Have you joined FDL? It’s easy and costs less than–depending on the membership level you choose–a pint of ice cream a month. I joined. And I love ice cream. My now-leaner thighs thank Firedoglake.com.
Firedoglake.com kicks ass as well as thinning my physique and lowering my cholesterol. Everyday I am amazed at the energy and results produced by my brother and sister bloggers who make serious political change happen by motivating, prodding, embarrassing, cultivating and DOING!
You can help by joining. And if you’ve already joined, or donated, thank you. Encourage your friends to read us, and spread the word (and maybe give a membership to a friend or family member).
There’s a bunch of personal, look-at-me-La Figa reasons I am asking you to do the deed and join:
I am thrilled that every Monday night from 5pm to 6:30pm west coast time I get to turn people on to great, fun, thought-provoking movies by awesome filmmakers–a healthy percentage of which are festival award winners. And some of which end up nominated for Academy Awards. Along with asking questions of directors like Louis Psihoyos and Joe Berlinger, readers have interacted with pop culture figures like Exene Cervenka, Mike Watt, Margaret Cho, John Cusack and Danny Elfman.
FDL lets me write about stuff that I care about: Art, culture, weirdness, religion. I got to point out that Courtney Love solved the mortgage crisis and that maybe Bruce Springsteen shouldn’t be selling his album at WalMart (a story which got picked up by many outlets and prompted an admission from the Boss that he’d made a mistake. Um, duh). Along with celebrity stuff which is fun, I also actually made a difference a few times, like with the Mean Prom where comments on that post drew the attention of the ACLU, which amended their complaint against the Itawamba County School District to include the remarks. The case was won on behalf of Constance McMillen, the lesbian student who wanted to bring her girlfriend to the prom and wear a tuxedo, actions her school strove to deny her.
Earlier this week, I posted a story about a Facebook page that celebrated pitbull fighting, and asked that readers report it. Today the page has been pulled. That’s because of you, because of the community of FDL readers, the same community that spoke up to support Marcy Wheeler’s astounding investigative reporting, the same community that supported Michael Whitney’s boots in the oil slick reporting from the BP spill in Louisiana, the same community whose outrage and support has given hope and a small measure of fairness to Bradley Manning.
I write a lot about religion, a subject that–like it or lump it, believe in it or not–is at the root of all of humanity’s good and evil and the foundation of culture as we know it, everywhere in the world. Here at FDL, I also get an outlet to strongly support LGBT rights. It is patently unfair that all consenting adults cannot live and love as they please, that all cannot not experience (if not enjoy) the same rights I can.
We are almost fully funded by our readership, and so I’m asking you, if you haven’t already, to join as a founding member, at whatever level you can. Each level comes with swag, but more than that, you can swagger proudly knowing you are helping maintain independent media (free of corporate yuckiness!) and fueling Firedoglake’s kickass activism.
For $45, you can become a Friend and participate in planning coverage and activism. You’ll also get Invites to exclusive FDL chats and discussions and discounts at progressive retailers, plus you can connect with other community members, plus a really cool membership card and FDL stickers. At the Benefactor level, you get all that, plus the choice of a tee shirt or a very groovy tote. Wanna go bigger? For $1,000 the Gosprey Circle level offers both a shirt and tote, and all the other goodies, as well as an invitation to the annual FDL dinner where you’ll meet our writers and editors, hear awesome speakers and get to rock the establishment.
But the level is not as important as the participation. Joining FDL affirms that what I have done and what we can do in the future has value to you and your world. Please join today.
(Or, if you prefer to speak directly with one of us about the membership program, call us anytime at 202-709-7498.)