Proposed diversity bylaw language
Diversity bylaw committee documents
This is the final draft of the Policy document that was designed as an adjunct to the Diversity language completed by the committee this past Saturday. This is intended as the committees recommendation of how to add functionality to the Diversity language already completed. This language was not voted on because of time constraints. However, all or part of this document has been review by some members of the committee. We would hope that the iPNB will find all or part of it instructive.
This file is attached in Word RTF format. If someone cannot read it, let me know.
Draft Policy Document Recommendations Supporting Diversity
Statement of Purpose
The Pacifica Foundation, a media outlet providing education and alternative information over the public airwaves, uniquely provides training and broadcast accessibility to underrepresented and disenfranchised communities. The Pacifica Foundation is committed to non-discrimination throughout all of its stations and offices. In addition to Pacifica's commitment to underrepresented and disenfranchised communities is a broader commitment to diversity, equal access, promotion of peace and social justice, and ending of oppression and economic injustice in all its forms.
In the past, The Pacifica Foundation has not been able to achieve sufficient diversity in its staffing, volunteer committees, and programming. As a remedy, the Pacifica Foundation requires all signal area stations, management, staff, and boards to pursue diversity goals as set forth in the Pacifica Foundation Bylaws (see below). In addition, operational guidelines shall establish goals covering groups that are considered to be disenfranchised and/or underrepresented based on their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other categories. To foster this purpose, Pacifica has chosen to create Committees of Inclusion at the national and local level of its operations.
Committees of Inclusion will follow Pacifica Bylaws and assist in establishing diversity goals for paid and unpaid staff, committees, candidates, and programming. Committees of Inclusion shall establish and maintain communications with management, the LSB, the Outreach Committee, and the Diversity Committee in establishing and obtaining diversity goals. They will actively seek to monitor on-going efforts to reach diversity goals within each of their sphere of charge.
Powers of Committees of Inclusion
The Committees of Inclusion shall certify the status of diversity goals of paid and unpaid staff, committees, candidates and programming. This certification shall represent the opinion of the Committee of Inclusion after completing a survey of paid and unpaid staff, committees, candidates and programming activities. Committees can declare three diversity statues, (1) Acceptable (2) unchanged or, (3) unacceptable. The status of Acceptable indicates that the committee believes that reasonably progress has been made towards the goal or that current plans for reaching the goal seem reasonable and practical, or that the goal has been met. The status of Unchanged indicates that no measurable progress has been observed and no change to the diversity plan has been provided. The status of indicates that reasonable progress towards the goal has not been observed for at least three quarters and no reasonable and practical changes to the plan have been made that the committee believes will make a difference in reaching diversity goals.
Any other powers not specified herein are considered not part of the committees charge.
The maximum term of members of Committees of Inclusion will be the same as LSB members. Members can be reelected for two consecutive terms after which, a member must stand down for at least one term.
Committees of Inclusion Formation
The membership of the National Committee of Inclusion shall consist of 15 members, three from each Pacifica LSB. The National Committee of Inclusion shall be formed by request of the chairperson of the PNB, that each LSB elect three persons to be seated on the National Committee of Inclusion. Elections should take place in the middle of PNB member terms in order to give new Committee of Inclusion members time to come up to speed on committee operations and issues. Two members shall be LSB members and one will be a non-LSB member that may or may not be currently serving on another committee. Persons desiring to become members of the Committee of Inclusion shall file their name with any member of the LSB. That LSB member is mandated to pass that name on to the chair of the LSB and the chair of the LSB will pass all names on to the chair of the PNB. At least 60 days before any election of candidates to the National Committee of Inclusion is to be held, the chair of the LSB will invite all candidates to a public LSB meeting. At that meeting, all candidates will be given a chance to say why they wish to be on the committee. After due consideration and on the date the presentations are given, the LSB will vote from the pool of candidates, the number of members needed to fill committee seats. Successful candidates will be seated within seven days of the vote.
The membership of the Local Committee of Inclusion shall consist of 15 members, six from the LSB and seven from the community at large. The Local Committees of Inclusion, which is a subcommittee of the National Committee of Inclusion, shall be created at the directive of the chairperson of the National Committee of Inclusion. Persons desiring to become members of the Local Committee of Inclusion shall file their name with any member of the LSB. The LSB member is mandated to pass that name on to the chair of the LSB. At least 60 days before any election of candidates to the Local Committee of Inclusion is to be held, the chair of the LSB will invite all candidates to a public LSB meeting. At that meeting, all candidates will be given a chance to say why they wish to be on the committee. After due consideration and on the date the presentations are given, the LSB will vote from the pool of candidates, the number of members needed to fill committee seats. Successful candidates will be seated within seven days of the vote.
Committees of Inclusion shall include in their formulation of diversity goals, consideration the demographics of their respective listening area. Each Committee of Inclusion should gather and analyze all available demographic data on the makeup of the signal area as defined by FCC signal area maps. This data should not be limited to only that provided by the U.S. Census, but should include studies by reputable academic and community organizations that seek to correct for census undercounts or non-surveying of particular groups, for example, undocumented workers.
Committees of Inclusion should consider factors not only of broad categories of disenfranchised or underrepresented people (e.g., people of color), but also for major subgroups, specifically: people of African descent, Latinos, Chicanos, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Arabs/Muslims and Indigenous Peoples.
Funding of Committees of Inclusion
The Pacifica Foundation shall provide such funding as needed to support the activities of the Committees of Inclusion. Funding levels will be requested by the chairperson of the National Committee of Inclusion after consultation with committee members and all other chairpersons of Local Committee of Inclusion throughout the Pacifica Foundation radio network. Funding shall be included in national yearly budgeting activities.
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