August 26, 2016
Dear Common Dreamer,
You know where we are headed now.
The climate emergency may soon be irreversible. New global trade agreements are expanding corporate rights. Unprecedented inequalities keep worsening. The world economy is pressing against the finite limits of the planet.
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are going.”
I think you’ll agree that it’s past time to change direction.
But how can we do that when our democracies have been captured by lobbyists, donors and plutocrats?
And how can we sound the alarms when our profit-driven corporate media system is wedded to the status quo and the 1%ers?
Here at Common Dreams, our choice is clear: We choose to win the future. We believe that insurgent movements are built simultaneously on desperation and hope.
We bring our readers the truth with its many stories of injustices, stories of war, stories of desperation. Some cynics have even suggested that we change our name to 'Common Nightmares.'
Yet, far more often, our readers tell us that we give them hope. That we show the world there are millions who haven't given in or given up the fight for a more just economy, a sustainable global environment, and an end to racism.
And we hear over and over that we have helped inspire people to get up from behind their computer screens and take action - either for the first time or after years of sitting on the sidelines.
But we've never done it alone.
We’ve only gotten this far thanks to your the generous financial support of readers who have been contributing since day 1. If you have never donated before, now is the time to join the community of donors that makes this work possible. If you've supported us in the past, now is the time to renew your commitment to this critical work.
Our current Summer fundraising campaign is critical to our survival - and we still must raise $36,000 by next week.
We've said it before, but we'll say it again: We can't do this without you.
Thanks so much,
for the whole team at Common Dreams