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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
My name is Harriet Hines, I am running to be on the Board of WBAI 99.5FM. I have received a fine education from Midwood HS at Brooklyn College, BA in Psychology at Brooklyn College, and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. These experiences served as a foundation to pique my intertest in Greassroots Community Activism in various areas of Brooklyn, such as: (East New York, Clinton Hills, and Flatbush, Brooklyn). While spearheading various initiatives and functioning in Executive capacities, I have learned the skills of being an effective leader. Being able to relate to communities with 1) Identifying concerns; 2) Empathizing; 3) Thinking critically, and to; 4) Act on providing viable solutions. This design serves as the catalyst of my strengths.

Should you decide to cast your vote for me, I can assure you that it will be a vote well cast. I commit to addressing and resolving issues that plague; both the disabled and non-disabled marginalized communities of WBAI listeners. When I ran for City Council District 40 in June 2021, my platforms were to mke: 1) Brooklyn Accessible for ALL; 2) Healthcare Accessible for ALL; 3) Criminal Justice Reform for ALL; 4) Quality and Accessible Education for ALL; and 5) True Affordable Housing for ALL; while addressing Development and its effects on residential homeowners. Due to the recent uptick with Gun Violence and being affected by it personally, I have now joined the fight against it.

Acknowledgment and actions of taking corrective measures to resolve these issues, will prove fruitful for a productive change in the quality of life as weknow it. A change that is desperately needed in the populations that we service at WBAI.

With this, there is no doubt that I am the best candidate. The concerns of communities take precedent over the purse of the rich and privileged that directly benefit from current policies and legislation, suppressing the voices of the underrepresented. Just look at society and make your own inferences. Don't take my word for it!
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?
  The experiences and connections that I will bring to WBAI as a member of the Board will prove to be extensive. As a Disability Advocate, President of Parade Grounds Friends of Parks, Elected Member of the Democratic County Committee, Executive Board Member of Community Education Council Dist. 22, co-VP of PS 139, Member of National Action Network, Administrator of 79th Precinct Clergy Council, Community Activist, and an MS in Industrial/Organizationl Psychology; I have the experience and abilities to enhance WBAI; thereby, aiding in the advancement of the station's mission.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate and value the station's mission to promote community programming. Community access is what equips not only local governance, but provides information for more effective national governance. WBAI serves as a platform for the mrginalized, a popoulation that is often ignored by national media outlets.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see the day of when there are no longer a disputes about the importance of community radio. The station would be empowered with having a more inclusive and accessible station for persons with disabilities. The formulation of a program to provide a platform for persons with disabilities to discuss their initiatives, and the accessibility for them to be able to participate in other available programming would be an advancement toward inclusion.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  My top three priorities would be: 1) Activist programming; ) Informational and organizing base; and, 3) Use of technology.
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?
  The Board can help to impriove the station's financial footing by securing sponsorships, fundraising and broader community outresch via grant availability and community utilization of the station as a viable resource.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I would like prospective voters to know that if elected, I will work hard to uphold the standards that those who love and respect WBAI are accustomed. I will also work hard to utilize the resources that I bring to the table to edify and uplift the culture of community.
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