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Proposed Pacifica By-Law Revision and HTML/PDF of complete revisions

A proposed by-law revision is now being circulated for possible adoption at the upcoming March board meeting in Houston.

A proposed by-law revision, drafted by John Murdock, a partner in an anti-union Washington law firm and Mary Frances Berry's designated legal representative on the national Pacifica board, is now being circulated for possible adoption at the upcoming March board meeting in Houston. The revision would...

* Reduce to as few as five members the Pacifica Board of Directors (currently 19).

* Allow hired Pacifica executives to be members of the board.

* Allow key decisions to be made by as few as three board members.

* Permit the sale of Pacifica assets (i.e. stations like KPFA and WBAI, estimated to be worth at least $250 million to commercial broadcasters) by a vote of the executive committee only, as long as the sale did not include "all or substantially all of the assets or or property of the Foundation."

* Allow directors (such as Murdock, a partner in the law firm of Epstein, Becker and Green, currently handling many legal matters for Pacifica) "to receive reasonable compensation for services...in a professional capacity."

* Reduce meeting notice time to as little as 24 hours, and meeting notice to consist of as little as a message on an answering machine.

* Allow the national Pacifica board to appoint 1/3 of local advisory boards, and ban membership on such boards of staff and volunteers.

* Ban elected local advisory board members (as at KPFA) from serving on the national board.

There are other centralizing, corporatizing measures as well, as may be seen in reading the . A PDF version is also available.

 
 

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