Anyone who reads this blog is likely able to offer the cliché, “I gave at the office.” I’m sure many of you also donate funds to worthy projects.
But in light of this message below from Clamor Magazine and for all of the hard battles of the past year, I hope we can go even further in this particular season of giving.
I’ve donated to many of these groups in the past. This year, I’m trying to multiply my usual amount by 5 in recognition of increasing need and importance. (I’m also fortunate enough to have been employed about five times as much this year as in the past, so I can do that.) If ever there was a situation where every bit would help, this is it:
Subject: Fwd: Emergency Message from Clamor Magazine
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 09:01:43 -0600
First, we’d like to thank everyone for the well-wishes and concern you’ve shared with us following the announcement that Clamor would be ceasing publication.
Today we are writing to ask you to help us protect and sustain Clamor’s closest allies:
Just Seeds, Left Turn Magazine, Spread Magazine, Critical Moment, Alternative Press Review, Infoshop.org, Faesthetic, Vegan Freak, and Left Out all use the online infoshop we’ve built over the last few years.
On Friday December 15, we received word that Sky Bank, one of the banks to which Clamor owes money, froze our bank account and intends to block the transfer of the infoshop to the crew that was going to take it over. This move runs counter to what we (our lawyer included) thought would happen, and it has profound repercussions for the people and projects that were depending on us to continue providing distribution and making regular payments.
The sense of loss we have felt in closing Clamor is completely overshadowed by the knowledge that we have jeopardized these otherwise growing and healthy projects. Without the money Clamor owes them, some of these projects will not survive.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to ensure that these valuable independent media projects do not go down along with Clamor. You are probably receiving many requests at this time of year. These are all incredible projects that you should support on a regular basis, but it is urgent that you offer that support right now.
Your direct donations will not affect our debt to them, but given the bank’s the strength and aggressiveness at pursuing our limited business and personal resources, this is only way we can see to repay them.
There are thousands of active Clamor supporters out there. Please stay active: use the following links to make donations directly to one or more of these projects or contact us to make tax-deductible donations of $500 or more.
justseeds has been the only spot to find socially conscious street art, anarchist literature and political printmaking all in one place online. Please donate to help Josh MacPhee continue this important work. The future of justseeds depends on you.
Left Turn is an international network of activists committed to exposing and fighting the consequences of global capitalism and imperialism. Through Left Turn magazine, and face-to-face forums, we amplify voices of those on the frontlines of radical struggles for social justice, and provide resources for strategy-building and reflection. We are on the brink of survival financially and the seizure of funds owed to us has been a major blow. We hope you will contribute and/or subscribe as a testament to the importance of supporting radical independent media.
$pread Magazine is a quarterly, glossy magazine by and for sex workers and those who support their rights. This current situation may have grave effects on their future ability to continue publishing. Please step up and donate using their link.
Critical Moment is an independent community newspaper serving Southeast Michigan. For the past three years, we have featured hundreds of authors, provided critical analysis of issues facing local communities, and championed various forms of resistance taking place in our area. But the future of Critical Moment is in jeopardy due in part to the recent collapse of infoSHOP direct. Please help us reach our modest goal of $1000 so that we can print our 20th issue and continue to provide a critical voice to Southeast Michigan. Go to www.criticalmoment.org to make a donation or subscribe.
Infoshop.org & Practical Anarchy are the online resource for radical news, opinion, and information as well as the occasional zine focusing on practical aspects of anarchism. Please help them weather this storm by donating.
Faesthetic is a yearly graphic design & art magazine printed in small quantities with submissions from talented creatives from around the world. Please donate via paypal to his account info (at) faesthetic.com
If you would like to donate to Jen and Jason’s legal support, please donate via paypal to our account at jason (at) clamormagazine.org.
In frustration and solidarity,
Jason and Jen