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Free Speech Radio News goes daily May 21

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 within Pacifica.

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 warming.

The resistance to IMF policies in Nigeria which would make fuel for cooking and heating unaffordable for regular people in the oil-rich country.

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 pnnstrikers@igc.org.

Do it today.

In solidarity,
Howard Zinn

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 soon.