With all that is going on in the world right now we are taking a moment to celebrate some positive news and invite you to join in.
rabble.ca turns 19 on April 18! We may have to postpone our party in favour of physical distancing this year, but we hope you can join in marking this important milestone by making a gift that will help ensure rabble.ca continues to be here in the months and years ahead. A little bit goes a long way, particularly at this time.
rabble.ca was launched on April 18, 2001, on the eve of the Summit of the Americas -- at what some described as the height of the anti-corporate globalization movement. Soon after our launch, a world-altering event happened: 9/11. It would take social movements years to rebuild, as focus turned to protecting hard won civil liberties and fighting against a rise in austerity, as neoliberal governments applied what Naomi Klein would later popularize as "the shock doctrine." Independent media was critical then. It is vital now.
A look back through our archives is a kaleidoscope of insight into the many movements and major events of the past two decades: from September 11, 2001 and the emerging anti-war movement; to the austerity of the Harper government and the beautiful resistance that grew across the country; to the Canadian Maple Spring, Occupy, Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the youth-led calls for climate justice over the past year. Of course, these are only a few examples of the myriad struggles and activism -- stories that rabble.ca has steadfastly shared like no one else. Where else can you find a labour beat reporter, the latest activist toolkit, and alternative news from Parliament Hill, all in one place?
Many of you have been a part of this story from the very beginning, and many more of you have joined over the years as we've innovated and changed -- from hosting one of the first social media through our online discussion forum, babble; curating podcast content with the rabble podcast network before iTunes became known for them; and live-streaming from the streets of anti-war protests long before smartphones -- and for that we want to thank you for being a part of our story and for joining us.
We know we have a real opportunity to work together right now. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect us all, we have the responsibility to join the fight with communities organizing and resisting oppression including precarious and low-wage workers, people facing homelessness, migrant workers, seniors and many more. We have the opportunity to make a difference, perhaps more than we have before, on systemic change and visions for a more just and equitable world.
rabble.ca is up to the challenge, and we hope you will join in celebrating rabble's birthday! Presents welcome! Consider it an investment in keeping rabble.ca and progressive news front and centre during the critical months and years ahead.
With love and solidarity,
Kim Elliott, publisher
Matthew Adams, president
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.