Dear Raging Chicken Press Readers:
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been throwing around the notion that I would like to spend a month this summer covering the Keystone XL blockade actions in the Central United States and Alberta, Canada. Heading into last week’s debate, I was hesitant on starting a fundraising drive, and waiting until after the elections to make that decision. After ten minutes into the debate, my perspective changed; Keystone XL construction will occur no matter who is elected. However, I do have a glimmer of hope, if Obama is reelected for a second term, I feel that the Keystone XL construction can be delayed – or better yet, halted – with sustained pressure from the environmental community. This pressure will not only include protests, but it will include physical blockades, halting machinery that weighs 30 or 40 tons, and a massive amounts of arrests.
As an activist journalist, I am willing to risk arrest arrest covering and documenting Keystone XL blockade actions this summer, but I am going to need help getting there from you – link here. It is you – our readers – that are responsible for helping us gain a foothold in Pennsylvania’s progressive and environmental communities, and I believe this action can have a tremendous impact on taking our media outlet to a whole entire different level. My goal for this drive is to raise as close to $1,500 as possible by mid-May, and I would like to do this through small dollar donations. All I am asking for is $5, $10, $15 or $20 from each individual because with the accumulation of these donations, I will be able to reach that goal.
When I am at the Keystone XL blockades– which I intend on participating – I will post a daily or bi-daily dairy or blog entries that will include photographs, videos, stories from activists and landowners and personal stories about my experiences along the blockade. When I come back from the adventure, I intend on putting my whole entire collection of stories, photographs, and diary entries into an online E-book, and maybe an actual print version. Those who donate $20 or more will receive a free copy of the E-book. Half of all proceedings from this book will be stored away in a travel fund so that current or future writers for Raging Chicken Press will be able obtain funds to complete this type of investigative work.
Thank you for your help,
Assistant Editor at the Raging Chicken Press.