The Applied Research Center has been proud to publish ColorLines magazine for the past 12 years. We reach a lot of people through our work at ARC–through our research, our trainings and our advocacy partnerships–but ColorLines has always held a special place in our collective heart. That’s because ColorLines has an ongoing, lasting relationship with a group of readers who are dedicated to racial justice.

Thank you for engaging the journalism we’ve offered over the years by reading it, passing it on and getting involved based on it.

This month, we’re asking you to join us as ColorLines embarks on one of its most ambitious projects ever. We are relaunching ColorLines as an entirely digital and interactive publication. There are lots of exciting reasons for making this transition, and I’ll let you read about them in a letter from our editorial director, Kai Wright. I’d like to tell you about what the change means for our current subscribers.

First, we hope you’ll continue supporting and engaging ColorLines’ journalism on the Web, on your mobile device and through our weekly e-newsletter ColorLines Direct. You can sign up for ColorLines Direct here. And you can continue supporting our journalism by donating here.

Second, we’re offering our current subscribers a choice of three exciting ways to engage our journalism offline, in lieu of further printed editions. You can choose from one of the following offers if you respond by August 31:

Grab a book. Get a free copy of one of our award-winning books:

  • The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization, by ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh
  • Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York, by ColorLines editorial director Kai Wright
  • Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, edited by ColorLines managing editor Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman
  • Language is a Place of Struggle: Great Quotes by People of Color, edited by former ColorLines editor Tram Nguyen

Join us at Facing Race 2010. Current subscribers can claim a $50 discount on registration for our conference, Facing Race, which will convene in Chicago from Sept. 23-25, 2010. Facing Race is the largest gathering of racial justice activists, writers, artists, organizers and advocates from across the country discussing hot-button issues and offering real solutions. Melissa Harris-Lacewell will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Let’s talk! Schedule a half hour conversation with myself or editorial director Kai Wright to ask questions and hash out ideas about the stories ColorLines is covering and the state of racial justice today.

If you’d like to claim any of these offers, contact Darlene Pagano at or 510-653-3415. Or, you can allow us to convert your remaining subscription to a donation in support of our ambitious investigative reporting and week-to-week coverage of unfolding news, such as Arizona’s draconian assault on immigrants and the effort to hold police accountable in Oscar Grant’s killing.

Of course, we know not everyone will be excited about our digital makeover. We understand you’ve paid for a print magazine and may not be interested in any of the other ways to engage offline. So, if you’d prefer a refund of your remaining subscription, we will happily offer that as well. Contact Darlene Pagano at or 510-653-3415.

Thanks again for your ongoing engagement and support of ColorLines’ journalism. We’ll  talk more on the new, digital and interactive ColorLines!