rabble.ca celebrates it ninth birthday this Sunday -- April 18th -- and we will rejoice our successes and plan for the next nine years. But before we do, we want you to know more about our team.
First credit and thanks goes to publisher Kim Elliott and the rabble staff for their effort and devotion. rabble.ca is run by a mash-up of about a dozen part-time staff and interns and many, many volunteer hours put in by a broad range of people from across the country.
rabble.ca is a virtual workplace. Meagan Perry (RPN producer) is in Whitehorse, managing editor Alex Samur is in Vancouver, news and features editor Cathryn Atkinson is in Squamish, B.C., Tor Sandberg and rabbletv are in Toronto, as is In Cahoots editor Michelle Langlois, babble moderators May and Frank, our tech teams -- the Annares Workers Co-operative, our membership co-ordinator Laurel Smith and director of special projects Matt Adams.
rabble.ca keeps its feet on the ground at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, and at W2 Media, Community, Arts in Vancouver.
As we move into the 10th year since the site's launch, I want to thank the people who had the foresight to see Canada needed an independent, progressive online news website, news for the rest of us. They are our founders: Judy Rebick, Tonya and Mark Surman, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the team they brought together, including all the founding folk who made launching the project possible.
And we would like to especially thank you, our readers -- the more than 140,000 unique visitors who come to the site every month.
We were launched with the aim of the using the unique possibilities of the internet to transform the media landscape into an interactive space that share, inform, and be informed. This mandate remains as pertinent and as pressing as when we launched, and we thank all of you who contribute financially as member or donors to the site.
We begin our countdown to 10 years of rabble.ca by saying to the progressive Canadian left -- we think it is time for some soul searching. We need to look deeply at what we are, where we have come from, and what we are about today. Yes, we want to change the world, starting with Canada. Together we can think out what needs to happen next.
Let's start today, now.
Our community enterprise depends on sustaining partners. The Atkinson Foundation was there for rabble.ca at the start. Today we have other stalwart partners, who make what we do possible, and we are deeply appreciative for their recognition of the role a robust independent media can and should play in Canada. Please click here to see our list of sustaining partners here and our in cahoots partners here.
Now, more than ever we need you the reader, the rabble-rouser, the babbler, the podcaster, the commentator, the blogger, the lurker, the curious first time visitor. In the world we want to see, people choose what they make happen.
rabble.ca's community does not represent a market we sell to others, it is a community concerned about the present, and how we get to the future. For us, you are not consumers, you are a citizens with an agenda and rabble is your tool to explore and share. We want you to believe in us, as we believe in you.
We ask you to support with what you believe makes a difference. For $5 a month on your credit card or through a chequing account, you can make a difference to ensure rabble.ca's survival into its second decade. Contributing this way demonstrates we can build a world where people mobilize their credit, not just their energies. To change the world we first have to change the way we see it. Thanks in advance for helping us do it.
P.S. You get gifts with your contribution. Sign up as a member today!
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.