KPFA and Mumia

As organizing continues for the Labor Day protest at KPFA against the banning of the KPFA Labor Collective (see Action Plan for KPFA), listeners learned of a new outrage at the station — KPFA has banned a recorded announcement for an upcoming rally to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Chris Kinder, a member of the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, recently recorded an announcement for a September 15 Free Mumia Rally in Oakland. He was then told by Mickey Mayzes, the “Interim Training Director,” that his announcement won’t air. Why? Because his organization isn’t a registered non-profit!

In a letter to KPFA, Kinder stated, “When I explained that this was for a political rally for the defense of death-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, I was told ‘We don’t do political rallies’!”

Kinder has tried unsuccessfully to get further information from both Mayzes and from William Walker, the KPFA “Traffic Director.” Neither Mayzes nor Walker has responded. Walker is also a staff representative to the Local Station Board (LSB).

This has understandably angered so many people that the KPFA picket on Labor Day to protest the banning of the KPFA Labor Collective is now bringing out Mumia supporters. “This is so outrageous,” Jack Heyman (ILWU, Local 10) said in a recent email. “I intend to participate in the Labor Collective demonstration at KPFA on Labor Day to protest your apparent ban on an announcement for a rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

See you there!

In struggle,
Riva Enteen
Local Station Board (LSB) member & former Chair
September 3, 2006