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Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to us

There’s so much that we need to share, so find yourself — and help us bring our funding home.

With apologies to Supertramp — and for giving Eclectablog’s readers an earworm — I can’t get this song out of my head during the final stretch of our fundraising week.

If you’re reading this, it’s because you think Eclectablog is worth your time. As a regular contributor, I admit I’m biased, but just consider the amazing work Chris Savage has been doing keeping up with the rapidly unfolding new developments in Flint. As LOLGOP pointed out, Chris regularly shines a light on the mess caused by political malfeasance in Michigan.…

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When it comes to progressive values, we simply cannot compromise

When it comes to progressive values, we simply cannot compromise

We’re nearing the end of our first quarter fundraiser and, unfortunately, it hasn’t been a particularly robust one. This worries me. With taxes due soon and our bank account dwindling, there is a real possibility that I will need to restrict how many posts our regular contributors can publish because there simply won’t be enough money to pay them. And, while I suspect all of our writers would do it without pay, that’s not how we roll at Eclectablog. We’re a progressive blog and that means people here get paid fairly for their creative output. That’s a progressive value I won’t compromise on.…

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Thank you for sharing the responsibility of making Eclectablog what is it: Accountable and transparent…what a concept!

During the periodic times of year that Eclectablog asks for your financial support, I always find it an affirmation to the vision and incredible hard work of Chris Savage and the entire staff at Eclectablog, including and maybe especially Anne Savage, who is very much an unsung hero of this critical and important news source. Her dedication, creativity, point of view, and support of us all is done quietly, but is ever present. I can only imagine how crucial her support of Chris must be on a daily basis, as she continues to pursue and expand her amazing career as a very gifted professional photographer.…

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Without real journalism, democracy dies - and it's dying in Atlantic City under Emergency Management

Without real journalism, democracy dies – and it’s dying in Atlantic City under Emergency Management

Journalism is defined as “the activity or job of collecting, writing, and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio.” In this new media age, you can add blogs and podcasts and other online news sources to that, as well. It is my firm belief that journalism – TRUE journalism – goes farther than that: it is a necessary element in a vibrant democracy and has the crucial role of revealing information that might otherwise be hidden and holding our elected officials and other leaders accountable for doing their jobs.

When people accuse me of being a journalist, I often brush them off saying that I don’t consider myself a journalist.…

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Readers always write. Well, not *always*…

One of my favorite parts about asking our readers for donations (and there aren’t many “favorites”, I actually hate doing it) are the incredibly nice notes we get when people send us checks directly. I thought I’d share a few with you today and let folks know how much they warm our hearts and keep us motivated.

Sometimes, it’s something simple:

Sometimes it’s a broad “thank you”:

Other times, people are more specific:

Teachers are particularly nice (no surprise there : )

And sometimes, people are VERY flattering:

For those groups and individuals who find what we do here at Eclectablog worthy of supporting with a direct financial contribution, there are three ways to help.…

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BREAKING: Big news for Eclectablog! A new year. A new site. A new writer.

BREAKING: Big news for Eclectablog! A new year. A new site. A new writer.

I’m excited to announce some big news for Eclectablog readers. Two pieces of news, actually. First, the site will be undergoing a major facelift in the coming month. We will be moving to a more mobile device-friendly theme that will make reading our content even easier than it is now. We’re working on it this week and hope to unveil the new site by the end of the month if the stars align.

Second, we’ll be bringing on a new writer later this week or next. She’s an African American woman with a terrific voice and unique perspective. I’ll keep her identity a secret for the moment but here’s a hint: she’s written guest posts for us before.…

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Donate to Lady Parts Justice League on #GivingTuesday and help them score extra cash

Help LPJ League win a $25,000 prize for gathering the most donations on December 1st.

Giving is always good, and the #GivingTuesday tradition on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a great reminder that there are organizations out there that rely on charitable contributions to do their work.

There’s no shortage of worthy organizations and I hope folks will give whatever they can to as many as they can.

But there’s one cause I hope you’ll be sure to support this year. Lady Parts Justice League is asking for your donation on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to help them win an extra $25,000 from CrowdRise.

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When you get to choose where you get your news you can’t lose.

Children, have a seat and let me tell you a story. Way back in your granddaddy’s time, ten years ago, every day some high school-aged kid on a bicycle would come by the house and deliver a thing called a “newspaper.” The newspaper was exactly what it sounds like: a stack of papers where a bunch of writers got together every day and wrote up a summary of the day’s news. Toward the back of these newspapers the editors would usually print a series of very long and very long-winded opinion columns, plus a few short, usually poorly-written “Letters to the Editor” written by locals with too much time on their hands.…

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Support Eclectablog now and see if it makes you feel better

A lot of people call the Buddha the greatest marketer in the world because he told people, “Don’t trust me. Try it yourself and see how you feel.”

You can make that promise when you know you have a great product.

The Buddha did and the result was a world religion that even people who don’t like religion often claim as their own.

I’m not saying Chris Savage is the Buddha — that we know of — but I can firmly avow that the product he offers you through Eclectablog is great. Maybe you don’t agree with all the opinions of the team Chris has put together all of the time — lockstep agreement and purity vows are for Duggars.…

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Holding the line against reactionary moneybags

Holding the line against reactionary moneybags

Just as it’s always cocktail hour somewhere, it’s always fundraising season somewhere, too, right? Now that our underfunded schools are back in session kids are on the move raising funds for special class projects by peddling goods and services (candy, greeting cards, car washes, etc.). Public radio and television have just finished their fund drives. The flurry of mail requests from charities that provide Thanksgiving meals and holiday items for the needy has begun. Churches have fall fund raising festivals in progress. The leaves are falling. The morning dew is hardening. The squirrels are acorn gathering. The furnace has kicked on.…

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Show Eclectablog some love

Show Eclectablog some love

Put your money where your mouth is, please.

The other day, a friend and I were talking about how important it is to have an informed electorate. I mentioned Eclectablog and she exclaimed, “I love that blog!”

My friend knows full well I’m a contributor, but this wasn’t about me. It was about Eclectablog being a resource for people who want to be educated voters and engaged citizens. It was about people who want to read perspectives that aren’t manicured and manipulated by the media — viewpoints and information that are so important to Eclectablog’s contributors that we feel the need to write about them.…

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