FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2021
2021 Election Endorsements
Berkeley – This contains endorsements for the 2021 local station board elections. Your ballots have been sent on Monday and you have until October 15 to vote. Pacifica in Exile is an independent publication and our endorsements are not affiliated with any third party.
KPFA-Berkeley: We cannot support any candidate who aligns with Donald Goldmacher, who filed suit in December of 2020 to transfer all of the Pacifica Foundation assets including the station licenses away from the control of the members and into the hands of a San Bernardino attorney named Matthew Taylor. Such an action is inimical to everything Pacifica stands for and represented such a profound threat to the safety of the network that it is fundamentally unforgiveable. That the lawsuit was incompetent and spectacularly unsuccessful does not redeem the action. DO NOT VOTE to return Goldmacher to the LSB. Those running with him on the KPFA Protectors slate are by definition approving of his actions. Goldmacher’s cadre is Cook, Dodsworth, Howard, Kohan, Crowell, Tactaquin, Kaldveer and Varghese. No to all of them.
The remaining candidates include a slate of 9 candidates running under the name Rescue Pacifica and a few independent candidates. We recommend considering the following:
Incumbents James MacFadden, physicist, Don Macleay, business owner and Daniel Borgstrom, veteran and VFP activist, have done a good job and deserve re-election. Among the newcomers to consider are Donna Carter, a long-time CNA member, Elizabeth Milos, a Chilean human rights activist, Adisa Armand, an educator, Rich Stone, a long-term member of the KPFA Community Advisory Board and Code Pinker Amber Jayanti. We also recommend independent candidates Vicente Cruz, who has solid fundraising and event management skills, and Phoebe Sorgen,a Berkeley activist and former City Council candidate.
These candidates are all committed to an independent and progressive KPFA that reaches out to and serves the Bay Area community, and works collaboratively within the 5-station national network and 220 program affiliates to lift up a national agenda for social justice. They pledge not to use the power of the state to try to break up the Pacifica network.
Staff Candidates: Frank Sterling, Anthony Fest and Ann Garrison are recommended. Note that Chris Cory will term out after 2022 and can only be on the LSB for one year of the three year term. Sherry Gendelman set up Goldmacher’s Safety Net nonprofit to acquire Pacifica assets after breakup and should be avoided.
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