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Contact Carol Wolfley
Listener Candidate
for the KPFA Local Station Board
I’m Carol Wolfley, helping mobilize to resolve 4 major challenges for KPFA and Pacifica: governance, finances, urgently needed programming and outreach. This is a crucial time for Pacifica and we need board members who will actively contribute to the well being of the station and network.

KPFA is Pacifica’s strongest station with around 15,500 members and paying higher national fees. All stations have 4 directors. I’m gathering signatures for a bylaws amendment for representation on Pacifica’s National Board to be based on the number of members at each station.  Restructuring the board will help Pacifica stabilize financially to address its debt and protect KPFA’s mortgaged building.

On the Pacifica National Board’s Programming Committee I advocate for quality investigative journalism covering climate emergency, social, racial, immigration and economic justice, peace, healthcare and education for all. Pacifica may also play a key role in voter education in the face of electoral manipulations. For protection of media integrity, I strongly oppose corporate underwriting which some Pacifica stations want.

I helped create and distribute thousands of KPFA program guides and co-ordinate KPFA’s outreach at author and community events. I help recruit volunteers, interns, apprentices and production technicians for KPFA. I am a liaison to KPFA’s Community Advisory Board and helped resolve a flooding crisis in KPFA’s building.

I organized a diverse community team producing podcasts about spiritual resources for social justice work. I participated in planning KPFA’s International Women’s Day programming, and organized a KPFA event on conscious death and legacies. And I worked with two KPFA producers interviewing homeless activists about securing land for intentional tent communities.

I wrote a LSB resolution to support coverage of the dire situation of Julian Assange including opposing attacks on all courageous journalists. I encourage KPFA’s efforts to seek out reliable sources for presenting facts with analysis and attribution, asking challenging questions and having call-Ins for quality reporting that is both searchable and interactive.  

In other areas of my life, I deeply appreciate the people I worked with from Occupy Oakland, Berkeley Post Office Defenders and First They Came for the Homeless, I speak Spanish, I’m a mom, a retired special education teacher, a community mediator, and a permaculture gardener.  I love dance, music, poetry and natural healing. I explore philosophy and spiritual ideas, stories, and history to find life affirming culture in the face of widespread trauma.

Please VOTE for me Carol Wolfley and the United for Independent Radio candidates in the KPFA Local Station Board Election.
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 an experienced KPFA board member and bring community mediation skills which help me as secretary of the Local Station Board. I speak Spanish and English and am studying Vietnamese. My training and experience allow me to communicate in a posative way to bring life affirming connection, nurturing social justice, respect for the earth, natural healing, and creative grounding in traumatic times.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate KPFA’s diverse paid and unpaid staff and management team including young media journalists and more experienced producers, people of color, people of different nationalities and creeds, women, and people from LGBTQ communities. I tune in form my kitchen and I am inspired by the courageous investigative journalism and engaging culture.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I want to promote respectful communication among KPFA staff, management and those of us involved in governance. This involves well thought out proposals, curriculums and concerns that are substantiated with accurate facts and careful observations. Also listeners may not be aware that job performance information related to employment or removal of programs is kept confidential due to labor regulations
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Help Pacifica restructure its disfunctional national board through proportional representation with one person one vote proportional representation.
Help Pacifica expand programming on climate change and the environment. And during times of fires and floods to provide timely discimination of emergency information.
Encourage development of KPFA’s podcast library with searchable topics.
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?
  I believe an important key to financial stability is building listenership and involvement. I work with the KPFA outreach team to let people know what is on the air, at what time and how to access it online in archives, and on podcasts . I help KPFA volunteers and Friends of KPFA groups connect with community organizations across the signal range and am helping to organize KPFA social media sharing.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
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