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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
As a queer black male who has been HIV-positive for 25 years. I know about marginalization and disenfranchisement, up close and personal. My professional background is logistics coordinator for several key companies and organizations, serving as activist and community leader for several organizations on social issues of the day. I also have a hospitality background, which serves me well in performing on corporate boards. I have listened to KPFT over the years but there is a real lack of diversity. I love several music programs, but I also like cultural shows, news and information about my city, and special programming when needed. It was a real shock not to hear about what happened to George Floyd and no cultural programming for a while. It is obvious to many that KPFT was changing and that change was hurting several communities. The recent activities served to give me the impetus to run for the board, to bring a skillset of increasing membership and urging people to send in proposals for new and innovative shows. I'm ready to serve.
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?
  Serving in always hearing the voice of the people to use as a platform for understanding, associate, and then use my voice for change. Whether working with subordinates or young people, I give them perspectives of the future that includes them and their place in society. KPFT is supposed to be about these connections which serve to increase membership and sustainability. I'm a fundraiser, but also an outreach person so I can coordinate between different backgrounds, cultures, and drawing them closer together for the main cause of a station that is for and by the people of its communities.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  KPFT is in trouble, but mostly that is infighting. I served on the Community Advisory Board as well participated in a well-organized town hall meeting in 2019. We managed to offer concrete advice and analysis, which the LSB ignored. However, that analysis still works today for the station's current operations and I appreciate the opportunity for a do-over that will not only maintain the station but help live up to its value and reputation. I'm looking forward to discussing this analysis for a better KPFT.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  We need to find ways to predict outcomes that are positive for the community. Programmers are community, too, and its competitive environment is lacking dignity (every person for themselves). However, we need cohesiveness and that means we need to enlighten people, which is part of Pacifica's mission. We can learn from one another if we commit to it. I'd like to see us care about the station and not just about one's program.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Providing Communit(ies) access to the station, encouraging participation, allowing for activities that address community concerns, and building community interactions with a campaign to rebrand us as a Community grassroots station that is solvent.
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?
  Sustainability comes from people who work together well. People who want this station to succeed do not contribute to the infighting. I am ready to work with those who believe the station is not just worth saving but worth saving as a community station and not some NPR knockoff. If membership increases, so does funding. Duh!
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Stop fighting one another. Each LSB member should be orientated in conflict resolution skills. This "take no prisoners attitude" only hurts the financial bottom line. I work well with people who also play well with others. It is not just one person, but each and every one of us. I'm willing to work with others and that is why I'm running for the LSB. This is a time for serious candidates, which is why I AM YOUR PRIME CANDIDATE.
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