How good to now know that the safety of all who participate in KPFK or other Pacifica Local Station Board meetings or are on staff have a "decree" claiming that the members, staff, stakeholders may not be physically hurt, injured, killed, or perhaps even threatened....but who and how will this be ever enforced ?
The reluctance to call in the state 'first line' defenders like Police, National Guard, or even a paid private security [how trained or skilled is always in question, and weaponized or just big+bulky+grimacing-is-enough ? ] will always defeat any good intentions. But we who care about our lives, bodies, and mental health and want to continue to affiliate with Pacifica as more than far-off-radio-listeners in our private spaces are glad this is now in writing...hmmmm
see this copied from a public-viewed site below:
PACIFICA ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY & #8232;- NO VIOLENCE & #8232;
WHEREAS, one of the primary missions of Pacifica,
and part of itsstated justification for use of the public airwaves,
is to support and promotethe principle of non-violence -- which principle
includes renouncing the use of violence, or threats of violence,
to resolve disputes; andWHEREAS, the Pacifica National Board has received
reports thatthis founding principle of non-violence has been breached
at certain LSB meetings; and
WHEREAS, the Pacifica National Board desires to uphold and maintain
this principle of non-violence in all aspects of its governance and
WHEREAS, the Pacifica National Board recognize's Pacifica's
responsibility to maintain safety in all of its activities, and specifically
toprotect persons at its functions or on its premises from being injured,
orthreatened with injury, by violence, and threats of violence, from other
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PACIFICA
1. Pacifica shall have a zero tolerance policy for violence
or threats of violence at its LSB meetings.
2. The Chairs of each LSB are hereby specifically empowered,
at their discretion, to remove from a duly called meeting of
the LSB any person who engages in violence, or threats of violence,
against another person during the meeting. & #8232;
3. Members of an LSB who engage in violence, or threats of
violence, against another person during a duly called meeting
of the LSB shall be subject to immediate removal from the meeting
at the discretion of the Chair, and shallalso be subject to
suspension from membership on the LSB by majority vote of the
other LSB members present and voting at a subsequently called
meeting of theLSB. Any member suspended by his LSB for violating
this non-violence policy shall be denied access to any meetings
of the LSB, and to facilities of the Foundation. & #8232;
4. The Chairs of each LSB are hereby specifically empowered
to remove from a duly called meeting of the LSB any member who
has been suspended from membership on the LSB for engaging in
violence, or threats of violence, against another person during
a meeting of the LSB.& #8232;
5. The Executive Director and respective station managers are
hereby authorized to hire and appoint a Sergeant at Arms, at the
request of a Chair of an LSB, to enforce the removal directives
of the Chair, as set out herein. & #8232;
6. The Executive Director shall distribute this Zero Tolerance
on Violence policy to each and every member of an LSB. & #8232;
7. The Chair of each LSB shall distribute copies of this Policy
to LSB members as the first order of business at the LSB's next
PASSED BY THE PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD ON THIS THE 26th DAY of
OK, now who will inform on those amongst the LSB 'elected' members that have already in past [like those in Bush era that caused harm and threatened seriously are 'silently pardoned' to continue to do their stuff some more ] be controlled ???
There were a few local KPFK LSB meetings in which one particular large male was verbally disruptive throughout the meetings preventing any actual agenda items from being discussed and then stood "over" others while pretending to just be 'talking' but actually INTIMIDATING physically visibly...with no other LSB members commenting or assisting those who were thus threatened.
There were and are cohorts of such threatening and manipulative LSB members who ally and prevent any solution or safety from being effected, colluding with the angers displayed and manifested...and who prevented and still do allow by their cooperation
[visible to all present but vehemently verbally denied of course ] the intimidation, the cruel verbal games used against anyone the perpetrators dislike and want to silence, and the overall threatening atmosphere that prevail-ed throughout the entire LSB meetings.
How will these kinds of dangers and antagonisms be actually physically and effectively handled in the future ?
and who has any authority to do anything ?
or who will - since none have to date - Dared to face and act with equal force of character or strength in opposition to those who use their body-size and meanness
to prevent any one else from controlling those malicious behaviours ?
words are so good to hear...
and so seldom do more like come into real life, into actions, into reality.
but we can hope...or pretend...to have "hope" like it prevailed in Nov 2008 and is currently being decried as fake by now in USA govt politics also. maybe there was some of the same kind of intimidation or bribery occurring there ?
(c) 2010 akfpker