Basic Email with the Case for Justice & Unity

 

Fall 2004


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PROTECT WBAI - VOTE FOR JUSTICE & UNITY

If you are an eligible WBAI listener voter, we strongly
urge you to support the candidates of the WBAI
Justice & Unity Campaign. This election represents
a struggle for the soul of the station, and we ask
that you take it seriously. Visit our website at
http://www.justiceunity.org for more info.
(If you are not a WBAI member, we hope
you'll join! Go to http://www.wbai.org for info.)

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Ballots must now be
received by Nov. 29. If you did not receive a ballot,
or if you lose or spoil your ballot, call Pacifica toll free
at 877-217-6928 x 205 and state your name and mailing
address. A replacement ballot will be mailed via first class
within 2 days.

YOU DESERVE AN INCLUSIVE, PROGRESSIVE WBAI

The Bush win cements the power of those wanting to
roll back 40 years of civil-rights advances. Meanwhile,
at WBAI, since the first Local Station Board election,
the current board majority -- supporters of the List-Prog slate,
plus colleagues of health programmer/entrepreneur Gary Null
-- have been trying to reverse decades of work that has made
WBAI anti-racist, diverse and responsive to communities
of color and vital progressive movements.

Most distressing has been certain board members'
barrage of hostility and unsubstantiated allegations
against progressive managers Bernard White & Don Rojas,
provoking Don to resign. When elected, Justice &
Unity candidates will protect WBAI's mission by working
respectfully with other board members, staff and
management.

PROTECT WBAI'S LEGACY

Half the 18 listener seats on the Local Station Board are up
for election and your vote counts. (There are also 6 staff seats,
for a total of 24 seats.) The Justice & Unity Campaign
holds 4 continuing listener seats (plus 2 staff seats), but with
your help could become a genuinely progressive majority.
Its diverse, majority-women slate of respected activists
is committed to Pacifica's mission of giving voice to
the voiceless, and covering issues ignored by corporate media.

HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR BALLOT

There are 9 listener board seats to fill, and you are allowed
-- but not required -- to rank up to 25 candidates.
If you rank candidates you don't fully support, you could
help elect them. Do not give the same ranking to
more than one candidate -- it divides and dilutes your vote
among them. Please rank ONLY the 9 Justice and Unity
candidates.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION: VOTE WITH CARE

It's easy to talk about diversity, accountability, etc.
When you vote, be sure to look at a candidate's
background. Are they involved in real community
activism? Some candidates and their allies in the
current board majority talk progressive values
but meanwhile wage attacks against activist,
grassroots managers and programmers such as
Don Rojas, Bernard White, Errol Maitland,
Eddie Ellis, Ayo Harrington, Mimi Rosenberg,
Bob Lederer, and others. Be careful when you vote.

Justice and Unity believes the following candidates
-- endorsed by members of List-Prog and/or Gary Null
-- could HURT the station:

Mitchel Cohen, Andrea Fishman, David S. Goldman,
Patty Heffley, Luanne Pennesi, Harry Lichtenstein,
Patricia Logan, Berthold Reimers, James Ross,
Alice Shields, Alex Steinberg, Shohreh Tehrani.

Your vote for WBAI's Justice & Unity could give
true progressives a board majority. Act now.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Ballots must now be received by Nov. 29

ENDORSEMENTS

The Justice & Unity Campaign is endorsed by:
1199 Peace & Justice Comm., ACT UP/NY,
Black Radical Congress/NYC, Bronx Greens,
Central NJ Coalition for Peace and Justice,
Community Justice Center, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Coalition, Haiti Progrès, Int'l Action Center,
Met. Council on Housing, NuLeadership Policy Group,
Peoples Org. for Progress, ProLibertad, Queers for
Peace & Justice

Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now!

And 8 former WBAI Local Advisory Board members.

STAY INFORMED: CABLE TV PROGRAM

Watch "The Battle for Progressive Media" on
public-access cable TV. Manh.: MNN, Ch. 34 & RCN Ch. 107,
Mon., Nov. 22 (10-10:30 pm). Also: NYC, Brooklyn,
Westchester, Ossining, Wappinger, Paterson, Jersey City.
Schedule: http://www.justiceunity.org or (212) 591-2111.
Videocassettes available.

DONATIONS MUCH NEEDED

List-Prog has access to substantially more funding. Help us
get out the word about our candidates and our vision.
Send checks payable to "Justice & Unity Campaign" to:
Ray Laforest, c/o AFSCME DC 1707, 75 Varick St., #1404,
New York, NY 10013.

CONTACT INFO:

WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign * (212) 591-2111
http://www.justiceunity.org * info@justiceunity.org

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TRACK RECORD: Current LSB Majority vs. Justice & Unity Positions

J&U Supports Inclusion -- Not Racist Behavior
J&U Supports Cooperation -- Not a Board Takeover
J&U Supports Full Funding -- Not Budget Slashing
J&U Supports Pro-Worker -- Not Anti-Union

For details, go to http://www.justiceunity.org

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JUSTICE & UNITY'S VISION TO SAFEGUARD WBAI

With the support of thousands of loyal WBAI listeners and
activists like you, WBAI's Justice & Unity hopes to:

* Make WBAI a powerful, progressive organizing hub
for the entire tri-state area.
* Implement anti-racism training and strong
affirmative-action policies.
* Enhance democracy, transparency, worker rights
& local decision-making as Pacifica policy.
* Broadly diversify grassroots, community-based
programming and governance.
* Involve the full range of communities based on race,
nationality, class, gender, sexuality, disability and age.
* Harness the Internet and video to expand the
global reach of WBAI's cutting-edge programming.
* Strengthen innovative, non-corporate, off-air fundraising.

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VOTE TODAY! Your participation can help safeguard WBAI.
Make sure your ballot is RECEIVED by Nov. 29.

Help us spread the word! Downloadable flyers available
at http://www.justiceunity.org