(longtime organizer for union rights - especially among fellow teachers - Latin American & Puerto Rican solidarity; volunteer with capacity-building Strategies for Social Change)

Dacio Quintana

dacio (at) justiceunity.org
 
Warmest greetings to all WBAI members! ¡Mis más cordiales saludos a todos! I'm running for the WBAI Local Station Board with the Justice and Unity Campaign, endorsed by ProLibertad (Puerto Rican political prisoner freedom group), the May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights, and Dr. Suzanne Ross. WBAI is one of the most precious resources the Left has to offer and we must make it stronger! We need to reach into NYC's diverse communities, including by increasing Spanish-language programming for the millions of non-English-speaking Latinos in the tri-state area who lack a progressive radio outlet.
 
As a young man escaping economic hardship, I immigrated to the US from Peru and worked in NYC as a factory worker and taxi driver before eventually securing my master's degree and teaching science and English as a Second Language in the public schools for 32 years.

 
I have much for which to be grateful to WBAI. In many ways, my formation as a progressive person is very much based on listening to political programming on WBAI and answering calls to action by activists.

Like many of you, I have organized around social justice issues ranging from school reform to solidarity work with Puerto Rico and Latin America. As Chapter Leader of the New Action Caucus, a progressive wing of the teachers' union (which has endorsed Justice & Unity), I fought to advance bilingual education, smaller classroom sizes, and better teacher training. As an organizer with the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, I worked for the independence of Puerto Rico, one of the few remaining U.S. colonies, and currently serve on the Friends of Puerto Rico Committee at the United Nations. I fought to rescue the island of Vieques, inhabited by thousands, from the US Navy's bombing practice.
 
Over decades of activism, I have struggled for workers' rights, ending violence against women and children, more HIV/AIDS services for communities of color, and freeing diverse political prisoners. I also volunteer with Strategies for Social Change, a national capacity-building organization. These experiences have prepared me to offer important skills to the WBAI Board.
 
I have been a WBAI member for 20+ years and have witnessed mismanagement and unproductive dissension that has weakened this precious resource. WBAI could become an even brighter beacon of progressive political thought and activism. We need to:
•    develop a strong, diversified fundraising plan, utilizing some of the thoughtful proposals developed by Justice & Unity and others
•    invest in long-term strategic planning in order to have a future
•    increase programming that will spark the interest and activism of our youth and the many diverse communities WBAI serves.

I urge you to vote for all the Justice & Unity candidates in the following rank 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.