eugene (at) justiceunity.org

I've been a WBAI listener and financial supporter for many years. At the Wall Street studios, I spent hundreds of hours taking pledges, mailing out premiums, and later doing the Community Bulletin Board (CBB).

I'm active in the NYC Labor Chorus, the Beacon Sloop Club (started by Pete and Toshi Seeger), and IFCO/Pastors for Peace, which is sending its 27th friendshipment caravan to Cuba. My wife and I are working against the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines, which would bring oil fracked in the Dakotas from Albany to Linden, NJ. I also support the Beacon Prison Action Network, formed after the killing of Samuel Harrell in Fishkill Prison.

I'm running for the Board with the Justice & Unity Campaign because WBAI must remain and grow as a progressive,voice more than ever in this period of economic turmoil, war, and increasing right-wing and racist propaganda. But to keep the station alive, serious changes are needed. The Local Station Board has been functioning with great difficulty over the past year because of the disruption and then the boycotting of meetings by the Indy Caucus faction.

Near-constant on-air fundraisers, often with a commercial tone, are not working well and turn listeners away. To better serve our neighbors

who hustle from underpaid work to financially “underwater” houses or apartments on the edge of gentrification to care for their children who
attend under-performing public schools while charter and private schools benefit from our tax dollars, the station's reach must be expanded and its income must increase. Justice & Unity is now working with management to implement a detailed plan it developed with others to do short-term, off-air fundraising. The plan also include many longer-term proposals, including reaching out to progressive musicians to hold more fundraising concerts.

WBAI needs to redevelop a news department and have an increased presence at more events. Thanks to Linda Perry for the work she’s been doing. Along with more local news coverage, I favor training young people and other community members as reporters, writers, and producers. In an international city like New York, with immigrants from everywhere, the board needs to find a Program Director who will traverse the diverse communities and progressive movements throughout the signal area, seeking voices that need to be heard – and that we all need to hear.

WBAI is 55 years old and its average member is 62. It’s past time to have a real plan for the future! Who will preserve the airways if we fail to train and incorporate the next generation of activists and broadcasters?


And, perhaps most important: We must not accede to any suggestion to sell or swap our signal!

I urge you to vote for all the Justice & Unity candidates (www.justiceunity.org) -- endorsed by the International Action Center among others -- in the following order:

1. Sharonne Salaam
2. Eugene Hamond
3. Cerene Roberts
4. William Heerwagen
5. Five Mualimm-ak
6. Dacio Quintana
7. Moira Meltzer-Cohen
8. Ebon Charles (WRITE-IN)