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!! M A S S L E T T E R W R I T I N G C A M P A I G N !!

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DECATUR BLACK LIBERATION RADIO PIONEERS

NAPOLEON WILLIAMS AND MILDRED JONES ARE

FIGHTING BACK AND URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!

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In the midst of BRUTAL repression, including the state-sponsored kidnapping of their children, jailings, fines, threats, and raids on their home since their on-air debut in 1990, Napolean Williams and Mildred Jones are STANDING STRONG against the FULL WEIGHT of the state of Illinois' injustice system in their righteous struggles to maintain the free flow of information in Decatur, Illinois and regain custody of their two daughters.

WE *MUST* SUPPORT THESE COURAGEOUS MEDIA WARRIORS AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT OUR PEOPLE CANNOT BE TERRORIZED WITH IMPUNITY !!

We are calling on *ALL* those dedicated to the free flow of information to SEND A LETTER OF SUPPORT to the Illinois State Attorney General's office and DEMAND ANSWERS regarding the raid on Decatur Black Liberation Radio, especially their taking of legal papers, files and other non-radio related equipment in their ongoing custody battle to win back their young daughters, Unique Dream and Atrue Dream.

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

JIM RYAN, STATES ATTORNEY

Office Locations:

500 South 2nd Street Springfield, IL 62706 (217) 782-1090 - (General Information)

100 W. Randolph Suite 11, 12, & 13 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 814-2503 - (General Information)

E-Mail a copy to the Decatur Herald Review at: hrnews@webmart.net

!! THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION !!

PLEASE MAKE THE TIME TO SEND ONE LETTER *TODAY*, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE LET ILLINOIS KNOW *RIGHT AWAY* THAT DECATUR BLR HAS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT !!

PLEASE take a few additional moments and WIDELY distribute this e-mail through every means available, including e-mail lists, web sites, bulletin boards, as well as contacting as many people as possible without on-line access to flood the Attorney General's offices and send a *strong* message that we stand in solidarity with NAPOLEON AND MILDRED!! SHOWING A UNITED FORCE IS THE ONLY WAY TO CURB THESE BRUTAL ATTACKS ON FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE!!

"Just remember this: The first person to die in the so-called Free Radio movement was a Black man (Michael Taylor in Los Angeles) killed in a controversial and mysterious fashion last year, and these people in Decatur have had their kids seized, equipment impounded, and then been thrown into jail by government agents. Please let us adopt this very serious case in Decatur as our own and not allow them to be crushed into silence." -- Bro. Komboa Ervin, Black Autonomy International

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!! DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE!! ==============================

Jim Ryan State Attorney General 100 W. Randolph Suites 11,12, & 13 Chicago,IL 60601

Dear Mr. Ryan:

Greetings, as an activist in the Afrikan Community, its amazing how after four(4) years, nothing has been done about the kidnapping of two young children from their biological parents? On January 9, 1997, your office raided the home of Napolean Williams and Mildred Jones and took all their broadcasting equipment. Mr. Ryan, could you explain who gave your office the authority to raid "BLACK LIBERATION RADIO" and for what reasons? We are well aware of the history of Napolean Williams and Mildred Jones with the racist macon county state's attorney Lawrence "Larry" Fichter. i will say it again, its amazing how those of you in power, continue to abuse that power and go unpunished.

Mr. Ryan, could you tell us what crime BLACK LIBERATION RADIO has committed? We hope you understand, the airwaves are *FREE*, and do not belong to anyone. We support BLACK LIBERATION RADIO and demand your office return the property of BLACK LIBERATION RADIO. Please be clear Mr. Ryan, BLACK LIBERATION RADIO is much larger than Napolean Williams and Mildred Jones.

We look forward to your prompt response. Thank you for your time.

UHURU, Shiriki Unganisha Chairperson, Stop Targeting the Afrikan Community

cc: Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign Economic Sanctions Committee Against Racism ==============================

BACKGROUND:

On January 9, 1997, the Illinois Attorney General's office stormed and raided Black Liberation Radio in Decatur, Illinois, seizing all broadcast equipment as well as personal items that had nothing to do with the radio station, including a computer and files regarding the ongoing battle of station owners Napoleon Williams and Mildred Jones to regain custody of their two daughters who were kidnapped from them by the state of Illinois.

"It's amazing. You can buy a Uzi fully assembled, but it's illegal to buy an FM transmitter fully assembled in this country," Bro. Napoleon told the Decatur Herald Review. "Radio is one of the cheapest forms of communication you can find. Homeless people don't have nothin' (else), but they have a radio," he said. "We've got something that's this easy to get information to people, why aren't we using it to get something more than just Top 40 records and jingles and things of that sort? Why aren't we putting things like this to use?".

Establishment media refers to Decatur Black Liberation Radio as a "pirate" station. "Pirate says that you're stealing something," said Napoleon. "A thief of the high seas or something like that. We're not stealing anything. The people of Decatur fill these airwaves, it is not just Napoleon & Mildred's, it's *the people's* station, and we DEMAND an answer as to why it was raided and closed."

Decatur's Black Liberation Radio daily broadcasts featured information on the truth of police brutality in Decatur, the family's unbelievable ordeal at the hands of Macon County State's Attorney Larry Fichter and the Dept. of Children and Family Services to regain custody of their two daughters (an ordeal which began when Black Liberation Radio first aired), tapes of Malcolm X, Kwesi Mfume and many other inspirational speakers. They featured live call-in segments so that the otherwise voiceless Decatur residents could air their concerns and viewpoints, on Sundays broadcast gospel services and some evenings aired rhythm and blues, defying the notion that broad-based access to our people is a right solely reserved for a certain few, and dedicating their very lives to the FREE FLOW of information!!

Decatur Black Liberation Radio has also brought together unemployed blacks and whites with the predominantly white workers who have undergone bitter strikes in the 90s (Caterpillar, etc.). It has given them all a voice, not just locally but to a degree nationally. Napoleon was the keynote speaker at the recent Micro Broadcasters Convention in Oakland, as this case epitomizes the lengths that the state will undertake to silence *all* microradio operators. The very *least* we can do in support of them is to purchase a 32 cent stamp and MAIL A LETTER to the Illinois State Attorney General's office!

PLEASE DON'T DELAY!!

Napoleon requests donations and any and all equipment, i.e. CD's, CD players, tapes/players, mics, etc. to help them re-establish Decatur Black Liberation Radio and fight back against the Illinois Attorney General's office. Please send what you can to: Napoleon Williams, 629 East Center, Decatur, IL 62526 -- (217) 423-9997.

TOGETHER WE WILL WIN!! ----------------------------------------------------

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa http://www.webcom.com/nattyreb

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