By Thomas Good
October 6, 2008
Bill Ayers is someone I'm proud to call my friend. He's a respected
educator endowed with an astounding work ethic and a human being with
a tremendous generosity of spirit. Recently he has been the target of
a smear campaign. To counter this attack a number of Bill's
colleagues have started a website.
From Support Bill Ayers:
"It seems that the character assassination and slander of Bill Ayers
and other people who have known Obama is not about to let up. While
an important concern is the dishonesty of this campaign and the
slanderous McCarthyism they are using to attack Obama, we also feel
an obligation to support our friend and colleague Bill Ayers. Many,
many educators have reached out, asking what they could do, seeking a
way to weigh in against fear and intimidation. Many of us have been
talking and we agree that this one gesture, a joint statement signed
by hundreds of hard-working educators, would be a great first step.
Such a statement may be distributed through press releases or ads in
Responding to the McCarthyite smear campaign targeting Barack Obama
and Bill Chicago's Mayor Daley said, "I also know Bill Ayers. He
worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform
program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of
education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member
of the Chicago community." 
Because Bill is a gentle soul, a teacher and an inspiration to all of
us who know him, I was honored to sign the statement of support. I
hope you'll join me.
Please visit www.supportbillayers.org and sign the statement.
Thank you - See You In the Streets,
Thomas Good, Editor, Next Left Notes