Dear rabble visitors,
Can you believe rabble is leaving its teens and turning 20 next April?
With physical distancing as a result of the pandemic, you may remember that we had postponed any 19th anniversary celebration parties back in April (though we may have tossed back a few drinks online!)
But that doesn't mean that we didn't have a lot to celebrate.
One of the biggest reasons is we have amazing supporters like you who keep us sustainable. Thank you.
Can you make our summer brighter by contributing to our current fundraiser?
Now that our Annual Report 2019 is live, check out just a few things you helped us accomplish, in the last year:
1. Taking home the Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Column/Blog.
Thanks to Celia Chandler's Pro Bono column on assisted death, we took home the gold!
2. What's at stake -- our federal election coverage. This included the youth and Indigenous-led climate activism and school climate strikes that drove home the message that this election was about securing a future on this planet.
3. Our webinar series (now titled Off the Hill), covering grassroots federal politics and featuring parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg and host Libby Davies. The current year has featured now regular guests MP Leah Gazan and FoodShare Toronto executive director Paul Taylor, along with economists at the CCPA David Macdonald and Sheila Block. This monthly series is taking a break for the summer, but will be back in the fall.
4. Jack Layton Journalism for Change fellow Olivia Robinson's series, The Future of the Public Library. The series investigated how libraries across Canada are reimagining their role as essential public spaces and improving the social fabric of their communities.
5. Labour beat reporting: 2019 labour beat reporter Zaid Noorsumar's work on home-care policies in Ontario was a forecast for the many issues that have been emerging this year under the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. Our amplify! services brought our team to the Vancouver launch of the Leap Manifesto's Green New Deal, featuring Kanahus Manuel, David Suzuki and more.
These are just a few examples of the kind of work that our team of writers and staff carried out in the last year with support from people like you.
With your help, we hope to raise $50,000 before the summer is out so we can ensure that we are reporting on even more success stories next year.
Will you help us reach that goal? There's a few prizes in it for you if you do.
All donations of $25 and up, and all monthly subscriptions will be automatically entered into our weekly draw to win a signed copy of Seth Klein's soon-to-be-released and long-awaited A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. You will also be eligible for our grand prize draw for a special web kit to help with all of your at-home video conferencing needs. How cool is that?
Donating $8/month or more will be gratefully received, and we will send you a digital copy of Robyn Maynard's Policing Black Lives, courtesy of Fernwood Publishing, as a sign of our appreciation.
Matthew Adams, board 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.