STAFF ALLY – DARLENE PAGANO

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I have had the good fortune for most of my working life to have been in not-for-profit/non-profit fields and will bring a great deal of that Operations experience to the LSB. I am attracted to the financial and personnel responsibilities given to the LSB as those are areas I have worked in and am mindful of their structural importance for the stability of the station.

I am newly graduated from the First Voice Media(FVM) Apprenticeship program here at KPFA and have been unpaid staff since June of 2016. FVM is a successful example of the outreach to and inclusion of “under-represented communities to help the station serve a diversity of all ….” (LSB job description) The apprentices of the program spend a large portion of our training time as representatives of KPFA’s “walking-the–talk” in outreach to and collaboration with otherwise media marginalized communities and organizations. This function of FVM is hugely valuable to KPFA and is a working model for implementation in other areas of the station. The network of apprentices going back several decades is a resource I hope to create better utilization of, for both KPFA and Pacifica. 

There are three different function areas the LSB is charged with supporting: 

Community needs (and satisfaction) assessment
Budgetary and Personnel goals of the station
Linking the Pacifica National Board and the station. 

While fulfilling those sometimes conflicting roles has historically made the LSB a focus, or target, of dissatisfaction from any and all stakeholders, I am still interested in serving on the Local Board. I have a Bay Area history of political activism, non-corporate business experience and KPFA membership. Having worked with and for governing boards, been employed in the Operations functions of organizations and businesses – most recently specializing in HR Management, and having completed the FV Apprenticeship program at the station I believe I have earned an extensive toolbox of skills that would be of use to the LSB. I also think that that particular privilege should be paid back in kind, and board service to an institution so personally important to me as KPFA is a most obvious choice. 

STAFF ALLY – FRANK STERLING

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Hello my name is Frank Sterling. On the air I go by Freewilln Franklin. I am again running for the KPFA local station board. I was a local station board member in the past I served two, three year terms as a staff representative. I believe it was 2009 to 2015. I am again running at this time to try and help KPFA and the Pacifica network through these troubling times of debt and possible bankruptcy. I would like to help plan to get us out of debt and get our important loans paid off.

 would like to help the local station board and Pacifica through community connections and community broadcast such as the March for Climate Jobs and Justice and She the People. Including video streaming on KPFA. org, Which can be streamed real time throughout the network online, not disrupting regular programming. You can search Youtube “March for Climate Jobs and Justice KPFA” and you can see our video(s) I would like to work with the local station board to come up with solid ideas to share throughout the Pacifica Network to get us out of the danger of foreclosure and bankruptcy. And finally working to get a First Voice Apprenticeship Program throughout the network, which was in the original plan when created.

I believe the station could better serve the listeners by becoming a bigger part of the activist community. When statewide or local action is happening in the Bay area we should be a part of it. Including the March for Climate Jobs and Justice, Rally Against Hate, Block the Boat, Berkeley Shellmound and other righteous causes.. I know we are bound legally by 501 C3 status, but we could be doing more, as of now we are far back on the blade nowhere near the cutting or even legal edge.

o help increase KPFA and Pacifica’s influence in underrepresented communities and to help diversify our listening audience, we need to be out in those communities. When you are in those communities and sharing those voices people will listen, people will want to listen to their friends, to their family and the people around them.
We can go to local high schools and broadcast from there.The Apprenticeship program has done that twice. We can go to local community centers and broadcast from there, or even just record there which we as apprentices do.. We have been at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival, The Eastlake Music Festival, the Himalayan Fair, Black Panther 40th and 50th anniversaries, Live Oak High school, Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School, Richmond Health fair, Antioch Resource fair and the list can go on.. Another example and a plan in the works at this time is, featuring independently owned business in the area surrounding kpfa.

Coming up with new sources of funding in the Pacifica model can be tough. One thing I have brought up on several occasions in the chance to sell virtual tickets to kpfa events such as the speaker series. We could stream live the event and ask for a donation to watch online at home. The same price as an actual ticket. This will open up the chance for people who do not live in the immediate area to watch at home live. At the same time, people who may be local but for whatever reason can not make it to the venue. This could include seniors or people with travel issues or disabilities. I would also be for “discussing the possibility” of some sort of sponsorships of vetted green positive community organizations. We should be partnering with businesses local and national that are doing the work we cover and report on, on the air, like treating their workers with respect and equality as well as something that’s not harming our environment. Examples would be Red Bay Coffee or Mamacitas Cafe which was founded by two apprentices. On the air we should also have a $25 gift that is something I’ve been asking for and will again try to get.

I have been working at KPFA since 2007. I an currently the Technical director for Full Circle. I started in the KPFA First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Upon my graduation in 2007 I was hired to be the Technical Director of Full Circle, the First Voice weekly show. I have worked on or subbed for many shows on KPFA including the Sunday Show the Talkies and late night dj’s. I have also been a paid board operator. Another position I held was technical director for Flashpoints. And I occasionally fill in on that show when needed. I feel like I have a good view from 13 years on the inside of KPFA as well as the outside as an avid listener. I have helped contribute to many special broadcast on KPFA, the many I previously mentioned as well as the Block the Boat, both of the state climate rallies most recently which was the March for climate Jobs and Justice, both were video broadcast. I have been part of the Indigenous People’s Day and Thanksgiving Day broadcast on Alcatraz since 2008. I also contributed to the many broadcast that were held in Oscar Grant plaza during the occupy movement including both port shutdowns. I have connections to many community organizations throughout the Bay Area and out to the Inland areas of Contra Costa County including far east Co.Co. County, down to the Central Valley in KFCF land.

OUR VISION

As KPFA and Pacifica gravitate farther away from the 1949 original mission of opposing all war, we need your vote to start re-organizing all five Pacifica stations to slow the march toward a state of perpetual war.

The false economy of eternal war concentrates wealth farther up the scale, leaving a growing disadvantaged population with less economic opportunity.

KPFA and Pacifica have the capacity to confront the war machine, as was proven when the stations contributed significantly to the end of the Vietnamese war and toll of death and distraction across Southeast Asia.

KPFA management canceling several programs, like Guns and Butter and Counterspin  that confront government policy makers is part of this devolution. It’s been accompanied by a steady decline in paying memberships.

As KPFA has evolved into a more neutral position of only reporting on global deterioration, it will take members making their feelings known to shift existing KPFA and Pacifica management back in the direction of regularly confronting self-serving lobbyists and politicians. As it stands now, KPFA could easily be confused with the voice of the Democratic party.

Please vote for Rescue Pacifica sponsored candidates in your top ranked positions to restore KPFA to the watchdog we need.

Here is what our recommended candidates will do:

  • Dispense with corporate wire services like AP and Reuters (Reuters literally helps ICE track undocumented immigrants through their corporate parent) in favor of using independent-only and alternative news sources.
  • Reach out to diverse community groups to help us make programming together that speaks to their issues, their way, instead of just having people on as guests. KPFA should have regular co-generated specials with groups organizing their communities to go deep on local issues.
  • Expand into video when appropriate. Digital cameras are easy and portable, bandwidth is cheap and sometimes you need to SHOW what you are describing. Clinging to parochialism about format is a recipe for failure. Content can be and should be multilayered and multimedia.
  • No censorship. Broadcasts that don’t match the mission statement and offend community standards should be dealt with in the context of community board or a program council that, free of workplace politics, can measure content against articulated goals and decide if it is found wanting. Abrupt hierarchial decisions just create nepotism, fear of upsetting the boss and self-censorship. Risk taking should be encouraged. We want to air things now that 50 years later will still be frighteningly ahead of their time. We did it once, and we can do it again.
  • Forget commercial underwriting. It’s a nice idea, but sponsoring a program means it belongs to the entity that pays for it. The programming has to belong to all of us.
  • Practice radical transparency about governance. Post all the votes with names in a place easy to find. Post the station’s budgets and actual results compared to the budget in a place easy to find. Report to the members like they own the place, because they do.
  • Keep the Pacifica Foundation intact. No one ever owned the very few pieces of mass media infrastructure not captured by six huge corporations and decided “eh, who cares, too much trouble”. A nationwide voice is impossible to replace and once lost, will never ever be reinstated. Care for public assets, value them and use them to make big trouble.

DON MACLEAY

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I’m Don Macleay.

The community needs community based information as much as ever in the 21st century. What little variety privately owned media had is now being absorbed into big corporate media while so called “public” media has become beholden to large economic interests for their funding. Only community media, radio in particular, is in a position to bring the public an inclusive set of programs and reports that the public needs to understand our current world.

And the state of our world is a crisis from the well-known global warming disaster to the lesser discussed disasters caused by global capitalism and its accompanying militarism.

I want KPFA to be where people in the Bay Area turn to be told the full story of what is going on locally and out in the world.

To do that we need more listeners, more members, more volunteers and a more professional practice.

We need to go outside of our current listener audience and be constantly on campaign for new listeners/members wherever the public is receptive. We need to make a space at the table for younger people inside our programs and be thinking of renewal and generational handover of the community radio commitment. I see recruiting and promoting youth as a job for each and every program we have on the air. I think that expanding our currently listenership should be part and parcel of every action taken by KPFA management. Every time station management acts, we should ask ourselves how it helps us expand the number of people tuning in. Every program should have a public outreach responsibility.

KPFA has a lot to be proud of and a big base to build from. Given the size and politics of the Bay Area, our share of the ratings is too low and we have all the tools at hand to do something about it as long as adding to the listener base becomes an absolute priority.

Yours, Don Macleay

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DANIEL BORGSTROM

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I’m Daniel Borgstrom.

When people ask why I joined the Marine Corps (1959 to 1963), I tell them, “Because where I grew up, there was no KPFA or Pacifica Radio affiliate.” There was just the constant corporate drumbeat of anti-Communism taking many forms, often pretending to advocate world peace, but always in one way or another campaigning against China and Russia.

During the McCarthy Era, KPFA bravely exposed Cold War propaganda for what it was. Throughout the war in Vietnam, KPFA had a genuine antiwar voice, loud and clear. But in recent years, except for a few excellent surviving programs, our station has increasingly echoed the corporate media’s support for aggressive U.S. neoliberal policies, even offering justification for “humanitarian” interventions. Establishment groupthink is replacing KPFA’s antiwar voice.

This turning away from critical, genuinely alternative programming is closely tied to the station’s financial crisis.

For over a decade I’ve been attending KPFA’s Local Station Board (LSB) meetings, watching the tragedy unfold from a back row seat. In 2005, I remember several LSB members warning that our station was living beyond its means, hiring more staff than we could afford, burning through financial reserves. Year after year, those warnings went unheeded.

When crisis eventually hit, and KPFA/Pacifica could no longer afford the excessive expenses, those in control of station governance tried to pin the blame on Pacifica. They also stole the name of an earlier group, wrongfully calling themselves “Save KPFA,” and set out to tear our station away from the Pacifica Network and eliminate radio democracy at KPFA. Today they’re calling themselves “United for Independent Radio,” a new name, same old stuff, same old goal of splitting the station away. If they succeed, will the last vestiges of Pacifica’s national antiwar voice fall silent?

That is what we, RESCUE PACIFICA, are up against. We’re a group of activists fighting for financial stability, transparency and responsibility, for preserving the Pacifica Network, and for promoting programming that digs into the roots of societal problems rather than just reporting the symptoms. Recently, KPFA management terminated a popular program, Guns and Butter, along with its seventeen years of archives. This was done without transparent process. Such decisions should be handled by a program council, which KPFA hasn’t had for over a decade. 

KPFA’s antiwar voice is worth fighting for, and that’s why I’m running for the LSB. I took part in the Vietnam era antiwar movement, and wrote for the “underground” newspapers of that day; today I write for websites including Dissident Voice, CounterPunch and Global Research. I was an active participant in Occupy Oakland and many other events I’ve written about, including our struggle at KPFA; please see my website http://danielborgstrom.blogspot.com/

My endorsers include Veterans for Peace, East Bay Chapter 162, of which I am a member.

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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.

JAMES MCFADDEN

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I’m James McFadden.

I believe that volunteer work, and showing up for civic meetings, is critical to the health of the community – therefore I show up. As an avid listener, I feel KPFA is one of the Bay Area gems. Therefore, I would like to support its continuation.

My primary interests are keeping KPFA corporate free and improving its diverse set of programming. I believe I can bring something unique to this effort. However, I also realize that as a cisgender, straight, elder white male, my demographic is nearly always over-represented. Therefore I encourage all KPFA voters to please vote for a diverse Board.

I’ve been a research physicist at UC Berkeley since 1985. Starting in 2008 with the economic crisis, and knowing that I did not know how this crisis would be used (I was reading Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine at the time), I began a self-education program in economics, history, politics, racism, and psychology – I like to read. That process was humbling – the realization
that much of what I thought I knew had been sanitized – and the renewed excitement of searching for truth in another field. I now believe I have fair grasp of these subjects – or at least I know enough to see the big picture.

Starting in 2010, after the Citizens United decision, I became an activist. When I moved to Berkeley in 2012, I joined and later became the facilitator
for East Bay Move to Amend promoting a 28th amendment, HJR48, declaring “corporations are not people” and “money is not speech”. I’m currently a regular participant in the Alameda Green Party, Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Indivisible Berkeley Racism and Criminal Justice Reform, Berkeley NAACP, System Change Not Climate Change and McGee Spaulding Neighbors in Action.

It is from a Green Anti-Corporate perspective that I would operate on the KPFA Board. Since 2014 I’ve been regularly attending Berkeley City Council meetings, along with various city commission meetings, so I am familiar with the operations of such bodies. I’m currently working to elect progressive representatives in the area. In order to increase my community organizing and political work, I dropped to 43% time at UCB in 2017.

I’ve heard that being a KPFA Board member can be very trying. However, I feel I am pretty good at listening, not getting defensive, checking my privilege, and maintaining an open mind. These are skills I have not always had, but are skills I have worked on as an activist/organizer for the past 8 years. In addition, my research background and my family’s culture have given me a healthy skepticism of authority and an attention to detail. They also equipped me to “think out of the box” and to find the “alternative hypotheses” if debates get heated. These are skills that should also be helpful at KPFA.

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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.

NONI SESSION

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Greetings fair Listener, my name is Noni Session and for at least the last 25 years, KPFA,94.1 has long been my favorite spot on the radio dial.

I am a 70’s born, Black, 3rd generation West Oakland Native, Mother, Assistant Librarian, Anthropologist, International Researcher, Grassroots Organizer, and now the champion of a People of Color-led Land Sovereignty fund; and yes, I still own an actual radio.

Much of what I’ve been able to accomplished in my life has been in no small part due to KPFA. My femininity, my Blackness, my queerness, my avid commitment to community sovereignty, Black liberation, and all people being free everywhere is only an echo of the ways KPFA has nurtured in me a radical vision and a fair-minded approach to realizing this vision out in the world.

I am unshakably dedicated to the preservation of democratic, diverse, and publicly owned radio waves. Supporting the longevity of KPFA is one of our last lines of defense against sanitized and corporate dominated airwaves. To do so, I believe we must bring the fullest version of our community into the conversation around public ownership, community sovereignty, and the hard truths we must all face to heal our communities and our nation.
At all times as your local station representative, i will use clearly understood community needs and priorities to steer local station priorities and serve with integrity, honor, transparency, authenticity, fierceness, and love.

Thank you for your faith in me,

Noni Session

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