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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
My name is Tanuke (Tangi) Smith and I am a graduate of Texas Southern University and currently working on my Master's. I have been part of the KPFT Community Advisory Board since 2019, serving as Chair the last 2 years. I have worked to bring individuals into Pacifica's Texas station, KPFT by creating spaces for dialogue and social justice with the work I do with the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) and founding Texas Federation of the People Foundation which helps those formally incarcerated individuals' rentry into society. I think of KPFT as a community station and would strive to build both the membership and KPFT's sustainability.
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 am a college graduate with skills in organizing. I believe in working with people and striving for consensus, but understanding that democratic policies help us through the fray of disagreements and conflict when people respect one another and bring their integrity to bear. I have been committed to the CAB and we have done extraordinary work. I'd like to continue helping the station by becoming a board member.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I value that the station was built on grassroots principles. Every voice is important to the station's mission and we have so much history that shows that we can work together if we put aside our differences and find the common goals or actions for the station. KPFT is music AND talk and that is what makes it unique.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  KPFT has to do better in bringing cohesiveness to the table. We have to end the struggles of those seeking power and use our talents and skills to address the financial crisis while at the same time, increasing membership. Everyone agrees that standing together is in our best interests and I want to be be one of the members of the group to see that happen.
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. Increase membership
2. Fundraising efforts centered on increasing sustainability
3. Work out a plan for how our financial structure is designed
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 will come when people come back to the station. Right now we have loans, but we have had some successes in providing plans that need to be implemented. I want to work with those who have a plan of action that includes inclusiveness and diversity.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  As you can see from my picture, I have a disability. However, that has not stopped me from doing the work and achieving goals. My greatest assets are my heart and brain. They work together, which is what is needed for ALL of Pacifica.
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