today - angry vegans protest kpfa noon - 2:30 PLEASE COME
- TODAY, NOON - 2:30PM
PROTEST KPFA CENSORSHIP OF VEGAN, ANIMAL RIGHTS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - AND KPFA's IRRESPONSIBLE AND DANGEROUS PROMOTION OF ANTI-VEGAN PROPAGANDA
For many years, peace and social justice activists have been frustrated by KPFA / Berkeley and KPFK / Los Angeles, the Pacifica Foundation's west coast progressive non-commercial listener-supported radio stations, and their exclusion of vegan, animal rights, and environmental programs and subject matter, which is in itself a violation of Pacifica's mission statement of dedication to peace, giving voice to the voiceless, and alleviating the suffering of the oppressed.
Although many have approached these stations in the past, including experienced professional broadcasters, among them Bob Linden, who has even produced and hosted a vegan, animal rights radio show (GO VEGAN WITH BOB LINDEN / www.GoVeganRadio.com) for 9 years that has been broadcast everywhere from right wing conservative radio stations, to the progressive Air America network, and can now be heard on GREEN 960 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"KPFA has been depriving its audience of life-saving, planet-saving information. Within vegan issues are the solutions to all local and global problems raised on KPFK - war, violence, world hunger, free speech and constitutional rights' violations, poverty, disease, raceism, sexism, resource depletion, energy crises, global warming. Doesn't the KPFA audience deserve to hear about how its family can avoid heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity - fully 90 per cent of disease. KPFA excludes this from any valuable health care discussion", said Linden.
And now, activists think that KPFA has gone over the top in betrayal of the public by offering an anti-vegan book as a fund-drive premium.
"This is so outrageous. KPFA chooses to ignore that meat and dairy are destroying our planet - causing global warming more than anything else, causing more deaths of Americans than anything else, causing the most egregious suffering and mass murder of billions of innocent animals than anything else - and then, instead, KPFA decides to give away a ludicrous book - whose pages are more suited for toilet paper than reading - promoting meat and dairy to its audience. Does KPFA understand the racial bias in endorsing dairy products for its audience, the health, environmental, and moral ramifications of such an endorsement? We are witnessing the dumbing down of KPFA, censorship of the truth, and a betrayal of our trust", said longtime Bay Area activist Alfredo Kuba, one of the protest's organizers.
KPFA should be better than that. We need to help make KPFA better by demanding vegan, animal rights, environmental programming - NOW!!!
So - It's PEACEFUL PROTEST TIME -
12 noon - 3pm THIS MONDAY november 2
1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley
Ironically, seven years ago , a group of Texans was listening to GO VEGAN WITH BOB LINDEN and became inspired to approach the Houston Pacifica outlet, KPFT, asking for airtime to create a vegan program. Permission granted - and now Vegan World Radio is one of the most popular programs on KPFT and is a high performer during pledge drives. Bob Linden was the program's first guest and co-hosts frequently. Ironically on the week that Bob is helping to organize a protest against KPFA, he will co-host VEGAN WORLD RADIO on KPFT in Houston during its fund drive. You can hear that program Wednesday November 4th at 8PM pacific time at www.kpft.org. Houston broadcasts animal rights programming - but not Berkeley or LA? Commercial AM radio stations run animal rights programs - but not KPFA or KPFK? Shame!!!