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We've worked hard on this issue and we're proud of it. I can hardly wait to tell you about some of the stories it contains. But first I must call your attention to two items of great importance. The first is the note from our publisher, Norman Stockwell, on page 37. The second is the envelope alongside it.

The truth is that The Progressive is in financial trouble, and we need your help. The magazine is facing a significant funding shortfall that puts it at risk--at a time when it has never been more vital or important. While our subscriber base has remained strong, we have lost outside support, including some of the grant funding that once helped the Progressive Media Project nationally distribute op-eds offering progressive views.

To keep the magazine and its work going, we've sold off assets and depleted our reserves. We've reduced staff and trimmed costs. The photo accompanying this column is of our entire Madison-based editorial staff--and one of us is made of cardboard. This is the team that puts out a high-quality bimonthly magazine and publishes about a dozen new web stories each week, with the help of our contributors, proofreaders, and business staff.

We hope our supporters will keep this 108-year-old magazine alive. We cannot allow it to fade away at this time, during this administration. Let's not give them the satisfaction. Please help us: Give what you can, a little or a lot. Together, we can get through this. We have to.

Now on to the issue at hand. The working theme was "On the Frontlines." We wanted to present an array of pieces about people who are doing the hard work that's needed to achieve peace, sanity, and social justice.

People like Carin Mrotz of Minneapolis, at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism. Or Arno Michaelis of Milwaukee, a one-time racist skinhead who now promotes racial harmony. Or Antonio Buehler of Austin, who videotapes interactions between citizens and police to reduce abuses and increase accountability. Or the Quakers in Michigan, who are exploring the possibilities for redemption among people serving time for violent crimes.

When Trump talks about throwing immigrants out of the country,...

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