18.8.08

IN A LAND THAT'S KNOWN AS FREEDOM, HOW CAN SUCH A THING BE FAIR? Won't you please write to Chicago for the help that you can bring.
Please consider contacting the president of the University of Illinois system, B. Joseph White, to ask him to take immediate public steps to insure the safety of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge records, to release the identity of the collection’s donor, and above all to swiftly make the collection available.
That's the president of the University of Illinois system,

If you ask his staff to help you, will they turn the other ear?

More details of the library's unwillingness to share are here. The archive is bound and gagged.
The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access. Circumstances strongly suggest the likelihood that Bill Ayers himself may have played a pivotal role in this denial. Ayers has long taught at UIC, where the Chicago Annenberg Challenge offices were housed, rent-free. Ayers likely arranged for the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to be housed in the UIC library, and may well have been consulted during my unsuccessful struggle to gain access to the documents.
Open up the door!

(And yes, I take pleasure in using Graham Nash's lyrics to structure my post.)

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