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January 16, 2007
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Haiti needs it's good friends. Before the US-led coup of February 29 2004 has been sending its readers to Long before that the editors of Chicken Bones have been producing insightful content about Haiti and the African Diaspora. The Library of Congress recognizes this historical gem by archiving their content in its collection.

As is common to many of these efforts, the primary objective is expanding information and not collecting and concentrating capital to their coffers. In short a few dollars sent their way will help us here at to keep the news and record of Haiti's struggle in the hands of those who love the people of Haiti. Read their appeal below and give generously.

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Help Save ChickenBones-Our Literary Journal
An Appeal by The Committee to Keep ChickenBones Alive

Dear Friends of ChickenBones:

We have all been blessed over the last several years by the on-line journal known as ChickenBones: A Journal ( We have had everyday access to original intellectual work by some of the most important artists and theorists of the past 100 years, made possible by the dedicated and selfless labor of the singular Rudy Lewis.

Rudy has been performing the same kind of cultural labor that earned Langston Hughes his respect as a midwife of the Harlem Renaissance and Dudley Randall his own as the man behind Broadside Press and the Black Arts Movement. One glance at the ChickenBones website is enough to convince anyone of this idea.

We cannot forget that behind every great artist there is a whole army of talented everyday workers such as Rudy who, like Dudley Randall did, takes the greatest pleasure in simply raising up other artists, and who has no problem with the anonymity that often comes with this kind of behind-the-scenes labor. And yes, like the great Dudley Randall was in his life, Rudy is a librarian.

Rudy is hardly anonymous to those of us who know him and depend personally on his work at ChickenBones, but, for the million readers who visited the site last year, he probably is. This year ChickenBones was visited by 1.5 million people, and this coming year we expect even more. For information about the basic facts of ChickenBones, read the Conversation on ChickenBones Survival

What most readers of ChickenBones do not know is that Rudy carefully maintains the website without any financial support from readers or grant-giving institutions. The time has come for things to change here, because we simply cannot lose ChickenBones, it's not an option.

There are essential infrastructural improvements that must be made. For example, there is an urgent need for new hardware, software, DLS internet provider, web hosting and security services, as well as technical assistance. Our fund-raising goal is $25,000. But, even more important, there is the fact that Rudy needs to be compensated for his valuable editorial labors. We are asking folk to join us in helping to support Rudy and his irreplaceable work at ChickenBones.

In concluding his great book The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, Harold Cruse wrote that the intellectual horizons of the black intelligentsia have been so narrowed in scope and banalized by the American corrosion that Negro creativity has been diminishing since the 1920s. The staying power of Rudy Lewis's work at ChickenBones is the way he has helped to reverse this trend, all by himself, by broadening our horizons each and every day. Tell Rudy you know this by cutting him a check.

Donations (check or money order) should be made out to:

"ChickenBones: A Journal"

and sent to:

ChickenBones: A Journal
13219 Kientz Road
Jarratt, VA 23867

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