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4/21/2012 To: Molrning


To: Molrning Mix

CC: Flashpoints, Desley A. Brooks, City Council Member, District 6, Oakland, Andrew Philips, Bayview Newspaper

I sent this email that Andrew Philips about a week ago who advised that I should pass it around myself.

I worried: "what's going on?" when on the Friday that JR Valray said on Morning Mix that he might not be back on on Monday. Well at least we still have JR! Is this issue being reserected? I hope not.

I think that one of KPFA's great strengths is its apprenticeship community journalist program. This is our best opportunity to learn early on about local problems. Without "Community journalists" insights may "fester" while big media starts passing "judgments" which may be dammaging if by ommission rather than by analysys.

Youths who have not had good luck in school due to poverty, absentee perhaps incarcerated parents and otherwize loose on the streets often need community centers dedicated to helping them learn life skills such as how to fill out forms, to get jobs, and the cultivation of courteous manners and insight as to making good choices esuch as not wearing "saggy" pants to job interviews.

San Francisco Chronicle ran about a half dozen "fester" articles which on balance denigrated The Digital Arts And Culinary Center generated by Desley A. Brooks, City Council Member, District 6, Oakland. Why did her fellow council members not support Digital Arts? Learning to cook and how to handle electronic recording equipment are employable skills. Would not have "education and schools" rather than "parks and recreation" have been the better administrative choice for such community centers?

Would Councilwoman Brooks talk to us on air?

One doesn't see a lot of black faces working on local construction projects such as the Bay Bridge remodel. Labor unions and out of town government construction contractors always seem to be on the inside loop. What are our youths to do? Why are black construction companies always out out the of loop? Mr. Willie Ratcliff who did an important job in Alaska can tell you about this

Where the SF Chronicle fails to enlighten I think that KPFA Community Journalist could and should.

On Monday April 2 Morning Mix's hosted a a useful but curious on air discussion. At least two people called in expressing the hope that JR be sacked from Morning Mix. One or two others complained about Amy Goodman. Several of her recent programs have had in depth looks at the the terrible killing of Trevor Martin and police violence againts black men adds up as racial conspiracy in general. As police union lewyers seem indifferant to matters of justice the CWA seems bent on NPRising at KPFA programming for money.

You can see that I've been stewing about things. When I heard about Andrew Philips's "3 Minute Collage" assignments on Flash Points with CJ Holmes and volunteer Annie Marie Miller interviewing CJ and Terry Miller as to their nearly fatal mortgage problems and thought as what could be better model for the "community Journalists" program for KPFA. We must strengthen such capabilities.

George Pope
San Mateo CA

Here are a few community centers of interest.

Digital Arts and Culinary Center
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
East Oakland boxing club
Omega Boys Club, Street-Soldiers
YMCA SF Bay-view San Francisco

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