My name is Jaye Cho, and I am running for the KPFK Local Station Board under the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition with hopes of the station to be a platform for voices of our communities. As someone who views media as an important tool for education, awareness, and catalyst for social change and community organizing, KPFK can serve as an important vehicle in projecting issues and stories of marginalized and oppressed communities locally here in Southern California, the U.S., and around the world.
I am a 2nd generation Korean woman, born to working immigrant parents from a country divided by war and U.S. militarization. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, now active in local and international organizing work in Southern California. My early days of activism were in my college days, organizing Filipino youth and students in the SF Bay Area around education, migration, and Ethnic Studies. However, the real classroom was my experiences in the community and traveling the world, learning directly from the people their stories and struggles.
My principles are firmly rooted in the community and the people, centering the most oppressed and marginalized at the core of my organizing work. I currently serve as the Southern California coordinator for the International League of Peoples Struggle, which is an international alliance of anti-imperialist organizations, working towards national liberation and self-determination of oppressed peoples around the world.
State violence against Black, Brown, and transgender people is alarmingly increasing; poor and working people are under attack with cuts to social services, privatization of education and healthcare, and gentrification of working neighborhoods; incarceration and deportation of migrants, joblessness, and homelessness is rampant… meanwhile, the U.S. spends trillions of dollars in its military wars of aggression abroad. Mainstream media does not accurately represent or reflect the lives of those directly impacted by these crises, which is all the more necessary for the people to take it up ourselves to be heard and amplify the stories of our communities.
I hope to move KPFK programming to highlight Black lives and resistance, workers’ and migrant rights, environmental justice, lgbtq & gender equity, disability justice, and self-determination struggles of Latin American, Asian, Muslim & Arab, indigenous people, and other oppressed peoples against U.S. imperialism, war, and intervention. Bringing diverse voices will not only bring awareness about the many issues our communities face, but also bridge connections and forge solidarity for a grassroots peoples’ movement for genuine peace and justice.