My name is Lydia Brazon and I currently serve as the Chair of the Pacifica National Board. I’ve been committed to KPFK and the Pacifica Foundations for many years. Given the internal challenges, I am often asked why I’m running for the Board again. The answer lies in the Pacifica mission.
There are clearly a multitude of alternative choices in media today but KPFK and Pacifica are uniquely anchored in a mission statement which has not only held up for more than half a century but is more relevant than ever today. It is the prism through which we strive to present information and perspectives often marginalized, or simply lost on the vast internet platforms. It is the inspiration to persist, to share, to inspire.
Since the 70’s I’ve been a peace and justice activist with a long history in a number of wonderful organizations and coalitions . KPFK has been a common thread of outreach and commonality as part and parcel of those efforts, either through simply announcing events and actions or community organizations-based programming. KPFK remains a cherished source and asset in our quest for peace and justice.
When I last served on the National Board in 2007 the Pacifica Foundation was in stable fiscal condition. Upon my return to the National Board in 2011, I found a very different situation. I undertook the task of addressing the $110,000 spent in 2010 by the National Board for its four in-person meetings, as required in the bylaws, when it could least afford them. In an effort to stem excessive spending, I proposed a bylaws amendment to allow for between one and four such meetings. Unfortunately prior to this year, with less like-minded directors, it failed to garner the necessary votes. But, this year, I’m happy to report the national board and three local boards just passed that amendment. This very lean year, the Board met once in person in Los Angeles at a cost below the $20,000 recommended budget, a savings of more than $90,000 from 2010.
The ability to nurse the Foundation back to fiscal health and growth largely depends on the good will of those who are elected. In recent months, I along with like-minded allies managed to reel in the deficit from a staggering, independently audited Fiscal 2013 $2.8 million to, if preliminary figures hold, dropped to $1 million in Fiscal 2014.
Through all of the distractions, I hope enough of us will have an opportunity to cut through the noise with focus and reasonableness. Reducing KPFK’s and the Foundation’s deficit is a critical first step but now the challenge is to restore and increase the listenership of our beloved KPFK and the Pacifica Network. I hope to devote myself to that end. Please vote for me and GCRC candidates and thank you for your support of KPFK.
Endorsements: Aris Anagnos, Bill Gallegos, Rick Rowley, Jaqueline Soohen, Grassroots Community Radio Coalition
Please visit the Grassroots Community Radio Coalition: gcrc-socal.org and/or email me at: hlp [AT] igc [DOT] org