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I was born in New York City in 1945, traveled to South America and spent two years in Europe. Even as a child, I had an interest in politics, science, philosophy, art and history, especially in worlds very different from mine. I ‘m not afraid to say that my politics are way to the left, (revolutionary ecosocialist).

I am active in the Peace and Freedom Party, I’m also involved in climate justice and the Fight for the Soul of the Cities. The fight against patriarchy, racism, imperialism, police brutality are to me, part of a larger struggle. In 2010, the World’s Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia was a turning point in my life. Out of Cochabamba came an internationalist, anti-capitalist, and Indigenous comovision to save out planet from climate chaos. This thrust me into the climate justice movement.

Throughout most of my life, KPFK has been my companion and teacher, from programs as diverse as Dedon Kamathi and Alan Watts, to programs in Spanish, gender issues and rich musical programming. In today’s world, we need KPFK more than ever to be the “Voice of the Peoples,” here and internationally. This is why I have offered to run as a candidate for the Local Station Board.

One of the problems at he Pacifica stations is financial, which has resulted in long fund drives. There is a danger of creeping corporate support in order to get money. We need to improve out news programming covering the often revolutionary struggles of communities on the front lines. The Spanish-language news program Informativo Pacifica is a great example. In state and national politics, we need to cover Peace and Freedom, Green and Socialist/Communist candidates the same way we cover Democrats and Repulicans. We live in a time of great crisis, with capitalist system that forces us to consume things we do not need, that imposes GMOs and junk food, imperialist wars, and the destruction of our planet. Science tells us we do not have much time left. Movements like Black Lives Matter, to movements in the Global South fighting against climate change can be brought together on KPFK as we fight for a world that is bio-centric. Our Mother Earth no cries out: “I can’t breathe!” For this, and other reasons, I hope you will vote for me.

I am a member of the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition (www.grc-socal.org)

Optional Questions (push the plus sign to see the answers)

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
There has been some new programming recently that reflects oppressed communities. That is in keeping with Pacifica’s mission statement.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
Too much money is spent on gifts at fund drives. Perhaps no money should be spent. KPFK’s survival is a gift for all of us.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
I have been active in many organizations, State Centro Committees etc.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
We have to me mindful o f the hand that feeds us. No corporate support. We need to have a larger listener support base.

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