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Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
I'm Fernando S. Fernando, a longtime community activist. As a resident of LA for 50 years, I can contribute my experience to help further KPFK's goals for betterment of our community at large. With my all-round knowledge of anti-war movement for example, I can work collectively in educating our communities to advocate for peace and justice.

As a former soldier, I have first-hand experience with the horror of war, especially the unjust war in Vietnam. Our government did horrific injustice to that country. Most soldiers or veterans have endure many traumatic experiences, seeing death, injuries and the financial cost that go with it. It's better to make peace and turn our resources for better uses.

Our government spends One Trillion Dollars or more war every year that
we should use for our country's needs. The result will be less criminality in our communities and more justice for all. It only takes $30-35 billion to feed the world. Many problems will be lessened not just PTSD of many military veterans have. Homelessness and mental health problems. We can use that money to feed the hungry, provide education, health care, jobs and economic opportunities. Instead of war, extend our friendship with other countries to make peace.

KPFK's programming and staff have helped the communities by building bridges with different groups. I can work collectively with everyone to make better community and peace. With better representation, particularly of oppress people of color like me, dreams can be realized , and better understanding on many issues that confront all of us. Collectively we are the builders of better, more peaceful societies.

I am involved in L.A. Black and Brown Unity to overcome divisions among our communities. I work on Ending Systemic Racism as chair of a working group at Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. I have additional experience as a County
commissioner on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and Alcohol (1993 - 2013). We have submitted recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, visited communities and universities to present regarding drugs and alcohol, and invited speakers to address the Crack Cocaine epidemic. I was Chair of its Planning and Budget Committees.

I was Co-coordinator of several protest of Proposition 187 in defense of immigrant rights and of May 1st Celebrating Workers Day and have given 100 of thousands flyers with different organizations for free. I was a Spokesperson for 2 years for several community organization (CHILA, KIWA, GARMENT WORKER CENTER, PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER), Steering Committee Member of March 25th Coalition (immigrant worker's general strike), and Former President - "Tulong SA Bayan" or "Help a Country". I also served on the Advisory Council - Filipino Americans World War 2 Veterans. I'm Former Board Member (SIPA) Search to Involve Pilipino-Americans, and Former President of(PALAD) Pilipino American LA Democrats . I am running with the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition, and ask you to vote for me and on my slate to improve KPFK and rebuild our audience and support.
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?
  As a long time community activist and organizer for 41 years, Former L.A. County Officials for more than 20 years and 45 years in printing business industries. That should give me enough confidence to contribute for the advancement of the station mission.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate the long history of the station. Many very progressive of it's programing. The current operations it's seem to me that needs more fine tuning. Simply because every time I turn On the radio, it always doing fund raising. Before I use give donation of my printing services to KPFK not charging the station anything and I was very happy with it, because I'm benefitting as a listener and viewer and Because I'm not inside KPFK, It is hard for me to see what the real condition. If I become a board member I will find out or analyze the problem and work in solving it or contribute my ideas and talent.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I like to see the needs in more representation in particular people of color. As a Filipino, we are the second largest population in Los Angeles, with partnership and little push to promote or popularize KPFK, many possibility can happen, after all we have a long history in creating changes, like "People's power Revolution", "United Farm Workers" which I was also part. In resolving many communities issues for example: "Ending Systemic Racism" by discussion amongst community members. Have KPFK Board members to listen and once we agree, then we can act on it.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  We as a collective Board. 1. I like to see resolving homelessness, Job opportunity with living wages, mental health care and facilities. 2. Stopping Wars and start real friendship with other countries with mutual respect. All this issues are inter connected problems of "Systemic Racism" that needed to be overcome, we can start by exposing expenditure the Pentagon Budget or Military Industrial Complex (One Trillion Dollars or more every year), 3. Also Prison Industrial Complex (2.3 million inmate or Jail, another at list 3 million in and out court and Jail system), If we use that resources to our communities in this country!, Then maybe KPFK would not do to much fund raising and local communities will be a lot happier and the whole America will become less racist. The whole societies can be more accommodating and we can become human again and be more compassionate.
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?
  To have well inform community in issues is a start and when the communities appreciate and benefiting from what we have Accomplish. Resources will come. By having more effective program. We create proposals to the local government agency by providing KPFK services and talent that's already available to us. Trusting one each other with respect!
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I like voter to know, That you have very rich history. In 1861-1865 President Lincoln Abolish Slavery and reparation for Black African, he is not perfect person but he try to change the injustice dark shameful history of this country and cost his life! In 1930's during depression many Americans people came out contribute to picks problems, like Unions (IWW) COMMUNIST, SOCIALIST, PROGRESSIVE and many ordinary people work together in resolving the difficult problems and creating solutions,resolving worker rights, child labor or exploitation of children in Chicago, The New Deal by President Roosevelt building better society with Justice for all. After all you already have built this country with massive wealth. The sad part is only benefiting the already very rich or the 1%! The good part is we can chance all that, When act correctly and collectively, Accordingly or what is require of us to do, after all everything is for the betterment our society and our children the future generation to : cell# (323) 854-4478 / let's work together for better tomorrow...thank you
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