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Help Local Activist: Free Dele Ailemen

by Free Dele Wednesday, Jul. 06, 2005 at 9:59 PM

Please distribute widely! Please come!

You've heard of Rent Parties?

Come to our

BOND PARTY

to raise a bail bond fund for

DELE Ailemen

Nigerian Radio and Television Journalist, KPFK and Labor Activist

so that he can assist his lawyers prepare for his Political Asylum hearing

When: Sunday, July 17, 2005; 3 p.m.

Hear: Dele Ailemen on the Democracy Movement in Nigeria

(Via a previously recorded Interview)

Eat: Nigerian and International Cuisine

Where: 939 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

(NW Corner of San Vicente & 10th St./Larkin - For directions call (310) 458-7213)

Donation: Free Admission -- You are invited to come and bring your check book.



Dele's Bond has been set at ,000

. But - Don't wait 'til July 17th - We are asking for you to SEND MONEY NOW so that Bond can be posted TODAY.

Contributions to Dele Ailemen's defense should be made payable to

CAMPAIGN FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Mail to:

The Paul Robeson Community Center, Dele Ailemen Defense Committee:

2286 East Carson Street, #138, Long Beach, CA 90807-3726

Telephone: (562) 331-5807

Money is also needed for communication and defense costs,

so please tell us if you are lending or donating your contribution.

All loans to be returned to the donor when bail is exonerated.

All contributions over 0 will be assumed to be applied towards the bail fund, to be returned to you when bail is exonerated.

Please note, however, that there is always a risk of forfeiture of bond.

With your contribution, TODAY, Dele can be released prior to July 17th

and we will celebrate his release at that time

Please give us the following information. so we can keep you posted on Dele's case

Name, Address, City, State, Zip, E-Mail, Phone

:

You can contact us by email at ailemen_defense@yahoo.com or info@freedele.org or go to http://www.freedele.org for more information regarding Dele Ailemen.

Dele Ailemen has contributed to shaping the political and cultural landscape of Los Angeles since he arrived. He has worked tirelessly at democratizing KPFK and working with volunteers and staff in and around KPFK radio, with a focus on training young people of color for a career in journalism and radio production -- especially young women of color. Dele was a founding member of the Paul Robeson Community Center Radio Training Project, and the South Central Women’s and Youth Radio Collective. He has championed local and international struggles from South L.A. to Soweto. He has been an outspoken labor activist, fought against police brutality and racist immigration policies. His is a voice that must not be silenced.

Lend your solidarity and help us free Brother Dele!

Thank you in advance for your support.

Dele Ailemen Defense Committee

PARTIAL LIST OF DELE AILEMEN’S SUPPORTERS



Grace Aaron *Cynthia Anderson Barker * Kevin Bishop * Blase & Theresa Bonpane *

Adele & Oneil Cannon * LaTrice Dixon * Jim DeMaegt *

Fernando Fernando * Jan Goodman * Cindy Henderson * John A. Imani * Dedon Kamathi * Sonali Kolhatkar *

Jim Lafferty * Lil Joe * riKu Matsuda * Casey McFall * Wendy McPherson

* Alan Minsky * Ayo Nicol * Gary Phillips *

Myla Reson * T Santora * Naomi Snyder * Sabina Virgo * Donna Jo Warren *

Connie White * Don White * john martínez

See our website at http://www.freedele.org for updates regarding Dele and the program on July 1th



E-mail RSVP's to the July 17th Fundraiser Appreciated

or RSVP to (562) 331-5807



Dele Ailemen lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years -- remaining here without a visa when the political situation in Nigeria made it dangerous for him to return there. He has been in INS detention since February 2005, after the Hawthorne Police ran a "routine check" on him -- essentially on the basis of racial profiling.

Before coming to the United States, Dele Ailemen worked as a radio and television journalist and commentator in Nigeria, and was actively involved in the labor movement even as a teen. During the better part of the ‘80s, Dele served as the chairman of the Bendel (now Edo) State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists. Dele is credited by colleagues as one of the “national architects of the progressive coalition within the Union of Journalists in the face of threats from successive military dictatorships in Nigeria.” Punch, December 12, 1985. (Punch is a national and daily newspaper in Nigeria.) Dele was a leader in investigating the assassination of Dele Giwa, publisher of a prominent news magazine in Nigeria. As a result of this investigation, one of the principal suspects became General Ibrahim Babangida, former President of Nigeria and a possible candidate for the upcoming 2007 presidential election in Nigeria. As a result of Dele’s journalistic and political

activities and views, he has received threats from forces in Nigeria that have the power to harm or kill him should he return home.









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