ANN GARRISON

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Candidate Statement: I’m Ann Garrison. I’ve been a KPFA weekend news reporter for years. I also work in online media, with articles published in the Black Agenda Report, San Francisco BayView, Black Star News, Counterpunch, Consortium News and elsewhere.

I’d like to see KPFA and Pacifica radically reimagined, but I’m also realistic about how slowly an organization this size can move.

As a staff rep on the KPFA LSB, I would have three priorities:

1) Restoring the Program Council. We need a Program Council that reviews proposals for new programming, as well as management proposals to cancel existing programming. I am particularly concerned that Guns and Butter, Twit Wit Radio, Counterspin, and Discreet Music were summarily canceled and Settin’ the Standard lost an hour, all without any community process.

A Program Council that reviews locally-produced programming is the “community” in community radio. Without one, KPFA is listener-sponsored radio, but not community radio. Management should work together with staff and community representatives on programming, instead of claiming that power entirely for itself.

It’s often said that “professionals” should be trusted with all programming authority. But Rachel Maddow is a professional. So are Sean Hannity, Chris Hayes, Jake Tapper, Tucker Carlson, Thomas Friedman, and any number of other warmongering voices of the corporate media. In contrast, KPFA’s mission is to be peace-and-justice radio, and to sustain an active, collaborative relationship with the community that supports the station. And let’s remember that some of KPFA’s most important programs were put on the air by a Program Council: Bay Native Circle, Womens’ Magazine, Pushing Limits, Full Circle, Voices of the Middle East, and more.

2) Resisting schemes to break up the Pacifica Network. I am opposed to breaking up the network for many reasons, but most of all because the Pacifica brand is what holds the 200+ affiliate stations together. I explained this in a piece I wrote for the Black Agenda Report: www.blackagendareport.com/pacifica-grassroots-radio-lifeline-lets-keep-it-together

3) Respectful treatment of unpaid staff by management. Unpaid staff are the vast majority of staff, but we lack an organization that represents us in the way that the Communication Workers of America represents paid staff. The Unpaid Staff Organization had no power, so management could simply ignore it. The CWA has a contract. We too need a contract, or other means of establishing and enforcing basic rights for unpaid staff.

As well as the above three goals, I would like the LSB to be a sounding board for the community. The Local Station Board needs to conduct community town hall meetings twice a year, as required by the Pacifica Bylaws. We should listen to our listeners.

I thank you for your support and your vote. Please also vote for Anthony Fest, producer and editor of The Project Censored Show, and Freewillin’ Franklin Sterling, KPFA apprentice program instructor and producer of Full Circle.

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ANTHONY FEST

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Candidate Statement:

I’m Anthony Fest, and I’m running for a staff seat on KPFA’s Local Station Board (LSB).

My involvement with KPFA began when I took the News Training Class in 1994.

From 1996 to 2016, I hosted Sunday-evening newscasts. I’ve been producing the Project Censored Show since its beginning (now it airs on dozens of stations around the country). I also edit and mix the Poor News segment on Hard Knock Radio.

I’ve been on the LSB before. I’m running again because I’m concerned that KPFA has ceased to innovate. This would be unwise at any time, but in 2021, when broadcast radio itself is threatened by new kinds of media, standing pat is practically asking to become irrelevant. KPFA’s subscribership has already been dropping over the years – once in the twenty-thousands, it’s now about half that.

How low does it have to fall before we insist on a different course of action?

Although most of the power in the network rests with the National Board, the Local Station Board does have important responsibilities, some of which it’s not been fulfilling in recent years. One of these duties is perform annual evaluations of the General Manager and the Program Director. At a minimum, the LSB needs to carry out the duties it’s assigned under the Bylaws.

Besides its official duties, the LSB can and should be a place where subscribers and staff are made welcome (not merely tolerated) at every LSB meeting to share their ideas about what KPFA is doing, and how it can improve.

There are three staff seats to be filled in this election. I’m requesting your vote for my running mates (Frank Sterling and Ann Garrison) and me. Frank is the long-time co-director of KPFA’s vital Apprenticeship Program, and Ann is the most outstanding KPFA reporter I’ve ever met. Your “STV” ballot enables you to rank the candidates, in the order you prefer. Please use the 1, 2 and 3 rankings for the three of us, in any order you like.


On the listener side of this election, I support and endorse the Rescue Pacifica (RP) team of LSB candidates; read the RP platform at www.rescuepacifica.net.

Thank you!

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DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Pacifica Foundation website nor an official website of any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio). Opinions and facts alleged on this site belong to the author(s) of the website only and should NOT be assumed to be true or to reflect the editorial stance or policy of the Pacifica Foundation, or any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio), or the opinions of its management, Pacifica National Board, station staff or other listener members.

FRANK STERLING

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Candidate Statement: y name is Frank Sterling Jr. I am running for staff representative to the kpfa local station board. I have served the past 3 years on the board and have been a consistent voice fighting for community representation on the airwaves of KPFA and the rights of paid and unpaid staff. Our most pressing issues are financial. A large loan looming. KPFA, KPFK, the equipment and the Pacifica archives are collateral. We must make sure of a plan to repay that loan. There are many ideas out there and some are actually in effect, like using percentages of any bequests to go toward the loan. I would also like to see stations taking at least one day of every fund drive and put it towards the loan.

I’m a firm believer in keeping the network together. Yes we have financial and other pressing issues at some of our stations but I believe helping get it together while working as a team will keep us stronger. The network can play an important role in shaping the narrative and help to bring this nation into a more progressive future.

Other important issues I feel are going more multimedia and utilizing the KPFA website to stream audio as well as video. I also believe if we work towards monetizing virtual tickets to the KPFA Speaker series it will help bring in some, not all but some much needed revenue. I would also like to see KPFA and the other stations in the network incorporate a text based system of giving. This would help augment the donation income and would hopefully help cut down on the number of on air fundraising days.

For staff. I feel we need to continue to keep us safe at the station while allowing workers return to the building. The CDC and the state and county are setting guidelines for fully vaccinated employees to return to the workplace. I believe we should fully recognize unpaid staff and help in the reformation of the unpaid staff organization. I feel many programmers from the unpaid staff were not properly alerted and respected in the termination of their programs. We should assure the unpaid staff has proper representation when their shows are on the chopping block. I would like to see the reformation of a program council at KPFA to help review the performance of shows and offer helpful suggestions to improve. The council could assist the GM in considering whether a show should be cut or help to improve and help in the implementation of new progressive shows that could be put in place of shows that are reruns.

If I am elected I will work my best to help KPFA and the Pacifica Network to regain some strength and keep strong into the future. I will treat other board members with respect regardless of their views or positions.
Lastly. I support Ann Garrison and Anthony Fest.

Thank you for your consideration.
Frank T. Sterling Jr.

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DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Pacifica Foundation website nor an official website of any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio). Opinions and facts alleged on this site belong to the author(s) of the website only and should NOT be assumed to be true or to reflect the editorial stance or policy of the Pacifica Foundation, or any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio), or the opinions of its management, Pacifica National Board, station staff or other listener members.

ELIZABETH MILOS

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Elizabeth Milos, active union member in UPTE-CWA 9119 Local 7, Spanish/English healthcare interpreter at UCSF, and a Chilean-American human rights activist who actively fights against neoliberalism, privatization and militarism

Candidate Statement: I am running for LSB rep to help make KPFA more democratic, transparent and accountable to the listeners. KPFA needs more voices from working people, rank and file union members and a radio presence in the community and the world worthy of the founding principles of KPFA as an anti-imperialist and anti-war station.

I am an active union member in UPTE-CWA 9119 Local 7 , a Spanish/English healthcare interpreter at UCSF, and a Chilean-American human rights activist who actively fights against neoliberalism, privatization and militarism. I have actively supported and continue to support many different struggles, throughout my life: anti-dictatorial struggle in Chile, support for the Mapuche movement against corporations, support for grassroots organizations in New Orleans after Katrina, support for Standing Rock and the movement for Divestment from fossil fuels as well as support for BDS.

As a LSB rep I will help organize to keep our network whole, and look at more on-the-ground models of community engagement to help our stations thrive. I tend to face problems head on, and will try to ask questions that will help us find solutions and will seek a community engagement model to solve them. I believe that these meetings should be recorded and even streamed so that our listener members can see what is being discussed and can contribute with their thoughts and concerns.

A radio station such as KPFA is a community resource which needs to be treasured as part of the overall network of affiliate stations. Only by sticking together can we be strong enough to thrive. Please vote for me and all other candidates from the Rescue Pacifica slate.

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DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Pacifica Foundation website nor an official website of any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio). Opinions and facts alleged on this site belong to the author(s) of the website only and should NOT be assumed to be true or to reflect the editorial stance or policy of the Pacifica Foundation, or any of the five Pacifica Radio Stations (KPFA Radio, KPFK Radio, KPFT Radio, WBAI Radio, WPFW Radio), or the opinions of its management, Pacifica National Board, station staff or other listener members.

March Madness: McCarthyism at KPFA?

History records that the infamous Senator Joe McCarthy died in 1957, but did his ghost haunt the March meeting of KPFA’s Local Station Board?

by Anthony Fest

McCarthy gained his notoriety in the early 1950s with charges that Communists had infiltrated the State Department and the U.S. Army. At the KPFA LSB meeting, the targets were Greens, not Reds, but a conspiratorial tone was in the air. The accuser was board member Don Goldmacher, and his targets were two of his fellow board members, James McFadden and Christine Pepin. Those two also serve on the Green Party County Councils in their respective counties (Alameda and Santa Clara). 

At the meeting, Goldmacher asked:

“Why does the Green Party in the Bay Area actively recruit its members and train them to run for this Local Station Board?” 

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KPFA and the Vast Conspiracy

by Don Macleay. Originally published here.

KPFA and the vast conspiracy

It has been one of my firm beliefs that people accuse others of the crimes that they themselves are willing to commit. 

A prime example is the national Republican party’s complaints about voting rights. 

Republicans accuse the Democrats of wanting to create a permanent majority for themselves.  This coming from the folk who have voter suppression laws in a majority of states, most of which are so gerrymandered that the Republicans hold overwhelming majorities in their state and federal delegations despite only having a slim majority of the votes, if that. 

Yet Republicans accuse the Democrats of gaming the system.
They should, they have gaming the system on their minds. 

I have found it hard to focus on any one subject trying to describe the far-fetched arguments and proposals made by the local KPFA board majority.  So, for this bit of writing, let’s talk about conspiracy. 

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Another Power Grab By Pacifica Corporatizers

From Alex Steinberg, Chair Of The Pacifica National Board

This is the second attempt forcing PACIFICA to hold yet another referendum that will cost us 150K – in less than 6 months.

It is being sponsored mostly by the same cast of characters who sponsored the last referendum. That one was defeated  by a  2-1 margin. 

Although some of the details are different this bylaws proposal is another assault on democratic governance like the last one.

It would centralize Pacifica governance structure and remove any oversight functions from Local Station Boards. 

It would introduce a winner takes all voting method thus leaving no room for minority voices as our current proportional representation system does.

Representatives from each of the stations on the Pacifica National Board would be a minority (5 out of 15) on the Board. 

It favors paid staff over unpaid staff while simultaneously reducing the percentage of overall staff representation on the PNB.

It reduces the percentage of affiliate representation on the on the PNB.

The 4 Officers who will be on the PNB will be voted on separately in a Pacifica wide election. They will represent whatever faction has the ability to get out the most votes in a winner take all election. There is no room for minority representation, even if the minority gets 49% of the vote. It’s the same story for representatives in the station Director elections, staff representatives elections, etc.

The 3 At large Directors will be selected by the Board itself, thus guaranteeing whatever faction gets a majority on the Board a practically unassailable super majority.

SUMMARY

In sum these amendments are proposing a return to a centralized, self selecting Board structure with no room for local oversight by the listener or staff of the stations and no room for any minority representation. It’s exactly what the March bylaws referendum attempted to do and it’s another attempt to return to the anti-democratic structure PACIFICA used to have before 2002. 

Finally, the rationale for why these bylaws amendments are needed are based on the same lies that were behind the last one- namely that PACIFICA faces an existential crisis and that the PNB and LSB’s are “dysfunctional” and incapable of dealing with this crisis and that unless the amendments are adopted immediately the sky will fall in.

It’s the same attempt to panic members into choosing an authoritarian solution that Naomi Klein talks about in her book The Shock Doctrine. While it is true that PACIFICA faces a serious financial crisis, it is false to say that the PNB is “dysfunctional”

There is also no basis at all for believing that the hand-picked transitional Board the new bylaws want to put in place would be any better at dealing with the financial crisis than the current PNB. On the contrary given their track record of supporting the shut down of WBAI, of supporting bankruptcy as a “solution” to Pacifica’s problems, there is plenty of evidence that the Transitional Board lacks the competence or wisdom to solve Pacifica’s problems.

The idea that Pacifica’s problems can be solved by getting rid of our democratic governance system is just a case of magical thinking.

Alex Steinberg, Chair Of The Pacifica National Board