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News for the Rest of Us — that’s what we promised on April 18, 2001. And that’s what we’ve delivered since. By “we” I mean we: babblers, journalists, in cahoots partners, donors, founding partners, editorial board members, contributing editors, commentators, illustrators, photographers, readers, e-mailers, events posters and staff.

This project has been like nothing else I’ve experienced during my sixteen years working in media. I thank everyone who’s participated for making it happen.

rabble’s future is still somewhat up in the air. Publisher Judy Rebick and others are negotiating a promising partnership with Alternatives and OneWorld.

Still, even if this deal comes through, we will be operating week to week and month to month for the next while. Right now, the editorial budget is not quite 40 per cent of what it was in May. Staff will come back in January, still on reduced hours, hoping that our fundraising efforts will raise enough to cover the month’s expenses, including our salaries.

We are overwhelmed by the individual support rabble.ca is getting. In October, we asked for $25,000. Early the next month, that money had already come in. We sent out direct mail requests for donations in the middle of November. Already, $18,000 in support has came back as a result.

One handy thing about rabble’s holiday break — you can check out what’s been done around here, think about what it means to you and then donate. By happy coincidence, the donation section of the site will be usable over these next two weeks.

babble is back December 31. The rest of “the rest of us” return January 7.

Happy holidays, everyone.

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.

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