My name is Janet Kobren. I am currently a member of the KPFA Local Station Board (LSB), a director on the Pacifica National Board and PNB Secretary, elected by acclamation.
I stand for LOCAL, GRASSROOTS, COMMUNITY, and ACTIVIST RADIO: As an advocate of non-hierarchical, collective decision-making and changes made through grassroots activism, I have worked to get issues such as student debt, our debt economy and privatization of public resources on KPFA’s airwaves. I formed the Strike Debt Radio Collective that so far produced nine segments on KPFA. I have supported KPFA coverage, directly from community newsmakers, beyond “rip-and-read” wire services, of the March for Real Climate Leadership, protests against police terror and murder of people of color, Occupy, housing justice, election integrity, Palestine solidarity (I was a 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla passenger), 9-11 truth, and responsible technology, leading to my introducing KPFA LSB motions for real-time livestreaming of local actions.
I stand for ATTRACTING NEW LISTENERS and KEEPING CURRENT LISTENERS: If elected to the LSB as an incumbent, I will continue to serve KPFA from a UCR perspective (see UnitedForCommunityRadio.org), working to halt the decline in listenership and rebuild our membership base and advocating for program reviews and the creation of an innovative mechanism to revitalize existing programs and produce new programs audiences want to hear.
I stand for ACCOUNTABLE MANAGEMENT and RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE: I have had motions passed and have some motions pending on the PNB agenda that will require station management to form and implement urgently needed policies, and be held accountable. And as we have regular audits of Pacifica’s financial systems, it is time for an audit of Pacifica’s records and technical data, including all station membership data.
I stand for TRANSPARENCY: I will continue to advocate for all Pacifica audit reports, financials and other materials to be posted to the pacifica.org website, all meeting minutes for the PNB, LSBs and PNB committees posted at kpftx.org, and all LSB Delegate rosters made publicly available.
If re-elected to a third year as a PNB director, I will continue to implement my work on what has become a PNB that has been making big strides in achieving fiscal stability. By working independently within the PNB, I have become an officer of consequence and I have gained respect, high regard and acceptability from directors on all “sides” from all stations. And if I continue on the PNB, I hope to be re-elected as Foundation Secretary.
I am a retired NYC public high school math teacher, and after moving to the Bay Area I worked for over 15 years as an information technology professional and quality assurance manager in the corporate world before transitioning into being an eclectic peace and justice activist.
Please vote for me and my fellow UCR candidates as we work together to represent you on the KPFA LSB.
My public endorsers include: Carol Brouillet, Samsarah Morgan, Lesley Tiyesha Phillips, James Vann, Laura Wells.