Welcome to our last issue of PLN for this year. This makes 32 consecutive issues of PLN published. This isn't bad in a business where many newsletters, not just prison ones either, count their number of issues in the single digits. Looking back over the past year I'm pretty pleased at what we were able to accomplish, from getting our non-profit mail status to a computerized mailing list system to wonderful new outside volunteers to help in PLN's production. We've had our ups and downs to be sure, but overall things turned out for the better.
In October we sent sample copies of PLN to prison and human rights groups across the U.S. With so many Americans behind bars there is an increasing number of concerned citizens on the outside interested in prison issues and struggles. Right now there isn't as much communication between us as there should be. I think a big reason for this is the fact that it's hard to learn about who is out there due to the fact the prison struggle is marginalized by the mainstream media. The alternative press, like PLN, is cut off from the means of mass distribution that ensures reaching a wide audience. Many of the problems affecting prisoners are national in scope and affect all of us (i.e. access to adequate health care, overcrowding, etc.) yet we currently lack a national voice to address these issues. Hopefully 1993 will see more communications amongst the prison movement across the country and indeed, internationally as well. To help this PLN will continue to review other prison publications to broaden horizons. We haven't been doing this as much as we should because when it comes time to make an editorial decision of reporting timely events, cases, etc., or doing the reviews, we generally put the reviews off.
Please check your mailing label, if it says "final issue" or "Dec. 92" it means you need to send us a donation or let us know that you can't afford a donation but want to keep getting PLN. If you move or are transferred let us know as soon as possible so that we can update our mailing list and you don't miss any issues and we don't have to pay the return postage (the post office will not forward PLN to you).
We still have plenty of copies of the "PLN Benefit Tape" available for those looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything. It's only $7.00, postage paid, from PLN. Another perfect gift is, of course, a PLN subscription. Just send the donation and the name and address of who it's for.
Enjoy this issue of PLN and please share it with friends, family and anyone else interested in what we have to say. Encourage others to subscribe as we are always in need of donations to keep on publishing. Best wishes for a more militant new year of greater struggle.
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