Dear rabble readers,
It is clear that we are facing a crisis of the rise of the right in Canada, and the world over. But at the same time we're seeing a larger-than-ever surge in progressive, bottom-up social movements forming and growing strength in numbers.
I turn to rabble (where I'm proud to be an active contributor) to stay informed about what is going on, to find voices that need not be missed, and for the stories of social movement victory and success, across the country.
An important part of the mission of rabble.ca is to provide an online outlet for voices not heard in traditional media, functioning as a vessel to amplify the issues, struggles, and victories of communities underrepresented and/or marginalized by the dominant narratives. It's equal parts analysis and discussion, and also direct connection to activists on the frontlines. We can't lose this.
As non-profit, independent media, rabble.ca stays viable and sustainable through the support of individual people like you across the country, who understand the need for community-funded media.
With your support -- which is truly whatever you can give -- rabble can take it it even further in the next year, providing a rich outlet for the work of social justice journalists.
We have a big year coming up with the 2019 federal election. And as we witness the regressive policies and growth of right-wing politicians such as Doug Ford and François Legault, we need to hold our current federal government to account, and work on boosting the platforms of all those working for progressive social change at a grassroots level.
rabble is where I go to see this all go down.
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Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario Legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.
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