|Bob Lederer (co-producer/co-host, Health Action; Editor, WBAI Website and Folio; anti-racist/queer activist; writer/editor on health/AIDS issues; member, Resistance in Brooklyn) Click here for candidate questionnaire.|
The past three years have been a difficult time for WBAI, between financial crises, painful layoffs, management changes, and bitter conflict on the LSB. I’ve tried to bring thoughtfulness, practicality, and adherence to principle in forging solutions. I have consistently argued that our hard-working staff, paid and unpaid, must be respected and our contract-mandated rights to fair treatment upheld. Equally key, the historic autonomy of each Pacifica station must not be encroached upon by dictates from Pacifica’s Executive Director or National Board.
To these ends, as a staff representative on the LSB and on the Pacifica National Board (PNB), I have worked with colleagues to achieve the following:
For years, I’ve made my WBAI and Pacifica work my major priority. Besides my three years as Website/Folio Editor and my ongoing co-production of Health Action, I’ve held these positions: Chair, LSB Elections Review Committee and LSB Bylaws Review Committee; member, LSB Finance Committee, PNB Personnel Committee, and PNB Governance Committee.
In the future, I will make a major push for a comprehensive inventory and full funding of badly needed equipment upgrades to ease production work and improve listenability. I will also pursue the idea of establishing a Pacifica record label to showcase independent cultural workers while generating revenue for the network. Finally, I will support LSB involvement in a capital campaign to purchase a permanent home for the station.
I also want to communicate better with staff about board business: soliciting input and proposals, reporting back after PNB meetings, and facilitating discussion of important policy issues.
I ask for your support to continue working on behalf of us all to build a stronger station and network.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.