Here’s SaveKPFA‘s statement of principles for the November 2012 KPFA elections. See our endorsers list, and here’s guidance about how to rank your votes or request a duplicate ballot.
• Restore local control at KPFA
KPFA is an invaluable resource, sustained for decades by our diverse, local communities. As in the fight to save KPFA and the network in 1999, we oppose the Pacifica National Board imposing its own agenda on the station. Pacifica should respect each station’s right to select its own station manager, set its own budget, and determine its own programming. Funds raised from our listeners should support KPFA, not an overblown Pacifica bureaucracy.
• Ensure high quality, progressive programming
Quality programming attracts and keeps listeners. KPFA is world-renowned for its cogent and listenable news, commentary and public affairs broadcasts, as well as its groundbreaking music and cultural programming. Programming changes should be based on evidence gathered by regular listener surveys, community outreach, consideration of the media environment in KPFA’s listening area, and other fair and honest methods. Program changes should have broad appeal, especially during AM and PM drive time, and should help KPFA compete for new audiences to widen the reach of alternative news and culture. We also believe that movements have many voices. KPFA serves as a forum for discussion on the left and is a voice of all those in struggle.
Respect KPFA’s listeners
• KPFA’s listeners’ contributions have sustained the station since it was founded in 1949. Thousands of listeners objected to top-down programming decisions when Pacifica cancelled the popular and financially successful Morning Show, and local managers threatened to axe the 9AM Democracy Now! and arts programming. Pacifica should respond to such listener activism with gratitude and careful assessment. Managers should not “fire” an existing audience without a solid and workable plan to replace it with a bigger one. Fundraising work done by listeners — such as the over $63,000 in pledges raised by SaveKPFA — should be welcomed, not attacked. When KPFA’s listeners democratically petition under the network’s bylaws to vote on an issue, Pacifica must not delay the vote or manipulate the process to benefit its political allies. Even the appearance of such behavior is detrimental to KPFA and the network.
Support KPFA’s staff
• Support all staff and volunteers, without whom KPFA could not exist. Workers who give their time and talent should not have to worry about management intimidation when they organize or speak their minds. Pacifica should not be hiring union-busting lawyers with listeners’ funds, diverting staff retirement funds to pay bills, or putting gag rules on station staff. SaveKPFA led the successful fight to reverse Pacifica’s hiring of the nation’s top union-busting law firm. All staff should have a voice in the station, as well as training opportunities, a supportive and safe workplace, and the tools to do their jobs well.
Require transparency and accountability from Pacifica
• Too many Pacifica meetings are held in closed “executive session.” SaveKPFA’s representatives have steadfastly opposed a growing culture of secrecy in Pacifica, and have protected KPFA’s funds from being taken by Pacifica without accountability. Listeners and staff are entitled to understand how KPFA’s money is being spent and how our representatives vote.
For real change, vote for ALL 9 of SaveKPFA’s candidates. Read their statements here: Craig Alderson | Paula Errkila | Jose Luis Fuentes-Roman | Kate Gowen | Mark Hernandez | Dan Siegel | Carole Travis | Barbara Whipperman | Burton White