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Firedoglake Needs Your Help for the Future

It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future. Of course, it is simple to say general concepts such as protests or controversial laws will be appear in the future. However, no one could have seen Occupy Wall Street or the events in Ferguson, Mo. happening.

I am thankful for Firedoglake for giving me the opportunity to see what goes on within a movement after covering the People’s Climate March last month. As I walked along Central Park, I wondered where the environmental movement would go from here. Indeed, the question of “Where do we go from here?” is famously associated with Martin Luther King, Junior in a speech given to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 16, 1967.

I recommend the entire piece for anyone, but a point King makes at the end is essential in understanding the hardships and hopes movement activists face everywhere:

When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

Firedoglake, like other alternative media outlets, provides an essential role in covering this “arc of the moral universe.” I must note this does not only include protests, but also elections as well. Officials like socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant in Seattle, WA, or Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of the Green Party in Richmond, CA, highlight how important elections are for movements.

We have covered a number of such events happening across the U.S. and are thankful for the support given by readers in response to our coverage. We’ve added more features to the site and are marching forward with confidence to develop even more. The DDoS attacks are not as frequent as before, and over time we will implement new features to improve the news reporting aspect of FDL.

Still, this is not only a news site but a community too. The FDL Book Salon, for example, allows folks a place to ask questions to authors on their latest book. It’s my favorite part of Firedoglake since it’s a unique place to interact with the authors of significant books. In addition, we are currently upgrading MyFDL to accommodate users with a new version of the site.

New movements are springing up. Challenges to the system are being made. There is a resurgence in leftism in both organizing and elections. Of course, Firedoglake will be on top of this but we need your help to get there.

Your voice is an essential part of the reporting of global events. Indeed, I have seen that working at the Roundup for more than year with commenters leaving links and thoughts for other readers. Your voice is absolutely essential in our role as independent media.

Would you be able to donate as little as $5 to $10 today to help support our work here at Firedoglake?

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Firedoglake Needs Your Help For The Future

It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future. Of course, it is simple to say general concepts such as protests or controversial laws will be appear in the future. However, no one could have seen Occupy Wall Street or the events in Ferguson, Mo. happening.

I am thankful for Firedoglake for giving me the opportunity to see what goes on within a movement after covering the People’s Climate March last month. As I walked along Central Park, I wondered where the environmental movement would go from here. Indeed the question of “Where do we go from here?” is famously associated with Martin Luther King, Junior in a speech given to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 16, 1967.

I recommend the entire piece for anyone, but a point King makes at the end is essential in understanding the hardships and hopes movement activists face everywhere:

When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

Firedoglake, like other alternative media outlets, provides an essential role in covering this “arc of the moral universe.” I must note this does not only include protests, but also elections as well. Officials like socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant in Seattle, WA, or Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of the Green Party in Richmond, CA, highlight how important elections are for movements.

We have covered a number of such events happening across the U.S. and are thankful for the support given by readers in response to our coverage. We’ve added more features to the site and are marching forward with confidence to develop even more. The DDoS attacks are not as frequent as before, and over time, we will implement new features to improve the news reporting aspect of FDL.

Still, this is not only a news site but a community too. The FDL Book Salon, for example, allows folks a place to ask questions of authors on their latest book. It’s my favorite part of Firedoglake since it’s a unique place to interact with the authors of significant books. In addition, we are currently upgrading MyFDL to accommodate users with a new version of the site.

New movements are springing up. Challenges to the system are being made. There is a resurgence in leftism in both organizing and elections. Of course, Firedoglake will be on top of this but we need your help to get there.

Your voice is an essential part of the reporting of global events. Indeed, I have seen that working at the Roundup for more than year with commenters leaving links and thoughts for other readers. Your voice is absolutely essential in our role as independent media.

Would you be able to donate as little as $5 to $10 today to help support our work here at Firedoglake?

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Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.