Confidential #11 – 6/10/05

Bulletin #11
Friday, June 10, 2005

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IN THIS BULLETIN:

1. Bill Mandel returns to KPFA: Victory in decade-long campaign!
2. Violence at KPFA: the Local Station Board drops the ball.
3. Upcoming Pacifica National Board meeting in Berkeley.
4. Gray Panthers event:
    “Watching Big Brother Watch Us: Immigrants and Citizens Alike”
5. Online exclusive for Struggle-and-Win:
    “The USA Patriot Act: An Expanded Deja Vu,”
by Bruce Elison, an attorney who has represented Leonard Peltier for 30 years.
6. “Torture Sells: Suddenly, John Yoo is Everywhere.”

 

1. Bill Mandel returns to KPFA: Victory in decade-long campaign!

Bill Mandel is returning to the KPFA airwaves after a decade of exile. This victory is a testament to the persistent efforts of people who struggle and, eventually, win.

Tune in to KPFA 94.1 FM this Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 PM, right after the evening news, to hear Bill on his new show, Thinking Out Loud With Bill Mandel. The second half of his show, as always, will be listener call-ins. It can also be heard on the web at www.kpfa.org.

This remarkable victory in bringing back a brilliant 88-year old Sovietologist, left historian, and critic of the current war on the people, follows a decade-long petition campaign, delegations to the station, pickets outside the station, a vote of the station’s Program Council, and chairs thrown at Mandel supporters by a staff member mad at the vote to return Mandel to the air.

 

This Sunday’s program will be an interview with the American, Sharon Tennison, who, Mandel says, “knows more Russians in Russia, about 6,000 literally all over its stupendous extent, than anyone else, and is certainly in a class by herself in gaining this country genuine friends there… A war between [Russia and the United States] would end the human race, so as simple a thing as mutual understanding is basic to preventing that.”

Tune in!

2. Violence at KPFA: the Local Station Board drops the ball.

Following reports of chairs being thrown at a Program Council meeting by a staff member mad at the vote to return Bill Mandel to the air, and of a near-physical altercation between General Manager Roy Campanella II and Weyland Southon, the co-host of Hard Knock Radio, KPFA listeners and staff members came to the last Local Station Board (LSB) meeting demanding to hear what was being done to assure a safe environment at the station. Incredibly, a resolution condemning violence at KPFA, based on language passed unanimously by the Unpaid Staff Organization, was voted down by a majority of the LSB. The LSB then told the public to leave so that the board could go into executive session.

About a dozen people refused to leave, saying they wanted to be assured, in a public forum, that the situation was being handled properly. I then proposed that the LSB put an item on the agenda of the next meeting addressing the issue of violence at the station, a proposal which numerous LSB members agreed to, and which drew no objections. This averted the near sit-in. Yet now the current chair of the LSB, Rosalinda Palacios, has refused to put any such item on the agenda for Saturday’s upcoming meeting.

I invite all listeners and staff members who believe that KPFA should be violence-free to come to Saturday’s LSB meeting and demand that our governing body tell the public what is being done to stop the violence in our cherished Pacifica — a radio network founded by pacifist Lew Hill.

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2005
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison St. near San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

3. Upcoming Pacifica National Board meeting in Berkeley.

The Pacifica National Board (PNB) will be meeting in Berkeley on the weekend of June 17-19. Come to PNB meeting at the Doubletree, at the Berkeley Marina. AC Transit #9 appears to have a reasonably close stop, but service ceases after 8:00 PM on the weekends. Stay tuned for more details…

4. Gray Panthers event:
  “Watching Big Brother Watch Us: Immigrants and Citizens Alike”

The Gray Panthers of San Francisco are hosting a discussion about the “Minutemen, Read IDs, Operation Falcon, and other attacks on civil liberties.” The speakers will be Renee Saucedo, of La Raza Centro Legal and recent candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and myself. Come join me, Renee and this feisty and very politically sophisticated group of seniors who, after living through the era of fascism and Nazism, are determined to challenge such threats as they appear again.

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Time: 12:30 PM
Place: Unitarian Universalist Center, Franklin & Geary, San Francisco

5. Online exclusive for Struggle-and-Win:
  “The USA Patriot Act: An Expanded Deja Vu,”
by Bruce Elison, an attorney who has
represented Leonard Peltier for 30 years.

As a member of the Editorial Board of the Guild Practitioner, published by the National Lawyers Guild, I was privileged to edit Bruce Elison’s article for the latest edition. Elison does an excellent job of placing the Patriot Act in its historical context. The article is now posted online at www.struggle-and-win.net/46788.html.

 

6. “Torture Sells: Suddenly, John Yoo is Everywhere.”

From the East Bay Express, by Chris Thompson (June 8, 2005):
www.eastbayexpress.com/issues/2005-06-08/news/cityside.html

“It’s been a little more than a year since Boalt law professor John Yoo was identified as coauthor of a series of memos providing legal cover for the Bush administration to torture alleged members of al Qaeda and the Taliban. In an alternate universe somewhere, Yoo has been subjected to the moral disgust that is his due, surrendered his license to practice law in shame, and now cleans out grease traps at a Burger King in Fruitvale.

“But in this universe, Yoo is not only still a respected legal mind — he’s a celebrity. Apparently, you can greenlight the electrocution and waterboarding of other human beings, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer would still like your opinion on the Supreme Court’s new docket of cases. Here’s a sample of the questions broadcast news anchors are asking Professor Yoo instead of ‘How does your wife like waking up next to a war criminal every morning?’

“September 30, 2004, Talk of the Nation, NPR. Yoo discusses sentencing guidelines with former Stanford law school dean Kathleen Sullivan and host Joe Palca. The subject of ripping out prisoners’ fingernails with pliers does not come up.

“November 3, 2004, The Abrams Report, MSNBC. Dan Abrams and John Yoo speculate about John Ashcroft’s future as attorney general. Neither man alludes to sleep deprivation.

“December 6, 2004, The Abrams Report, MSNBC. Yoo is back with Dan Abrams for a scintillating talk about sodomy laws and gays in the military. No one mentions how many acts of sodomy Yoo’s memos may have caused in Abu Ghraib.

“March 31, 2005, All Things Considered, NPR. Host Robert Siegel consults Yoo on organizational problems within the Justice Department. Expressions such as ‘prolonged beatings,’ ‘organ failure,’ and ‘modern-day Mengele’ mysteriously go unspoken.

“A few more appearances like this, and spitting on Yoo as you pass him on the street might be considered rude again.”