Fresh from the excitement of this year’s Allied Media Conference, we’re coming to you with an appeal to help Critical Moment keep doing what it does best.
Last December we asked for your help in publishing Critical Moment. We were facing a financial crisis and needed $1000 to publish our next issue. We appealed to you, and were amazed by your generosity. We raised nearly $3000 and were able to continue publishing.
That campaign made us realize that it is you, our readers, who are our biggest supporters. We are a community project. Our content is created by the activists, writers, poets, photographers, and others of Southeast Michigan. 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. 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.
Last December, we asked you to help us get back on our feet. Now, six months later, we’re asking for your help again in staying there.
We’d like to share with you what some inspiring local activists have to say about Critical Moment:
Critical Moment provides a valuable resource by showing the organizing efforts, the challenges, and the victories taking place in Southeastern Michigan. How many conversations have I been in about major crises facing communities in Michigan where someone said “I didn’t even know this was happening!” If only they had read the penetrating analysis and on-the-ground coverage of local issues and their international impact that CM provides! Definitely it should be required reading in today’s schools and throughout the state.
-Will Copeland, Detroit Artist/Activist Leader
When I moved here four years ago there was a gap in terms of media. And once Critical Moment was published, I felt like finally there was something to read that’s actually saying something about something. I highly respect Critical Moment and really value the work that you’re doing, and I feel like it’s important to our communities here.
-U of M professor and INCITE! co-founder Nadine Naber
Critical Moment is a vital instrument of communication for our area. Stories which would otherwise be silenced are told through CM. As a transmitter of these stories, CM breaks up the hopeless and sensationalized surface constructed by corporate media, and offers a more honest, compelling view of life in SE Michigan.
-Jenny Lee, coordinator, Detroit Summer Live Arts Media Project
Over the last three and a half years, Critical Moment has become one of the premier progressive media outlets in Southeast Michigan. With your support, we hope to further increase our role as an important community resource in connecting people and organizations.
One way you can help support Critical Moment is by becoming an issue sponsor today. You will be helping Critical Moment continue publishing by donating a certain amount for each issue. This is the most valuable type of donation for us because it provides us with a regular income. You can select your level of sponsorship. We publish 6 issues per year, and if you become an issue sponsor at any level you automatically get a subscription.
Today, more than ever, it’s important to support independent media at whatever level you are able. As many independent media institutions have gone under and as Congress considers increasing postal rates for small publications by 44%, we can use all the help we can get.
If you become an issue sponsor today, you can receive items from new Southeast Michigan Mediashop including the Live Arts Media Project CD, the Army of None poster, and books like Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, Abandon Automobile, and Negroes with Guns.
Visit criticalmoment.org/subscribe for more information. You can also get a regular subscription there.
Support independent media today! Without you it is not possible.
In gratitude and solidarity,
Critical Moment editorial collective
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