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The return of Bill Mandel to KPFA in June after a ten year banishment for violating the infamous gag rule, has brought back his careful cutting-edge analysis and insight, which lies at the heart of KPFA’s mission.
Bill’s guests have included Larry Pinkney, a former Black Panther political prisoner; Shailja Patel, an African-Asian slam poet; Sharon Tennison, who has brought over 1,000 Americans to Russia to help build small businesses; a Chilean victim witness to Pinochet’s coup against Salvador Allende; and Pat Fahey, a teacher-astronaut, talking about the politics of space. His shows have also included insightful answers to listener call-ins such as an analysis of hopeful developments to avoid nuclear war, and Bill’s current views on socialism — all valuable commentary unavailable on other KPFA programs.
Bill has also provided unique insight about the relationship of the Patriot Act to the Cold War-era McCarran Act, rooted in his own experiences as a hostile witness before Sen. Joe McCarthy and HUAC. Bill informs us that in many ways the Patriot Act has merely plugged the holes in the McCarran Act. If the Patriot Act had been law when Bill testified before McCarthy in 1953, or in 1960 before HUAC in San Francisco, he could have been jailed for his testimony, as would anyone who even informed others that he was in jail.
One of Bill’s shows was an in-depth history of FEMA, one of the most powerful and secretive agencies in the country. FEMA can suspend laws, relocate people at will, and has a secret budget of billions of dollars, most of which is spent to maintain underground facilities for US officials at the highest levels of government.
Bill’s courage and knowledge of history as well as current events should be a shining example for political activists today.
We understand that the Program Council is considering canceling Bill’s show, which is only on the air twice a month, 30 minutes a show. This would be a travesty for the KPFA community, and for the community at large.
We call upon KPFA management to keep Bill Mandel on the air. The Bay Area, as well as KPFA, needs Bill’s show to be expanded, not abandoned.
The following people have signed the petition.
Organizations listed are for identification only.
List updated December 5, 2005.
Steve & Mimi Adams
Robert Allen (Black Studies Program, UC Berkeley)
Dorothy Jesse Beagle
Jeff Blankfort (Co-Founder, Take Back KPFA)
Blase Bonpane (Director, Office of the Americas)
Dan Brook, Ph.D.
Mary Bull (Co-Director, Greenwood Earth Alliance)
Andy Caffrey (Climate Action NOW!, Earth First!, Humboldt Greens)
Shashi Dalal (Co-Chair, California Interfaith Alliance for Prison Reform)
Maxine Doogan (KPFA Labor Collective)
Daniel Ellsberg (Author, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam & the Pentagon Papers)
Riva Enteen (former Chair, KPFA Local Station Board)
Ken A. Epstein
Peter Farruggio (KPFA Education Collective)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (poet and author)
Peter Franck (former Pacifica President)
Sister Bernie Galvin (Religious Witness with Homeless People)
Maria Gilardin (Co-Founder, Take Back KPFA)
Warren M. Gold, M.D.
Ben Greenberg (Dollars & Sense Collective)
Norma J. F. Harrison
David L. Harvey
Aileen Clarke Hernandez (California Women’s Agenda)
Jack Heyman (ILWU, Local 10)
David L. Hoffman
Ruth Holbrook (Past President, Sacramento Central Labor Council)
Wm Leslie Howard (Webmaster, http://billmandel.net)
John A. Imani
Rev. Edwin King (Civil Rights vet)
Eric V. Kirk
Pierre Laboissiere (Haiti Action Committee)
Jim Lafferty (Exec. Dir., LA National Lawyers Guild, & KPFK programmer)
H. Richard Leuchtag, PhD
Robert B. Livingston
Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez (Civil Rights Activist & Author)
Carlos Munoz, Jr. (Ethnic Studies Prof. Emeritus, UC Berkeley)
Bob Patenaude (Executive Director, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library)
Richard Phelps (Chair, KPFA Local Station Board)
Larry Pinkney (former Black Panther & political prisoner)
Miriam Ruvinskis (Peoples Bark News)
Gerald Sanders (former member, KPFA Local Station Board)
Renee Saucedo (former SF Supervisor candidate)
Dr. Shura Saul
Carolyn Scarr (Ecumenical Peace Institute)
Dr. Jeffrey Schevitz
Vida Shahmat (South Bay Mobilization)
Peter D. Stanislaw
Maria Luz Torre
John Vance (Peoples Bark News)
James E. Vann (Civil Rights Activist)
Carol Vesecky (Director, Biointensive for Russia)
Dave Welsh (Delegate, SF Labor Council)
Steve Zeltzer (KPFA Labor Collective)
Ami Beth Zins