I’m Michael Novick, running with Grassroots Community Radio Coalition to help KPFK live up to its potential, attract listeners and overcome financial difficulties. I want us to thrive as a tool for overcoming racism, economic deprivation, repression and environmental devastation, by opening up to creative voices of community activists and cultural workers. KPFK can deal with its crisis by responding to the economic, political, social and environmental crisis we’re all facing. By grappling with causes and solutions for war, poverty, environmental degradation, ill health, racism, sexism, and exploitation, KPFK will regain relevance and listeners.
KPFK is a resource for social transformation and cultural expression, but it’s threatened by irrelevance to a new generation of communities struggling for a better world. I’ll work for open dialogue, investigation and problem solving, with listeners, management, and staff, to guarantee the survival of this bastion of multi-lingual free speech.
We can grow by reflecting and projecting the efforts of ordinary people to live meaningful lives free from fear and exploitation. Community requires ending oppressive hierarchies and resisting corporate domination. By airing creative expressions of communities in struggle, KPFK can put backbiting, careerism, and infighting behind us and focus on community needs and concerns that will attract and galvanize listeners facing survival issues.
Before being elected to the LSB (which I’ve served as Chair and Treasurer) I was elected at a town hall to a news director search committee, and was an elected listener member and chair of KPFK’s interim Program Council. The LSB should meet in communities throughout our listening area, as we did on the iPC. We should stop endlessly peddling premiums and broaden the base of givers by engaging with diverse communities, labor, churches, and schools. We need transparency and accountability on where the money goes.
I’m in Anti-Racist Action, part of a non-sectarian direct action anti-fascist network, and White People for Racial Justice, allied to Black Lives Matter LA. I taught adult education at LAUSD. Like my parents, who met on a picket line when my mother was fired for joining a union, I was a rank-and-file shop steward (in United Teachers LA). I helped convene the Occupy LA Labor Solidarity Committee. I’m a published author, editor of “Turning the Tide,” and part of the production crew of “Change-Links” progressive news and community calendar. I’m a non-sectarian, independent activist committed to anti-authoritarian, anti-imperialist political principles and to building multi-ethnic and international solidarity and mutual aid based on respect for self-determination.
I’ve been in coalitions against racism, repression, war, police abuse and other crimes of empire, in solidarity with African, Mexicano, Indigenous, Asian, LGBTQ, disabled, migrant and other communities. I helped create the KPFK Development Task Force to raise funds off-air, and was the author of LSB motions for strategic planning and for the Board to raise funds. As an individual, I support the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition and urge you to vote for all on the slate (search for gcrc-socal). Contact me: antiracistaction_la [AT] yahoo [DOT] com or 323-636-7388.