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With a federal election approaching, rabble.ca is more important than ever. We write and report on material that goes unrecorded and unreported in the mainstream media.
We're in the middle of our summer fundraiser, and since you're the people who support us, we thought you might want to hear from rabble writers themselves why it is that they continue to commit their time and energy to producing the wonderful content we feature on the site.
At rabble.ca creating a space for discussion of progressive ideas is paramount so it seemed logical to ask some of our writers why they choose to work with rabble.ca. The contributors we feature today have written extensively on issues of racism and social justice.
1. First, we asked Monia Mazigh about her work with rabble.ca.
Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991, and catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned tirelessly for his release. Mazigh holds a PhD in finance from McGill University. In 2008, she published a memoir, Hope and Despair, about her pursuit of justice, and recently, a novel about Muslim women, Mirrors and Mirages. Here is what she told us about why she writes for rabble.ca:
The mainstream media is less and less interested in reporting the challenging information and opinions. Opinions that are usually not aligned with the official positions are ignored. rabble.ca offers a platform for all sorts of opinions. From minority groups representation, to dissent opinions to thought provoking ideas.
It is extremely difficult to survive in an environment when you are constantly challenging the mainstream stories or bringing new voices and angles for the readers. rabble.ca do it and this is why it is important to support it by donating, contributing and reading it.
You can chip in right now at rabble.ca/donate.
2. The next writer we asked about rabble.ca was Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D.
He is an educator, organizer and writer. He is an organizer with the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence. Here's what he told rabble.ca about why he publishes here:
I contribute articles to rabble.ca because it is a progressive space for the presentation of radical and interrogative ideas on social, economic and political questions that are relevant to oppressed groups in society.
rabble.ca doesn't tread the path of least resistance by only sharing the views of progressive writers who will not cause controversy or opposition within the ranks of people who consider themselves a part the Left or people of good conscience.
We will advance our ideas and program of action on liberation when we have access to the full range of outlooks within the ranks of those of us who are committed to eliminating white supremacy, patriarchy, heternormativity and capitalism. rabble.ca provides a space for the preceding sensibilities or ideational orientation.
3. When Christina Gray isn't setting precedents for Indigenous rights, she's writing at rabble.
You might remember Christina Gray for the brave stance she took earlier this month when she successfully won the right wear her First Nations regalia instead of barristers robes when she was called to the bar in Ontario. Her story was carried on rabble.ca as well as mainstream media but Christina took the time to tell her story in her own words on rabble.ca. Here's why:
I write for rabble because it represents a strong and independent Canadian news platform. I like writing for rabble because it is known for having a plurality of unique and distinct voices and opinions on a variety of important issues.
I continue to write for rabble because the editorial team is one that seeks to enhance my news stories, rather than to change or take away from them. Most importantly, I write for rabble because I've learned from working with the editorial team, and become a better writer.
Throughout the month, we'll be checking in with more rabble.ca writers and contributors. Find out why they love rabble.ca and why you should contribute to the #win2015 campaign.
And, to sweeten the deai, become a monthly supporter at $8/month or more and you will get a bonus thank-you gift of your choice: the Best of rabble 2015 edition, or Karl Nerenberg's Harper vs. Canada.
Or Support us with a donation of $25 or more and you will be entered into a draw to win dinner in Ottawa and a private tour of Parliament when the new Parliamentary session resumes with award-winning journalist and rabble's Parliamentary correspondent, Karl Nerenberg.
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