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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
Deciding to run for KPFA's LSB has been something of a slow process for me over the years. This point in time offers the listeners, staff and Pacifica in general, an opportunity to adhere to Pacifica's Mission and to turn the corner toward building cohesion and relevancy to our local community as well as to contribute towards the progressive push that is occurring in our country. I believe this has always been a part of our mission. This is why I have now decided that it is the opportune time for me to run for a seat on the LSB.

I want to help KPFA/Pacifica to be vigilant by maintaining our free speech leadership, and at the same time, work towards the essential financial and organizational cohesion that KPFA/Pacifica needs to survive.

In running fr the KPFA LSB, I hope to bring my organizational experience, as a member of the California Nurses Association and local hospital staff nurse for many years. I have led and participated in strikes as well as developed skills to negotiate, organize and work with many different people. I believe these skills will allow me to be a very effective member of the LBS.

I have participated in many movements over the years including Open Admissions at San Francisco State University, the Anti-war Movement in the sixties, the fight to end the Iraq war, the continuing fight for universal health care, and the Black LIberation Movement. The welfare of my neighborhood, South Berkeley, is of great importance. I support the return of affordable housing the right of return of our displaced residents.

The leadership of Native people in the fight against climate change has opened the one issue that can unite our entire country. The events this past year have shown that we can make change and MUST do so!

What has this to do with being your representative on the LSB? Well, right now cohesion on the LSB is critical to the survival of the Pacifica Network, especially due to the Network's current financial situation. Pacifica must continue and increase news and views about the issues that are critical to our listeners, with an alternative, non-mainstream voice, and have an appeal to new listeners as well.

Working in a highly structured organization, such as a hospital, has taught me the value of organization and the value of a broad participation of the staff, AS well as those who manage. Good conflict resolution is also A VERY IMPORTANT part of the process.

The right mix of collaboration for governing, both locally and nationally, is an ongoing process and is critical to the financial survival of the Pacifica Network. Therefore, I am endorsing Rescue Pacifica.

In conclusion, I hope to receive your vote to obtain a seat on the local station board.
Thank you,
Donna Carter
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?
  My organizational experience as a nurse and activist has given me the skills to build cohesion to the local station board.I am extremely supportive of today's activists and will work to bring their voices to the LSB.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I think the much of the current programming is thoughtful and mostly scheduled in an understandable way.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Well, I know that programmers are working from home and this is complicated. However, there is a vast increase in the number of errors, dropped calls and other technical errors. These types of problems should be addressed with education of staff.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  !. Cohesion, communication. problem solving on the LSB.
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?
  New programming and bringing in today's new activists, listeners and subscribers.
New technology can open our station to a broader audience.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I will work hard to fulfill the relevancy of the LSB to members and staff.
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