My name’s Yuri Gottesman and I’m a KPFA listener running for the local station board to help ensure KPFA’s long-term viability as a place for radical, community radio. With many years experience as a Union organizer and Union attorney, I believe I bring a skill set and energy that can have a positive effect on the station.
In 2001 I started listening to KPFA and was immediately drawn to the news reporting that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I was saddened, angered, and inspired by the brave reporting on many issues, and in particular on the reporting of Occupied Palestine, which led me to the West Bank to support non-violent resistance on the ground.
Programming like UpFront and Letters & Politics continue to inspire and educate me. But how do we ensure KPFA’s ability to continue offering this type of programming to the Bay Area and beyond? I imagine that three things will help: 1) increase membership and funding by continuing to appeal to a diverse audience from around the Bay Area 2) listen to and support, rather than fight against, KPFA’s incredible staff and volunteers, who do such an amazing job with limited resources; and 3) minimize infighting to foster a collaborative tone in KPFA’s leadership.
As part of the SaveKPFA slate, I believe that as a community, we should support powerful, well-done radio, free of corporate money and influence. Please vote for me and the rest of the SaveKPFA slate (www.saveKPFA.org) so that we can do whatever it takes to help maintain and foster such a vital resource! Thanks for reading.