San Francisco Bay View is creating the National Black Newspaper
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patrons

$349
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The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, founded in 1976, is a communications network for the Black community worldwide, with its
  • website, www.sfbayview.com, the most visited Black newspaper on the web, second only to the Final Call, and
  • free print edition that’s distributed throughout the Bay Area and mailed to subscribers, including thousands of prisoners all over the country.
Exciting, thought-provoking stories and commentary on the full range of Black trials and triumphs – covering the Black economy, politics, arts, education, history, current events, health, religion – and those of other communities, along with stunning color photography, fill the website and the pages of each paper, a paper so popular that it disappears within hours of hitting the stands.

The Bay View is growing, and we need your help
The Bay View, founded by Muhammad al-Kareem and taken on by Dr. Willie and Mary Ratcliff in 1991, has been able to generate major change – we shut down California's oldest, largest and most polluting power plant and prison officials blamed us for California prisoners' mass hunger strikes with 30,000 participants at their peak – but we've never had a real, paid staff.

Now, Amani Sawari, charismatic coordinator of this year's National Prison Strike, a young journalist who garnered coverage by Democracy Now, Vox, The New York Times, Washington Post, London Guardian, NPR, BBC, USA Today, The Intercept and many other outlets, has agreed to become the new editor of the Bay View. The need to bring her on full time is urgent, as the Ratcliffs, now 86 and 79, are too old to carry on alone. The raw truth is that meeting our goal on Patreon is the only way to save the Bay View.

Our initial fundraising goal here on Patreon is $4,000 for bringing Amani to San Francisco and paying her salary. Please pitch in as generously as you can. We hope to celebrate meeting that goal in February, Black History Month 2019, when we plan a big gala for the Bay View at San Francisco's venerable African American Art & Culture Complex. 

In addition to bringing on a new editor, our plan for this upcoming year is to expand the paper's reach by bringing more paid staff onto the team. As we increase our capacity, we will be hiring staff, with a preference for formally incarcerated individuals, in the following order:
  1. Managing Editor - Responsible for the daily tasks associated with running the Bay View including managing online correspondence, replying to emails, answering telephone calls, billing advertisers and sending email updates to contributors.
  2. Prisoner Correspondence - Responsible for responding to prisoner mail, choosing prisoners' stories to publish, maintaining the mailing list, adding new subscribers and updating addresses and mailing renewal notices to subscribers. 
  3. Bookkeeper - Responsible for entering financial data, compiling and analyzing financial records and reports, preparing budgets and performing general bookkeeping.
  4. Advertising Sales - Responsible for pitching and securing advertisements to businesses, organizations and event organizers, with a preference for Black-owned businesses and Black-led organizations.
  5. Community Engagement & Event Coordinator - Responsible for coordinating with community partners, organizing events, attending press conferences and collaborating with community groups on overlapping projects. 
  6. Layout Editor - Responsible for designing the format of the paper, utilizing software to arrange text, pictures, ads and all other content into a readable and attractive design
Get to Know the New Editor
This is the Aug. 21, 2018, National Prison Strike kickoff interview on Democracy Now that introduced us to Amani. She comes on at the 42-minute mark.

Amani is also a poet who uses her poetry as a form of protest against Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex.




With your loyal contribution, we will be able to bring Amani to the Bay View and hire all of these positions The New York Times, !
Tiers
Cheerleader
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Cheerleaders receive their subscription to the paper with a copy of the Bay View mailed to them every month and access to the private Patreon feed. 
Contributor
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Contributors receive a monthly subscription to the Bay View which will also include a subscription for 4 incarcerated individuals all of which will be mailed a print copy of the paper every  month. 
Crusader
$20 or more per month 4 patrons
Crusaders receive their monthly subscription to the Bay View including subscriptions for incarcerated individuals along with access to a monthly online crusade where supporters voice their perspectives on certain articles being reviewed to include in the paper.  
Campaigner
$50 or more per month 1 patron
 In addition to those listed above, at this level your subscription will increase access to the paper by expanding distribution, getting the paper into the hands of more of our most valuable contributors, incarcerated individuals. 
Champion
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to those listed above, at this level your subscription will contribute to organizing the events hosted by the Bay View and ticket costs are waived for you and another person of your choosing for any events you attend hosted by the Bay View. Champions will also be invited to ...
Goals
$349 of $4,000 per month
Once we reach this goal we will be able to hire our new Editor full time
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The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, founded in 1976, is a communications network for the Black community worldwide, with its
  • website, www.sfbayview.com, the most visited Black newspaper on the web, second only to the Final Call, and
  • free print edition that’s distributed throughout the Bay Area and mailed to subscribers, including thousands of prisoners all over the country.
Exciting, thought-provoking stories and commentary on the full range of Black trials and triumphs – covering the Black economy, politics, arts, education, history, current events, health, religion – and those of other communities, along with stunning color photography, fill the website and the pages of each paper, a paper so popular that it disappears within hours of hitting the stands.

The Bay View is growing, and we need your help
The Bay View, founded by Muhammad al-Kareem and taken on by Dr. Willie and Mary Ratcliff in 1991, has been able to generate major change – we shut down California's oldest, largest and most polluting power plant and prison officials blamed us for California prisoners' mass hunger strikes with 30,000 participants at their peak – but we've never had a real, paid staff.

Now, Amani Sawari, charismatic coordinator of this year's National Prison Strike, a young journalist who garnered coverage by Democracy Now, Vox, The New York Times, Washington Post, London Guardian, NPR, BBC, USA Today, The Intercept and many other outlets, has agreed to become the new editor of the Bay View. The need to bring her on full time is urgent, as the Ratcliffs, now 86 and 79, are too old to carry on alone. The raw truth is that meeting our goal on Patreon is the only way to save the Bay View.

Our initial fundraising goal here on Patreon is $4,000 for bringing Amani to San Francisco and paying her salary. Please pitch in as generously as you can. We hope to celebrate meeting that goal in February, Black History Month 2019, when we plan a big gala for the Bay View at San Francisco's venerable African American Art & Culture Complex. 

In addition to bringing on a new editor, our plan for this upcoming year is to expand the paper's reach by bringing more paid staff onto the team. As we increase our capacity, we will be hiring staff, with a preference for formally incarcerated individuals, in the following order:
  1. Managing Editor - Responsible for the daily tasks associated with running the Bay View including managing online correspondence, replying to emails, answering telephone calls, billing advertisers and sending email updates to contributors.
  2. Prisoner Correspondence - Responsible for responding to prisoner mail, choosing prisoners' stories to publish, maintaining the mailing list, adding new subscribers and updating addresses and mailing renewal notices to subscribers. 
  3. Bookkeeper - Responsible for entering financial data, compiling and analyzing financial records and reports, preparing budgets and performing general bookkeeping.
  4. Advertising Sales - Responsible for pitching and securing advertisements to businesses, organizations and event organizers, with a preference for Black-owned businesses and Black-led organizations.
  5. Community Engagement & Event Coordinator - Responsible for coordinating with community partners, organizing events, attending press conferences and collaborating with community groups on overlapping projects. 
  6. Layout Editor - Responsible for designing the format of the paper, utilizing software to arrange text, pictures, ads and all other content into a readable and attractive design
Get to Know the New Editor
This is the Aug. 21, 2018, National Prison Strike kickoff interview on Democracy Now that introduced us to Amani. She comes on at the 42-minute mark.

Amani is also a poet who uses her poetry as a form of protest against Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex.




With your loyal contribution, we will be able to bring Amani to the Bay View and hire all of these positions The New York Times, !

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Tiers
Cheerleader
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Cheerleaders receive their subscription to the paper with a copy of the Bay View mailed to them every month and access to the private Patreon feed. 
Contributor
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Contributors receive a monthly subscription to the Bay View which will also include a subscription for 4 incarcerated individuals all of which will be mailed a print copy of the paper every  month. 
Crusader
$20 or more per month 4 patrons
Crusaders receive their monthly subscription to the Bay View including subscriptions for incarcerated individuals along with access to a monthly online crusade where supporters voice their perspectives on certain articles being reviewed to include in the paper.  
Campaigner
$50 or more per month 1 patron
 In addition to those listed above, at this level your subscription will increase access to the paper by expanding distribution, getting the paper into the hands of more of our most valuable contributors, incarcerated individuals. 
Champion
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to those listed above, at this level your subscription will contribute to organizing the events hosted by the Bay View and ticket costs are waived for you and another person of your choosing for any events you attend hosted by the Bay View. Champions will also be invited to ...