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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
Hello! My name is Dylan Saba. I'm a Palestinian-American attorney, writer, and activist running for WBAI Local Station Board. I'm a committed socialist and organize with DSA in my free time. I'm running for the Local Station Board because I believe in the power of independent radio and creating a space for independent left media. I'm committed to maintaining local control for WBAI and strongly oppose selling the station's place on the dial. If elected, I would work to ensure WBAI continues to be a home for progressive voices from our community.

A bit about my background: I am Palestinian-American through my father, who is from Gaza, and Jewish-American through my mother, who is from Baltimore. At Tufts University, where I went for my undergraduate degree, I studied International Relations and Arabic. I was an active participant in our SJP chapter and contributed to organizing the 2014 National Convention, which we hosted on our campus. While at Tufts, I wrote several opinion editorials for the Tufts Daily and edited a number of others from fellow SJP members. During and after my undergraduate degree I lived abroad volunteering with a development nonprofit in the West Bank, working for a human rights nonprofit in Geneva, studying Arabic in Morocco, and working as an academic consultant in Cairo. Once at Berkeley Law, I continued to organize with SJP, worked as an intern for Palestine Legal, and volunteered my time working on various economic justice and human rights projects. Since law school, I have been providing direct representation to low income New Yorkers facing eviction. This work entails representing clients in housing court litigation with written and oral advocacy, advising them on a number of housing related issues, and advocating on their behalf for rent relief and other assistance from city agencies.

If elected, I would work with the other Local Station Board Members to ensure that WBAI stays under local control and continues to produce excellent progressive content for our listener base. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I would be honored to have your support.
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 involved with Palestine organizing for a number of years and have strong connections within that community which I hope to use to enrich the station's media content. Additionally through my work as an eviction defense attorney I am tapped into the housing justice movement in NYC as well.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate that WBAI is locally run and hosts high quality and engaging leftist content.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see a greater diversity of shows including content particularly focused on international issues.
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) Keep WBAI under local control, 2) Producing new shows for the station, 3) expand WBAI's membership and listener base.
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?
  Increase listener membership through membership drives.
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