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JOURNAL OF THE 25TH YEAR
Edward S. Herman
Obama & OIRA
War on Drugs
Israel and Palestine
Election Cartoon Extravaganza
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The Distribution Problem
Each year Z Magazine offers subscribers a chance to buy discounted subscriptions for friends. We prepare copy for the ad (that appears in this issue), which will then be mailed to subscribers and potential subscribers as well. We dislike doing it; promoting ourselves is not our favorite thing. Neither is trying to find new ways to convince people to buy gift subscriptions for their friends. The entire process is made particularly concerning because we are aware (after 25 years of producing radical media) of how crucial each of these yearly mailings is to Z’s survival.
Over the years, we’ve never been without good articles to publish and cartoons to go with them. They come in each month without fail. Writers have been wonderful, often taking little or no pay. The production process never gets boring, readers’ comments are usually very positive. The response to emergency fundraisers has always been generous and life-saving.
But the fact remains that without subscribers—especially subscribers who keep renewing and spreading the word—we cannot survive, nor can most progressive media. Yet, as we prepare these yearly ads and mailings, there seems to be no way to convince leftists that alternative media should be valued as an essential part of movements for social change and that subscribing, promoting, and distributing it is as necessary for countering mainstream media’s disinformation and raising awareness as marching on Washington or occupying a park.
Which is to say, we have a distribution problem. We can’t afford sustained ad campaigns, we refuse to accept corporate ad income and we can’t afford the much-needed solicitation mailings to thousands of potential subscribers. In any case, their effectiveness is not what it once was when we started in 1988. What money we have for mailings must be used on tried and true lists (usually exchanged with other like media; many of them no longer available) because we can’t afford the risk of hunting around for new audiences. One low response rate is a major crisis.
Emergency fundraisers help, but they are a last resort and usually only cover short term deficits. In addition, we can’t depend on newsstand or store sales—distributors to these outlets take a large discount and we barely break even.
What all this means is that alternative media—not just Z—needs you to subscribe, to renew, and to promote it to others. Even better, to contribute articles, cover events in your area, write reviews, interview activists, and provide needed research, as well as graphics, etc. Increased subscriptions greatly help progressive media to better counter mainstream lies and disinformation.
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.