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This is what we will need as we head to the polls this October

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Dear rabble readers,

As many things slow down for the summer months, it's important to look at the crucial organizing work still being done across the labour movement each day, by workers, activists and people like you all over Canada. Following the mainstream news, you might think that social justice takes a summer break too. Good thing we have rabble.ca which never lets up reporting on labour advocacy, environmental struggles, Canadian politics and more.

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As an independent voice of labour issues, rabble gets it right. Meanwhile in corporate media land, organized labour continues to be little more than a punching bag.

As vital issues affecting Canadian workers and our public health-care system are put on the line in the upcoming 2019 federal election, I am comforted that rabble is here to amplify workers' voices, and tell the stories that need to be told.

Whether it's the struggle for universal pharmacare in Canada, stopping violence in the health-care sector, and more, rabble.ca is on our side.

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If everyone who reads rabble, and is able to, signs up for their 2019 membership drive, they'll be able to grow their federal election coverage and meet their $65,000 goal -- making your stories the ones that are told.

This is what we will need as we head to the polls this October.

In solidarity always,

Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

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