Local Station Board ELECTIONS info
Elections events on EVENTS PAGE
This wbai.net elections page has gone through several stages. A couple of years ago, before the lawsuits settlement determined that local station boards though out Pacifica would be elected, this page promoted the position of having elections and gave information on how Pacifica sister station KPFA had conducted their elections. This page focused on information regarding the KPFA election model and proportional representation voting as these were the to be the starting point of whatever elections procedure resulted from the Pacifica bylaws revision process.
Last year Pacifica ratified the revised bylaws and held it's first network wide elections and official Pacifica websites finally began fulfilling their obligation to provide real information to listeners and staff. Elections information links are provided below.
2006 WBAI LSB election results
12-1-04: WBAI LSB Election Results
WBAI/Pacifica Elections Overview and Timeline
Pacifica LSB Candidates 2004
10-28-04: Clarification of Staff Fair Campaign Rules
10-25-04: Gary Null Election Violation Ruling
10-18-04: Pacifica Election Update - dates changed
10-4-04: Pacifica Election Update
9-13-04: Memo Regarding Staff Conduct During Pacifica Elections
8-26-04: New WBAI Election Supervisor
8-23-04: WBAI Election Supervisor Resigns
8-12-04: WBAI LSB Membership Waivers Resolution
7-25-04: 2004 Nominations Period Has Begun
7-22-04: Pacifica Local Election Supervisors Appointed
5-31-04: New Pacifica Elecions Supervisor
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Elections section at wbai.org (official WBAI website):
Pacifica.org elections section:
New WBAI elections online discussion list:
Elections events on EVENTS PAGE
9-18-03: WBAI/Pacifica elections primer
2-25-04: Pacifica press release on elections
2-23-02: Election proposal comparison chart
Calling All WBAI Radio Listeners
Elect people from your community who are deicated to the principles of free speech and
democracy to represent your interests on the
There was a lawsuits settlement on December 12, 2001 between the "old" Pacifica national board (the defendants) and people aiming to reclaim Pacifica and turn it back to it's mission (the plantiffs). A part of this settlement mandates the the inclusion of "listener-members" in the Pacifica foundation with the right to elect the members of the local boards for each of the five stations. The specific bylaws concerning the details of what will be the elections procedure are currently being worked out.
From the lawsuits settlement:
2. Term of Interim Board.
3. Work of the Interim Board.
The Goal of elections and listener-member/staff involvement in Pacifica:
To defend and insure the fulfillment of Pacifica's founding principles.
1. To provide a voting structure that represents the broad racial, ethnic, class and gender constituencies in the WBAI listening area.
2. To promote the democratization of the Pacifica National Board which is currently self-appointing, which now has no accountability to listeners and which threatens the structure, viability and program content of every Pacifica station.
3. To ensure a process that safeguards against manipulation by outside interests that may seek to subvert the founding principles of Pacifica.
4. To coordinate our efforts as closely as possible with work on democratization by those in other Pacifica station areas.
Pacifica's articles of incorporation establish a Foundation organized and operated on the principle of community contributions and participation in the specific areas as set forth in the charter.
Founding Principles from the Pacifica Charter
"In radio broadcasting operations to provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community; to conduct classes and workshops in the writing and producing of drama; to establish awards and scholarships for creative writing; to offer performance facilities to amateur instrumentalists, choral groups, orchestral groups and music students; and to promote and aid other creative activities which will serve the cultural welfare of the community.To find out more, please see other sections of this website and sites listed below and call the CdPNY hotline number:
Hotline (212) 465 7562
http://www.cfdp.org Coalition for a Democratic Pacifica. CdP is the California Group that planned and organized the recent LAB elections for KPFA in Berkeley.
http://www.savepacifica.net/election_survey.html Survey given to KPFA listeners to democratically determine which qualifications would be necessary to run for the LAB.
WBAI Local Area Board email discussion list at: