rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

What we do before and after we vote matters most

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

I won't lie to you. This election won't change everything. It might not even change much. But we must stop Stephen Harper from continuing to erode our constitutional rights, cultural institutions, social programs, values, environment, democracy.

So much damage has been done to so much of what we cherish as Canadians. How we undo it, I'm not exactly sure. But what I do know is that we need more news and information, more vision and more ideas on how to repair our increasingly unjust and unequal society.

rabble is one small but substantial platform for exposing, discussing, and solving the problems created by the Conservatives. That's because, in today's concentrated, corporatized and industrial media world, those who challenge the established order rarely get any ink or airtime.

Throughout this marathon election campaign, we have found little progressive analysis and coverage of issues that matter to labour, women, First Nations people, veterans, the aged and the ailing -- and those of us who want to leave future generations pristine rivers and forests, not mountains of debt.

Independent media give voice to those who we rarely hear from. Independent media give voice to people like us. They are the very lifeblood of social movements. They are the megaphones for the silenced and even the subversive. But they can't exist without all our support. Every contribution to rabble helps in a big way.

Throughout the election -- and even before the race was on -- I have relied on the writing of rabble's Parliamentary correspondent Karl Nerenberg. I used to work with him at CBC Montreal. His perspective not only incorporates years of political journalism in the toughest arena in Canada -- Quebec -- but he also pulls no punches.

When it came to Nigel Wright's emails, Karl didn't pussyfoot around on what the prime minister probably knew about that $90,000 payoff and when he likely knew it. While the mainstream media were obsessing over the definition of recession, Karl focused on the bigger picture, reminding us of ground-level issues that were lost in the poll-to-poll coverage. Even before the body of little Alan Kurdi washed up on that Mediterranean beach, Karl had Jason Kenney in a lather over the government's record on refugees and immigration. His most recent column on the Liberal campaign co-chair moonlighting as an oil industry lobbyist shows just how muscular his work really is.

In this election and, indeed, afterwards, we need fearless pundits like Karl who don't soft-peddle. In this not-so-brave new corporate media world, we need activist political reporting and alternative voices on the Hill.

Supporting rabble will keep Karl in the House, where he belongs and where we need him.

Please, make a donation now.

 

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.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.