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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Other candidates' statements inspired me to throw my hat in the ring once again. As a longterm activism addict, my plate is full, but a strong independent media is crucial to most of my broader goals. Here's my bio:

After longterm environmental, peace, and human rights activism, nearly 20 years ago I decided to focus on an umbrella solution: wresting democracy from corporate rule.  I wrote Resolutions passed by Berkeley and other cities opposing corporate personhood, stolen elections, undemocratic trade agreements, coups in Burma and Haiti (for corporate interests), Citizens United, Big Telecom and PGE and nuclear power v public safety, etc. for which I received the Tom Paine Courageous Spirit and Outstanding Woman of Berkeley awards. 

The 1st protests my offspring recalls were to save KPFA in 1999. I’ve organized delegations to legislators, protests, and NVCD for multiple peace, ecological and social justice causes.  I’ve never been convicted but have been arrested countless times for acts of conscience at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab, San Quentin gates, Chevron HQ, SF streets re Iraq, the Pentagon re nukes, the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia, and trying to stop a radiation-emitting cell antenna installation near Berkeley Natural Grocery last year. I co-founded WIreless Radiation Education and Defense, WiRED. I love BLM marches on the merits and because they are generally long, fast hikes.

I served on the KPFA board 2006-2008. I still chair the Berkeley Fellowship of UU’s Social Justice Committee. I’m on the Move to Amend East Bay Steering Committee, BCA Steering Committee, Green Party County Council, and GP National Committee where I serve on the International Committee and am an alternate GP-US rep to the Global Greens Network.

Whew! I recently resigned as the GP Women’s Caucus delegate to the Peace and Dispute Resolution Committees. Some of my commitments are minimal, by necessity, but it’s all important work, with rewarding connections. My FB feed is full of mainstream media travesties and Caitlin Johnstone’s witty analyses. Wouldn’t you love to hear her on KPFA?

My young housemate grew up in Oakland yet had never heard of KFPA. That’s unacceptable (not her fault.) We need better outreach. Together, we’ll grow our best chance for informing, connecting, and motivating the unwoke populace with the woke. Are you ready?
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?
  When I served on the LSB before, I was a swing voter. I have friends/cohorts whom I cherish and respect in both factions. Johan Galtung's trainings in transcending conflict taught me to find common ground. We all agree on the need for more outreach and fundraising. For what skills I bring, please read the bio in my candidate statement.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  94.1 FM is a shining jewel, especially as NPR has increasingly sold out, CNN and NBC sound like Fox used to, and Fox is rife with ever more blatant fascist lies. KPFA excellent programs: Project Censored, Flashpoints, Ralf Nader, Bay Native O, Hard Knock, Africa Today. KPFA news is far better than AP broadcasts. Democracy Now is good. The world is on the brink, so we especially need info (Counterspin, Upfront, Risin Up, Against the Grain, Terra Verde, Letters/Politix) but also inspiration (Visionary A, Talkies) and solace. I'm a music teacher. Music can inform and frees emotions, which can free minds as well as hearts. Music of the World. History of Funk. Bonnie Simmons.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Honestly, I just decided to run and have not been keeping abreast lately re current operation deets. If elected, I'll need to get up to speed on that. I do know that we're in debt and need to raise funds, and I'm glad we got a loan rather than going bankrupt. We need to get back our annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that has been sorely missed for the last 7 (?) years. How could we ever have let that go?! Of course, I'm against any corporate influence, but the CPB is not a for-profit corp and didn't influence programming at all (except for a minor limitation forbidding programmers from exhorting listeners to attend events. Programmers may announce events, and may host guests who exhort. Non-profits need to be non-partisan, which is wise for community radio anyway. Programmers may inform without coming out and saying, "Don't vote for a Rethuglican." Non-profits may take strong stands re ballot measures, just not re candidates or parties, but that's the case due the IRS, anyway, regardless of whether we get CPB funding. Programmers MAY inform re candidates and parties.)
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. outreach
2. fundraising
3. congeniality between LSB members, paid and generous volunteer staff, and management so that, even if we disagree on some deets, we enjoy working together on 1 and 2.
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?
  See #3 above re the CPB. Also, with much broader outreach and listenership, some probs will practically solve themselves. It may not b within the purview of the LSB to decide programming, but we can make suggestions and discuss ways that programming may be improved to -- without selling out of course -- sustain and grow membership, always being true to our mission of giving voice to the voiceless. Social media is not my area of expertise, and I'm glad KPFA has experts for that. It's essential to keep up with current trends.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Let's start now. To KPFA members, each one reach one hundred. What do you think of these ideas? Post links to favorite shows on your neighborhood chat list and social media with a comment saying why you want your contacts to hear this, or why you think they'll be glad they did, and ask what they think of it. Keep pocket program schedules on hand to pass out everywhere. Urge friends and contacts to listen and to join so they can be a part of this great, on-going experiment in listener democracy. Tell them Lew Hill was 1st to come up with the idea, that people said he was crazy to think people would donate when they can listen for free, yet here we are, miraculously carrying on 72 years later. Consider the impact KPFA has had! The Bay Area is progressive and more radical than elsewhere, still a hotbed of activism, mostly thanks to KPFA! If 10% of the populace is inspired to do 20% as much activism as KPFA members do, we'll create a just, peaceful, healthy, and sustainable world. But they need the truth about this racist, patriarchal empire, and the means to connect with like-minded listeners. Let's increase membership by at least 75% for KPFA's 75th anniversary in 2024. Entirely doable!
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