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KBBF Bilingual Radio - April 2015


KBBF Bilingual Radio - April 2015

by Edgar Avila

Que Pasa? – What’s New? 

It is often said about Latino culture and Chicano history that “a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” 

The SRJC MEChA and Black Students Union are sponsoring a day long conference about cultural roots and social justice at the Bertolini Student Ctr. on April 25th from 8am to 4:30pm. Alicia Sanchez and David Janda of KBBF will be presenting at one of the workshops, from the historic perspective as the birthplace of bilingual community radio in the U.S., during the days of rising Chicano awareness and pride. Alicia and Dave will invitie the workshop attendees to embrace KBBF as part of their legacy and birthright, to participate in and protect. 

KBBF is cosponsoring the City of Santa Rosa’s 2015 Earth Day celebration on April 18 in downtown Courthouse Square from noon to 4pm. We will be tabling along with dozens of environmental and social justice organizations, amid the sound of daylong musical entertainment and aromas from a variety of food vendors. In the days leading up to the event KBBF will be conducting on air interviews with participating groups. On the day of, we will preempt part of our regular programming. Instead we will present live interviews with families and participants at the Earth Day event. Our interviewers will be graduates of the recently completed volunteer training. Come by the KBBF table say “hi” and pick up a bumpersticker! 

Last month we conducted a major clean-up effort at KBBF’s Finley Avenue property (the site of the station’s offices and studios from 1973 until 2011). Dozens of new and longtime volunteers gathered to remove refuse, recycle the recyclable and salvage the salvageable at the 4.5 acre parcel. Participants shared stories of the long ago and recent history of the site, where a handful of energetic Chicano volunteers started bilingual public radio in the U.S.

Que Dice la Gente - What’s the Buzz? 

Family members and friends of the 43 students recently murdered in Guerrero, Mexico will be gathering to meet supporters in northern Calif Tues. April 7 from 5pm-9pm at KBBF’s studios, 1700 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa. Pablo Rivera, who hosts Músicos, Poetas y Otros on Mon. evenings on KBBF, recently returned from Guerrero and will be sharing updates about recent investigations into the deaths of the 43 teachers in training and the possible political repercussions. Admission will be free.

Many students and parents were outraged that the skit made light of deportation policies, which in Sonoma County alone have broken up hundreds of families. On the other side of the divide, Carrillo faculty awarded the performance “best in show”. Louie Gutierrez interviewed one of the parents on that afternoon’s The Roseland Report. Broken Record, Pablo Rivera, and George Alfaro also covered it on their programs.North Bay Organinizing Project and Maria Carrillo’s Latino Student Union put together a rally in the park across from the Maria Carrillo campus that Friday, which furthered some healing communication among students, who attended despite getting school demerits for doing so.

In February KBBF reporters recorded and put on the air a speech by David Bacon, author of Illegal People—How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and the forthcoming The Right to Stay Home. The recording of that speech can be found on the KBBF web site, Mr. Bacon’s books document the connections between labor, migration, and the global economy. In his speech at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa he explained that people south of the U.S. Border are getting pushed out of their own countries, while our national policy produces an increasingly divided and polarized society.

Calendario – Calendar 

KBBF-FM’s studio and business office are located at the Labor Center, 1700 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa. Feel free to visit or call the office at (707) 545-8833 during business hours. The studio number is (707) 545-0318. Our Mission is to create a strong multilingual voice that empowers and engages the community to achieve social justice through education, celebration of culture and local and international news coverage.