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Listener Candidate
for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
Hello, I would welcome your support because Pacifica is a very important organization.

At this time, all over the world, free speech, open journalism, freedom of expression is being suppressed.

The attack on freedom is expression in developed countries is more insidious, because it is done with funds from corporations who have their own agenda.

Ultimately, these corporations - at least at this time - support our political candidates.

Therefore cultural institutions' funds have been severaly reduced, only to be replaced by so-called "corporate donations." These donations come with strings.

In order to survive, we must develop a style and programs that interest people. It is also vital that we support INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM.

If we want to preserve freedom, then our goal needs to be to strengthen institutions like PACIFICA.
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?
  Team spirit
Given my past experience I would bring organization, ability to research, understanding the budget,above all understanding support of independent journalism.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The commitment to independence, free and open discussions, and true sense of journalism.
I also appreciate the platform is provides for the sharing of various cultures.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Perhaps vetting of an idea for a opinion /cultural program before it is accepted and aired.
Develop relations within the community that would enable a more robust fund raising.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Understanding the goals of the organization.
Making sure that consensus is reached in a team spirit.
Coming up with ideas for fund raising
NOT being entrenched with my particular view/s.
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?
  Developing relationships with members that can bring value to the station through their sphere to influence.
Seeking partnerships within the community that can provide funds to Pacifica.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  When most of the funding has been cut and liberal media, individual freedoms are being encroached on, and democracy itself is being questioned and thwarted, it is very important that we participate and contribute in kind and quite literally to make sure we are safeguarding our future.
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