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Candidate for KPFK's
Local Station Board
Trotsky believed that a revolution must be constant to
be effective. With community radio under imminent threat of government
and corporate takeover, vigilance must be ever present.
Since the Pacifica crisis, which
culminated in a 2001 settlement and a new board configuration
in 2002, wounds remain which require our attention. Winning the
war was the first step. Keeping the peace was the second. Flourishing
as a station is our ongoing and ultimate goal.
I joined KPFK's Local Advisory
board six years ago, served as its Chair for over a year, served
on the Interim Pacifica National Board briefly, and co-hosted
a show in 1996. Now, after a year away from the board, I see
KPFK and Pacifica with fresh eyes. My vision is unhampered by
the past and creative about the future. I am ready to continue
the Pacifica Mission with enthusiasm, clarity and hope.
During my years of activism in
Los Angeles I have interacted with our many listeners. They have
given me their input. I understand their needs and goals for
the station. I will join listeners and management to deliver
powerful programming from the heart of our communities.
Apart from my years with KPFK before, during, and after the struggle,
I have spent my life as an activist in the diverse communities
of Los Angeles, working to give voice to the voiceless. Since
1978 I have been committed to human rights here and abroad. My
mother was Nicaraguan and provided my introduction to human rights
work in that country.
I have served as Executive Director
of the HumanitarianLaw Project / International Educational Development
since 1995 and have served on its board since 1988. The Humanitarian
Law Project is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative
status at the United Nations and a mandate to seek compliance
with armed conflict laws. www.humanitarianlawproject.org
I am the newly elected President
of the Southern California Chapter of Americans for Democratic
Action, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt and others to promote individual
and economic justice (www.socalada.org)
I co-founded the Central America
Information Project (1982-1989), a media information organization
which focused on issues relating to Central America and the Caribbean.
I have also acted as consultant
for two episodes of American Family on PBS and for the award-winning
The breadth of my experience
makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the Local Station Board.
My political and community activism has given me the tools necessary
to expand the station's listenership. My cultural and artistic
activities have given me the skills necessary to further enhance
our broadcast and programming quality. My long history with KPFK
gives me the experience necessary to strengthen, nurture and
support the station's listeners, staff and fellow board members.
We have an opportunity to achieve
greatness at KPFK. To fulfill our visionary and strategic goals
we need the fuel of ability and the spark of desire. Together,
we have both in spades.
Dolores Huerta, Bill Press, Sabina Virgo, Aris Anagnos.
Please email me at: lydiabrazon.org.
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We are about to enter one of the darkest
ages in this country's history. It is clear that the core of
the Bush administration's policies, run counter to the Pacifica
mission. This calls to mind a poignant episode in KPFK's history
told to me by Carolyn Anagnos. Carolyn was an employee of KPFK
when Pacifica was subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American
Activities. The entire KPFK staff elected to resign rather than
to dignify those hearings with their presence. Whether it's KPFK's
employees or board members, it will take the kind of experience
and commitment that comes from having been challenged in struggle
as activists, to effectively face the challenges that our station
and network may confront in the foreseeable future. Throughout
my years of activism, I've been similarly tested. I've been teargassed
while observing elections in Mexico, threatened here and abroad
and each episode has served to strengthen my resolve as I, like
so many KPFK listeners, continue in our quest for peace.
Although KPFK has realized a remarkable
increase in listenership in the past couple of years, more than
ever, we need to expand our listener base.
Elect me and I will work to make listener growth a board priority. I will
work to make sure that OUR broadcast capabilities, OUR station,
OUR board, OUR Pacifica, is more broadly accessible. We do not
have to compromise quality for content. Enhancing our broadcast
presentation does not make our message less alternative, but
rather assures its accessibility.
formal peace talks reopened
between the Mexican government and the Zapatistas in Chiapas,
I organized a delegation for the Humanitarian Law Project in
1996. The delegation included human and civil rights lawyers,
peace activists, and Oliver Stone. When we returned, Mark Fineman
of the L.A. Times wrote an article, Zapatistas in Transition From Fighting to Fashion
making light of the our human rights delegation. The following
was my response in a letter to the Times.
|Celebrity Visits to Zapatistas; [Home Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext). Los Angeles, Calif.:
May 2, 1996. Page 8.
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(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company;
Los Angeles Times 1996, all Rights reserved)
"Zapatistas in Transition From Fighting to Fashion,"
April 21: For victims of war and human rights abuses, the dimming
of media interest can spell the end of their hope. It is in secrecy
and darkness that history's most heinous crimes have been committed.
The constant challenge we're faced with is bringing these issues
to light. Enter the celebrity.
Oliver Stone participated in the Humanitarian Law Project delegation
in March to Mexico not in lieu of the human rights lawyers and
activists who composed our delegation, but as a critical component
of the task at hand. It was Stone's presence that put the devastating
condition in the militarized area of Chiapas and the peace negotiations
back on the front pages of the Mexican papers. This story has
since emerged in the U.S. media. Stone has long been an advocate
of human rights and has used the film genre to bring these issues
The armed struggle of the Zapatistas has become the point of
articulation of Mexico's affliction: massacres, political assassination,
the demise of the crown jewel of NAFTA, near-starving communities
in the areas of conflict. The Humanitarian Law Project and Stone
accomplished what we set out to do. We helped turn the light
LYDIA BRAZON, Director Humanitarian Law Project, L.A.
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June of 2000 I organized
a Humanitarian Law Project delegation to observe the historic
July 2 presidential elections in Mexico that would end more than
68 years of a one party uninterrupted rule by the PRI. The delegation
included Congressional aides from the offices of Barbara Lee,
Cynthia McKinney and Nancy Pelosi.
We were dismayed once again by
the scope and scale of irregularities reminiscent of 1994, while
at the same time heartened by the voter participation which we
believe accounted for a vote larger than the mechanisms of fraud
that were put into motion.
One of the more poignant moments
was when a member of our delegation asked then U.S. Ambassador
Davidow, "In a globalized world, do you think elections
make that much difference anymore?" The ambassador paused
and then replied, "I would call it a global convergence
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