As an Oakland physician, I have listened to KPFA for some thirty years and now I am running for the Board of KPFA in order to return the radio station, founded by a pacifist, to its roots—educating and organizing the people against militarism and war. One of the greatest dangers the world faces is the continued escalating war in Ukraine by the U.S. and NATO combined with U.S. aggression towards China. Every day the U.S. and NATO make new plans to expand the war with more weapons and troops, which if not stopped, will take us to a nuclear confrontation. It has been said that the first casualty of war is the truth. Pacifica/KPFA must take a stand as a voice of the people to confront the misinformation, xenophobia, and propaganda of the mass media and intelligence services to help the American people see the true nature of this war, the causes of the war, the damage done to the world by this war and the need for the people to take action against the violent, confrontational imperialist policy of the U.S. before a World War develops. A public radio station, created by a pacifist, has a duty to seek the truth. I will do my best to help the people see beyond the propaganda, lies, misinformation, and gas lighting.
As a physician, I am outraged by the preventable deaths of over one million Americans from Covid-19. This tragedy, along with the tragic decline in U.S. life expectancy, has redoubled my efforts to fight for a national health plan for all, along with a massive expansion of our eviscerated Public Health Services.