We're at that point in our summer fundraiser where we need to go big or go home. Here at rabble we've never been ones to go home. We were extra ambitious this year with our $65,000 fundraising goal, but with 15K more to go, we know we can do it!
Fortunately for us, for 18 years we've forged an alternative approach and take to the news, and for 18 years we've had a different approach to funding our operations. More than ever we believe a community-supported media approach is the best way to remain independent so we can provide "news for the rest of us." A collectively supported media is an independent media, a collectively supported media is a sustainable media.
But it isn't just about sustainability. rabble.ca can grow and develop to be an even stronger journalist voice for social movements, an even better platform for national politics. How? You.
We are proud of the diversity of supporters who keep rabble going. From coast to coast (and even beyond), we receive donations small and large from rabble visitors, our sustaining partners and every now and then, we get a grant. Can we count on you too?
Our approach shows what can be done when people come together to support social justice journalism and media democracy.
For us, media democracy is not just about who owns the media but who has access to it. Many other publications feel compelled to put up paywalls and require subscriptions but we know that would limit access to our news and views to lots of folks who rely on us all over the country; it would accelerate the digital divide. We aren't doing that.
This commitment to open and free access to our site comes with a price. The good news is that the price is affordable if we all chip in a little bit to keep rabble going now and into the future.
With the federal election, merely weeks away, this is a perfect time to stand up and stand for indie media, to support news for the rest of us, to support rabble.ca.
Please join us in contributing to rabble.
Matthew Adams, rabble.ca president
Nicole Johnson, rabble.ca treasurer
P.S. As a special thank you, sign up to become a monthly donor at $5/month or more and choose to receive a free copy of our best of rabble.ca books!
Sign up as a monthly donor of $8 or more, and choose to receive a copy of Colleen Cardinal's Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised somewhere else): A 60s Scoop Adoptee's Story of Coming Home (Fernwood Publishing) OR Jackie Traverse's IKWE: Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors (Fernwood Publishing)
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.