Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
|Coastal Post Going Or Coming?|
34-year publishing run of the Coastal Post has been a grand experience
for this editor-publisher and founder. First printing on mimeographed
stencils, in 1975, then copy-machines and finally an offset press-the
paper began as the smallest, most-local of the community publications
in Marin. Over the next three decades our coverage stretched into West
Marin, the County, the Internet and finally focusing on worldwide
political inequities, human catastrophes and unnatural environmental
It was here-most particularly
the Middle East-where we ran into the anger and outrage of American
Zionists for daining to provide an advocacy for the Palestinian
Our advertisers and distribution
locations were systematically bludgeoned for supporting free speech.
The Daly Planet in Berkeley suffered similarly for its willingness to
explore and publish news and perspective on Palestine.
The attack on the Coastal Post was costly. Half of the advertisers and
many distribution locations withdrew under the threat of losing
This assault on free speech coupled
with the depression-economy and the move away from print publications
to TV and the Internet has left this newspaper badly battered. There
were insufficient funds to publish in November and December 2009.
Our bare-bones budget to publish the Coastal Post is $1800 a month.
Most of this is for printing, mailing subscriptions, and circulating
the paper to newsstands, shops and restaurants throughout Marin.
It takes a surprisingly small number of advertisers and subscribers to
pay the bills. Less than 300 new subscribers and/or 30 new advertisers
would keep the Post publishing into the second decade of this
Our friends with the Marin Peace and
Justice Coalition, 14 Friends of Palestine, combined with other groups
and individuals are assisting with a plan to stabilize the Coastal Post
with a subscription and advertising drive. I hope you will join us to
keep the Coastal Post a part of Marin's media with news and perspective
which is often missing in the corporate press.
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