Letter to subscribers

May 8, 2020

To our Subscribers,

Because of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, we in News and Letters Committees decided that, for the safety of those who put out the paper edition of News & Letters, we would suspend the print edition until it is safe to resume it.  News & Letters will continue online where it has been since the mid-1990s.  This is not a decision that we have made lightly and we are painfully aware that it will impact our substantial number of prisoner subscribers the most since few of them will be able to access the online issue.

We want to assure our readers that we are determined to continue and we know that in these times Marxist-Humanism is needed more than ever.  We have just posted the new May-June 2020 issue online at http://newsandletters.org/PDF-ARCHIVE/2020/2020-05-06.pdf.  This is our special Draft Perspectives issue, which has an expansive view of the current situation.  It is titled: “Shattered by pandemic, world needs new beginnings in revolutionary activity, thought.”

While at this time we are forced to confine ourselves to an online News & Letters, the truth is that never was there a greater need for a Marxist-Humanist newspaper.  The very pandemic that has caused us to publish for a time only online also reveals the need for a philosophy of liberation that shows the meaning of events and challenges at a time when capitalism is willing to sacrifice human beings for an economy that only makes the rich richer while impoverishing the great mass of humanity.  From our beginning in 1955, we have never separated voices of revolt from the philosophy of revolution Raya Dunayevskaya created as Marxist-Humanism. The “voices from below”—from Black Lives Matter to women’s liberationists to rank-and-file working people and youth, and more—can be seen in the pages of N&L.

To our prisoner subscribers, we know how important News & Letters is to you as you tell us so often in the many letters you send us.  You are also precious to us and inspire us to work to make it possible to again offer N&L in print as soon as possible so that it can breach the prison walls and once more be available to you.  As always, any prisoner who is a current subscriber and who is released from prison can receive a free one-year subscription just by sending us their new address.  We will also extend all subscriptions by the number of issues that we are forced to publish only online.

For freedom,
Terry Moon, Managing Editor
News & Letters

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