on ESRT’s position to date.
What Berthold Reimers had to say. It is essentially complete, but I edited out some musical interruptions and confusion derived therefrom.