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Contact Christine Pepin
Listener Candidate
for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
Hello KPFA listeners, I’m Christine Pépin.

I’ve been listening to KPFA since 1998 when I first arrived in California from Paris, France. I was immediately drawn to the unapologetically left-leaning, anti-war and diverse programming and the absence of commercial underwriting and advertising. What a change from corporate-dominated and mainstream “liberal” stations! At KPFA, one can hear news and programs that are not heard anywhere else on the radio waves.

I am running as a listener delegate to make sure KPFA remains a listener-sponsored and thought-provoking community-powered radio, true to its original grassroots mission. To that end, I believe we need to reinstate a Program Council where decisions to air, end, or change a program are made transparently and democratically. We have to reach out more to underserved and minority communities to provide programming that reflect these groups and their issues, and not be afraid to challenge the status quo.

As a California Green Party member and former chair of the Climate Action Team of the South Bay Progressive Alliance, I am quite aware of the connections between war, poverty, climate disruption, racial and economic injustice, and the influence of big money in politics. I believe it is one of KPFA’s goals to underline these intertwined problems, both locally and worldwide, and bring them to the fore so that listeners get the full picture and are truly and honestly informed.

I live in Sunnyvale and by running I also stand up for the Peninsula and South Bay listeners who are seldom represented on the Local Station Board. The station belongs to all its members and every member has a voice in how the station should operate. As your local station representative, I will listen and respond to your voices.

I look forward to working with the other board members, the station management, and our powerful communities. Please vote for me, and for the whole Rescue Pacifica team. For more information, visit www.rescuepacifica.net.

Sincerely,

Christine Pépin
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 deeply committed to grassroots community organizing. As a Santa Clara County Green Party Councilmember, I co-lead our Action and Strategy Committees, organizing many of our local events and actions. I am also the editor of our newsletter (~2,000 subscribers). I try to reach out to other groups and join forces on common causes such as homelessness, anti-war protests, Medicare For All, and climate change. I am also an Electrical Engineer and accustomed to (and actually enjoy!) working with people with different backgrounds and opinions.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate the diverse programs and outspoken hosts and guests around issues affecting our communities in the Bay Area (Flashpoints, Against the Grain, Bay Native Circle, Richard Wolff, the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, …). They are doing a tremendous job to keep KPFA’s progressive voice alive. What also keeps KPFA apart from other stations is its independence from corporate interests and its absence of commercial underwriting.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see a more transparent and democratic process regarding decisions impacting programming. The decision-making process needs to be shared by station workers, the LSB, and the community at large. Listeners have the right to be informed about governance matters. I would also like to ensure the station is responsible for its finances and resumes submitting timely audits. Finally, more representation on the board and on the air from organizations/people outside of Berkeley and Oakland (e.g., the South Bay, Modesto, Fresno, and Chico) would be a welcome addition.
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. Restore a democratic Program Council
2. Include programming of progressive and marginalized organizations and events
3. Commit to responsible budgeting, including timely and transparent audits
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?
  Stop the push towards voluntary bankruptcy and resume submitting timely audits as soon as possible. That would allow the station to benefit from federal grants. However, the station should not accept money from corporations (except CPB) or foundations with any strings attached. No commercial underwriting or advertising should be allowed. KPFA’s mission is to remain independent and almost exclusively sponsored by listeners.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  KPFA and the Pacifica network are national treasures. The Local Station Board needs to cherish its heritage and make it available to the whole community. The board also has to make sure the station remains true to its original mission and continues to serve its listeners in a transparent, democratic, and accountable way for many more years to come.
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