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Keep the BayView newspaper in print

$16,174 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 210 people in 18 months


All of us who have internet access can read the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper ( http://sfbayview.com/) online, but for tens of thousands of our readers, the monthly print edition is essential. The core of the Bay View’s readership lives in the hood or in prison.

Just today a prisoner wrote: “Guys are lined up to read each month of your paper, and the message is spread and respected by every man here. Mass incarceration is a nationwide problem, and the Bay View is the link that solidifies us in this fight.” 

The Bay View is the only newspaper widely read both inside and outside prison

The Bay View print edition is a great big 24-page broadsheet newspaper filled with 30-40 stories each month written mostly by its readers. We publish famous writers too when they write a story that’s too hot for the mainstream press.

The Bay View is an organizer’s right arm. Because the Bay View spread the word, a world record 30,000 prisoners joined the California hunger strike that swung open the doors of thousands of torturous solitary confinement cells and spurred the movement to end prison slavery throughout the U.S. The strike succeeded because the Bay View is a network connecting prisoners with each other and allies in the outside world.

Without enough advertising, newspapers go out of print or out of existence

Advertising is the lifeblood of a newspaper, and many big advertisers have moved away from print. Every month’s Bay View print edition used to carry enough ads to pay for itself, to pay the basic costs of production: printing, distribution and mailing. (The Bay View has no paid staff; we’re all volunteers.) But in recent months, ad revenue has plummeted, and the costs of both printing and mailing have gone up.

In 2017, total income from all sources – ads, subscriptions and donations – averaged only $8,000 per month. Those three basic production expenses total over $7,000 a month. That leaves the rent, utilities, insurance and other necessities to be paid out of advertising and subscription revenue, but we can’t make ends meet without your help.

Why brighten the lives of people in the hood and in prison?

The millions of people in prison and the hoods are our FREEDOM FIGHTERS. From the most intense oppression, like diamonds from coal, comes an unquenchable thirst for liberation – and the Bay View gives that force a voice and an organizing network.

A prisoner in California writes: “The person next cell down asked me if I’d like to read your newspaper … and guess what? I didn’t put it down till I read the whole paper. I loved it.” From Georgia: “I share the paper with countless people, making the younger ones aware of injustice.” From Pennsylvania: “Thank you for the opportunity of getting to know so many others’ struggles, to be able to see that when I am having a bad day that one of my brothers or sisters may have it worse.” From Florida: “The Bay View is an oasis of answers in a desert of questions.” From Texas: “I am in deep gratitude to you for seeing the light in me and giving me a chance to shine.”

For our brothers and sisters in the hood and in prison, please help keep the Bay View in print!
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To print the June paper, we must raise $3,400 to pay the printer by tomorrow or the next day. We're halfway there. PLEASE PITCH IN! A whole lot of poor folks can't wait to read its riches.
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Spring is a good time to support the Bay View

Spring brings hope and dreams of heroic adventures saving the world with a little newspaper. Remember “The Little Engine That Could”? That’s the Bay View, always struggling to climb a steep hill, mumbling, “I think I can, I think I can.”

Together I KNOW we can; with your fuel, we’ve kept climbing for 43 years, and our work is far from finished. Of all the worthy causes, why support the Bay View? Because our readers are not only struggling; they’re suffering, “sweltering with the heat of oppression,” as Dr. King said.

Muhammed Watson writes from his solitary confinement cell in Missouri: “It’s very stressful, and I would love to receive the Bay View paper to get me through. It gives me strength and motivation.”
Please help us put a copy of the June Bay View into the hands of Muhammed and tens of thousands of his brothers and sisters in prisons around the country and in hoods and homeless encampments around the Bay. We have two weeks to raise $3,400 to pay the printer. Whether you can spare a little or a lot, you’re our hero. You’re saving the world with a little newspaper!

Go to https://www.gofundme.com/keep-the-bayview-newspaper-in-print. And read the Bay View online at https://sfbayview.com/.
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The good news is that our new website is up and running at https://sfbayview.com. So enjoy the BayView now that you can read it on your phone …
while you consider that for tens of thousands of our readers, our monthly print edition is essential. The core of the BayView’s readership lives in the hood or in prison. A prisoner writes: “Guys are lined up to read each month of your paper, and the message is spread and respected by every man here. Mass incarceration is a nationwide problem, and the Bay View is the link that solidifies us in this fight.”

Crisis! The March print edition is on hold for lack of funds! The immediate need is for $3,400 to pay the printer. Please pitch in as generously as you can. And please help us find good people in sales and marketing to make the Bay View sustainable and avoid these crises in the future. Thank you!

Your advice is always welcome.
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Show the Bay View some love! We’re back to broke after that wonderful windfall from the National Prison Strike last fall. And we’re back to having no staff. Amani Sawari, who I’d hoped to pass the torch to, was awarded a $50,000 Roddenberry Fellowship to work with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak on a Right2Vote Campaign; we congratulate her and will help her promote that very worthy cause.

So we’re facing the deadline for the March Bay View paper with no funds on hand. Money is earned for ads but not yet paid. The immediate priority is $3,400 for the printer so we can schedule a print date. Can you help?

Is the Bay View worth saving? The soul of the Bay View is its stories. They are powerful. They haven’t moved mountains, but they’ve removed the old PG&E power plant that used to poison our neighborhood, exposed radiation dangers at the Shipyard a decade before the mainstream media, “caused” according to the California Department of Corrections the hunger strikes joined by 30,000 prisoners at their peak, and supported countless organizers and initiatives bold enough to build a better world. Turning 80 in a few days, I need your help to ensure that the Bay View outlives the Ratcliffs and STAYS IN PRINT.

The photo comes from a story on our new website. Check it out at https://sfbayview.com/.
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