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"Race and Nationality at Pacifica"


Manhattan: Mon., April 25, 2005 - 10:00-10:30 pm, Ch 34 Time Warner, Ch 110 RCN

Short update on Paul DeRienzo's continuing disruptive behavior at board meetings. At a recent local board meeting DeRienzo again disrupted the meeting by walking around the front of the room, in front of the board meeting while filming board members at the distance of a few feet blocking the view of members of the public.

At the Pacifica National Board meeting in Los Angeles held on January 15-17, long-postponed issues of broadening and enforcing policies to fully include communities of color and immigrants in the network's broadcasting, staffing and governance, and to deal with manifestations of conscious or unconscious racism, were finally addressed. On three occasions, in 2002, 2003 and 2004, previous boards had mandated adoption of broad policies on these issues, but no implementation had occurred. For four hours on January 17, the board grappled with four motions to move these policies forward. Three of those were administrative, but important: hiring coordinators to make sure the work is accomplished; developing funding streams; and setting up an expert commission to recommend affirmative action policies. These were referred to committees. Two other motions were passed -- the first, to establish an international Spanish language daily news broadcast, the second, to mandate anti-racism/anti-oppression trainings for board and staff members at all five stations. This program shows part of the presentations made to the board.

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