I'll start with a reflection. You may have received our 3-Year Strategic Plan recently.
On one of the first pages, it reads: KBOO operates from a set of strong progressive values that continue to evolve as the world in which we live changes. We list our values, our guiding principles, here on our website.
I'm not here to write about how overwhelmed I've felt by the tides of linear thinking and ambivalent coverage we're being bombarded by in the mainstream media - which swings between cozy disinterest to aggressive confirmation of a disrespect for our civil rights. Nor am I here to write about the fear I feel for the people threatened by violence, deportation, and even further disenfranchisement. It's important to be present with those feelings.
But for now, I'm here to build you up.
As an independent media, KBOO stands against the complicit oppression of people in our community. We have worked toward empowering our community to express themselves, toward facilitating a space for resistance, and toward creating a tool for critical listening for nearly 50 years.
As we evaluate this world together, know that KBOO is here with you. We share an unflinching, lived truth - that community radio remains a source of revolutionary thought, that we will express our beliefs (no matter how different they might be) with honesty and earnestness, and that we will persist in providing an alternative to mainstream media - one that lifts up the voices of the unheard.
KBOO is a reflection of the power we have when we're together. And when we make radio together, we create media with conscience.
I'm grateful to work with you,