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Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
Statement
I am Kelly Flores running for the LSB for the first time with the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition. I want to help get KPFK back to the community it serves and promote programming that reflects the voices of the people, especially communities of color in the struggle. I want to promote culturally relevant and responsive, liberatory and global perspectives that address the issues our communities face. We need better education and more creative space on air to bring listeners back, and to keep us engaged and connected. That is what public radio is for- one that is truly run by the people and for the people--and one that brings in the most marginalized and oppressed in our communities; and one that uplifts their voices and the beautiful music, poetry and art being created. KPFK should be the station that holds that space and brings us together.

To me, this station has been a lifeline for decades. I began listening to the Spanish Language programming on air in the early 90’s. I would have to drive to certain spots in San Diego--where I lived then, to get the signal, to tune in. What was being aired was important. It was relevant and it reflected the struggles I was connected with. When I moved to LA in ‘97, the station was indicated to me again by fellow activists in the struggle. It helped navigate me in this city by airing the struggles and actions and events that were happening around me and it was beautiful. I tuned in for global news, local news from the morning shows, to the evenings with the Spanish language programs. I was invited in, and participated in and on several different shows and our family got involved with the radio for a time.

Unfortunately, over the past several years, the quality and content of the programming has gotten worse. I switched to listening to KPCC for news and updates: but it is not the same. I want the KPFK I knew and loved back. For that to happen, the programming has got to be addressed. I want to hear from the folks creating mutual aid around the city, the struggles of the houseless fighting for dignity and of the housed fighting to stay and fighting off eviction. We need to hear people openly challenge the public figures responsible in this city and we need to hear from the people fighting for it. We are in the midst of crises, of many kinds and they need to be addressed seriously and responsibly. The station needs to move away from New Age mythologies and conspiracy theories towards critical consciousness.

We need to find better and more creative ways to fundraise, increase membership, and listener support. I’m ready to help do this.

Feel free to reach out to me at 323-286-5244 & kcambia@gmail.com
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 am a long time listener-supporter of KPFK and life long community activist. I am an anti-racist, anti-imperialist educator and librarian fighting for Ethnic Studies for decades. I am a member of Union del Barrio, a member of the Association of Raza Educators and the chair of the UTLA Raza Education Committee. I bring my knowledge, my connections and my commitment to the station.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate some of the programming that has been continued for years, including the Spanish Language programming. I value the democratic process of public radio sponsored by the people.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Public radio needs to remain in the hands of the people and not managed by opportunism. I would like to see more participatory democracy in station related decision making.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  1.Relevancy & Responsiveness, 2. Participatory Democracy 3. Collective & Transparent Fundraising & Collective Fiscal responsibility
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?
  I think we need to increase our membership by improving our programming and outreach. We need to do fundraising events that include all folks, that are attractive and accessible.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I believe in collectivized leadership and participatory democracy. Critical consciousness is key building our power. Public Radio is the people's voice, we need to listen.
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