Verna Avery Brown to anchor cast
Free Speech Radio News goes daily May 21; Verna Avery Brown to
anchor cast May 8, 2001: From May 21 to June 15, Free Speech Radio
News -- produced by the striking Pacifica stringers -- will be going
daily! We are delighted to report that the daily cast will be hosted
by former Pacifica Network News anchor Verna Avery Brown. More
details will be forthcoming shortly.
In the meantime, we need to ask for your help. Since February
2000, Free Speech Radio News has come out each Friday and airs on 47
community stations, thanks to generous listener contributions.
Additional grants from the Pacifica Campaign as well as Friends of
Free Speech Radio will now help to make a daily progressive newscast
a reality -- but we,re still short on funds to actually get us
through that first month, and will need to continue raising
contributions to keep the daily cast going after June 15.
We need your donations now more than ever. Please read the
following letter from one of our supporters, historian Howard Zinn
(author of _A People's History of the United States_ and many other
works) to learn how you can help.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM HOWARD ZINN
Dear supporter of free speech,
For more than a year, over forty freelance reporters have been on
strike against the Pacifica Network News. They demand that Pacifica
return to its founding principles: free speech, editorial
independence, and grassroots, noncorporate news. The strikers have
called for an end to censorship throughout the network and the
freedom to do critical, accurate reporting about controversies
They've also produced Free Speech Radio News, a weekly newscast
which can now be heard on 47 community radio stations, from Seattle
to Little Rock, Santa Barbara to Boston. In recent months, Free
Speech Radio News has brought listeners stories and perspectives
missing from the corporate media and Pacifica Network News:
· The Palestinian intifada and Israeli military occupation, as
seen from inside the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip.
· The Zapatistas' historic caravan: The road from Chiapas, the
rally with hundreds of thousands of supporters in Mexico City, and
their historic speeches to the Mexican Congress.
· The Free Trade Area of the Americas: Its implications for
education, the environment, and human rights, as well as the
people's movement against the FTAA from Buenos Aires to Quebec City.
· A massive railway project which would bring cheap coal from
Wyoming to the East Coast, even as the international community calls
on the U.S. to reduce the use of fossil fuels to slow global
· The resistance to IMF policies in Nigeria which would make fuel
for cooking and heating unaffordable for regular people in the
These are vital stories, but they will continue to be heard only
if you give your support. Producing and distributing Free Speech
Radio News costs over $1000 per cast, and its reporters - some of
the finest alternative journalists in broadcasting - have made big
financial sacrifices to support the struggle to reclaim Pacifica.
Your donation is needed right now to keep that struggle and Free
Speech Radio News alive. Honor the integrity of these reporters and
show your commitment to the survival of independent, critical media.
Checks should be made payable to the Agape Foundation with the
words "Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship" on the memo line and
mailed to Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship, c/o Kevin Brower,
2210 Curtis Street, Apt. A, Berkeley, CA 94702. All contributions
are tax deductible. If you have questions or would like to pledge a
monthly amount, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do it today.
For more information on the freelancers' strike against Pacifica
Network News, see http://www.savepacifica.net/strike/.
ALSO, encourage your local station to carry the daily cast.
Information on how to obtain it will be posted on the strike website