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If we raise $10,000 this spring and 15 people sign on as monthly donors, we’ll be able to raise our contributor rates and hire a part-time art director. You can help make it happen!
Readers like you keep Briarpatch – and our fierce, principled journalism – alive and thriving. We aren’t beholden to anyone except our readers, and to keep it that way, we’re asking for your help. Please chip in what you can toward our goal of raising $10,000 this spring (2018).
In addition to helping us with our day-to-day operations, your donation will go towards our goal of doubling our rates for contributors, and hiring a part-time art director, to bring you a magazine that’s more beautiful and packed with incisive commentary and investigations than ever before.
In 2016, we set the goal to double our contributor rates. And because of your support, we were able to get halfway there, increasing our rates by 50%. Let’s raise our rates by the remaining 50%, and let’s do it now. To take our commitment to workers’ rights seriously, that means paying our contributors – many of whom are full-time freelancers – what their work is worth.
Briarpatch is a lighthouse for activists, revolutionaries, and dissidents working in the grassroots. We need scrappy independent publications to challenge anemic centrist politics (like that of Trudeau’s Liberals and too many parts of the NDP), as well as violent eruptions of white settler nationalism. We connect struggles for social and environmental justice across the country and the world, and build a left that’s informed and ready to fight.
It’s important to us that we do not adopt the tactics of corporate media in order to make ends meet. That means we don’t take money from corporations that profit off of climate change, war, institutional racism, sexual violence, or union-busting. We won’t mask advertisements as articles.
As a result, we rely on donations from you, our readers – not on advertorials from investment brokers or pesticide-pushers. Your donation to Briarpatch will help us keep publishing grassroots journalism, and remain beholden to no-one but our own community.
We’ve always prioritized investigating underreported stories, and writing essays that help to galvanize and educate the Canadian left. In the past, we’ve published stories debriefing Black Lives Matter Toronto’s 15-day occupation of police headquarters in 2016, investigating Bombardier in Israel, and remembering the history of colonial food weaponization. In the coming issue, you can look forward to gloves-off investigations and commentary from our contributors, that build on these themes: conversations on Black and Indigenous solidarity, corporate R&D partnerships between Israel and Canada, and the fight for food sovereignty in the Maritimes. And much more.
It takes everything we’ve got to make this magazine what it is, but the truth is that subscription revenues, newsstand sales, and ad revenue aren’t enough to cover our modest expenses. We receive no foundation money and the bare minimum in government assistance. Instead, it is subscription sales and small and medium-sized donations from dedicated readers that have sustained us into our forty-fifth year of print publication.
We run an incredibly lean operation of two full-time staff, and every dollar you donate goes straight into publishing award-winning journalism and independent commentary.
So please don’t wait: help us reach our goal of $10,000 by making a one-time donation today or signing up to be a sustainer at the monthly rate that suits your means.
In solidarity and gratitude,