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From the Editor

By Paul Wright

Welcome to PLN #6. When we started this publishing project we didn't know how far we'd get. We decided to see how much support our efforts would generate. Issue #4 paid for itself, and #3 almost did, so it looks like we'll shoot for a full 12 issues. To keep going we need your support, both in the way of articles, art, news, and also stamps and money. We can accept personal and prison checks, too, so send donations to:

Prisoners' Legal news
PO Box 1684
Lake Worth, FL 33460

If you like what you're reading don't keep it a secret, share it with your friends and family members, and send us a donation to keep us going. We welcome comments and criticism on how to improve our style and content. Letters, articles, art, etc. should be sent to either:

Paul Wright #930783
Box 5000, HC-63
Clallam Bay, WA 98326

Ed Mead #251397
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA 98272

Don't send stamps or money to us, as we are prisoners. If you're located in Europe or the Middle East send donations to:

Oxford ABC
Box ZZ, 34 Cowley Rd
Oxford, England

If you are in Canada, Latin America or Australia/New Zealand, send donations to:

Toronto, ABC
PO Box 6326, Sta. A
Toronto, Ont., M5W 1P7 Canada

Each of the above groups, in Florida, England, and Canada, keep their own mailing list for that respective area, so send what contributions you can to offset production and mailing costs to the appropriate address. I hope I haven't confused everyone!

One of our prisoner readers recently wrote complaining that PLN reflects the leftist views of its editors. Ed's comment was that we provide news and analysis from a working class perspective; you can read the ruling class viewpoint by picking up the Times or turning on the TV. My view is that there is no such thing as "objectivity," as all writing is shaped by our own experiences and views. All too often "freedom of the press" means freedom to those who own the presses, and that "freedom" reflects the bias of the media owners both in terms of what they print and more importantly, in what is not printed. We aim to be the voice of the voiceless and provide a forum for news and discussion for those who are normally cut out of mainstream media.

Yes, it is true we are "biased," but is our bias against racism, sexism, oppression and censorship a bad thing" I don't think so.

Speaking of censorship, the Washington DOC in particular its secretary. Chase Riveland and his lackeys in Olympia, are attempting to ship me to a gulag out of state in an effort to crush the PLN. All of a sudden Riveland has a humanitarian impulse for me to "be close to your family" in Florida. I note that other prisoners who do want to leave the state are denied the opportunity. Ed too has been hearing rumors of a punitive out-of-state transfer.

We expect to continue to publish this newsletter regardless of our personal situations. To this end we will keep everyone posted of developments.

We are thinking about the idea of putting out a local and a national/international version of the PLN. The only difference would be that we would drop the local news and some of the legal articles from the international version (our foreign readers have no use for U.S. legal rulings) and send them more U.S. political and prison news, while on the local or Washington level we would stay the same or put in more news on local developments like the parole board, prison happenings, etc. We would like to know what you, our readers, think of this. Happy reading.

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