Sent: 20 January 2014 12:21
Subject: A call for solidarity from ROAR Magazine
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am reaching out to ask for your solidarity. We are a small group of volunteers who set out in early 2011, at the start of a worldwide wave of popular mobilizations, to create a free online space for independent news and critical analysis. Through our blog, ROAR Magazine, we have been providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for autonomy and real democracy ever since.
So far, we have managed to cover all expenses for this project from our own pockets. More recently, however, our resources (time, personnel, money, website, servers, etc.) have struggled to keep up with the rapid growth of our readership and the great increase in high-quality submissions we receive from scholars, journalists and activists every day. If ROAR is to stay alive and evolve into a tireless advocate for social justice and democratic empowerment, we really need to develop a solid base of financial support.
Our goal for the coming year is to team up with the leading editorial designer Jeremy Leslie of magCulture, who has been referred to as “the godfather of independent publishing”, to transform ROAR from an activist blog into a proper online magazine for, by and about today’s movements. This is a collaborative project, fully independent from governments and corporations, and we need your help to make it happen.
We recently set up a crowdfunding campaign to cover our basic expenses and develop ROAR into this exciting new direction. Your contribution, however small, will go directly towards the creation of a genuine grassroots alternative to the corporate media. We hope you will support us in this effort.
Thank you for your consideration!
Founder, ROAR Magazine