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                       Guests For  MONDAY JUNE 15, 2009

DON DeBAR & COLIA LIDDELL LaFAYETTE  CLARK

 

 

  

                                             DON DeBAR

   

         Banned Morning News Headlines Editor:

                                     WBAI – FM

                            Producer: WBAI In Exil

                                        www.wbaix.org

                                                        &  

                    COLIA LIDDELL LaFAYETTE  CLARK

                

                      Pioneer Civil Rights Activist 

           

                 Pioneer Civil Rights Activist

                  

                

 

              Coordinator: “Power For The People” 

                                                  www.wbaix.org

                                            dondebar@gmailo.com

                                               coliaclark@aol.com

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The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIr00vHg9zc - DON DeBAR & COLIA CLARK

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More about: DON DeBAR & COLIA LIDDELL LaFAYETTE  CLARK

 

Don Debar:

I have been morning news headlines editor at WBAI-FM since July 2007. I began at that time as one of three volunteer producers and, as the others left to take on other projects, eventually settled in to a five-days-per-week, three newscasts-per-morning production schedule.

These newscasts are a part of (as they say in radio) the morning drive-time program, Wakeup Call.
Late last year, management at WBAI's parent company, the California not-for-profit corporation Pacifica Foundation, Inc., resigned, and the chair of its advisory board became, as is provided for under California law, the acting Executive Director.
Although the usual role for interim management in any corporate environment is to act as a ministerial placeholder - administering such tasks as paying the bills, signing payroll checks, etc. - in this case, the acting ED, Grace Aaron, instead decided to take an active role in reshaping the network personally. Acting in tandem with a local station board at WBAI that is run by a new majority - itself the product of a lawsuit brought, on behalf of members allied with board members Steve Brown and Mitchel Cohen, by an attorney who helped strip the NYS Green Party of ballot status in 2002 - Aaron began acting against WBAI's management in a number of ways that, in my view, threatened its local autonomy.
In that context, and as context for any further news reporting that either I myself, or any others at the station, might make going forward, and, further, with an eye on the fact that the station is financially supported by listener contributions, I began reporting on significant developments concerning the station as a part of my newscasts. Over a period beginning in March of this year, these reports have covered such events as the discussion of a plan at the national board level to place the station in "internal receivership;" the seizure of control of the station's transmitter by the acting ED; the ousting of the station's general manager; and other items which, in my view and, facially, objectively, are matters of primary concern to the listeners who pay to keep the station on the air.
For the purpose of absolute clarity, I must state that officially, and in the internal parlance of the station, I am a volunteer news producer for the program Wakeup Call, and not a part of the WBAI news department which produces the WBAI Evening News.
This past Monday (May 4, 2009), the head of that department, Jose Santiago, issued a statement which was repeated several times during the week after the Evening News. Within that statement was nested another, to the effect that the news department had made a decision not to air any discussion of "internal politics" at WBAI, adding language that was critical of those (presumably myself included) who had done so. This statement is particularly chilling given that Mr. Santiago, the AFTRA shop stewart at WBAI, was appointed this past weekend as a pro tem station manager by Ms Williams while she is out of town for the week.
It should particularly be noted here that Mr. Santiago's statement came shortly after the acting ED issued what can only be described as a gag order on WBAI's on-air personnel. Certainly, all can agree that prior censorship of news is contrary to journalistic principles.
In just the past week, both the station's general manager, Anthony Riddle, and its program director, Bernard White, have been removed by the acting ED. Mr. Riddle, who previously was the CEO of the national public access television advocacy group Alliance for Communty Media, was removed as general manager and offered a job as a national fund raiser for Pacifica. He was replaced by the Foundation's acting CFO, LaVarn Williams, from Berkeley, CA, where Pacifica is domiciled. As a public access TV producer myself for better than 30 years, I can tell you that Mr. Riddle, as the head of the ACM, almost single-handedly saved that particular means of public communication from being dismantled under both the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Mr. White's removal took the form of a temporary suspension. However, according to a statement issued by Mr. Brown, the local board member, Mr. White's "keys (were) taken from him and building security instructed not to permit him on the premises."
Mr. White's removal has long been publicly advocated by Brown, who has often used the most barbaric and racist imagery and language in doing so.
The purpose of my letter is to inform your readers that, unlike Mr. Santiago, it seems clear to me that the "internal politics" of a news outlet are contextual for any reporting that may issue therefrom, and changes in the political dynamics - particularly including the issuance of a gag rule barring certain and undefined speech from the airwaves of "Free Speech Radio" - are not only worthy of reporting; they are necessary pieces of information for listeners trying to determine such basic questions as "who am I getting this information from?" and "what is the agenda of the reporter feeding me this information?".
To our listeners, I can only borrow from Bernard White's long-time signature - stay strong, and pay close attention!
Don DeBar

Ossining, NY 10562

dondebar@optonline.net

 

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Colia Liddell LaFayette Clark

NAACP, SCLC, 1959-70, Mississippi, Alabama
Current Residence:
PO Box 273
Glen Olden, PA 19036
Email: shestarts@aol.com
Phone: 267-241-7092
 

Let me start by saying that these internet sites expect well prepared statements on the spot. This is very much like the fight for basic civil rights in the Southern USA in the 1950's and 60's. Be ye therefore ready because you don't know what the white folk might bring.

Between 1959 and 1970, I spent pretty much full time working on civil rights and human rights causes. The major work being concentrated on the removal of those seemingly ancient symbols of subordination that marked the southern terrain and the struggle for the simple rights to vote.

My career started with NAACP at Tougaloo College and move rapidly to special assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field secretary for the NAACP. I am the founder and first president of the North Jackson NAACP Youth Council which is now infamous for initiating the 1963 mass movement at Jackson under the leadership and guidance of Medgar Evers and our advisor, John Salter. Many other adult leaders of North Jackson were involved in helping to shape the course and program of this small band of students and youth. The North Jackson NAACP Youth Council needs a major biography and a calling together of all the young men and women and the old ones who made this organization the center point of a major struggle for which most of the young people involved have not been given any credit. Anyone interested please call me at 610-532-1817.

In June 1962, I resigned my job with the NAACP and joined with Mississippi SNCC under the leadership of Robert P. Moses. We worked in Jackson, Hattiesburg (Forest County), Sun Flower County, Greeville on projects that were directed towards helping local Mississippians get registered to vote. One has to know that it is near impossible to work in a rural state under the feet of oppression and not work on related issues of the peoples.

In November, 1962, I met and married my first love, Bernard LaFayette, Jr., SNCC Field Secretary. In February, 1963 Bernard and I moved to Selma AL, where he served as director of the SNCC Black Belt Alabama Voter Project and I continued as SNCC field secretary. The project was headquartered at Selma but we had responsibility for developing voter registration and direct action projects in the seven Black Belt Counties. While at Selma, I was appointed by James Forman, executive secretary of SNCC, to assist with the Birmingham, Alabama Movement under the leadership of Dr. Martin L. King. It was in Birmingham that I took one of the worst beatings of my career in the civil rights struggle. Three fire houses assaulted me for what seemed forever on May 8, 1963.

In 1964, I was privileged to be a part of the birth of the Southern Organizing Committee at Nashville, Tennessee where Bernard and I were attending school at Fisk and giving birth to our first son, James Arthur. Nashville was the culminating point for the early years of civil rights in the South. Beyond lie Chicago, New York and national politics. By early 1973, I returned to my home state Mississippi and worked on a number of other projects including the editorship of the Jackson, Mississippi Advocate.

Today I recollect experiences of anti war, racism, Diallo, reparations, workers rights and the battle to end the Africa debt along with that of all of Central and South America. This work has taken me into the international arena where I think the progressive forces and especially the Black forces in the USA must centralize future struggles. These struggles around issues of imperialism, colonization, capitalism, racism, environmentalism, anti-woman, anti-youth, anti-age, anti-human struggles must be internationalized as a part of the struggles of other world groups and issues. It is important that the struggle of the African in the USA be removed from domestic servitude to international leadership-human at last.

I speak all over the place having just returned from Algeria where I participated in a Parliamentary two day conference on the "devastation of Africa its causes and dimensions, why and what can be done about it."

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                                         Monday June 15, 2009

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