PNB Resolution on Discriminatory Delegate Candidate Statements

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The PNB passed the following resolution at telephone meeting on November 1st. The vote was 8 Yes, 2 No & 4 Abstentions including the Chair, with 8 Directors not present for the vote.

“PNB MOTION ON DISCRIMINATORY DELEGATE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

“1. The Pacifica National Board (PNB) declares that it is contrary to the Pacifica mission and the Foundation's policy forbidding discrimination, and shall not be allowed, for any Delegate candidate to use Pacifica resources to distribute discriminatory statements on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability/disability, or age, as part of any written or oral election-related statements.

“2. The PNB charges the Committee to Investigate Allegations of Racism and Sexism with developing recommendations to the PNB for a mechanism to administer and enforce the above-stated policy, and also supports the existing work of the Committee to develop a plan for anti-racism training throughout the network.

“3. The PNB condemns the racist characterizations in the candidate statement of WBAI Delegate candidate Albert Solomon, who has since been disqualified, as discriminatory against people of African ancestry and
contrary to the Pacifica mission.

“4. The PNB urges the National Election Supervisor to arrange that:
a) an on-air statement noting Mr. Solomon's disqualification and summarizing this motion be aired on WBAI with the same frequency as the candidate carts;
b) a mailing be sent to all WBAI members with the text of this motion and an explanatory note;
c) the original candidate statement of Albert Solomon be restored to the Pacifica website so that all are clear on the offensiveness of his words, alongside the text of this motion; and
d) the text of this motion be published prominently on the pacifica.org/elections webpage and on the webpage with the WBAI Listener Candidates.”

Yes - 8
Acie Byrd (WPFW)
Rob Robinson (WPFW)
Lisa Davis (WBAI)
Ray Laforest (WBAI)
Bob Lederer (WBAI)
Michael Woodson (KPFT)
Margaret Prescod (KPFK)
Sarv Randhawa (KPFA)

No - 2
Wendy Schroell (KPFT)
Thomas Ruffin (WPFW)

Abstain - 4
Ambrose Lane - Acting Chair, not voting (WPFW)
Lydia Brazon (KPFK)
Sandra Rawline (KPFT)
Chandra Hauptman (KPFA)

Not present for the vote - 8
Rip Robbins (Affiliates)
Don White (KPFK)
Lori Teguma (Affiliates)
LaVarn Williams (KPFA)
Dave Adelson (KPFK)
Mary Berg (KPFA)
Berthold Reimers (WBAI)
Evelyn Bethune (KPFT)

Albert Solomon Candidate Statement

Folks who want to evaluate for themselves "the racist characterizations in the candidate statement of WBAI Delegate candidate Albert Solomon" may read it here.