Listener Candidate Statement

Marianela Tricoche (member of Women Workers for Peace [Bronx Latina group], Bolivarian Circle [Venezuela solidarity], & Vieques Support Campaign; immigrant rights activist; occasional translator for WBAI's Wakeup Call and other programs)

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Marianela Tricoche

Marianela Tricoche

I am honored to run for the WBAI Local Station Board on the slate of the Justice and Unity Campaign, I urge you to also vote for my colleagues on this diverse, anti-racist slate 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

Nia Bediako
Tibby Brooks
Bernadette Ellorin
Samia Halaby
Imani Henry
Ray Laforest
Father Lawrence Lucas
Berta Silva
Sam Spady

I was born in Puerto Rico and came to New York forty years ago, where I have resided since. I have worked at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for thirty years as a biochemist. I was a delegate with 1199, the health care workers union, for 25 years from the Albert Einstein College chapter, where I participated in contract negotiations and helped workers with their job grievances and medical claims. I worked with the Vieques Support Campaign, an organization that fought successfully to close the U.S. naval base in Puerto Rico. I was also a member of the board of La Peña, a grassroots community services center in the Bronx, until it closed. I helped to organize demonstrations against the police murders of Amadou Diallo and Anthony Baez. At present, I am a member of Workers for Peace, a women’s organization in the Bronx that deals with Latinas’ issues. I am also a member of the Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera of New York, a group that organizes support for the Venezuelan revolution and the Hugo Chavez government. I also help occasionally with Spanish-to-English translations for WBAI’s Wakeup Call.

This station is a necessity and must continue to broadcast information that the mainstream media either refuse to cover or distort greatly — whether it’s the advances of participatory democracy in Venezuela or the struggles of Latinos and people of African ancestry against police brutality here. WBAI must keep the present character of its programming and its rejection of corporate underwriting. We must fight hard to keep this treasure within our midst. That will be my central focus as a board member.

I support the commitment of the WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign to see that the station maintains genuine activist-oriented programming allowing for a variety of issues, especially those reflecting the political voices of communities of color (including Blacks, Latinos, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Arabs, and indigenous peoples) and youth. I believe that as many groups should be represented as possible in the station, so that everyone has their own voice, if possible in their own language.

Because it is clear that the station does not get enough publicity, I will work with other board members to expand outreach, distribution of literature, and requests for contributions at educational events by activist organizations. Also, given the exorbitant rent paid by the station for the studios on Wall Street, I will urge the Board to help establish a capital campaign to buy a WBAI-owned facility.

I respectfully ask for your vote.