We want to revive and strengthen our beloved VOLUNTEER-POWERED, NON-COMMERCIAL, LISTENER-SPONSORED, FULL-STRENGTH COMMUNITY RADIO STATION. In the past year, the current board leadership has taken actions in secret, mismanaged KBOO's money, and created a hostile work environment at KBOO. It's imperative that we put an end to this and restore KBOO to its mission, vision, and program chartersee https://kboo.fm/about-kboo.
We endorse incumbents Ruba Leech and KatMeow Garcia, who have served with integrity through a deeply difficult period for the station.
We also endorse Emma Lugo, Laurie Mercier, and Theresa Mitchell for positions on the board of directors. Though there are only four positions on the ballot, three additional board positions have become open due to resignations, so our hope is that all six candidates will be seated between the board meeting and the annual meeting.
[We mourn the passing of Sue Bartlett, longtime KBOO member, volunteer, and former board member, who would have been an excellent board member again.]
The candidates we support have devoted years as volunteers for KBOO, as programmers, board members, producers, engineers, interviewers, pledge-drive contributors, and staff. As board members, Emma Lugo, Laurie Mercier, and Theresa Mitchell are committed to solving current problems:
Problem 1: Disregard for KBOO core values and bylaws
We plan to restore core values of inclusion and collaboration; and govern ourselves according to our bylaws, which our members developed and which have served us well for 50 years. We also want to add mentoring for new board members to create a more nurturing and joyful environment. We need a more stable and long-lived board.
Problem 2: Lack of transparency
We plan to return to openness, collaboration and invite participation, and end top-down management, intimidation, secret meetings, and plans.
Problem 3: Irresponsible and unauthorized spending of KBOO funds
We plan to stop the financial bleeding which threatens KBOO's very existence and reach out to the KBOO community for additional financial support.
Problem 4: Disrespect for workers and union rights
We want collaboration, not intimation! We will end the removal of staff and volunteers who are resisting the takeover and ensure that everyone who works at KBOO supports KBOO's mission, vision and program charter.
Problem 5: Lack of appreciation of the volunteers and support for KBOO's Committees
Volunteers produce 80% of KBOO programing, and their connections in the Portland communitythe people they know, the people who like their showsgenerate a substantial part of our financing. We pledge to work to rebuild KBOO's committees and restore KBOO volunteers to major roles in KBOO policy and decision making. We will work to involve all board members who make policy, in the committees and in daily process of producing 24/7/365 radio.
Problem 6: Neglect of the Beloved Community process
We will pick up and carry forward the lessons learned from the Beloved Community workshops on race, white privilege, and empowerment.
Whatever their motivations, current board leadership has deeply harmed KBOO and we must replace them as soon as possible. We plan to break the cycle of crisis by examining our vulnerabilities and drawing on community resources to help us become resilient and resist takeovers.
As you may know, we asked for signatures on a petition to remove the president and vice president of the board. Signatures have now been validated on the petition, and this enables us to hold a special meeting to vote to remove them. Per bylaws, the board must set the day, time and place--and we hope that, with new board members, this can be done soon.
This board has suffered from a lack of quorum. We aim to resolve that issue. A full board of twelve, without vacancies, will better be able to make a quorum, share work, communicate with members, volunteers, and staff, and avoid bad decisions.
The general election on September 14 will choose FOUR board members. If you are a KBOO member, you can help us by voting for our endorsements. Ballots can be found online here: https://kboo.fm/blog/74745 (near the bottom of the page). If you are not yet a member, you can donate and become one here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E9988&id=1
Come to the Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 14 to vote for board candidates!
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD TO OTHER KBOO MEMBERS!
For more information about the issues, please see the petition: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/keep-kboo-true-to-its-values.html
For more information about all the board candidates, please see the KBOO board page: https://kboo.fm/blog/74745