Listener Candidate Statement

 

Bernadette Ellorin (Regional Coordinator, BAYAN USA -- progressive Filipino alliance; community organizer, Philippine Forum; 29-year-old documentary filmmaker)

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Bernadette Ellorin

Bernadette Ellorin

I am a 29-year-old Filipina woman who became attuned to WBAI when I moved to New York City in 1995. Its progressive programming on war and peace issues caught me right away. You see, in the Philippines, journalists who report like this are killed. To project the voice of the voiceless can be a daily risk of death for others across the globe. Therefore, stations such as WBAI must be protected.

That is why I am seeking your support to become a member of the WBAI Local Station Board (LSB). I am running on the Justice and Unity Campaign (www.justiceunity.org) slate. Please vote for me and my colleagues in this precise order to maximize the impact of your vote:

1. Fr. Lawrence Lucas
2. Nia Bediako
3. Berta Silva
4. Ray Laforest
5. Marianela Tricoche
6. Bernadette Ellorin
7. Sam Spady
8. Samia Halaby
9. Imani Henry
10. Tibby Brooks

Together, we believe that Justice and Unity’s achievements and platform for WBAI ensures operation with the perspective of building a legitimate tri-state people’s movement for social progress. This includes diversification of community representation in programming, outreach to underrepresented communities of color, multi-channel expansion of programming in order to reach more listeners, being a tough watchdog against unfair treatment of WBAI employees, and strengthening a grassroots ethos to challenge corporate bullying and corruption.

I work as an overseas representative for Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN). BAYAN is a national alliance of people’s organizations in the Philippines struggling for genuine nationalism and democratic reforms. It is the political center of what is known as the National Democratic Movement in the Philippines. This has trained me in organizing Filipinos in the U.S. as overseas compatriots with a national liberation perspective, addressing issues that range from immigrant rights, women’s rights, systemic racism, and economic disparity to U.S. war and militarization, neoliberal globalization, genuine agrarian reform, government corruption, and human rights violations.

Professionally, I am a freelance television producer and independent filmmaker. My direct experiences with corporate media are another impetus for me to advocate for genuine community programming that speaks for oppressed communities worldwide.

In addition, I am also a member of a political punk rock band known as KADENA.

My strong interest in serving on the LSB is rooted in my commitment to protect and advance the progressive and community-oriented vision of WBAI.

I bring with me my organizing experiences and skills. In 2004, I worked on a successful BAYAN campaign to withdraw Philippine troops from Iraq. My work as a media officer also contributed to the release of enslaved Filipina domestic workers by abusive employers overseas. In 2005, I coordinated a 40+ U.S. delegation to the Philippines to join a BAYAN fact-finding mission investigating human rights violations being committed by the Philippine government. I assisted in the presentation of these findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Since then, the World Council of Churches, Amnesty International, Asian Human Rights Watch, and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions have all released statements against the human rights situation in the Philippines.

I would love the chance to contribute toward WBAI’s progress.

Contact me at bernadette@justiceunity.org.