Dear rabble readers:
We have more information available at our fingertips than any other time in history. One would think this means we are more enlightened and more empathic than ever before. Not so.
Why? Because it isn't only information that is available online. Hate, lies, misinformation, and "alternative facts" are also widely available -- and hoodwinking more and more people every day. As we're witnessing, this is an environment where hate can all too easily fester.
That's where you come in.
By supporting rabble, you are supporting an independent, progressive, and ethical media platform. rabble.ca is dedicated to engaging in journalism that challenges false narratives which threaten our communities and gnaw at our democracy. It's critical that we work together to challenge all of this. Especially as the October federal election grows closer, and rabble elects to strengthen its election coverage arsenal.
The time is now.
As Canadians continue to lose confidence in their media institutions, and as those media institutions lose money, fake news sites are filling the void. Too many people are consuming false or biased news that only confirms their existing biases. You don't have to passively watch this train wreck. Take a stand. Each of us has the capacity to give towards ensuring that truth wins out.
Ask yourself, what's democracy worth anyway? Are we willing to fight for it?
Together, we got this.
Journalist and human rights advocate
Former rabble.ca board member
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Amira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. Along with frequent appearances on Canadian and international news networks, Amira has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Literary Review of Canada, and The Globe and Mail. Amira spent five years promoting the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims as human rights officer and later, as director of communications, at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) between 2012 to the fall of 2017. In 2016, she led a project with New Canadian Media creating Canada's first Ethnic Media and Diversity Style Guide. Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001. She is currently involved with several initiatives to promote civic engagement in diverse communities, including as a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, the Silk Road Institute and as an adviser to the Muslim Youth Fellowship in Toronto.
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