Dan Siegel seeks your support for the entire Save KPFA slate. We must continue and win the fight to return KPFA to the control of our local community. In the past year Pacifica's national leadership has rejected the KPFA Local Station Board's choices to serve as station manager and rewritten the budget we created.
KPFA and the Pacifica network can play a tremendous, positive role in the struggle to transform U.S. society. To succeed we must overcome the network's outmoded and undemocratic governance structure and the narrow, sectarian politics that stand in the way of our ability to reach the millions of Americans who are open to our message.
I stand for the following:
(1) The hiring of Pacifica national staff that will respect each station's rights to select its own station manager, set its own budget, and determine its own programming. Currently, national staff and the Pacifica National Board meddle unnecessarily in local station decision-making to the extent of eliminating programs such as KPFA's Morning Show and revising KPFA's already balanced budget.
(2) Local stations must be accountable to live within their budgets. The network must end its multi-year, multi-million dollar subsidy of WBAI in New York and help that station develop a model that will cut its costs and rebuild its listenership.
(3) KPFA and Pacifica must develop new strategies for raising funds. The endless on-air fund drives have reached the point of diminishing returns and turned-off listeners. Instead, we should utilize major events, mail, and other programs to raise funds.
(4) Pacifica's five stations should work together to develop new national programming and implement fund-raising and cost-saving administrative measures. The key word must be "cooperation," not "coercion." Pacifica's national office must be restructured to assist rather than direct the local stations.
(5) Diverse programming that utilizes the skills of BOTH paid and unpaid staff members and provides opportunities for new and underrepresented communities to appear on KPFA's airwaves. Improved coverage of local Bay Area news and events.
(6) Pacifica's development and implementation of the "new" technologies that appeal to younger listeners. The network, and KPFA, are far behind other media in making use of websites, webcasting, podcasting, etc.
(7) Support for Democracy Now! and other high quality programming to assists KPFA and Pacifica in growing its audiences. The hostility of some local and national board members to Amy Goodman and DN! is incomprehensible to me.
(8) Fair and respectful treatment of Pacifica employees and volunteers, and positive relationships with their unions. Progressive organizations must live their ideals.
I have been a political activist in the East Bay since the 1960s and work as a civil rights lawyer at Siegel & Yee in Oakland. I support the Occupy movement and am devoted to the radical redistribution of power and wealth in U.S. society. I want Pacifica to be the voice of all who yearn for a better future.