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Red Wave WBAI Red Wave is a slate of left activists running for seats on WBAI's Local Station Board.

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02/18/2020

๐Ÿšจ ATTN WBAI MEMBERS: VOTE NO IN THE PACIFICA BYLAWS REFERENDUM.

This is an effort to liquidate the democratic structure of the Pacifica Network, WBAI's parent non-profit, by disenfranchising staff and listeners at all of its stations. We believe that the faction behind this anti-democratic measure aims to sell off WBAIโ€™s signal to the highest corporate bidder. They must be stopped. The fate of WBAI 99.5 FM is at stake.

๐Ÿšจ HOW TO VOTE

Today, Tuesday, February 18th, all staff and members of WBAI (or any Pacifica station) should have received an email inviting you to vote on whether or not to change the bylaws for the entire Pacifica Network, with the subject line โ€œPacifica By-laws Amendment Vote - Listener" or "Pacifica By-laws Amendment Vote - Staff" containing a link and password to vote online. Voting ends March 19th, 2020. We urge you to vote no.

๐Ÿšจ MORE ON THE PROPOSED BYLAWS

In contrast to so many unelected boards of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations that shape the lives of working class peopleโ€”institutions that run our libraries, schools, hospitals and workplacesโ€”Pacifica network stands out as one of the last few institutions where members can exercise democratic local control. Station communities in New York, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Houston directly elect their representatives to the Pacifica National Board. But if these bylaws changes get voted through, those rights would disappear, and the neoliberal restructuring of Pacifica would be complete.

The changes would do away with most local representatives and replace them with a board of unelected, unaccountable at-large directors, who can determine local programming, staffing, and the sale and privatization of any of the affiliate radio stations. We oppose these changes because we believe they will facilitate the sale of WBAI and contribute to the gentrification of New Yorkโ€™s airwaveโ€”right at the very moment when tenants and workers and the socialist movement are fighting to take back our city.

๐Ÿšจ SAY NO TO UNELECTED AT-LARGE DIRECTORS

The individuals who have been put forward as at-large directors include many high profile individuals on the liberal left. They have the resources and networks to help raise funds to get Pacifica out of its financial troubles, but have unfortunately chosen to put more effort into dismantling its democratic mechanisms instead. We believe it is important to point out that their leadership in different progressive organizations has sometimes run counter to rank-and-file democracy.

Heidi Boghosian, who has since recused herself but still supports the bylaws amendment, is the executive director of the AJ Muste Foundation, which, in the last year, fired its janitorial staff because they were organizing to unionize. We fear that support behind these bylaws will open the door to further union-busting at Pacifica stations.

Another individual who may be appointed if these bylaws are passed is Bob King, former president of the UAW. In light of the recent federal investigation of UAW leadership and their embezzlement of dues money, we concur with the DSA National Political Committeeโ€™s February 12th statement in solidarity with UAW rank-and-file members organizing for a special convention and the right to directly elect their leadership to avoid a federal government takeover.

The right to directly elect our leadership is precious and it is a right that we still have at Pacifica. We cannot go backwards. We cannot repeat these very recent examples of undemocratic union and nonprofit leadership. DSA members fight everyday for elected civilian review boards against police brutality, elected school boards against charter school financiers, and elected union leaders who are accountable to their membership.

The fight for democratic control of community radio helps amplify all these other struggles. Vote no on the Pacifica bylaws revisions.

12/13/2019

RED WAVE COLLECTIVE STATEMENT ON UK ELECTION RESULTS

Last nightโ€™s general election in the United Kingdom was a devastating loss for working-class people around the world. A vulgar nationalism triumphed over democratic socialism. Millions will suffer as Boris Johnson and the Tories offer up the remnants of British social democracy to the highest bidder.

Red Wave grieves for all those who will continue to suffer from the racism and austerity of the Conservative Party. We stand in solidarity with socialist Labour Party organizers and every activist organizing for free movement and a welfare state for all. Now is the time to mobilize in support of the most vulnerable among us, who will be the most threatened by the rise of fascism.

December 13, 2019

Read the full statement at: bit.ly/RWDec12

12/06/2019
Revolutions Per Minute

Come learn more about Red Wave and chat with collective members like Amy, Jack & Charlotte! TONIGHT at "Funk & File," a holiday social and organizing fair hosted by Revolutions Per Minute. 9 pm at Eris Evolution! More info here: facebook.com/events/3330200390354024

On this week's episode of Revolutions Per Minute, we talked with members of the Red Wave WBAI Collective, a group of DSA organizers and RPM contributors who were recently elected to the Local Station Board of WBAI 99.5 FM New York. We discuss what Red Wave plans to do with their power as board members and the long-term vision to build socialist media rooted in the working class.

Watch the full video: youtu.be/qJNCzC3mWts
Listen to the podcast: revolutionsperminute.simplecast.com

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12/06/2019

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12/03/2019

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...and don't forget to join us at Funk & File: Holiday Social and Organizing Fair with RPM this Friday!

Happy #GivingTuesday, y'all! Today, you can show your support for our show and solidarity with the good folks at WBAI 99.5 FM New York by making a donation or becoming a WBAI member.

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10/14/2019

Last night, a majority of the Pacifica Board of Directors voted to rescind Mondayโ€™s abrupt and unauthorized shutdown and restore WBAI 99.5 FM New York to full functioning under local control. This is cause for celebration, but the fight continues.

Administrative control of the stationโ€™s assets has not yet been restored and the legal battle will continue in court. We can expect resistance from the forces who would shut down our beloved community institution. WBAI has periodically faced the threat of sale and corporate control, and we fear that the proposal to make WBAI a repeater station was simply a stop on the way to selling its valuable broadcast license.

On the bright side: in the face of crisis, the movement of listeners, producers, and community advocates has grown and remains dedicated to saving free speech radio in New York. There will be a press conference tomorrow Tuesday October 15th, on the steps of City Hall at noon. There will also be a public meeting to develop tactics and strategies to #SaveWBAI at 6:30 pm at The Peoples Forum, 320 W. 37th St. Please come out to these if you can!

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The task ahead of WBAI now is to demonstrate the necessity and viability of community radio in the face of very real financial hardship. Red Wave remains committed to building the station's audience and resourcesโ€”and we believe that our slate of young organizers for Local Station Board has an effective plan to do so.

Our platform includes a creative fundraising plan that understands that this is a long term project to increase revenue and pay down the stationโ€™s debt. We have a formidable strategy to build listenership by linking WBAI to New Yorkโ€™s powerful left movement and the revitalized independent media landscape. We hope to transform the station into a nexus for worker-owned collectives of journalists, comedians, musicians, podcasters, activists, and artists. You can check out more of our platform and vision in the "About" section of our page or at redwavewbai.org! You can read our candidates' statements there, as well.

With this current threat to WBAI's democracy, itโ€™s more important than ever for members to vote. If you want to support the Red Wave slate of socialist organizers, please rank our candidates in exactly this order:

1. Safia Albaiti
2. Michael Mordowanec
3. Charlotte Albrecht
4. Rosa Palmieri
5. Simone Norman
6. Jez Zerbe
7. David Torcivia

If you're a staff member, please rank our candidates in exactly this order:

1. Jack Devine
2. Amy Wilson

If you contributed at least $25 between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, you should have received an email from "Pacifica Foundation" ([email protected]) on August 15th, containing a link to your online ballot.

If you did not receive a ballot, you can request one at bit.ly/2019-ballot-request.

Help WBAI meet quorum by Tuesday! Search your email for โ€œvote@simplyvoting.comโ€ ๐Ÿ—ณ If you want to support our slate, here...
10/13/2019

Help WBAI meet quorum by Tuesday! Search your email for โ€œ[email protected]โ€ ๐Ÿ—ณ

If you want to support our slate, hereโ€™s our reccomended order for listener candidates:

1. Safia Albaiti
2. Michael Mordowanec
3. Charlotte Albrecht
4. Rosa Palmieri
5. Simone Norman
6. Jez Zerbe
7. David Torcivia

And for staff candidates, both from Revolutions Per Minute:

1. Jack Devine
2. Amy Wilson

10/11/2019
Red Wave WBAI LSB Staff Candidate Amy Wilson on the WBAI Lockout

"That home that WBAI has been for us means a lot to our organizing and to our ability to reach people here in New York City and to build a better world, which is something we feel that we deeply need to do. As the Democratic Socialists of America, we're not messing around. This is not a hobby. This is not a game. We're deadly serious because we're fighting for our lives against capitalism." #SaveWBAI

The Red Wave WBAI slate is committed to seeing this through and putting an end to the Pacifica coup. #SaveWBAI! ๐Ÿ“ป
10/10/2019

The Red Wave WBAI slate is committed to seeing this through and putting an end to the Pacifica coup. #SaveWBAI! ๐Ÿ“ป

WBAI's Listener Station Board met Wednesday night for the first time since the station was shut down Monday morning by the Pacifica Foundation. The station will be back in court this morning. Here are some takeaways.

*WBAI got hit really hard on Monday. Pacifica not only took over the station's transmitter and website, fired the general manager and program director and disabled both the old and new studio being built on site, it cleaned out WBAI's bank account and disabled the station's ability to fundraise for itself.

*WBAI has regained control of its third floor offices at 388 Atlantic Avenue with an assist from the building's owner who replaced the locks that Pacifica put on the doors to WBAI's offices.

*WBAI lawyers Arthur Schwartz and Mimi Rosenberg will be back in court this morning facing off against a high-powered team of lawyers from Pacifica who will try to have a temporary restraining order against the Foundation overturned on appeal.

*Pacifica, which is based in Berkeley, California, will make the straightforward argument that it owns WBAI's license and it can do with its property as it sees fit. WBAI's lawyers will question the arbitrary and secretive manner in which the shutdown was carried out by a "rogue faction" on the network's national board and their hand-picked executive director.

*WBAI's license was donated to Pacifica in 1960 by a philanthropist named Louis Schweitzer who wanted the station to be preserved as a non-commercial entity to serve the people of New York. WBAI's lawyers will also argue that Pacifica national's shutdown of the station violates that trust.

*WBAI has been financially troubled for many years. There are elements within Pacifica, especially around its flagship station in Berkeley, that have long wanted to close down WBAI, sell it off its location in the middle of the FM dial in the largest media market in the country and use the proceeds to recapitalize the network which has also been in financial distress for many years.

*Pacifica national insists it is looking to relaunch WBAI not kill it off. But at this time WBAI is being used as a repeater signal for programming piped in from California. Local voices have been sidelined.

*I've never seen an LSB meeting where the members of the different factions that have long vied for control of the station have worked together so harmoniously. Nothing like facing obliteration by a common foe to bring people together.

*It was also encouraging to see a smattering of young people in the audience including DSA members who are running for positions on the LSB as members of the Red Wave slate.

*The news of Monday's closure was greeted by some with a shrug. The station had been going downhill for a longtime with loss of quality programming, a shrinking audience and fewer listener-sponsors, the narrative goes, so it's demise was sad but inevitable. That's true EXCEPT the station has finally been on the upswing in the past year under the leadership of new program director Linda Barr Perry. Stale shows have been replaced with fresh new voices from the New York Left plus other independent media outlets including The Indypendent. The station still faced a long uphill climb to become fully sustainable, but its audience has been growing along with memberships and revenues in the most recent fund drive which was halted by the station's closure. So frustrating.

*For Pacifica national, it's possible WBAI's recent upswing was too little too late after a lost decade or more. But it's also fair to ask if Pacifica national took down WBAI not because it was failing but because it's recent upsurge put those long-held plans to sell off the station at risk.

*The newspaper that people are holding up in these photos is the October edition of The Indypendent which carried WBAI's new fall programming schedule on its back page. It won't be easy, but somehow we need to get WBAI back on the air so people can listen to those programs again.

John Tarleton
Executive Editor
The Indypendent

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10/10/2019

9:15 AM Tomorrow.
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10/08/2019

Stop the WBAI Lockout!

08/19/2019

Red Wave Statement on the Stephen Brown Endosement Mailer

08/15/2019

Hi, everyone! We're Red Wave. ๐Ÿ“ป๐Ÿšฉ

We are a group of Socialists organizing to win seats on WBAI's Local Station Board. We are anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, socialist-feminist, abolitionist, anti-fascist, labor-oriented, and our practical experiences as organizers reflect those values.

Weโ€™ve participated in strikes, worked on electoral campaigns, organized against new jails and new luxury buildings, created mutual aid networks, direct action collectives, and helped push new legislation that protects tenants, immigrants, and sex workers. Weโ€™ve also put many hours into the less glamorous, administrative side of the movement; we know what it takes to create conditions for change and growth.

As organizers within this burgeoning socialist movement, we believe that we can revitalize WBAI and help it live up to its full potential as a listener-funded, community-based, non-commercial radio station that lifts the most marginalized voices and communities in New York City.

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08/14/2019

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The Red Wave Slate is a group of Socialist organizers. We are socialist-feminist, abolitionist, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, labor-oriented, and our practical experiences as organizers reflects those values. Weโ€™ve participated in strikes, worked on electoral campaigns, organized against new jails and new luxury buildings, created mutual aid networks, direct action collectives, and helped push new legislation that protects tenants, immigrants, and sex workers.

Weโ€™ve also put many hours into the less glamorous, administrative side of the movement; we know what it takes to create conditions for change and growth. As organizers within this burgeoning socialist movement, we believe that we could revitalize WBAI and help it live up to its full potential as a listener-funded, community-based, non-commercial radio station that lifts the most marginalized voices and communities in New York City.

To do this, we believe that we must:


  • Work with the staff at WBAI to transform the station into the nexus for worker owned collectives of journalists, comedians, podcasters, and artists.
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    Grace Aaron is no longer Chair of the National Board, seemingly deposed at the PNB private session, 5Sep. More importantly, it's part of ๐™– ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ฎ-๐™ก๐™–๐™ฌ๐™จ & ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™œ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™™๐™ž๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™’๐˜ฝ๐˜ผ๐™„, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ. Please see the details collated here, https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/09/16/first-maxie-now-grace-grace-aaron-deposed-as-chair-of-the-pacifica-board-5sep2019/. ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ, ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ, ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™š๐™™ ๐™’๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š?
    ๐™’๐˜ฝ๐˜ผ๐™„ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‹๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™– ๐™‰๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™–๐™ง๐™™, according to three directors elected by the WBAI Local Station Board. This is their directors' report, with my commentary, delivered to the W11Sep LSB:
    Hi, thanx for running, pulsing, as Red Wave. I just posted about you at the principal Pacifica FB group, 'Pacifica Radiowaves - past, present and future of Pacifica Radio'. It's mainly a noticeboard, rarely has discussion, but we live in hope. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificaRadiowaves/permalink/1307521969403084/ I link there to the blogpost I did yesterday on Red Wave in the context of whether Pacifica is capable of revitalising itself. The ousting of ED Maxie Jackson at the Tu2July PNB suggests otherwise. Of course, audio technique isn't politics-neutral, but we're talking basics here, & that's what ED Jackson was doing. Nevertheless, it proved unacceptable to the PNB majority. Now we have a stopgap, a music corporate careerist. I link here to the third & last of my pieces on the sad affair. https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/08/25/can-pacifica-cope-with-young-peeps-the-red-wave-slate-for-the-wbai-local-station-board/ https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2019/08/01/administrative-measures-not-open-discussion-the-pacifica-way/ You mention in your Brown statement that you're trying to make sense of PacificaWorld. Me too. The blog I started may interest you, not least as it tries to address many aspects of Pacifica, be it historical, political, economic, financial, technical. All are most welcome to contribute, in whatever way they wish. And for the WBAI elections, again, avanti!