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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Long Statement
I have been Chairman of the KPFA LSB for several years. During this time the level of acrimony has dropped dramatically. I do not take full, but some credit, for the change. With many other current LSB members, I have been part of a team working to bring a shared level of knowledge to all the LSB members.

I have been in the Bay Area under 10 years, my life was in Chicago for 63 years. When I came to the Bay Area and first heard KPFA, I was blown away. We have nothing like it in Chicago.

I worked for many years in factories, 20 in a General Motors plant that built locomotives. I was President of UAW Local 719 for 8 years. Then I was recruited and hired by SEIU to be Midwest Regional Directory and then Illinois State Council Director. With SEIU I developed substantial training programs for both union staff and union members. I negotiated many public sector contracts. As State Council director I managed a staff of 6 and led a robust and tough lobbying program in the Illinois State Legislature.

While working at the factory I went to night school to be a lawyer and am licensed in Illinois. Since I came to California I became associated with Center for Constitutional Rights doing prison work.

Before all the above things I worked for the National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam for both the 1968 Democratic Party challenge and the subsequent Conspiracy 8/7 Defense Committee. Before that I had been east west coast field coordinator and executive secretary of the credentials committee of the 1967 National Conference for New Politics. Ben Spock and Andy Young chaired the credentials committee. I worked as an the Executive Director of the short lived 3 party attempt led by Marcus Raskin and Arthur Waskow. Was on the MOBE staff of the the InHOGuaration - the Washington DC inaugural demonstrations when Nixon was sworn in. I was a half a red diaper baby - daughter of the director of the 1937 Flint Sit Down Strike and a colorful genius mother who was an adamant atheist and New Deal Democrat - they divorced when I was 13 months. I was a founding member of Sojourner Truth Organization and spent 30 years working in Chicago area factories.

I know Pacifica is a unique wonderful jewel in the lap of the left. I am committed to finding a way to not lose it and in fact to help it grow and flourish. While I have been on this board we have found a terrific permanent General Manager of KPFA and a similarly wonderful Program Director. It has been a privilege to serve on this important illustrious board.
Biography
I have been Chairman of the KPFA LSB for several years. During this time the level of acrimony has dropped dramatically. I do not take full, but some credit for the change. With many other current LSB members, I have been part of a team working to bring a shared level of knowledge to all the LSB members. I have been in the Bay Area under 10 years, my life was in Chicago for 63 years. When I came to the Bay Area and first heard KPFA, I was blown away. We have NOTHING like it in Chicago and now I cannot imagine my life without this incredible valuable source of actual news, a great selection of music and even an herb show...and more. I worked for many years in factories, 20 in a General Motors plant that built locomotives and I was President of UAW Local 719 for 8 years when I was hired away by SEIU to be Midwest Regional Directory and then Illinois State Council Director. I went to night school to be a lawyer and only in retirement have practiced doing prison law work with the Center for Constitutional Rights here in California.
 
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. In what ways is the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
  I cannot imagine my life without this incredible valuable source of actual news, substantial interviews, discussions of ideas, an unmatched selection of music and even an herb show. I am pleased to be part of an LSB that worked to hire and support a permanent KPFA General Manager who has upgraded so many of our systems and a Program Director who has added several new important shows including Ralph Nadar, Bill Fletcher and Dave Zirin.
4. What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
  The acrimony among the sectors of the left on the board either has to stop or be structurally contained. I am committed to the analysis of the Pacifica Unity Pledge at pacificapledge2015.org: I am committed to participating in a network-wide consensus-building process with the goal of reformingPacificas governance to make it simpler, effective, smaller, and calmer.
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