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Contact Marilla Arguelles
Listener Candidate
for the KPFA Local Station Board
Greetings, I’m Marilla Argüelles. I’m running for the Local Station Board because KPFA is a haven of sanity as inequities in our economy and culture widen. Too many of my friends, family, and community never hear alternatives to the justifications and platitudes spewed out by establishment media, but KPFA connects me to potential allies and resources daily.

It’s helped me through my long struggle as an advocate and program developer, and now with my writing, to support students, prisoners, and others confronting racism, stigma, and deprivation.
In 1993 Flashpoints introduced me to California Prison Focus which gave me the honor of editing Extracts From Pelican Bay: unauthorized drawings, essays, and poems smuggled out of this country’s first maximum security sensory deprivation units.

Now I’m writing a self-help guide for undervalued, over pressured teens, Why You Don’t Matter – Yet! Teens deserve to understand that the pressures they’re struggling with are due not to their personal flaws or “lack of grit” but to educational systems infected with the same uncritical worship of “growth, profit, and technology” that infects our personal belief and political systems. I can help KPFA and the Archives become more of a resource for teachers and teens.

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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?
  Our son had numerous stays in Critical Care Units staffed by overspecialized physicians and technicians dangerously ignorant about nutrition and health alternatives. These forced us to tread lightly when challenging privilege and authority and to navigate carefully between genuinely held beliefs, arbitrary decisions, and assumptions. Serving as unpaid director and founder of a nonprofit for brain injured and learning disabled individuals has honed my skills for grant writing, collaboration, and creating programs that stress inclusion. Providing homecare for 38 years taught me how and why low wage workers must organize so I eagerly joined KPFA’s Labor Collective where Steve Zeltzer generously coached me in producing several shows on pesticides and farm workers, Sami Al-Arian, unorganized labor and Unions. I’m told I’m a good listener. I have a rather photographic memory and can be a stickler for detail (mixed blessing).
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I'm grateful and relieved that our station is well-managed financially and has been making financial reports in a timely manner and that we'll be able to pass an audit.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see the general manager make inperson reports to the LSB and be available for direct questions rather than sending in written reports. We need Town Hall Meetings and these could be rotated around in various counties. Sometimes it's difficult to access recordings of shows, and on several occasions my emails to programers were not only not answered, but returned to me as undelieverable (particularly those of Flashpoints).
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  More attention and development of programming for young people, even young children, such as the excellent radio series, Rabbit Ears Radio.
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?
  Pacifica’s Mission Statement requires it “to establish awards and scholarships for creative writing, and to promote and aid other creative activities that serve the cultural welfare of the community” yet this is rarely, if ever, mentioned on air. Many more affluent members and listeners would probably fund such creative efforts themselves, particularly if they were encouraged to establish them at their former schools, clubs, and houses of worship, and they were acknowledged as co-sponsors along with KPFA. (Certainly more fun and influential than a name on a wall plaque.) Pacifica’s Archives could be the source of reference materials for particular topics and competitions. Winners of awards and scholarships could then be invited to submit and/or perform productions at local workshops or “Mini-Oscar” events which could produce further revenue from the general public.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
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