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Arlene Engelhardt out, layoffs retracted; yet future of Pacifica remains uncertain

KPFA’s paid and unpaid workers celebrated the decision by the Pacifica National Board (PNB), under pressure, to not renew the contracts of Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt and Chief Financial Officer LaVarn Williams. Engelhardt subsequently sent a letter to KPFA’s … Continue reading

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Workers, listeners picket Pacifica on national day of action for labor

As part of a national day of action in support of unions, over a hundred KPFA paid and unpaid workers, union members, and listeners picketed the offices of the station’s parent organization Pacifica in Berkeley. Chanting “hey hey, ho ho, … Continue reading

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Management misleads KPFA listeners and blames staff, union workers respond

Fourteen members of KPFA’s union are responding with an open letter to management, after its  disciplining of the three most successful KPFA fundraisers for their mention of a layoff. At the end of KPFA’s Winter Fund Drive last week, Pacifica’s … Continue reading

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Despite budget surplus, Pacifica lays off KPFA’s John Hamilton

KPFA news anchor and producer John Hamilton, who had just returned from reporting on the historic labor protests in Wisconsin, was given a layoff notice on Monday by KPFA’s interim program director Carrie Core. Hamilton was told his last work … Continue reading

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As if layoffs weren’t enough: Pacifica targets Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Mitch Jeserich, and other union staff in bizarre voter disenfranchisement scheme

UPDATE: An Alameda County Superior Court judge has issued an injunction against the Pacifica Foundation, in response to a lawsuit by three KPFA staff members. The same week that Pacifica abruptly laid off the staff of The Morning Show, it … Continue reading

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Sign the petition to bring back the Morning Show!

Listeners have started a petition to bring back the KPFA Morning Show, to be delivered to Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt. Engelhardt took the program off the air last week–which is KPFA’s most popular show and biggest fund raiser–and laid … Continue reading

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Exodus of staff of color from KPFA; Station cancels upcoming fund drive

the majority of the workers that Engelhardt laid off from the Morning Show are women and people of color, in a move that has led thousands of listeners to register their outrage with Pacifica. And all of the seven KPFA paid staff members who elected to take a voluntary severance are people of color, including Lewis Sawyer, Weyland Southon, Esther Manilla, Vini Beachem, Renee Geesler, and Amelia Gonzalez. Gonzalez quit last week as KPFA’s acting assistant general manager. KPFA’s interim General Manager announced that next week’s fund drive will be called off in the wake of massive response from listeners angry about the lay off of KPFA’s Morning Show staff. o for purported budgetary reason, Pacifica laid off its most successful program — and then just canceled the station’s fund drive. Now that’s sound financial planning. Continue reading

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Listeners speak out against KPFA Morning Show layoffs

On Tuesday, the KPFA Morning Show broadcast an unexpected forum on Pacifica Radio’s move to fire the show’s staff and pipe in programming from Los Angeles. Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt and Chief Financial Officer LaVarn Williams were invited on, … Continue reading

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