Mo (at) justiceunity.org

FM Radio can travel great distances and enter all kinds of places — it literally reaches anyone with a radio by going through walls. I am running for the WBAI Local Station Board with the Justice and Unity Campaign. Like FM radio, I have never been stopped by artificial barriers. While George Bush was defunding public education in order to pay for two apocalyptically ill-advised wars, I found funding to work with marginalized students and teachers to develop anti-racist curricula in places from Detroit to Milwaukee, and Brooklyn, New York, to Eugene, Oregon. After seeing working-class students of color targeted nationwide by the police and funneled into prisons, I began fighting the prison-industrial complex directly.

I am now a civil rights and criminal defense attorney serving people embattled by state violence. My clients include working-class communities of color, queer and gender-nonconforming people, religious minorities, political dissidents, elderly

people, and those already behind bars (and there is significant overlap among these groups). I also do estate planning for poly/queer individuals and families, and gender-confirming health-care advocacy for incarcerated people. I believe that the law is but one tool in the struggle for collective liberation, along with, for example, public and popular educational tools like community radio.

More valuable than any degrees I hold is my ability to listen to multiple conflicting points of view, and bring people to mutually satisfactory resolutions. I believe strongly that it is possible to heal deep institutional wounds by taking a shared mission more seriously than we take ourselves.

In order to keep breaking through walls, WBAI must take seriously its educational mission, and commit to acting on the core principle that the most vulnerable voice is also the most reliable. This is so both in judging the integrity of news sources and in measuring the healthy and just operation of the institution. WBAI must center marginalized voices to ensure that power does not inure to the already most powerful.

WBAI must identify ways to keep pace with the needs of communities who most need access to reliable international, national, and hyper-local news. For example, without disrupting broadcasts, the station can use the same kind of technology used for text messaging to contribute FM spectrum for free wi-fi networks. This could serve precisely those people most reliant on radio owing to technological exclusion, building loyalty to and investment in the idea of WBAI’s continued existence. At the same time, WBAI must seek stability and coherence in vision, programming, and the appropriate implementation of decisional power.

Vote for the Justice & Unity slate (endorsed by Lynne Stewart, the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, and the People’s Organization for Progress , among others) 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)