Father Lucas Restored to LSB



(Aug. 25) Well-known community activist and WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) Member Father Lawrence Lucas was reseated on the board after community activists applied pressure to the board. A Justice & Unity press release (click HERE) denouncing the earlier removal manuever was issued, and [two] dozen Lucas supporters came to greet the returning priest as he attempted to retake his seat at the August 25th Local Station Board meeting.

Lucas supporters confronted the board with signs saying "R. Paul Martin, Have you No Shame? Sickness is a valid excuse." Similar signs were directed against Board Members Patty Heffley, Eric Steinberg and Luanne Pennesi (all listener representatives to the board who are up for re-election) [DEL: also had similar signs directed towards them] for their vote at the Fort Green LSB meeting to uphold the ruling of acting Chair R.Paul Martin (staff representative to the board) that Father Lucas was no longer a board member and thus inelgible for an excuse for missing a meeting. Lucas missed a number of meetings due to a 13 week period when he was hospitalized, had surgery, and was released to a nursing home for recovery. The LSB was repeatedly advised of his status during the course of the months he was unable to attend meetings. At the August 25 meeting, Justice & Unity member Michael Tarif Warren moved to retroactively excuse Father Lucas for his absences, and spoke powerfully of the illegitmacy of the Board's earllier vote to deny him an excuse, and -- with the crowd vocally in support -- the motion passed nearly unanimously (only LIST-PROG leader Steve Brown abstained]. A rare victory for justice on this very biased board.

For Background see below:

 

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CLICK HERE for Justice & Unity press release:

Note: This release resulted in an article in Amsterdam News (click HERE: )