Dear rabble friends and readers,
Summer is finally here which I hope means you'll get time to hang out at your favourite summer places and get in some summer reading! I always make sure rabble.ca is part of my summer reading -- gotta stay in touch and know what's happening around us!
I have a special connection to rabble -- I know most of the amazing folks who work for rabble (as do many of us) and I am always in awe of what this small but mighty team produces day after day and year after year. I know personally that they do it because they are dedicated to keeping us informed and aware of political, community, labour, international, and social movement developments. It's more than a job in the traditional sense -- it's a deep commitment to keeping rabble moving forwards -- to keeping us informed and connected with each other.
rabble is so unique in what it does -- it reaches across this vast land and connects people, communities and activism. There's so much on offer -- interesting podcasts, books and reviews, livestreaming of key political events, political analysis, Karl on Parl for the latest goings-on in Ottawa, the labour movement, opinion and analysis pieces on every possible topic by some of Canada's best-known progressive writers, and so much more.
It all adds up to something quite magical: independent and progressive online media that not only survives -- it thrives -- when we put ourselves into it, too. It's magical because in these times of fake news, right-wing politics and corporate media, rabble keeps going -- on a shoestring -- but it keeps going. How marvellous is that?
I am a financial monthly contributor to rabble and have been for years now. It's something I do gladly, and yes, because I can afford it. Not everyone can -- which makes it even more important that those of us who can help keep independent media strong and accessible for everyone. My guess is many of us can afford a little something every month to help rabble out. Even $5 or $10 a month makes a difference when many of us pitch in -- our contributions can multiply when we do it together.
Like you, I want independent, progressive media to succeed and not go under simply because not enough of us pitched in. I want a source of news that feeds my political appetite and sense of building community and solidarity. I want to hear and support the perspectives of Indigenous people, and of those who are on the frontlines, fighting back against cuts, racism, homophobia, and violence. I want to hear about Islamophobia and not deny it's happening. I want to hear about what we can do about the climate crisis here in Canada.
I also want a source of news about the upcoming federal election! This is going to be a critical election. I want to hear about the issues and what parties and their candidates are saying; and I want to read good analysis about it all.
I know I will find all this and more on rabble -- every day. Pretty amazing. It makes me proud that rabble exists, what about you?
If independent, community-based, progressive media is important to you and your life, then it's time to give a little or a lot. What you can. If you already gave, can you give a little more in these summer days? Think of it like buying an ice cream for yourself every week -- sweet and delicious and to be savoured over the summer.
That's my pitch, folks -- ice cream and all -- but honestly, I'm behind rabble 100% and love that you are too. I keep dreaming that if 1,000 people read this and sign up to donate $5 per month, that would be $5,000 per month for rabble or $60,000 a year. Wow. That would mean something. Imagine $10.00 per month...
Thank you for reading this and thank you for supporting rabble. We are all better for it.
Libby Davies, former MP, public speaker, activist and author.
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.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.