"After a five-year hiatus, this much-celebrated publication is once again promoting community self-reliance, sustainable technology, and sound environmental policy in the Northwest's Cascadia bioregion and around the world. RAIN premiered in the 1970s, when it quickly became a vital resource for the growing movements interested in ecology and appropriate technology. From energy politics to family farms to community renewal to everyday art, RAIN was known for the topics it covered and its strong commitment to a better, more sustainable future. The new RAIN promises to uphold this tradition. The theme of the first new issue is decentralized politics; detailed articles focus on examples as diverse as the village democracies of Laos to the University of Oregon's experiment in community planning to Switzerland's long tradition of community politics. And, like the old RAIN, one of the best things about the new RAIN is that it provides information on many additional resources - from books to organizations to other publications - for readers to turn to for more information." -Laurie Ouellette, UTNE READER (July/Aug 1991).
"This skinny but always meaty mag has been around for almost as long as WER. RAIN got its start as an alternative-energy information source, then segued into more community-oriented interests. Over the years, RAIN has flourished, faded, and flourished once again - a veritable Phoenix. These days, it is one of the best sources for community-building concepts and tools. Its roots are in Eugene, Oregon, a city that has had more than average experience in implementing the ideas that most people on our side of the fence only talk about. There's a bit of New Left tone to it, but no raving. I learn something essential in every issue. RAIN is back on my must-read list. -J. Baldwin, WHOLE EARTH REVIEW (Fall 1992)
"RAIN, the Oregon-based journal of sustainable living and alternative politics, is back in print after a five-year hiatus. As the editors Danielle Janes and Greg Bryant say, in the five years during which RAIN was out of print, 'ecological and community destruction, social injustice, alienation, isolation, imperialism and domination have not gone away.' A good reason to go on talking." - from THE WORKBOOK (Winter 1991)
"RAIN Vol.14, #2, Winter/Spring 1992; RAIN is back in full strength after a five year hiatus. The theme of this issue is "Working Communities." In addition to "The Bike Column," which is a regular feature, there's an article on "Making Workbikes for the Neighborhood" that calls for decentralizing and personalizing bike production. A self-sufficient village in India created by leprosy survivors, sustainable agriculture, direct self-government, alternative economies and book reviews are just a few of the multitude of goodies in here. Production values are high, with good use of artwork and professionally screened photographs. If I have a pick of the month, this is it." (CB) - from FRONTIER REPORT (April 1992)