Five Mualimm-ak
five (at) justiceunity.org

I am always busy because there is so much to do. I value time more than many people because the State stole 12 years of my life and I can never get it back. I am co-founder of Incarcerated Nation Corp. which helps formerly incarcerated people transition to life on the outside.

My mission is to organize. I organize against the use of imprisonment as a solution to society’s unresolved problems, for the rights of the incarcerated, for an end to solitary confinement, and to ensure that mental health care becomes accessible and ordinary. To organize is to step back from the “me” and focus on the “we”.

I am proud to run for the Local Station Board with the Justice and Unity Campaign.

Public media has always been a part of my life. My parents invested in public television and my Mom always carted around her Channel 13 PBS supporter tote bag. I’d asked her why she carried it like a banner or poster advertising the station and her response was that supporting something that plays a part in educating your family and community is central to what it means to be American.

My parents were very active in the civil rights movement on a community level, providing meals and physical fitness training in California and then New York City. They didn’t allow us to watch

the major media, with my dad saying that we listen to the real news and from the voices of those who are directly impacted -- "the people".

At an early age, I got information that had not been filtered through the mass media lens. With that kind of upbringing and my personal experience, I now work on human rights issues with the United Nations Anti-Torture Initiative and other organizations.

I come from people who get things done. My mother helped to build Project Green Hope which serves women with substance abuse histories who are returning home from prison or are in need of alternatives to incarceration. That project began because of the existence of an open platform through which the average person who had been impacted could voice their opinions and be heard.

Community radio is the last line of defense for the real voices of people. This freedom to speak even when others disagree with the content of that speech is at the core of what WBAI represents.

We have the power to preserve that. It's a responsibility not a right. And I want to lend my networking skills to bring WBAI to more people.

For more information, please visit www.justiceunity.org and vote for the Justice & Unity candidates in this 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)