My name is Nancy Sorden. I came to DC 1974 for graduate school in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Since 1977, I’ve listened to the voice of WPFW – Pacifica’s mission in DC to be the voice of the voiceless – speaking truth to power and promoting jazz and justice, and started supporting the station about 14 years ago.
Because WPFW has been instrumental in broadening my view of the world, unlocking prejudices, and bringing inspiration into my life and home, in 2014, I became more involved after meeting many WPFW supporters, programmers, and board members at an outreach event for Concerned Members and Supporters of WPFW. I joined the Programming and Finance Committees summer 2014, as listener-members are encouraged to do. I was elected to the LSB (by the LSB to fill a vacancy) in Jan. 2015 and appointed Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Pro Temp in June 2015. I joined Relocation and Outreach, and Development Committees in Jan 2015 and as WPFW’s Treasurer I am also on the Pacific National Board Finance Committee.
WPFW has a big voice – 50,000 Watts – reaching all the way to Ocean City, up into Pennsylvania, over to the hills of WV and down to NC – broadcasting independent artists – who express truths from our souls, and reporting what is ignored, suppressed, or made-up by mainstream media to sell corporate messaging detrimental to our world, reporting the truth about history, and the world we live in.
WPFW and Pacifica belong to the people and need support of the people to survive. To increase listener-support, I want us to increase transparency, train more volunteers and staff in broadcasting, journalistic, technical, and financial skills, increase programming with state-of-the-art technology, and have permanent home.
For experience, I’ve organized and participated in a variety of social justice and community projects in the Washington DC area. I am my neighborhood’s civic association acting secretary (in Montgomery County), a voting integrity activist working for secure, verifiable, and accessible voting in Maryland, a board member and Finance committee member of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, a steering committee member of the first annual Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival, Washington Ethical Society participant with Friends and Families of Incarcerated Persons and Washington Interfaith Network, a member of the Earth Ethics Team, former chair of the social justice group “Act for Good”, the Helping Hands Crafts Sale Gala chair, and organizer and facilitator for food justice activities and events on money in politics and economic justice. I have also done training in relationship building, facilitation, and governance.
WPFW and Pacifica has such talented, dedicated staff and volunteers, great programming and passionately involved community members. It would be a great honor continue to serve with them.
Those who have nominated me include: Vanessa Dixon, Benito Diaz, Tony Norman, Ron Pinchback, and Gloria Turner.