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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Long Statement
.After college I worked on several union drives in the 70s including in a fish house, a textile mill and with a cab company. After that I worked with a progressive group, Mass. Fair Share mostly in fundraising also doing research and lobbying around a successful auto insurance reform campaign. I also worked as the canvass director for the Mass. Tenants Organization.Fair Share was also involved in several environmental campaigns including state Right to Know, and Superfund and a few local environmental campaigns. We were also working with the National Toxics Campaign and because of our success I was recruited to work as a community organizer on a campaign in Richmond regarding their pollution problems. .
I've been involved in numerous local campaigns and have been a member of the KPFA Outreach Committee. I have always appreciated the KPFA staff and their skill at presenting issues and news.Both the payed as well as the volunteer staff create well crafted , information as it should be delivered ,far superior to the money driven , sound bite, sensationalized ,perspectives of most media outlets. The station has become a significant part of my life giving me a worldview and perspective much more sophisticated and complex than I could ever get from corporate media or even NPR and PBS sources. Beyond issues and news it is also a rich source of cultural and music programs which are arguably unmatched in the Bay Area and probably the country.
As someone who is active in supporting the station I feel it is something I must do for myself and my community and the planet for that matter. KPFA staff will take the time to cover issues frequently using authors on a subject , author sources of information that took months if not years to develop. Unlike the pundits of mainstream media , KPFA will often seek out authors and academics who may have spent their whole careers studying a subject and have insights unavailable in the mainstream commercial sandwich of politics and ads from their sponsors.
At KPFA on the Outreach Committee I've given the issue of expansion much thought and believe we can increase listenership in several areas. We can find new markets of listeners in the labor movement and possibly have a campaign to give out KPFA business cards at labor events, strikes and actions. Union members are usually more progressive and they also have Just Cause protection at work which gives them more political freedom than non union workers.We could also include business cards in gifts we send out to donors. A half dozen cards per gift will end up in the hands of enthusiastic contributors who could give them out to people they converse with who might be potential listeners. Since we also do so many in depth author interviews ,we might develop a list of teachers who we send out author interviews to via email . There are 20,000 teachers in Alameda County alone 300,000 across the state .

Biography
I've been politically active since the Vietnam Anti-War movement, when I was at UMass Amherst.After college I worked on several union drives in the 70s including in a fish house, a textile mill. After that I worked with a progressive group, Mass. Fair Share mostly in fundraising.
I've been involved in numerous local campaigns and have been a member of the KPFA Outreach Committee. I have always appreciated the KPFA staff and their skill at presenting issues and news .Both the payed as well as the volunteer staff create well crafted , information as it should be delivered ,far superior to the money driven , sound bite, sensationalized ,perspectives of most media outlets. The station has become a significant part of my life giving me a worldview and perspective much more sophisticated and complex than I could ever get from corporate media or even NPR and PBS sources. I have volunteered many hours to the Outreach committee and have given Pacifica expansion quite a bit of thought and believe I can help the station and network expand, opening up new markets of listeners especially among union members, teachers, nurses and the faith based community.

 
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