Here’s an important message to CounterPunch readers from
Here at CounterPunch we love Barbara Ehrenreich for many reasons: her courage, her intelligence and her untarnished optimism. Ehrenreich knows what’s important in life; she knows how hard most Americans have to work just to get by, and she knows what it’s going to take to forge radical change in this country. We’re proud to fight along side her in this long struggle. We hope you agree with Barbara that CounterPunch plays a unique role on the Left. Our future is in your hands. Please donate.
Yes, these are dire political times. Many who optimistically hoped for real change have spent nearly five years under the cold downpour of political reality. Here at CounterPunch we’ve always aimed to tell it like it is, without illusions or despair. That’s why so many of you have found a refuge at CounterPunch and made us your homepage. You tell us that you love CounterPunch because the quality of the writing you find here in the original articles we offer every day and because we never flinch under fire. We appreciate the support and are prepared for the fierce battles to come.
Unlike other outfits, we don’t hit you up for money every month … or even every quarter. We ask only once a year. But when we ask, we mean it.
CounterPunch’s website is supported almost entirely by subscribers to the print edition of our magazine. We aren’t on the receiving end of six-figure grants from big foundations. George Soros doesn’t have us on retainer. We don’t sell tickets on cruise liners. We don’t clog our site with deceptive corporate ads.
The continued existence of CounterPunch depends solely on the support and dedication of our readers. We know there are a lot of you. We get thousands of emails from you every day. Our website receives millions of hits and nearly 100,000 readers each day. And we don’t charge you a dime.
Please, use our brand new secure shopping cart to make a tax-deductible donation to CounterPunch today or purchase a subscription our monthly magazine and a gift sub for someone or one of our explosive books, including the ground-breaking Killing Trayvons. Show a little affection for subversion: consider an automated monthly donation. (We accept checks, credit cards, PayPal and cold-hard cash….)
To contribute by phone you can call Becky or Deva toll free at: 1-800-840-3683
Thank you for your support,
Jeffrey, Joshua, Becky, Deva, and Nathaniel
CounterPunch PO Box 228, Petrolia, CA 95558
CONTROVERSIAL EMAIL RECEIVED DETAILING POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF KPFA AS LAWSUIT IS FILED TO FORCE ACCOUNTABILITY COMMUNITY LEADERS DECRY CRACKDOWN
BERKELEY, CA – At a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today, Media Alliance
Executive Director Andrea Buffa will release a controversial email she
received yesterday that describes plans by Pacifica Radio to close KPFA
and possibly sell another Pacifica station, WBAI in New York. The email
appears to have come from Pacifica board of directors member Michael
“We are working to confirm the authenticity of this email and call on
Michael Palmer and Pacifica Board Chair Dr. Mary Frances Berry to
immediately publicly confirm or refute this email,” Buffa said.
Phone calls by Media Alliance and several Pacifica board members to
Palmer have not been returned. Local Internet service provider IGC was
contacted about verifying the path by which the email was sent to Media
Alliance. IGC’s tech services department has stated that the email looks
to have legitimately been sent from Palmer’s account. The full text of
the email is available at www.zmag.org or www.counterpunch.org.
The press conference takes place immediately preceding a hearing at
Berkeley Municipal Court at which charges will be filed against a group
of peaceful protesters who blocked the entry to Pacifica Foundation’s
office in Berkeley last month. The demonstrators prevented Pacifica
Foundation Executive Director Lynn Chadwick from entering her office on
June 22. Chadwick initiated a citizen’s arrest when Berkeley police
refused to cite the activists. Local community leaders decried the
decision, calling it a terrible contradiction.
Meanwhile, a group of local stations’ advisory board members from Los
Angeles, Berkeley and New York is pressing ahead with a lawsuit intended
to reverse Pacifica’s recent governance changes that eliminated local say
on the national board. Oakland attorney Dan Siegel will file suit within
the next few days to restore the last shred of local control at Pacifica:
the ability of local station boards to recommend members to the national
board. Seigel will also attend the press conference. “Pacifica, when
faced with the question of changing its method of choosing its
leadership, opted for the least democratic option imaginable. It is time
to revisit this issue, and it should be unnecesssary to require a court
order to do so,” Siegel said.
Yesterday, Pacifica national board chair Dr. Mary Frances Berry arrived
in Oakland, told neither staff nor listeners of her visit, and attempted
to negotiate with KPFA’s union leaders. Shop stewards met with Berry to
remind her of her promise to meet with the KPFA steering committee, which
both listeners and staff have designated as their representative, and
refused to negotiate further.
KPFA paid staff, volunteers, local advisory board members, subscribers,
and listeners will continue to press Pacifica to: 1) Rehire respected
KPFA station manager Nicole Sawaya, whose termination touched off massive
protests in Berkeley and the firing of two veteran programmers because
they violated Pacifica’s on-air “gag rule”; 2) Participate in mediation
and allow for investigation of the dispute between local interests and
the national bureaucracy; and 3) Reverse the disciplinary or adverse
actions taken against KPFA and Pacifica staff since Sawaya’s termination.