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Dear Friends,

Now more than ever, in the face of corporate media, Canadians need alternatives. rabble.ca is a community supported progressive non-profit media site, and we are asking for your support. You can support us with a donation to rabble right now.

Because of people like you, rabble.ca is growing. rabble is reaching new audiences, offering new features, promoting new voices and making a difference. rabble is at a crucial stage in our growth and, like community radio and television, we depend on support from the community to exist.

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-launched rabbletv, featuring live and pre-recorded video, including our special Canadian music feature, indie inside, that highlights unsigned Canadian talent.

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Duncan Cameron, Associate Publisher

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