In this midnight action, Bessie Wash, Pacifica's executive director appointed Utrice Leid as interim station manager. One of the first actions of this new regime was to ban six more WBAI producers including Mimi Rosenberg [ producer for over 25 years and Building Bridges co-host] Janice K. Bryant [ of Wake Up Call ], Eileen Sutton [ news department reporter] within 3 days of the takeover. Other staff and producers have been denied entry and are essentially locked out from doing production and other work on their programs. Open access is blocked for everyone and entry is now regulated by a security detail of men standing at WBAI's studio doors. This takover of the station is an extremely critical situation.
The media has reported on this crisis including stories in The New York Times on December 23, Newsday on December 24, The Daily News on December 24, Current - the journal for public broadcasting, and other newspapers in California and elsewhere.
WBAI URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP DURING THIS CRISIS AND THE TAKEOVER OF THE STATION PLEASE CONTACT THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION'S NATIONAL OFFICE AT 202-588-0999 AND ASK THAT THESE ACTIONS BE WITHDRAWN BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE OF FRIENDS OF WBAI AT THIS NUMBER HOTLINE # 1-800-825-0055 or click on www.colocation-etudiante.fr