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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
I believe that KPFT is a part of the Pacifica Foundation and that its 5 sister stations must find ways to partner and rebuild relationships among us. We are not in competition. The first thing that needs to be done is to focus on the core mission statements that include, but are not limited to: (1) encourage and provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community (which I do and have been a part of for the last 2 decades), and (2) to working to end conflicts that have long been part of its dysfunction. We are in need of a media platform that encompasses anti-racist policies, shared leadership, standards of conduct that apply to all, and coalition building both with programmers and its listeners. It is time that KPFT comes into the 21st Century from a metaphysical perspective (which means strengthening our humanity genes) and figure out a way to build together rather than tearing each other apart. Several times, we've been on the precipice of failing, but somehow we're still here, which says to me that someone(s) is/are holding the space for reconciliation and restoration. Who wants to build coalitions? Who wants to find ways to bridge the gap? Where do we go when conflict arises so that individuals can learn to handle certain conflicts with empathy, compassion, and grace while also seeking justice. I believe that I offer that. I've been in leadership roles and worked with teams who don't shy away from the hard stuff but create safe spaces to discuss and later solve the problems. We need members who feel that they don't have to choose sides because we are all on the side of KPFT's wellbeing, solvency, and growth. That is what I bring to the table.
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'm a team player and detailed-oriented, having compiled, sorted, and verified data for a company's well-being. Working in the healthcare industry has given me a plethora of skills to identify problems and work with the team to solve them. I also own my own educational business, so I'm a writer of curriculum and standards of operations.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  Right now, I appreciate the station's history having many friends, mentors, and relatives, who have given much to KPFT's programs and projects. The current operations are flawed by the infighting, but it seems that anyone who wants to be part of the local station board should definitely commit to the policies of anti-racism, unfair treatment, a system of ethics and integrity that provides safe spaces for all. Recently I've learned of the programming changes, so I would like to be part of the committee that helps the current operations to come back to the standards of fairness and inclusiveness.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  As stated above, I would improve the cultural aspects of the station's current operations to listen to the people who listen and the programmers who serve. They have been pitted against each other for far too long and anyone unwilling to participate in venues to help understand one another (a core part of the station's mission), should not be here. We have to all commit to a platform that offers safety and support for one another.
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. I want to be part of creating a shared values policy for each of us elected, and 2. have standards of care and action that is respectful so that we can find ways to overcome the current issues, and 3) provide support for creating financial solvency. Only until we have shared values and become respectful can we begin to work on the station's solvency.
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?
  There has been too much finger-pointing at those who are considered non-performing fundraising. Every bit helps. Some may raise money differently, but we need to find ways to honor each person's efforts by not making them feel bad because someone else raised more money.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am the product of individuals who have been movers and shakers at KPFT and Pacifica. I grew up with the stories and the programs as these were people who came to my home and worked with my mother. I have seen how hard she works and I want to do my part to support that hard work. The time is now (as my mother says) to THINK PEACE. After all, we were once called Radio for Peace. I think its time we get back to it.
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