Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Oregon-Focused Issues/Legal Online Weekly Subscription Public Interest Newspaper

I don't want to spam you all too much, but I am hoping that you will consider becoming charter (or even better, lifetime) subscribers to a new venture into public interest publishing by the chief cook and bottle washer at LOVESalem:

Attorney John Gear has broadened his "values-based Oregon law practice" to add a new venture that seeks to expand access to justice for more Oregonians struggling against economic inequality and hardships than ever before. 

On February 14, 2015, Oregon's birthday, John Gear Law Office LLC launched a subsidiary "Public Benefit" ("B") company called "Oregon Public Empowerment Network LLC" ( The company's first major project is an online weekly newspaper, Oregon Public Empowerment News (OregonPEN), an all-digital weekly subscription newspaper that will operate for the public interest. Once revenues exceed expenses, net revenues will be directed to public service organizations, starting with Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO).

Subscriptions are available now at, and there is a low-income subscription option for just $10 annually. 

The mission of OregonPEN will be to provide local Oregon news and legal news that is "All Signal, No Noise." 

Although publication of legal notices in OregonPEN alone will not satisfy the requirements in ORS 193 for legal notices until Spring 2016, OregonPEN will spend the year until that time building staff, expertise, and contacts for covering local and legal news that actually matters for the long run: no horoscopes, no celebrity sex lives, no fluff -- just deep content and perspective that will help readers be engaged and empowered effectively, not just this week but this year, and next year, and beyond.

Prior issues are available for download at the archive:  This week's issue includes an editorial proposal for reforming the legal regime for regulating substances like tobacco and marijuana and activities like gambling.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

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