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From the Editor

With this issue of PLN we are back on our normal publishing schedule. Readers should be receiving their copy of PLN around the first of the issue month.

A reminder to our prisoner readers, if prison officials censor your PLN subscription please let us know because PLN is usually not notified of the censorship unless the subscriber tells us. If your PLN subscription is censored you should exhaust whatever administrative remedies you have and send PLN copies of the responses you receive so we can attempt to resolve the problem if your efforts fail.

The last several months have seen a great deal of activity in PLN's Seattle office as we rebuild our operations in the wake of our former office manager's departure. A lot of work has gone into restructuring and revamping PLN's business operations. Our executive director will report on that in greater detail in the next issue of PLN.

We are pleased to announce that an anonymous PLN supporter has renewed last year's $15,000 matching grant for the year 2001. Under the terms of the grant, the donor will match all donations from non-prisoners, dollar for dollar, up to $500, and donations from prisoners at $2 for every dollar donated. We have nine months, until March 1, 2002, to raise the full $15,000 grant amount.

PLN has hired a second, full time staff person to help maintain PLN's operations. Your support will be essential in ensuring that we can maintain that position. Donating to our grant campaign is one way to do this.

Another way you can help PLN is by spreading the word about PLN to help us increase our circulation. Right now PLN has approximately 3,400 subscribers. Our goal is to increase this to 4,500 by the end of the year. We lack the money to do sample mailings or other direct mail efforts.

So this is where our readers, especially those in prison, can help us most. PLN's readership is the best sales force we have. Your friends and acquaintances value your opinion. Let them know about PLN and encourage them to subscribe.

If you need PLN subscription flyers, let us know how many you need and we will send them. You can also order bundles of PLNs to distribute to potential subscribers. Increasing PLN's circulation will reduce our per issue printing costs and help ensure PLN's long term viability as well as broadening the impact of PLN's message and news.

As an important step towards professionalizing PLN we have also started to pay our contributing writers for their articles. While our pay scale is modest in accordance with PLN's size, we see it as a start in terms of both further improving PLN's overall quality as well as attracting new writers. PLN's writer guidelines are available on our website at:, or by sending an SASE to our Seattle office.

Enjoy this issue of PLN and please encourage others to subscribe.

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