Cynthia McKinney's Vice-Presidential running mate Rosa Clemente and noted human rights attorney Lynn Stewart spoke to a packed audience last night in a rally to "TAKE BACK WBAI."
District 1707's meeting hall is a familiar meeting place to WBAI'ers who fought against the last attempted coup in 2000, when corporate Dems tried to take over the station.
This time the coupsters are a motley bunch of petty bourgeois businesspeople and self-proclaimed "leftists" and "anarchists" and "feminists".
Lynn Stewart told the audience to prepare for a protracted struggle. The diverse crowd was obviously up for it, and after speeches broke into several working groups. Hardly anyone left the hall as the meeting progressed and, just like in 2000, the feeling of warmth and comradery was strong.
Rosa Clemente said she was glad to be back in NY and, although she's had her criticisms of WBAI and Pacifica, is committed to this fight to take back the station and bring with her the hip hop generation. The crowd agreed enthusiastically.
"City Watch" producer Bill Difazio, apparently not intimidated by Mitch Cohen's assault on him at the Left Forum, showed up with several other activist intellectuals, including Stanley Aronowitz.
Bernard White got a standing ovation and addressed the crowd with his trademark humor. He was followed by veteran producer Ayo Harrington, who found out via public email that she had been physically banned from the station and the air.
Apparently the ACE faction, which has been trashing Harrington and fellow On The Count producers for years, realizes how powerful a person Harrington is and got Pacifica to ban her - without trial or hearinng, of course.
Stay tuned as New York's grassroots activist left starts to organize to TAKE BACK WBAI. A new website will be up soon.
Check out www.wbixradio.org -- Select "On Demand" to watch previous broadcasts.