Has it really been 7 years?! I would say that I’m feeling old, but the recent momentum of the Progressive Movement has truly rejuvenated me.
I mean, just last month, a 28-year-old Hispanic woman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, actually WON the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, unseating one of the most powerful machine Democrats in New York City!
And she’s not alone! Progressive candidates have been running and winning all over the country, on platforms built on equality, peace and justice. It’s truly an exciting time to be a progressive in the U.S.!
But you and I both know that’s not the whole story.
Yes, we’re seeing some incredible progress, but NationofChange knows first-hand the struggle and sacrifice that goes into fostering this kind revolutionary change, and the support that it takes to sustain and see it through to the end.
The Whole Story
7 years ago, myself and a small team of dedicated progressives came together to launch NationofChange. We volunteered our time, made sacrifices in our personal and professional lives and we put our hearts and souls into this organization.
We’ve helped educate and empower millions of people over these past 7 years by covering the stories that the establishment doesn’t want you to see and taking part in the actions that foster progressive change, no matter what it costed us, no matter whose toes we stepped on.
From providing clothing and shelter to our brothers and sisters in Zuccotti Park in 2011, to standing shoulder to shoulder against belligerent police in the freezing snow with our water protectors at Standing Rock, to aiding in the prosecution of violent white nationalists in Charlottesville – NationofChange has consistently put our health and safety on the line to bring our readers the truth, and promote positive change.
But we didn’t do it alone. In fact, none of our work – NONE of it – would have been possible without the generous support of readers like you.
A Turning Point
After 7 years of hard work, anyone might start to wonder, “When are things finally going to be better? When can the struggle end?”
Here’s the difficult truth: After today’s battles will be tomorrow’s, and so on.
As long as there are oppression, inequality and injustice, people like you and progressive organizations like NationofChange will need to take a stand on the front lines of positive change, continually challenging the status quo, and demanding equality and justice for all.
We’ve seen a lot of exciting progress these past 7 years, and right now, we’re at a turning point in the history of our country.
We have the opportunity to drive our nation out of the moral and political rut we’ve fallen into. We’ve built up the momentum necessary – If only we can sustain it.
And one of the most powerful tools we have of sustaining that momentum is supporting independent progressive media organizations like NationofChange.
What Really Matters
NationofChange is a nonprofit organization. We are completely independent. We don’t work for the corporations, we work for YOU.
You may have noticed that NationofChange has severely reduced our fundraisers. I have to tell you, it was one of the hardest things we’ve done here. We rely on donations from readers like you to keep the lights on and our small, dedicated staff paid.
We cut back on fundraisers because we felt they had started to get in the way of what really matters: the critical stories and actions shaping our nation.
But producing an online magazine, daily newsletter and activism platform is hard, expensive work. We can’t run on nothing (we’ve tried).
The Next 7 Years
So right now, we ask that you take a just a minute to celebrate our 7th anniversary and help us raise $10,000 in 7 days to keep NationofChange online and independent!
All donations made during this Anniversary Flash Drive will go directly towards our daily operations, including paying our writers, photographers, editors, web developers, and our hosting and email service providers.
Also, in celebration of our 7th anniversary, all donors will receive our indispensable Progressive Cheat Sheet 2018, featuring the top progressive sites to follow, progressive issues to be aware of, and progressive candidates to watch out for!
It’s been 7 years of exposing the truth and taking action on the issues that matter most to you. It’s been 7 years of dissent and revolt. It’s been 7 years of terrible losses and life-affirming victories.
Here’s to another 7.
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