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I’m Aryana Gladney, a member of the LSB. I’m running with the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition because, as a low-income working mother and South Central LA advocate of liberation for Black people and all people, I bring an important under-represented voice into KPFK’s governance. As a woman who struggles to raise my son as a conscious African and provide him with a meaningful education and better future, I know how important alternative voices can be. I’ve served as convener of the Committee of Inclusion at KPFK and worked on outreach events with the LSB Outreach Committee. I fundraise for non-profits, and could apply that experience helping KPFK grow.

I want the LSB to help attract new listeners, particularly from poor communities that face survival issues. This will build a stronger and broader base for KPFK, and help Pacifica fulfill its mission of identifying and helping resolve causes of conflict. KPFK needs to air more shows that interest younger people, especially in communities whose needs aren’t being addressed by the system. I am committed to justice and social change, and know the sacrifices that must be made to achieve it. In the Black Riders Liberation Party, we put our lives on the line every day to struggle for peace among youth from different sets on the street, or confronting police abuse, a pressing community concern. I’ve been a political prisoner of this system because of my views and emerged even stronger in my commitment.

The station should increase joint activities with grassroots media in LA’s diverse communities, sponsor more activities in communities, and air uncensored views from people in the ’hood, including remote broadcasts. If the station covered survival issues and how people in the communities are solving their problems, it would motivate more giving by listeners. KPFK should do more joint fundraising activities and cultural events with grassroots groups. This would attract more support from cultural figures and artists popular with youth.

I have experience in community organizing, project coordination, and conflict resolution, particularly with young people involved in street organizations. I have worked for a number of non-profit organizations. I have helped build Black-Brown unity, opposed the “Minute-klan” and the Nazis, and worked in many grassroots coalitions around prison issues, police abuse, and political prisoners. Through the Black Riders, I’ve helped establish community-based survival programs, including the George Jackson Freedom School summer after-school program, prison visitation, self-defense and other similar projects. Those are the kinds of efforts that the station needs to report on, so people can see how we can deal with the current crisis of the economy, the environment and the political system. I support the GCRC principles and urge you to vote for the other members of the slate as well. Contact me at aryanagladney@gmail.com, and search for gcrc-socal.

Thanks for your support! Together we can make KPFK great!


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?
KPFK airs some shows that address community needs and interests, like Liberated Sistaz, Spanish-language news and public affairs, Spotlight Africa, and others. The station also has been a media sponsor for some good community events. We need to increase this, along with remote broadcasts, and airing more voices of young people who are struggling to make the world a better, more just, place.

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?
KPFK often sounds monotonous to young people I work with. It needs a better mix of voices, contemporary music and other creative expressions that attract and motivate young people to listen and to participate. The station needs to emphasize broadly reaching new and growing audiences for support during fund-drives with relevant “edu-tainment” type material, and by participating in community peace-making events, self-help educational and health fairs, community gardening efforts and other grassroots solutions.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I have been a grassroots community organizer and been involved in conscious education of my own child and other children and youth. I have also worked as a fundraiser for various non-profits and can bring that experience to bear at KPFK. I convened the Committee of Inclusion at KPFK previously, to encourage diversity in the programming, staffing and governance, and can help bring disenfranchised and excluded people to the airwaves with their own self-determined solutions to serious social problems like police terror, etc.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
KPFK needs to get out into the community, and bring the voices of community people out on the airwaves. The station needs to be involved in and to broadcast culturally relevant and stimulating, creative activities that will engage young people who are tired of getting the run-around from the system and the corporate media. We need more listeners who get value from the station and support it.

So, what do you think ?