YOUR KPFK BALLOT MUST BE RECEIVED BACK BY NOVEMBER 29

 

Lydia Brazon
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.

BACKGROUND
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 documentary Zapatista.

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.

ENDORSEMENTS
Gore Vidal, Dolores Huerta, Bill Press, Sabina Virgo, Aris Anagnos.

Please email me at: lydiabrazon.org.

 

Thanks,
Lydia

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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.



 

As 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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Los Angeles Times 1996, all Rights reserved)


Re "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 to light.

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 up.

LYDIA BRAZON, Director Humanitarian Law Project, L.A.


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In 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 of ideology".

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