Adisa Armand - Elected Next
Contact Adisa Armand
Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of of community you want to live in." Author unknown
When I think of KPFA, I am reminded of WBAI, the station I listened to growing up in Harlem, New York. When I think of how important community is, I am reminded of my father, George Winsor. Family plays one of the most pivotal roles in our lives, and I watched in admiration and pride as my father, aged 80, volunteered at the Bronx councilman' office, "retiring" at the age of 95. As I write this, I think of all the good that came from his efforts while he served his community. When I think about the legacy afforded by my father, I know that volunteering to serve on the KPFA Rescue Pacific Board would provide me an opportunity to vote into existence the very community I and hopefully others would want to live in.
KPFA's potential reminds me of that councilman's office in the Bronx, a dedicated grassroots communication hub, a direct line to the community of black, brown and underrepresented people.
Over the past thirty years, I have worked with young children and youth as a teacher of gifted students, and with teenagers at specialized schools. My passion has been to organize, plan, teach and offer workshops to diverse groups of people regarding systemic racism, women and children's rights.
As a person who has been actively engaged with our youth, I believe it would behoove KPFA to offer opportunities for youth/young adults who have fresh and innovative ideas. While KPFA is marginally recognized within the underrepresented communities, I know this radio station could be known as "community radio" by the strategic inclusion of underrepresented folks from all walks of life. Underrepresented communities should also have decision making roles.
COVID-19's devastating consequences have impacted people of colour and underrepresented folks the hardest. Isolation, distrust and feelings of hopelessness have become pervasive within these communities. KPFA can be instrumental in removing the walls of isolation, distrust, and hopelessness by consistent outreach to those communities most effected. True collaboration involves inclusion and a compassionate spirit. I honestly believe that KPFA can move forward and grow with this inclusive and compassionate spirit at its base.
My work as a teacher of gifted students and autistic children has given me clarity about priorities when working with those groups, This experience will carry over to working with the board. As a Freedom Rider during the Civil Rights Movement, fearlessness, bravery and courage became my constant companions. As an organizer with OCO and OCC, patience, creative problem solving and initiative were the the most reached for tools in my toolbox.
If elected to serve on the KPFA board, I will dedicate to all my tools, my gifts of inclusion, and a passion for excellence and compassion to a table that serves and represents the communities that need it the most.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  I have presented workshops to large and small groups on systemic racism and understand the deep sometimes painful reality of the communities of colour and language(s) other than English. Served as Mediator on Local Neighborhood Council. Written successful grants for non-profits. Provided workshops to non-profits to gain greater clarity of their mission, and/or assist them to create one that will meet their current/future needs.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The level of competency, expertise and passion exhibited by so many of the program hosts, the range and diversity of programs. Music: jazz although I would like more of it, gospel music and music of the world.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  KPFA can and should have more persons from underrepresented and underserved communities on air and in decision-making positions. Have community public events that are fun, have food vendors, are informational, inclusive and may serve as fundraisers.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Increase membership: More young adults to become involved in the work of KPFA. Women of colour are underrepresented in positions of decision making and on the air. Fiscal responsibility wherein
fundraising is just not on a quarterly basis on radio drives but the COMMUNITY is involved through live public fun events that include all peoples.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  Finances are integral and important for any organization to be successful in carrying out its mission. As a prospective board member, it will be important to create and build partnerships with local businesses who will support KPFA's mission. Create short and long term financial goals that are tenable.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am a first generation African American woman of Caribbean descent. I am dedicated to bring all my gifts to the table and commit to work with those serving on the board and the community at large. It is important to reach out to underrepresented and underserved communities.
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