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Pacifica Board Says It Will Resign, Begin Process of Democratizing the Pacifica Network

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The Pacifica National Board agreed yesterday to voluntarily dissolve, reconstitute itself as an interim board withnew members, and then to implement a democratization process for the five-station network.

Dissidents and majority factions on Pacifica’s embattled 15-member board agreed to each appoint five of their membersto a new interim board. In addition, five entirely new members would be appointed by the chairs of Pacifica’s fiveLocal Advisory Boards.

The new interim board could be constituted as early as Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, Pacifica board member TomasMoran told a packed conference room at the Doubletree Hotel in northern Virginia.

The new accord was made after a dramatic weekend board meeting where more than a hundred listener-activists convergedon the Doubletree Hotel just outside of Washington, DC. Activists demanded–among other things — the resignation ofthe board majority, the democratization of the network’s governance, and the return of fired and banned programmersat New York station WBAI 99.5 FM.

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  • Leslie Cagan, Pacifica national board member.

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