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american postal rates = tool of the oppressors?

April 22nd, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

I got an email from Bitch Magazine that says the the US Postal Service has accepted a proposal from Time Warner to change postal rates, making it cheaper for giant magazine publishers (ie Time Warner) to mail out their subscriptions, while small magazine publishers (eg Bitch Magazine) have to pick up the slack. I am assuming that this means publishers who send out millions of magazines get a cheap deal because they send out so many, and publishers who have a small subscription pool pay more because they don’t send out as many.

This is no good! If the postal service starts to going two-tier we know we’re really in trouble. In the words of Free Press “In establishing the U.S. postal system, the [U.S.] nation’s founders wanted to ensure that a diversity of viewpoints were available to ‘the whole mass of the people.’” That is a darn good notion. You can try and preserve it for our poor American friends by signing the petition right here.

P.S. As a Canadian magazine this doesn’t directly affect us (democratic postal rights are still intact in Canada, phew) but independent grassroots feminist magazines have gotta stick together!

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