An essential part of a balanced media diet, rabble.ca is the go-to site for progressive journalism and dialogue about national politics and social movements.
We are an award-winning, independent, community-driven media. Among the first digital journalism organizations in Canada, and the first to incorporate as non-profit, rabble.ca has been at the forefront of reporting on national politics with a progressive lens that centres issues of social movements, of labour, and of grassroots activism.
We began as a vision of journalists, writers, artists, activists and tech leaders across the country. They saw, first hand, the need for broader reporting on stories from civil society. In the early days, before big tech exploded on the media scene, we pioneered the place of technology in journalism – from our podcast network (ahead of iTunes!), to our early explorations of the use of live video to, for example, stream activism live from the streets across the county. In fact you can explore this history, and more, in our annual reports or in Everything On the Line: 20 years of social movement stories from rabble.ca, published in 2021 by Between the Lines.
Over the years rabble has brought labour journalism back to Canada, introduced a parliamentary reporter to progressive, non profit media and provided training to generations of journalists through internships and fellowships.
rabble.ca has accomplished this without any major funders. rabble is community-driven media. We exist thanks to the support of thousands of individual donors, forward-thinking organizations, In Cahoots advertisers, and grants. It is not that we wouldn’t like to have a foundation backer, or “angel investor” (we are open for discussion!) – but as Noam Chomsky once told us:
“You may get large amounts of funding here and there, but in the end, capital will never work to undermine capital. So, the way to fund a strong, independent, progressive media is through the grassroots, one person at a time.”
At rabble.ca, we don’t have a bias; we have a commitment to media democracy and factual journalism that fills the gaps left by corporate-biased media.
We publish news and opinion that ensures readers can engage with the most pressing political issues of our time through a range of progressive views. We work to introduce readers to tomorrow’s public intellectuals, tomorrow’s leaders, tomorrow’s bright new ideas or vision.
Meet our most recent contributors Rachel Snow, Minister Faust, Evelyn Lazare, Chuka Ejeckam, Natasha Darling, Maya Bhullar and Cathy Crowe. They join other exceptional writers, including Monia Mazigh, Joyce Nelson, Duncan Cameron, David Climenhaga, Lois Ross, Matthew Behrens, Pam Palmater, Judy Rebick and many more. We host exclusive podcasts – Radio Labour Canada and rabble radio. And we host a monthly live video panel on national politics, Off the Hill, with our award-winning national politics reporter, Karl Nerenberg, with hosts Robin Browne and Libby Davies.
Led by a lineage of women visionaries—from founding publisher Judy Rebick, to current publisher Kim Elliott and through to our current editor, Chelsea Nash—rabble remains completely free to access.
Our internal structure is designed with equity in mind, too—we have a flat payment structure and are committed to upholding marginalized and oppressed voices.
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