Support independent media!

Below is an urgent message regarding a very important publication facing financial crisis. Critical Moment is an integral publication in Southeastern Michigan for progressive, socially-conscious news. They are run by an all-volunteer collective of extremely dedicated individuals. Critical Moment has covered many important events and news items on racial justice, queer issues, educational justice, international struggles and local organizations, that would have otherwise gone unreported. I have had the honor of publishing several articles on their pages, and it’s survival is crucial to movement building in Michigan and beyond.Help them raise $1000 by the end of the year. Any amount will go a long way!

Dear supporter of independent media,

Critical Moment needs your help. We need to raise $1000 in the next two weeks or we may not be able to print our 20th issue, due out the first week of January 2007. We have excellent articles on the fallout of Prop 2, radical Women of Color blogging, the Detroit Worker’s Center and much more.

If we don’t raise $1000 in the next two weeks, this issue may not come out!

To make a donation online go to www.criticalmoment.org and click the “Donate” button.
To mail in a donation, send a check to Critical Moment, P.O. Box 4253, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation.

Two factors have contributed to our current financial crisis.

The first factor is the loss of ad revenue. Several long-time advertisers, facing their own financial constraints, have recently pulled their ads from CM. We are committed to rebuilding our advertiser base (our largest single source of revenue) and to building alternative fundraising avenues. But for the time being, we are facing a budget shortfall that threatens our ability to continue printing.

The second factor causing Critical Moment’s current financial crisis is related to the recent collapse of Clamor Magazine. Many of you have probably heard about the closure of Clamor Magazine due to unpayable debt. A long-running and well-respected staple of radical media in the U.S., Clamor’s closure in itself calls upon us to work hard to make sure that more alternative print publications don’t collapse.

Clamor was the sponsor of infoSHOPdirect, the online fulfillment provider for Critical Moment. As things turn out, legal obstacles are preventing infoSHOPdirect from continuing to operate while Clamor closes. What this means for Critical Moment is that we are not going to be able to receive the money that we were owed by infoSHOP, and we have also temporarily lost our online sales infrastructure.

In the face of these financial problems, Critical Moment needs you to help us get back on our feet.

Support Critical Moment today and you will receive a one year subscription for a donation of $15 or higher. Make a donation for $50 or more and you will a copy of “Detroit: I Do Mind Dying” by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin.

Critical Moment is one of the most important independent media voices in Southeast Michigan. Our all-volunteer editorial collective works tirelessly to grow this locally-rooted movement publication.

In the past three years we have printed nineteen issues featuring hundreds of authors. Many social justice organizers in our area have been published for the first time in CM, and have thanked us for the opportunity to express their ideas in writing.

We print 8000 free copies of every issue and have a wide distribution network that extends from Detroit to Ann Arbor to Lansing to downriver and the northern and eastern Detroit suburbs.

We constantly receive inquiries from readers who want to connect with individuals and organizations featured in the magazine. We are helping link people and organizations.

On more than one occasion, people who have been victims of police violence have connected with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality through articles featured in Critical Moment. After having articles featured in Critical Moment, local community gardening projects such as Detroit’s Earth Works Garden have received an influx of donations and volunteers.

Don’t let this important publication go down. We run on a relatively small budget. Help us reach our modest goal of $1000 to help us get back on our feet.

We look forward to a bright future of expanded circulation, greater frequency of publishing, and the ability to pay our wonderful authors. But we need your help today to secure the foundation upon which that future can be built.

Invest in alternative media. Support Critical Moment.

To make a donation online go to www.criticalmoment.org and click the “Donate” button.
To mail in a donation, send a check to Critical Moment, P.O. Box 4253, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation.

 

Thank you for your support.

Onward,
The Critical Moment Editorial Collective
Ben Chodoroff, Fred David, Emma Garrett, Michelle Glowa, Elisa Gurule, James Leaf, Chris Lee, rachel parsons, T. Zac Ross, Kate McCabe, Mike Medow, Max Sussman, Megan Williamson

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