KPFA Community Input Meeting

 

FullSizeRender-62The KPFA Community Advisory Board (CAB) sponsored a community input meeting on Saturday, March 26.  It was well attended, with about 55 people showing up.  The meeting started with CAB member Rahman Jamaal outlining the meeting format.

People were given 30 seconds to say who they are, and why they were interested in KPFA.  A broad range of interests were represented, including interests in the news, education, culture, children’s rights, homelessness, gentrification and more.

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People then came together in smaller break-out groups, to discuss their areas of interests, and how to improve KPFA.

The break-out groups included News and public affairs programming; Drama and literature  programming; Resisting privatization in public education; Pacifica finances and governance; Pro-corporate political party bias at KPFA; 80 year history of morning radio; and Social Justice including black lives matter, gentrification.

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After meeting in the break-out groups, people came back together to report on what was discussed and provide ideas for the next steps needed.

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The Pacifica group agreed to try to meet with the new CFO to get more information to try make some headway on the finances. Other groups created a task forces to continue to meet and work for solutions.

Contact the KPFA Community Advisory Board to find out more.

 

 

 

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KPFA Community Input Meeting – Please Attend

 

Attend a KPFA Community Input Meeting
Saturday March 26, 2016, 2 to 4PM
Tarea Hall Pittman South Berkeley Public Library — Meeting Room
1901 Russel Street, Berkeley CA 94704
Cross street @ Martin Luther King Jr. Way, one long block from Ashby BART.

kpfaThe KPFA Community Advisory Board (CAB) invites community journalists, KPFA programmers, staff, activists, writers, artists, musicians, volunteers and listeners from throughout the KPFA signal range for a lively exchange about the station. We urge you to attend and share conversations and proposals about how KPFA 94.1 FM and kpfa.org can address the issues that you and your organizations care about.

The Community Advisory Board wants to hear your ideas about:
* what issues you want covered on KPFA
* suggestions for news, arts and cultural affairs, and other programming
* station operations, governance, priorities, policies etc…
* diversity, racial equality and KPFA’s mission
* how the station relates to communities in its Bay-Area-wide signal range
* what role you and others can play in supporting KPFA
* how you’d like to be involved with the station
* KPFA’s use of live streaming, podcasts, social media and new technologies

Topic suggestions, community literature and participation in small and large groups are welcome.

This meeting is free to the public and wheelchair accessible. The KPFA Community Advisory Board gathers information to give to the KPFA Local Station Board and management as we help to strengthen our KPFA and Pacifica community network. For more information or to send written feedback about KPFA email cab.kpfa@gmail.com

United for Community Radio (UCR) members work with the Community Advisory Board and other UCRorganizations to support KPFA and Pacifica. We value them as irreplaceable, strategic and transformative resources for amplifying the voices of millions who are overlooked, marginalized or silenced by corporate media in the face of police militarization, racism; and housing, health, water, economic, educational, and environmental depredation.

Issues UCR MEMBERS may bring to the CAB meeting
* Promote a morning mix of community-sourced, local, daily prime-time programming – making news together. This includes addressing attacks on immigrants, violence directed at people of color and discrimination based on race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

* Join the global media revolution by:

Updating KPFA website technology so that KPFA reporters can generate news headlines and stories that challenge corporate media’s dominant narratives on the Worldwide Web,

* Provide free real-time video streaming of demonstrations, rallies and other news events. Offer low-cost access to recorded videos of lectures and other cultural activities.

* Provide a transparent and sustainable budget that aligns spending with actual income; decrease the number of pledge drives. No underwriting/advertizing.

* Re-establish a program council with decision making authority and broad-based listener and staff participation to evaluate existing programs and new proposals.

* Counter the influence of corporate political parties’ monopoly on opinions and assert a clear anti-war perspective. Honor the value of drama and humor and include them in our programs.

* Improve access to resources and training for unpaid staff and provide all staff, paid and unpaid, the right to unionize.

* Participate in a network-wide process to further democratize Pacifica/KPFA and improve financial stability. We are committed to preserving the 5 stations, the national archive and affiliate services.

 

 

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United for Community Radio Members Propose Resolution to KPFA to Improve Local Community News Reporting

Black Lives Matter members speak at NAACP event on race, equity and gentrification. Over 200 people attended. KPFA did not cover the story.

Black Lives Matter members speak at NAACP event on race, equity and gentrification. Over 200 people attended. KPFA did not cover the story.

 

United for Community Radio (UCR) member Andrea Pritchett proposed a resolution to the KPFA Local Station Board (LSB) to build a powerful news and public affairs network that is broad based and well coordinated.

Carol Wolfley, a member of the KPFA Community Advisory Board, worked with KPFA listeners,  members of local organizations and with Andrea to develop the Resolution below. This Resolution has been presented to the LSB, and is scheduled to come up again at future LSB meetings.

UCR and its candidates believe we need to speak truth to power. We want community-sourced, local, daily, prime-time programming—where we are making news together. For example, the NAACP recently had a community forum on race, equity and gentrification (see photo above). We at UCR believe this type of event should be covered by KPFA.

Local, community sourced programming would address issues of profiling and violence directed at people of color, and discrimination based on race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. It would cover what people are doing in the face of police militarization, and housing, health, water, economic, educational, and environmental depredation. We need programs that tell these stories, locally, regionally and globally.

PROPOSED RESOLUTION:
The Local Station Board asks that KPFA General Manager and staff work with community members to develop a coordinated station-wide plan for providing local news and public affairs programming in alignment with KPFAs mission to cover local events and topics with a depth, insight and broad signal range that no other station can do.

This may plan may include exploration of possibilities to:
Increase access to information from the community such as:

  1. Organize an electronic bulletin board to share and utilize news and public affairs information resources from the KPFA community, local organizations and the public
  1. Establish a list of people involved with social justice, political, economic and environmental issues from our local geographical areas who we can invite to contribute to local news and public affairs programs as citizen journalists
  1. Expand recruitment and training of program interns for news and public affairs. Articulate requirements for becoming an intern and make these requirement broadly known and available on our website so that volunteers outreaches can assist in finding volunteers.
  1. Develop and communicate a system for programmers to be able to receive and use recorded segments from community members for news and public affairs programs.
  1. Utilize Twitter, Facebook and live stream channels to get up to the minute information for news and public affairs programs

Coordinate a station-wide system for providing local news and public affairs programming

  1. Create daily programs or parts of programs that focus primarily on local community news and public affairs at predictable and regular times during the work week
  1. Coordinate KPFA programming in relation to topics to avoid repetition from one program to the next.
  1. Increase programming that includes listener phone in time.
  1. Develop a protocol that clarifies when/how to cover breaking news in our signal range and to pre-empt programming in significant and emergency situations.
  1. Expand use of video channel and live streaming channel to cover local news and public affairs and cultural events.

Communicate regularly with listeners and viewers about local news and public affairs.

  1. Develop outreach materials to let people know about station coverage of local news and public affairs programs and feature it on the website, the video channel, Twitter and Facebook. Include information about all the station resources including KPFA, KPFB, KPFA video channel, KPFA Facebook, KPFA Twitter, KPFA on You Tube and kpfa.org with program archives.
  1. Post written local news and public affairs stories on the KPFA website so that they can be accessed easily through computer searches
  1. Increase (through training and recruitment of volunteers) our capacity to provide responses to emails and calls that are received at the station.

LIBERATE MEDIA TOGETHER!!!

VOTE FOR ALL UCR CANDIDATES IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION TO THE KPFA LSB

More photos from NAACP event:

NAACP President Mansour Id-Deen and VP Barbara White

NAACP President Mansour Id-Deen and VP Barbara White

Community members at NAACP forum

Community members at NAACP forum

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