(transgender activist; co-founder, coordinator, and/or director of many different LGBT organizations, including NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid and NYC's first org. for LGBT Koreans)

Pauline Park

(paulinepark.com)

I am running for the WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) because I believe passionately in the power of radio to educate the public, and in the crucial role that WBAI has played here in the tri-state area and can continue to play with the right leadership.

In the course of 21 years of activism, I have co-founded several LGBT organizations, including the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), the first transgender advocacy organization in the state; Queens Pride House, the borough's only LGBT community center; Iban/Queer Koreans (Iban/QKNY), the first organization in New York specifically for LGBT Koreans; OutPOCPAC, the first political club by and for LGBT people of color; and NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, the first LGBT-specific organization formed to challenge the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. My commitment to social justice is embodied by my work with these organizations, an important asset for a board member of this mission-driven station.

I'm running with the Justice & Unity Campaign, as I share their critique of existing WBAI operations and their vision of a community-based progressive radio station positioned for long-term sustainability. The J&U minority on the current Board is willing to work to make WBAI more community-connected, but the current LSB majority has blocked movement on vital mandated processes such as finding a permanent Program Director, evaluating the General Manager, and investing in off-air fundraising. It's time to make the board more effective and more genuinely representative of WBAI listeners and the larger tri-state community that the station is here to serve.

If elected to the LSB, I would bring to the board both executive experience, having served as executive director of Queens Pride House for the last three years, and board experience, having served as president of the board of directors for the last five of my twelve years on that board. I know how to focus on what really matters, and understand the difference between governance and management. I would work to make the LSB much more useful.

I would also be the first openly transgendered woman of color on the LSB.

It is my sincere hope that you heed the call to give the Justice & Unity Campaign a clear and strong board majority. We are committed to the goal of a powerful station and are willing to do the work to take it there. You can help us move WBAI beyond internal conflict and vilification toward effective collaboration and long-term sustainability by voting for the complete Justice and Unity slate--endorsed by ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Bayan USA (progressive Filipinos), Larry Hamm, and the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition--in the following order:

1. Lynne Stewart WRITE HER IN AS #1

2. King Downing

3. John Brinkley

4. Ralph Poynter

5. Pauline Park

6. Dacio Quintana

             7. Eugene Hamond

For unknown reasons, Lynne Stewart's online membership didn't register. Please write in her name and rank her #1; her statement is at www.justiceunity.org.