Thank You for the Free Newspaper

Each month, the Community Alliance distributes about 10,000 free newspapers to libraries, newsstands, offices, churches and businesses. As a monthly newspaper focusing on local news, events and views, it has no equal in the Fresno-Clovis area or in the Central Valley.

If you pick up the paper and appreciate it, but aren’t a current subscriber, please join those of us who support the Community Alliance financially. Revenue comes from subscriptions, advertising, and donations. Monthly sustainers are extremely helpful. Can you give at least $5 each month to support this paper?

Mike Rhodes, the former editor, and his wife, Pam Whalen, generously gave their time, talents and resources without compensation. Under Mike’s leadership, the paper grew from a small newsletter to a newspaper with citywide distribution. When he left to work on other projects (including writing a book about homelessness), it was necessary to hire two people—an editor and a business manager—to replace him.

The paper has continued the high standards that readers had come to expect, but because of our commitment to paying Mike’s replacements, the Community Alliance’s income is not keeping pace with its expenses. Your financial support is needed now.

Our paid staff includes the following:

Ernesto Saavedra. Editor since April 2014. He is a Fresno State graduate with Fresno roots and experience in community organizing at Californians for Justice. During his first year as editor, Ernesto has proven to be well-suited to the job and has successfully brought in new and younger writers and artists.

Joel Perez. Layout Designer since January 2015. He is a Fresno State graduate who is using his journalistic, graphic and technical skills to give the paper and the Web site a new look.

Vic Bedoian. Business Manager. He is a freelance radio and print journalist and former executive director at KFCF 88.1 FM.

Dan Yaseen. Advertising Director. Dan is an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare and MediCal and is an activist with Peace Fresno and the Fresno Center for Nonviolence.

Other costs include printing the newspaper, rental space at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, mailing the paper to subscribers and advertisers, revamping our Web site and other miscellaneous costs of business.

The Community Alliance needs more subscribers, advertisers, and donors. We will make it easy for you. The subscription form below can be mailed or you can make a payment online at https://fresnoalliance.com/wordpress. Advertising rates and the contact information is on page 2.

Sincerely,

The Community Alliance Editorial Board:

Ernesto Saavedra, Carol Bequette, Michael D. Evans, Beverly Fitzpatrick, Camille Russell, Pam Whalen, Richard Stone, Stan Santos and Dan Yaseen

  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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