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A brief History of the Movement to Save KXCI
At some undetermined point in the past the Bylaws of KXCI
changed from a membership–elected Board to
structure. The right to make bylaw changes was
from exclusively membership controlled, to allow this
self-appointed Board to make changes at will. The
Initiative (DI) began as an internal group of programmers
were dissatisfied with the unfair and undemocratic actions
of management. When their concerns were ignored or worse,
against some occurred they went public. The decision
made to do a membership bylaw election. Lifetime member
former Board member Bill Risner asked for and was refused the
of members so that petitions could be mailed to the membership.
The refusal by KXCI membership resulted in a court decision
KXCI. Beginning with The Amy Goodman visit in fall of 2003,
DI collected the needed 10% of membership signatures. These
turned into KXCI on January 12 2004. During the time from
to present, the DI has attempted to negotiate a fair election process and has been met with all manner of tricks, stalling,
and manipulation by KXCI management including an attack on the
of Bill Risner.
the struggle was to gain fair treatment for the volunteers
the heart of operations. During the growth of that process
evident that Membership’s Democratic rights had been
as well. Our petition called for several changes to the bylaws.
A volunteer representative to sit on the board, some sort of
procedure for the volunteers, membership control of
changes and a board structure of 10 elected, 5 appointed plus
one volunteer representative. KXCI has grudgingly adopted two
provisions: the volunteer rep and the grievance procedure,
that any normal ethical organization would have already
had. They have also now altered the Board structure to 9 elected,
plus the volunteer representative. This does not give
Membership the supermajority control over the board that the DI
petitioned for. Nor does it restrict access to the bylaws from
Board. They can change back or to any structure they please
at any time.
new changes look almost reasonable and it would be difficult if
impossible to win a PR battle against the resources of KXCI and
appearance of “fairness”. Therefore the DI withdrew the petition
2004. The decision was made to try to participate in
process from inside, by running a slate of candidates in the next election. As
usual with democracy, it takes citizen awareness and involvement. Clean, third
party supervised elections are a start. Educating and informing the membership
is another avenue. KXCI
operated in a hidden and secretive manner for so long that
members are not even aware of their rights, much less that
have been stolen!
that KXCI is a precious resource in an ocean of
owned and controlled media. We also
the small struggle we are experiencing is a reflection
national and even world picture. KXCI is owned by the membership; it should be
governed and controlled democratically
by its owners. Not by a group
of unrepresentative unelected, unaccountable, self-appointed cronies.
more information about elections please join the discussion group.
regarding the Democracy Initiative
Oct 31 to date -- Click the first link on the left (edited 3-22-04)
PRINTABLE KXCI MEMBERS' DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE
THE SECOND LINK ON THE LEFT