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KPFK Local Station Board Election, Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl'

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  • Ed Pearl
    Pacificans - it s election time in all station areas, and here are my strong recommendations for the KPFK Station Board. I ve loved Pacifica since hearing the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 18, 2012
      Pacificans - it's election time in all station areas, and here are my strong
      recommendations for the KPFK Station Board.
      I've loved Pacifica since hearing the McCarthy hearings as a UC Berkeley
      freshman, and had a strong relationship to KPFK since its beginning, in
      1959 and the forming group's office/station was a few blocks from the Ash
      Grove (estbl. in '58). AG music was
      a core on their radio, from the beginning, and their guiding principles
      matched my own. I got directly involved in 1999 in taking back the Network
      from a gang that evicserated its principles, fired people like Amy Goodman,
      and the National Board elected itself! After
      we won the battle, on the streets and in court, the group I helped found won
      a majority of seats on KPFK's LSB. We included
      Sonali Kolhatkar and Alan Minsky as station reps, and listener reps,
      including me. My experience there convinced me that what the station needs
      is people not only with Pacifica's principles and dedication, but with
      non-profit and professional experience in the real world, especially in
      tough times - like now. I, the endorsers below and others have selected
      this roster from among the many applicants we've met and vetted. I urge you
      to consider our slate. The voices of Pacifica are invaluable and unique -


      From: Kim Kaufman [mailto:kim.kaufman@...]
      Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 10:20 PM
      To: Shawn Casey O'Brien; Grace Aaron; Ken Aaron; Lamont2; Fred Blair;
      Summer2; Margie Murray; Ed Pearl
      Subject: KPFK Local Station Board Election

      Dear Friends -

      Below is some information regarding the KPFK elections for Local Station
      Board. I am running for a second term with a slate of good people and I am
      asking for your vote for me and my slate. If you are a listener-subscriber
      you will be receiving a ballot any day. These elections are important for
      the governance of the station. Please feel free to email me with any
      questions you might have and also forward to anyone you know who is a KPFK
      listener. Thank you.

      Kim Kaufman
      KPFK, Local Station Board, Treasurer

      KPFK Local Station Board Election 2012

      Please go to www.candidateslate.org <http://www.candidateslate.org/> to see
      more on the candidates below and read our Platform about what we stand for
      in helping KPFK (also below). Please like our Facebook page:

      Re-elect these two current board members - vote #1 and #2:

      Kim Kaufman - John De
      Simio -
      current board member (Treasurer) current board member
      Artist, Election Integrity activist
      Professional publicist

      Elect all these new candidates in any order #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8:

      Ali Ahmadpour
      Iran-American, Art History professor, activist for social justice

      Roberta Eidman
      IT consultant, teacher, writer, photographer, workshop facilitator.

      Dave Johnson
      Economics degree, KPFK events volunteer

      Will Ryan
      Musician; experience on other non-profit boards

      J B Wagoner
      Occupy activist, works for non-profit that serves people with
      developmental disabilities

      Lauren Windsor
      Multimedia journalist, degree in business/entrepreneurship; Occupy
      activist and activist to overturn Citizens United

      Please vote for all the candidates, ranking them from 1 through 8 on the STV
      voting ballot. After that we recommend a vote for John Wenger and John

      For any questions, further information, or if you would like to endorse us,
      please contact me at kim.kaufman@... or call me at 323-650-9860.

      We are a group of listener-sponsors (subscribers) who have come together to
      help preserve and promote KPFK radio.
      KPFK is dedicated to quality, non-commercial, listener-sponsored
      broadcasting. It is the progressive home of a First Amendment Radio Station,
      based on the Pacifica Foundation Mission Statement, and governed by the
      Local Station Board whose representatives are democratically elected.
      To better serve the Pacifica mission our objectives are to solidify sound
      governance, accountable management, and healthy finances, by encouraging and
      supporting compelling radio that expands listenership and membership.
      As communication models and technologies change, KPFK must serve as a bridge
      between two generations of media and two generations of listeners, as the
      experienced boomers and seniors pass the baton and the mission to the young
      who see, listen, communicate, and act differently.
      We on this Committee work together to pass on a stronger, healthier, more
      useful, and more necessary KPFK.

      . The original KPFK mission: tapping into the most talented community in the
      world and using the biggest transmitter west of the Mississippi to bring you
      fearless free speech that is relevant, reality-based, and community focused.
      . Sound, accountable stewardship of the KPFK that YOU own -- radio that
      informs, empowers and serves you.
      . An end to divisive political infighting that paralyzes governance,
      alienates listeners, and distracts from our shared Pacifica mission.
      . Responsible governance that attracts and supports skilled, competent
      management by engaging in relevant oversight and addressing fiscal reality.
      . Efficient operations and financial and organizational transparency.
      . Improved and expanded integration of Internet and social media, in order
      to reach larger audiences at less cost.
      . A robust internship program aligned with trade schools and universities.
      . Greater outreach to diverse and underserved communities with a particular
      aim of attracting younger listeners.
      . Expanded promotion and marketing to increase listenership and financial
      . Exploring new ideas to expand fundraising while staying true to the
      Mission Statement.
      . Full compliance with FCC regulations and labor laws, and universal
      accessibility for the disabled.
      . Enhanced journalistic standards in programming, and a restored local news
      department that delivers essential news and voices.
      . Independent and unbiased radio that is informative, accurate, challenging,
      stimulating, useful, well produced, and compelling - and that attracts
      listeners and supporters.

      Endorsed by:

      Jan Goodman
      Ed Pearl
      Dorothy Reik (President, Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica
      Mountains)(for id purposes only)
      Grace Aaron, former Pacifica iED and PNB Chair
      Ken Aaron, LSB Board Member
      Ricco Ross, former LSB board member & chair
      Lauren Steiner, Occupy Activist
      Lamont Yeakey, LSB Board Member
      Fred Blair, LSB Board Member
      Margie Murray, LSB Vice-Chair, Valley Dems United

      * * *

      Here's a fine review of what looks like a great film, with the class
      analysis that is almost always
      curtained on television. In the print edition Ken says he's not really
      political, just honest. Hopefully,
      he'll learn that being perceptive and honest usually includes 'politics,'
      and keep growing. Watch it.


      PHOTOS: Images from 'The Dust Bowl'
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