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From the Editor

By now PLN subscribers should have received a fund raiser letter from PLN . We are requesting donations from our readers in order to upgrade PLN 's aging computer equipment. Two PLN supporters have recently donated up to date software, including a state of the art mailing list program customized to PLN 's special needs. However, PLN 's computers aren't capable of running today's software. PLN 's income barely covers our day to day operating expenses. To pay for large expenditures that aren't a part of our normal monthly budget we have to turn to our readers for additional donations. If you haven't sent in your donation yet, please do so.

No donation is too small to make a difference. Every little bit helps. If you didn't receive a copy of our fundraising letter, or you're not a subscriber, and would like one, please send an SASE requesting a copy. In the fundraising letter we go into greater detail on PLN 's need for up to date computer equipment.

Beginning with this issue of PLN we are selling another book as part of our fundraising efforts. Prison Writing in 20th Century America is an anthology edited by H. Bruce Franklin (see review on pg. 14). Spanning the century, the book serves as a useful and fascinating introduction to the prisoner writers that have chronicled life in the American gulag in this century. Together with PLN 's book The Celling of America , these books make great holiday gifts for anyone interested in prison issues.

In response to my September editorial requesting more article submissions from women prisoners we received six inquiries expressing interest. We are always interested in receiving article submissions from our readers. If you send us an SASE we will send you PLN 's writer guidelines on request. As a general rule we are seeking hard news articles that are verifiable and of interest to PLN 's national audience. We are especially interested in investigative exposes that are not being covered by other media.

Earlier this year, Wendell Brown, 82, died. A lawyer by training, a sociologist by profession, Wendell became interested in prison issues in the early 1970's. Wendell became especially interested in life term prisoners and later founded Life-Long CURE as a national chapter of CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants) to address the concerns of lifers. Wendell was instrumental in getting congress to pass its recent resolution, HCR 256, encouraging the formation of lifers groups in prisons across the country. Wendell was one of PLN 's charter subscribers back in 1990 when we first started. He had been a steadfast PLN supporter ever since. Wendell's support and contributions to PLN , prisoners and lifers are greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed. We offer our condolences to Wendell's friends and family.

We would like to wish all our readers a more militant new year. Please let others know about PLN and encourage them to subscribe.

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