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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
I have been a Berkeley resident since 1962 and a KPFA supporter/member for many of those years. I spent a night on the street in front of the station as one of the 10,000 Bay Area residents who demonstrated in July 31, 1999, demanding the reopening of KPFA, which had been shut down by Pacifica’s then Chair Mary Frances Berry and Executive Director Lynn Chadwick in a dispute over control of the station.
I very much agree with all the demands of the group, Rescue Pacifica.

As a long time listener/member of KPFA, I would be very much honored to make a more active contribution to the workings of the station.
Would be pleased to add a strong voice to promote the ideals of KPFA community involvement and collaboration as to the Pacifica Foundation
The Station could add more political and economic analysis and strive to get representation from underrepresented communities and could give more updated announcing political and cultural events in the community
I would help to reach out to community organizations and leaders. I hope they can be given access to staff, and that staff will work with them so that local events are advertised and local issues are discussed on air. In turn local groups could be asked to publicize KPFA programming and to encourage KPFA donations. Groups to reach out to include: Anti Police Terrorism Project, Black Lives Matter, Stop Urban Shield, Consider the Homeless, NAACP, LGBTQ groups. KPFA should give voice to DSA, Greens, other political organizations (Indivisible, Our Revolution, etc.),and environmental organizations (No Coal in Oakland, Sunflower Alliance, 350BA, etc.)
KPFA should try to partner with local grass root organizations to help encourage donations. As a member of the LSB, I would help with this effort.
As a long-time member of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, I have authored a number of resolutions that deal with local, national, and international issues that have been passed by the Berkeley City Council including spearheading the adoption of the Sweatshop Free Berkeley Ordinance and continue to work on socially Responsible and Procurement with the city. I was also a member of the Sanctuary City task force. I have attended and have spoken at many Council meetings on many topics including militarization of the police and homeless issues. I was a member of Stop Urban Shield and “Citizens for a Safe Berkeley” to end Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield, and was part of the long effort to establish fair and impartial policing and have been a participant in the group “Racism and Criminal Justice Reform” in the campaign to establish the Police Oversight Board which is now about to have its first meeting.
I could help with outreach as a member of NAACP, CopWatch, Homeless Support Network, Where Do We Go Berkeley, and Task Force on the Americas.)




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 been a Berkeley resident since 1962 and a KPFA supporter/member for many of those years. I spent a night on the street in front of the station as one of the 10,000 Bay Area residents who demonstrated in July 31, 1999, demanding the reopening of KPFA, As a long-time member of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, I have authored a number of resolutions that deal with local, national, and international issues that have been passed by the Berkeley City Council including spearheading the adoption of the Sweatshop Free Berkeley Ordinance and continue to work on socially Responsible and Procurement with the city. I was also a member of the Sanctuary City task force. I have attended and have spoken at many Council meetings on many topics including militarization of the police and homeless issues. I was a member of Stop Urban Shield and “Citizens for a Safe Berkeley” to end Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield, and was part of the long effort to establish fair and impartial policing and have been a participant in the group “Racism and Criminal Justice Reform” in the campaign to establish the Police Oversight Board which is now about to have its first meeting.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  KPFA has a great deal of good public affairs programming including Up front, Living Room, Hark Knock, Letters and Politics, Flashpoints, Project Censored.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see more involvement/collaboration with listeners and community organizations to achieve more listener involvement and more publicity, and as a result more fundraising possibilities.
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. Bring more transparency of management including regular audits and regular meetings with the General Manager.
2. Improving programming by means of involving community organizations. Helping to get more listener and local progressive organization involvement
3. Trying to help bring more unity, civility among LSB members
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?
  Involving community organizations so that they have a real stake in the station could help bring more publicity and more financial support. LSB members could and should provide a vital role in this area.
Programmers should provide more coverage of local events in order to be more present and visible in the community and thus considered to be more vital to the community. KPFA programmers and volunteers including LSB members could speak at such events and always mention the need for financial support for the station.
The news and public affairs programmers should cover more local, national, and international issues that are not covered by mainstream media. In the process of this coverage, more interviews of leaders of campaigns would give more relevance.
KPFA cold have a booth at various community events at which fundraising could be a focus. (The recent Julian Assange event in Oakland comes to mind as an example.)
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  As a retired person I have plenty of time to devote to the LSB and with many connections in the community, I could help expand the listenership and support for the station.
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