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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
I am running for LSB rep to help make KPFA more democratic, transparent and accountable to the listeners. KPFA needs more voices from working people, rank and file union members and a radio presence in the community and the world worthy of the founding principles of KPFA as an anti-imperialist and anti-war station. I am an active union member in UPTE-CWA 9119 Local 7 , a Spanish/English healthcare interpreter at UCSF, and a Chilean-American human rights activist who actively fights against neoliberalism, privatization and militarism. I have actively supported and continue to support many different struggles, throughout my life: anti-dictatorial struggle in Chile, support for the Mapuche movement against corporations, support for grassroots organizations in New Orleans after Katrina, support for Standing Rock and the movement for Divestment from fossil fuels as well as support for BDS. As a LSB rep I will help organize to keep our network whole, and look at more on-the-ground models of community engagement to help our stations thrive. I tend to face problems head on, and will try to ask questions that will help us find solutions and will seek a community engagement model to solve them. I believe that these meetings should be recorded and even streamed so that our listener members can see what is being discussed and can contribute with their thoughts and concerns. A radio station such as KPFA is a community resource which needs to be treasured as part of the overall network of affiliate stations. Only by sticking together can we be strong enough to thrive. Please vote for me and all other candidates from the Rescue Pacifica slate.
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 a lot of experience organizing, in my union work and human rights work. I am bilingual and bicultural, and would like to bring in more listeners from union households and the immigrant communities, with a strong emphasis on rank and file voices. As an interpreter and an activist, I know how to create links between worlds and communities and common interests.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I like some of the programs and the talented people that produce good programs and that staff is already unionized.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see unpaid staff represented by a union as well and I believe that management needs to be held more accountable. I would like to more labor programming about unions and working people. We need to stop rerunning programs and instead we need new programs as well as broadcast good programs from our affiliate stations.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Transparency, Grassroots fundraising, and Bringing back the Program Council to place the programming decisions into a more democratic process which can have a better fundraising outcomes.
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?
  Broadcasting popular programs from our affiliate stations as well as supporting the production of new local programs that address people's working conditions, community life and cultural creativity will help to get people more engaged. Also seeking support from unions and community organizations will also help our fundraising efforts. Transparency in the accounting is very important. Managements needs to provide clear and timely accounting of funds.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I want to strengthen Pacifica Network. We needs to make sure that we have a strong truly alternative media network.
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