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Lawrence Hill wants more rabble

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To help celebrate rabble's 15th anniversary we're giving our supporters some great gifts from Michael Moore and author Lawrence Hill. Find out how you can help build a new era in independent media!

Author Lawrence Hill's new book The Illegal, although fictional, delivers a much-needed dose of truth about the international refugee crisis. If you haven't read it yet, you should. And we're going to help you with that. Visit our donation page here to find out how.

In The Illegal Hill takes on the most important issues of the day -- race, gender, sexuality, human rights, refugees -- on a universal level that elevates his book from relevant to influential. Every day we learn of a worsening global refugee crisis. Stories of displaced lives, people on the run, in harrowing, dangerous, and deadly conditions. They're heading for the wealthiest countries for the safety and opportunities that were handed out to past generations. Few of us can fathom the scale of this crisis. Even fewer are moved to do something. How do we make people care? We know the answer: by writing about it, by sharing ideas, and changing the conversation -- something we at rabble aim to do every day.

That's why, on the occasion of rabble's 15th anniversary, we're offering copies of The Illegal to our supporters. We asked Lawrence Hill himself why rabble is worth supporting and here's what he had to say:

"rabble provokes and prods and makes us question our own country and how it works. rabble rousing is a great service. It stimulates democracy and free thought! The writers and editors of rabble have embarked on a vigorous path of challenging and cajoling Canadians. We need more of the same."

This is a special occasion and we know we're asking for a lot. So that's why we're offering more than ever before to our supporters. For our 15th anniversary we're asking you to give $15/month (or increase your current contribution to $15/month). In exchange we'll give you Hill's book and our own 15th anniversary edition of the best of rabble. This is the price of keeping Canada's oldest independent media institution alive. Think about it: $15 is probably what you're already spending on a few lattes every month.

$15 might be too much for you. For rabble, no donation is too small. We need and appreciate whatever amount you can give right now.
 
However, we need all of those who can to make a special contribution of $15/month to help us build a better rabble.ca and hire the next generation of young, talented writers, tell the stories that need to be told, and share the ideas that will make a more just, equal, and progressive world.

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

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