The real story about the LAB Meeting
Patty Heffley, Aug 1, 2001
Last night's LAB Meeting at the Dominican
Club did not bring out hardly any members of the Dominican community. I
was sad to see that even though the LAB had come to the community the
community had not come to the LAB. Why is this?
The meeting was as contentious as any I
have seen. They voted to make a committee to seek a new general management
when utrice goes they will have someone in place. It is to be no more than
11 members made up of groups that care about the situation and one of the
groups was the producers. It is not clear how many of each will be on the
committee but CdPNY hopes to have a seat along with the concerned friends
and CPR, the outlying groups as well. All was vague in a way but we are
The CF letter was read ( it can be read at
http://www.wbai.net ) asking them to not seat people as they had agreed
that elections should happen when they signed the CF declaration.
In fact they did not seat anyone but will
attempt to next month.
On the seating appointed members to the LAB
there was mayhem. In the climate of denouncing the National board for
seating self appointed unaccountable people to the board, the LAB was
ready to seat four new people because they need the energy and people to
do the work of the LAB.
Of the four only two could make it to their
coronation. I was told that one guy backed out in the morning because he
saw it as the wrong thing to be doing at this time in history. Good for
him. Now I am not sure if that is the same guy as the young man of about
19 or 20. He was gleefully announced as a young man and what came of that
was that he couldn't make it because he is involved in so many things.
Therefore I ask you what help could he be if he has no time? How much
energy could he donate to the LAB?
The explanation about the LAB needing more
people to be on the Board and the fact said by one member was that in the
recent past 2 asians had left the board. Not one of the four new
appointees was asian that I could tell from their names anyhow and the two
that were there were not. It was mentioned also in passing later that they
couldn't find any asian people to join the LAB. This is a touchy issue I
realize but those are the facts.
When someone asked "what about the
Asian people?" One of the new appointees took offense and that was
the beginning of the end of civility according to some people and then our
behavior was addressed as well as the issues concerning appointing new
Now the two new people that did come were
not prepared to be interviewed and one Rasheeda was pretty defensive the
whole time. As I said at the CC meeting the night before it would be good
if they prosective appointees knew what they might be in for. I'm sorry
she took it personal, it was not.
Now here is the CLENCHER to me. It seems
that the LAB search committee outreached to the community to find these
people, right? Well look no further than the group CPR. Both Rasheeda and
Bokeem are members of CPR Community of Progressive Radio. Yes the same
group that has in its membership Valerie Van Isler, the former union
busting shill for Pacifica, and Bernard White as well as several other
"fired and banned" producers in its membership. I understand
that Bokeem also works for the Pacifica campaign. YET none of these
affiliations were mentioned when they were introduced by Marion Borenstein.
Is that some memory loss or what? Let it be known that Anthony MacKall was
the last member to be seated to the self selected self appointed board. He
is also from CPR. He had his voice to Rasheeda's ear throughout the
conflict at the meeting and tried as best he could to get them seated last
night, NO MATTER WHAT THE CONTROVERSY!!!!!
The set up is a triangulation by the former
staff at WBAI to make sure that they will be sitting in the catbird seat
when this is all over with. They will not only have the airwaves to
control but are placing people in the hopeful position to be writing the
by laws or to be Appointed to the National Board. Half a billion dollar
network under a small group of peoples' control? not bad.
With this kind of behavior how can we
imagine that when they get the station back through our hard work and
dollars that they will then just hand over democracy to us? Don't make me
I have seen this coming and it is a pretty
crappy thing to do to the other board members who are supposed to approve
of them and they don't even know them or the shenanigans that they are up
You won't convince me of anything else.
PS I was told by the Chair Miguel to stop
talking to Rasheeda and to be quiet as I was "sabatoging the
meeting". The Elections committee is so frustrated by the insincerity
of some on the LAB and the slaps in the face by their refusal to speak to
us and to many of us. Only some of us and it ain't happened yet, What do
you expect? Emotions run high and when BS is the order of the day well
people get mad.
Yes I have an agenda. Democratic Elections
as soon as possible. And that ain't now because of all this anti-listener
sentiment. But if anyone thinks that people are just putting this off for
better times. it ain't true, it's so they will get a grip on it. Wanna
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