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I am a lawyer and an activist. Theresa Bonpane of the Office of the Americas honored me by saying: “Jan Goodman’s distinguished career in law and life expresses the quest for justice and peace which is the essence of the Pacifica Mission”.

KPFK is the most important tool the left has in Los Angeles and I see attempting to make KPFK function better and dig itself out of its financial troubles as part of my work for peace, justice & equality.

For more information about me, additional endorsers, and other LSB candidates who I am supporting (and hope you vote for) go to CandidateSlate.org.

 

INVOLVEMENT IN KPFK

I became involved with the FREE-PACIFICA MOVEMENT, realizing that there was nothing more important to the Left in Los Angeles than saving Pacifica—which is why I and my husband defended law suits filed against Pacifica. Our pro-bono work saved Pacifica over a hundred thousand dollars.

I served on the LSB from 2003-2009. However, we must now redouble our efforts to create high quality, diverse programs, including cultural, local, national, inter-national, musical, gender bending and intellectually diverse and to have a management structure which supports that diversity and creativity.

My ability to forge productive relationships among people, as well as my legal, and fundraising skills will benefit our radio station.

 

ROOTS IN SOUTH CENTRAL
I grew up in Watts and remain active in South-Central L.A as well as Santa Monica. My step-father, Oneil Cannon became the first African-American member of the Printer’s Union in LA. I grew up in an activist, bi-cultural home, thus recognizing racism & the need to fight it daily.

Under my leadership, THE PAUL ROBESON COMMUNITY CENTER created its Filmmaking and Intercultural Youth Radio Training Projects in SouthL.A.

 

SUNSET HALL
When SUNSET HALL was on the brink of closing due to financial troubles, I led the struggle to SAVE SUNSET HALL, the retirement home for “Free Thinking Elders.” When we won, I was elected President of the board and served for six years.

 

ENDORSERS
Lila Garrett, Commentator/Writer
Cynthia Anderson-Barker, Police Abuse Attorney
Sam Paz, Civil Rights/Police Abuse Attorney
Ed Pearl, Ash Grove Founder
S. Pearl Sharp, Poet/Actress–The Learning Tree, The Jeffersons /Producer–The Healing Passage, Author–Black Women For Beginners)
Cristina Vazquez, Unite/Here International Vice President (For ID-only)
Harvey Wasserman, Anti-Nuclear Activist

See CandidateSlate.org for additional endorsers

 

HISTORY OF SERVICE & SKILLS
Lawyer
Fundraising—Host of over 100 fundraisers, Salons, Booksignings at my home & various venues, including many for KPFK
Grant-Writing
Former Member: KPFK-LSB (Serving from 2003-2009), and Management Evaluation Committee
Past-President : National Lawyers Guild-L.A.
Past-President: Americans for Democratic Action-L.A.
Past-President and Chair of the Board: Sunset Hall Retirement Home
Co-Founder, Executive Director: Paul Robeson Community Center–and Robeson Youth Radio Training Project — So.Central L.A.
Former Director: San Bernardino County Legal Aid Society
Former Attorney: Greater Watts Justice Center

 

Optional Questions (push the plus sign to see the answers)


In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
I have been happy that the station has taken advantage of some excellent national programming, such as the Thom Hartman show, and Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich, and conversely that Sonali Kolhutker’s program is reaching beyond the KPFK airwaves. They join a strong group of morning shows, such as Lila Garett’s “Connect the Dots”, Margaret Prescod’s show and of course Amy Goodman. All of these shows have “high production values”, that is, the speakers speak clearly, are interesting to listen to, they don’t just drone on and on, the program “sounds good” and additionally, the content is intelligent, challenging and engaging.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
Recently (and also in the past) there have been some shows in which people drone on and on, and simply make you want to turn to another station. And of course, there are way, way too many fund drives, which also drives away listeners.

Lastly, some people sound like they are selling “snake oil” during the fund drives, and this kind of fundraising needs to be carefully audited.


What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?

I am a lawyer and have been an activist. Having grown up in Watts on 105th Street and Avalon, I learned how to get along with everyone, without compromising myself, because I grew up in an activist, bi-racial home and have been part of the struggle for peace and against racism & war my entire life.

As a former attorney for KPFK and Pacifica, a 6 year member of the KPFK Station Board, and a much longer time listener, I have quite a bit of “historical memory” about KPFK. I hope to use that experience and knowledge to lead, guide and participate with newer board members to improve KPFK.

I have been on the boards of many organizations, including the National Lawyers Guild, ADA, Sunset Hall and the Paul Robeson Community Center to name a few. I have also been elected president of many of them, probably attesting to my organizational skills.

However, I am not a person who just supervises, I have been the organizer as well as the “Chief Cook and Bottle washer” of many, many FUNDRAISING EVENTS, Salons, Booksignings etc. both in my home and elsewhere, many of which have been for KPFK, Pacifica & Democracy Now.


What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
The most important thing that KPFK can do to increase its bank account is to improve THE QUALITY OF THE PROGRAMMING AT KPFK. The more listeners we have, the more donations we will receive.

We should also really push monthly or ongoing MONTHLY SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIPS, wherein people authorize their credit card company to contribute to KPFK on a monthly basis so that people don’t have to “do” anything to continue to support KPFK.

Such sustaining members could have access to some kind of special programming, such as monthly meetings with management, program hosts or receive regular CD’s of programs of a particular variety, or just the knowledge that they are supporting a great radio station.

  • REINSTATE THE FOLIO: KPFK used to mail out a FOLIO, which contained articles about programs, programmers, events, etc. I am sure that we could organize a group of volunteers to produce and ON-LINE FOLIO – or even one that gets mailed out once a year, with a “remit” envelope enclosed, so that we can reach out to both present, past, and perhaps even potential members, telling them about what is going on on the KPFK airwavs, and encouraging people to listen and to donate. I know many people who are regular or occasional listeners to KPFK who don’t know whether they are active members, who might donate, if they got something in the mail at least one time per year.
  • Have more social events, house parties or open houses where people get together to discuss an issue of current concern, or a book or listen to music, and access is limited to sustaining members (even if it is only $5/month or pay at the door or donations collected.
  • Improve our signal quality and reach. Our mission and message of peace, justice and equality has the potential to reach millions more. That will generate greater contributions, which will keep the cycle of outreach expanding. To do that we need a Board that makes it a priority.
  • Upgrade to Digital broadcasting and expand into multimedia.
  • Outreach more and respond to Community needs.
  • Strengthen our Internship program.
  • Use more mediation and conflict resolution to reduce the law suits against KPFK.

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