As the year 2006 closes we have reported a lot of news and major developments, some of it good, some of it not so good. The main thing though is we accomplished a lot as far as getting back on our regular publishing schedule, improving the already high quality of our stories even more and getting our message on behalf of prisoner rights out even more than we have. We also won significant court cases on behalf of prisoners, publishers and advocates alike.
Going into the next year our goals include expanding PLNs size by an additional four to eight more pages. To do this we will need to increase the number of advertisers since advertising is what has allowed to expand in the past. Each full page of advertising translates into three more pages of news and editorial content. We now have more than 5,000 subscribers and we want to increase that by at least an additional thousand subscribers this coming year.
Upgrading the technology behind PLN's mailing list program and our website are two additional major goals for the year as well.
By now all subscribers should have received PLNs annual fundraiser letter. I hope everyone has donated to help us meet our matching grant total of $25,000. Every dollar donated to PLN by non-
prisoners will be matched, dollar for dollar, by two anonymous donors.
Donations by prisoners will be matched two dollars for every dollar donated. There are many worthy causes out there but Prison Legal News is one of the few where even a modest donation generates big results. PLN is a non profit organization so all donations are tax deductible. We need to receive donations by January 31, 2007, to qualify for the matching grant donation.
Many people, especially prisoners, say they support PLN and the work we do but they simply lack the money to send a donation. If that is the case try to encourage someone else to subscribe. If every subscriber could get just one more person to subscribe we would effectively double our circulation which in turn would decrease our printing and postage costs and go a long way to keeping subscription rates as low as they are.
Everyone at PLN would like to wish our readers and supporters a happy holiday season. We look forward to 2007 as a year of even greater struggle and progress.
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