E-mail that informed us that Pacifica National Board Chair Acosta & Member Van Putten quit

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:58:00 -0400
From: Bob Lederer

Friends -

.... Leslie Cagan just called from Cape Cod to say that Board Chair David Acosta (Houston) and reactionary Board member Karolyn Van Putten (Berkeley) -- both the subjects of pickets last week -- submitted their resignations from the Board tonite. She read me the text emailed to all Board members by Bessie Wash's assistant, Jennifer Spearman. The resignations take effect immediately. If no one else quits, that limits the hijackers to a 7-5 majority, but the word we're hearing is that others may want to bail as well -- they apparently are saying they can't take the pressure. This is a fantastic tribute to all the hard work and struggle that thousands of folks have waged on multiple fronts -- lawsuits, direct actions, rallies, boycotts, LAB elections, on-air defiance & education, and all the rest -- for years, but especially since December.

We can't let down our guards until all the hijackers have left, and then we have the very hard work of reconstructing a progressive, democratic, participatory network. But for now, let's savor the victory.

And don't forget to keep the pressure up on Secretary Andrea Cisco by picketing her business/home on Friday from 5-7 pm.

This news comes hard on the heels of the following email from Carol Spooner:

From: "Carol Spooner"
To: "bob lederer"
Subject: Board meeting cancelled
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 17:06:19 -0700

Bob -- My attorneys spoke with the board majority's attorney Daly Temchine this afternoon. Temchine confirmed that they are going to cancel the board meeting on July 1st.

--Carol Spooner

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