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Dear rabblers,

Elections matter -- and the one upcoming matters like perhaps none other in recent history. Recognizing that independent election coverage is essential at election-time, rabble.ca has launched a special federal election section -- which we hope you've all been following. The section features coverage from seasoned journalists, activist organizations, civil society and citizen reporters. We are proud of this coverage but we need support to keep it up.

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- we've launched a weekly print edition for the election period -- the rabble rouser -- a resource readers can download, print and share, and that we hope you will consider distributing to your members: http://rabble.ca/rabblerouser

- we're about to launch a voters' guide -- which includes both the basics about how to vote, and links to many of the important resources that can help the undecided decide how to vote -- such as Catch 22, LeadNow, ProjectDemocracy and many more

- we publish original feature stories on the election daily, such as Kathleen O'Hara's important "10 reasons to oppose the Harper candidate in your riding," and have plans for upcoming profiles of important ridings for progressives to watch

- we host a multi-author blog section, counting now more than 20 contributors writing on the election, including Murray Dobbin, Dionne Brand, Pierre Beaudet and many others

- we publish news daily from our labour and NGO partners, and share links to photos, videos and websites that you'll want to visit during the election

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