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July 26, 2010 -- On the night of July 16, 2010, I delivered the following statement to the regular quarterly meeting of the national board of the Pacifica Radio Foundation. What you read here is a transcript of the statement as I delivered it, so it differs a little bit from a version also on the Internet that is the speech as I had written it.

I'm Kellia Ramares, news tech, journalist and board op at KPFA, one of the reporters arrested in the newsroom on July 13,1999 and co-founder of Guns and Butter.

On June 29th, I was informed that my work hours would be cut from 11 per week to 6. A 45% reduction, mostly in my hours as the weekend news tech. Six hours a week is not enough to live on.

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And I will also add, since Anthony Fest brought up Ann Garrison, Ann Garrison gives me credit for putting technically together her stories. And she's not the only one.

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Is KPFA really so broke that it cannot pay me a little more than $1200 over the next three months? Because that's the difference between 11 hours and 6 for me until the end of the fiscal year. If so, what is the cause?

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Kellia is a freelance journalist in Oakland, CA who left the Pacifica Radio Network in July, 2010 after 11+ years in the KPFA news department and over 10 years with Free Speech Radio News. She is now in the odd position of needing a paid job while (more...)
 
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