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Staff Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
I know on whose shoulders I stand.
My co-hosts are Harmony and Madi.
My mentor is Eddie Ellis.

Finding justice is a laborious task. Finding your center after entanglement with the criminal justice system is sometimes Sisyphean.

That WBAI has long made space for women and men behind bars and after our bodies are "free", and had long been a platform to examine the routes through which we arrive in jails and prisons, and how we experience life afterward, make it a special place.

This place--for thought and talk and music and dance and rage--is worth preserving, worth re-building, and worth passing on.

I would like to help shape realistic policies that facilitate respect in the workplace and growth in audience and membership.

Please rank me high among your choices for the Local Station Board.
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 patient, organized, thorough, and know how to build relationships. I listen to others with an aim to find points of unity and solutions.

I have worked with community groups, reform organizations, and elected officials on ...
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The unique mix of programming and more importantly, the possibilities which are only limited by our will and courage.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I'd like to see increased openness to new voices in all aspects of station operation, including in governance. Please rank me high on your list so that I'll have the opportunity to serve.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Helping the Board:
1) Evaluate ideas based on content
2) Serve as outreach ambassadors since being a well-kept secret is the opposite of what a broadcast operation should be seeking
3) Set measurable goals for itself and station management
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?
  This is not a "money board" and it's not a management board, but it must insist on clarity around the way money is used and on diversity in how it is generated.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am supported by my co-hosts, Harmony and Madi, and by David Rothenberg among others
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