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Ms. Summer Reese

Interim Executive Director

Pacifica Foundation Inc

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Pacifica Foundation Inc

1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley, California 94704

United States

Company Description

1973: Pacifica provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings. 1973: Third World programmers at KPFA organize to demand a programming department with paid staff and control over some airtime. The station management opposes this effort ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director

Pacifica Radio

Affiliations

Delegate
KPFK

Local Station Board Member
KPFK

Treasurer
Local Station Board

Committee
The General Manager Search Committee

Founder
Freedom Law School

Web References (107 Total References)


In a meeting held on Tuesday, ...

justiceunity.com [cached]

In a meeting held on Tuesday, August 13, a group of WBAI listeners came together to discuss the devastating and sweeping changes to WBAI-Pacifica Radio that were announced by the Pacifica Foundation's Interim Executive Director Summer Reese and the newly appointed Interim Program Director Andrew Phillips in an on-air WBAI broadcast on Friday, August 9, 2013.


In a meeting held on Tuesday, ...

justiceunity.com [cached]

In a meeting held on Tuesday, August 13, a group of WBAI listeners came together to discuss the devastating and sweeping changes to WBAI-Pacifica Radio that were announced by the Pacifica Foundation's Interim Executive Director Summer Reese and the newly appointed Interim Program Director Andrew Phillips in an on-air WBAI broadcast on Friday, August 9, 2013.

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Despite hundreds of petition signatures urging her not to do it, and numerous rejected proposals from staff and listeners for off-air fundraising, on August 9, Pacifica's Interim Executive Director Summer Reese announced massive layoffs - 75% of the paid staff - and large-scale programming changes.
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In dumping most of the paid staff, the team of Reese, Phillips, and others not yet identified, has made changes to more than 30 hours of programming without any consultation with the staff or Local Station Board.


It was this slim majority that ...

www.unitedforcommunityradio.org [cached]

It was this slim majority that lead to the late-night firing of Pacifica's recently appointed Executive Director, Summer Reese, on March 13, in a telephone conference board meeting with an unannounced agenda. Summer Reese later occupied the Pacifica Foundation headquarters claiming the firing was in violation of her contract and the Bylaws of Pacifica.

Reese has been in control of the building with dozens of supporters for over a month. Lawsuits and countersuits have been filed and court battles are pending. Over 400 KPFA listeners, volunteers, and staff have signed a petition in support of due process for Summer Reese, including the two authors of this update.
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I strongly support Summer Reese in her position as Executive Director of Pacifica and in her efforts to preserve and protect the network and five Pacifica stations and their mission, and to prevent the total collapse of Pacifica into bankruptcy court, pay-off its debts, clean-up the corruption and financial mess, and rebuild. I believe those Pacifica directors who voted to fire her without cause weeks after her contract was signed acted with gross abuse of their authority and have recklessly and/or intentionally placed Pacifica in grave peril.


Chronicbudgetary problems (and their ...

www.unitedforcommunityradio.org [cached]

Chronicbudgetary problems (and their disputed "causes"), opposing visions for the future of the station, and abrasive implementation of management and board decisions (as in abruptly firing the former Executive Director Summer Reese, or canceling The Morning Mix), has led to regular confrontations among the various staff cliques, who at this point openly refer to themselves as "factions."

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"Didn't you do this to get back at Summer Reese for blocking your changes? I have absolutely no animus toward Summer Reese and she has little if any toward me. In fact, if she were to make a list of all the people in this room and rank them in terms whom she likes and respects, I'm pretty sure I'd rank a lot higher in that batting order than most of the folks in this room, including some of the folks who say they are on "her side."
She is not the first supervisor to overrule me and she won't be the last. And if you happen to re-read the email she sent to me and that I forwarded to the staff, please note that she commended me for starting a data-driven "process" to achieve necessary change. If she were still ED, I am certain there would be changes to the schedule, and some of them would be ones I suggested.


Some of them are legitimate sexual ...

www.unitedforcommunityradio.org [cached]

Some of them are legitimate sexual harassment suits, brought on by extremely poor management and human resources supervision by the side that Lasar had endorsed over the years, and that began to be rectified under Grace Aaron, Arlene Engelhardt, and Summer Reese - much as I strongly disagree with other of their decisions.

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In the 9th week of our occupation of the Pacifica HQ, on May 12th, the judge ruled against us, issuing a temporary restraining order against Executive Director Summer Reese's continued presence at the national office.
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Evacuations aren't easy, and after most of us had gone home for the night, Summer Reese and her mother, Geneva, with the help of Richard Uzzell, and Barbara Deutsch spent the night packing, hauling stuff away, and putting the place in order.
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The court had ordered Summer out, but didn't specify the rest of us. So we probably wouldn't have to rush out the door, and the staff might want us to be there that morning because with us present, disputed PNB chair Margy Wilkinson and whoever came with her would be less likely to act badly.
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This year the new PNB which fired Summer Reese, had rehired Raul.
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Summer Reese had protected them, the staff person had told the judge. Unfortunately, the judge had now ordered Summer out, thus leaving them vulnerable.

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