Statement from Grace Aaron, newly elected Chair of the Pacifica National Board and interim Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation.
February 6, 2009
From: "Grace Aaron"
From the desk of the Pacifica Acting Interim Executive Director:
*Statement to our Listeners about Governance & Management Changes*
(to be read by GM's during listener report and posted on websites)
Hi, I'm Grace Aaron. I was elected Chair of the Pacifica Foundation's National Board of Directors on Feb. 1, 2009. As Pacifica currently does not have an Executive Director, the Bylaws state that I must fill that position until an interim or permanent Executive Director is hired. The other PNB officers are Vice Chair, Joe Wanzala, PNB Director from KPFA in Berkeley, and our pro tem Secretary, Efia Nwangaza, one of our 2 PNB Affiliate Directors.
I have deep roots as a Peace Activist. As Chair of Peace Action of Southern California I coordinated 13 of its chapters from the mid '80's to mid '90s as well as acting as Co Chair of the Peace Action Network, a broad based coalition of 27 peace and justice organizations. I have produced over 200 cable access TV shows on peace, environmental and social justice issues. Many are now webcast. I am currently an active Board Member and Treasurer of the local branch of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. I have spent much of the last 5 years serving on the Pacifica and KPFK Boards.
As Lonnie Hicks is no longer the Pacifica CFO, the Board voted to appoint an Interim Chief Financial Officer (iCFO). We are excited to have LaVarn Williams as our interim CFO and I hope you will give her a warm welcome as she joins our new team. LaVarn comes highly qualified. Besides a substantial career in corporate financial management, she was the Treasurer of the Pacifica National Board during 2006 and 2007.
My personal efforts will be directed to help the Board, staff, volunteers and listeners to effectively put the Pacifica Mission into action. Our aim will be to work cooperatively to strengthen the Pacifica Foundation, to broaden our reach and to create progressive change in our communities, our nation and the world.
Grace Aaron, Pacifica Foundation Board Chair and acting interim
The Pacifica Mission Statement
(a) To establish a Foundation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation. [*]
(b) To establish and operate for educational purposes, in such manner that the facilities involved shall be as nearly self-sustaining as possible, one or more radio broadcasting stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and subject in their operation to the regulatory actions of the Commission under the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended.
(c) In radio broadcasting operations to encourage and provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community; to conduct classes and workshops in the writing and producing of drama; to establish awards and scholarships for creative writing; to offer performance facilities to amateur instrumentalists, choral groups, orchestral groups and music students; and to promote and aid other creative activities which will serve the cultural welfare of the community.
(d) In radio broadcasting operations to engage in any activity that shall contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors; to gather and disseminate information on the causes of conflict between any and all of such groups; and through any and all means compatible with the purposes of this corporation to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms.
(e) In radio broadcasting operations to promote the full distribution of public information; to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ such varied sources in the public presentation of accurate, objective, comprehensive news on all matters vitally affecting the community.
* Article II Subsection (a) was amended March 6, 1971, filed April 9, 1971, and corrected amendment filed May 5, 1971.
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