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Four Good Reasons to Join the Firedoglake Membership Program

I want to thank the Firedoglake community for all their support and positive feedback over the past two years. I never thought I could take part in directly shaping American policy, but thanks to this site and its dedicated readership, I’ve seen it happen. I hope you will please join the FDL Membership Program and provide the long-term support to FDL’s many writers and activists.

Four Reasons to Join FDL’s Membership Program

1) Long-term planning – Online advertising only provides limited and irregular revenue. Depending on it often necessitates a click-driving style that chases the most obvious, flashy issues. On the other hand, good muckraking journalism and serious activism take a lot of long-term grunt work on an issue when few besides the corporate lobbyists are paying attention. The membership program will provide that steady, consistent and, most importantly, predictable level of support to allow FDL to effectively plan for the in-depth writing and careful organizing that have become its signature specialty.

I can tell you from working on health care and student loan reform that, early on, both were traffic killers. But taking the long view, and keeping up persistent focus allowed us to really shape the narrative and effect change well beyond what should be possible for an organization of our size.

2) Independence – Members’ support will give FDL not just the freedom to not always chase the biggest click-drivers, but will also allow it to stay a truly independent news source, free from the financial influence of institutional or commercial interests.

3) Strength in Numbers – What do the NRA, AMA, AARP and labor unions all have in common? They are consistent political forces to be reckoned with, and they are all dues-paying members associations of likeminded people. I hope FDL membership can serve as a model for sustainably organizing people online, not just around a single social issue, but with a shared vision about government reform, ending systemic corruption, and economic issues.

A membership association, unlike email lists and online petitions, indicates to others that this is a group of people actively invested and involved.

4) Benefits – Members get sweet benefits, like cool FDL swag and discounts. Obviously, the program is in its infancy, but as membership grows, we hope to be able to leverage our size to provide our members with even more benefits.

Four good reasons–join for one, join for all, but please join today.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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