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Firedoglake: We Do It All

I’ve now been an online organizer here at Firedoglake for more than 3 years and the aspect of FDL that stands out to me most is the sheer variety of issues we work on.

There are many great organizations out there that organize around civil liberties issues. There are excellent groups that specialize in protecting the environment. There are fantastic publications that report on labor issues. We do all of that.

We also work on reforming our insane drug policy, shining a light on our shameful prison system, supporting whistleblowers, protecting the social safety net, ending abusive policing tactics and holding Wall Street criminals accountable. We send supplies to Occupiers, Wal-Mart Strikers, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilders, Detroit Water Activists — the list goes on and on.

We do all of this for primarily two reasons.

First – we believe all these issues are interconnected.

We can’t fight to end marijuana prohibition and ignore the prison-industrial complex that sustains and encourages it.

We can’t support Wal-Mart protesters and turn a blind eye to free-trade agreements that cripple American workers.

We can’t demand the next Attorney General prosecute CIA torturers and forget about the man who exposed that torture program.

But secondly – and most importantly – we focus on these issues because that’s what you, our readers and activists, want. For 10 years, Firedoglake has remained free from corporate influence so we can report on and organize around the issues you care about. We’ve done this with a very small staff and a tiny budget. But we can only keep doing it with your support.

So if you care about civil liberties or the environment or prison reform or drug policy reform or (insert your passion here) consider chipping in $20 to help sustain Firedoglake today.

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Firedoglake: We Do It All

I’ve now been an online organizer here at Firedoglake for more than 3 years and the aspect of FDL that stands out to me most is the sheer variety of issues we work on.

There are many great organizations out there that organize around civil liberties issues. There are excellent groups that specialize in protecting the environment. There are fantastic publications that report on labor issues. We do all of that.

We also work on reforming our insane drug policy, shining a light on our shameful prison system, supporting whistleblowers, protecting the social safety net, ending abusive policing tactics and holding Wall Street criminals accountable. We send supplies to Occupiers, Wal-Mart Strikers, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilders, Detroit Water Activists — the list goes on and on.

We do all of this for primarily two reasons.

First – we believe all these issues are interconnected.

We can’t fight to end marijuana prohibition and ignore the prison-industrial complex that sustains and encourages it.

We can’t support Wal-Mart protesters and turn a blind eye to free-trade agreements that cripple American workers.

We can’t demand the next Attorney General prosecute CIA torturers and forget about the man who exposed that torture program.

But secondly – and most importantly – we focus on these issues because that’s what you, our readers and activists, want. For 10 years, Firedoglake has remained free from corporate influence so we can report on and organize around the issues you care about. We’ve done this with a very small staff and a tiny budget. But we can only keep doing it with your support.

So if you care about civil liberties or the environment or prison reform or drug policy reform or (insert your passion here) consider chipping in $20 to help sustain Firedoglake today.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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