The Indypendent Goes to New Hampshire!

 
We’re sending Steve Wishnia to New Hampshire for five days to do some election coverage. He’s blogging for The Indypendent website and is writing the cover story for the next issue, which hits the streets in a week. While this is a departure from our usual reporting style, Steve can spin a good tale with his caustic wit, seasoned reporting skills and skeptical eye. He’ll be looking at larger issues of what’s motivating the electorate and what this election is really about, rather than doing the usual horse race coverage endemic to the corporate media.

Check out www.indypendent.org over the next few days. We’re sending Steve Wishnia to New Hampshire for five days to do some election coverage. He’s blogging for The Indypendent website and is writing the cover story for the next issue, which hits the streets in a week.

While this is a departure from our usual reporting style, Steve can spin a good tale with his caustic wit, seasoned reporting skills and skeptical eye. He’ll be looking at larger issues of what’s motivating the electorate and what this election is really about, rather than doing the usual horse race coverage endemic to the corporate media.

Steve has covered previous presidential elections, and, in fact, got his start by being arrested protesting Nixon at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami. (He wrote a hilarious piece about it in The Indy four years; unfortunately, it’s not online.)

We have a lot of big plans this year. We’re going to add a tech column by Josh Breitbart, we’re talking to some left-wing economists about doing a popular economics column, we’ve recruited some excellent new book and movie reviewers, and a team of intrepid reporters who founded a globe-trotting journalism outfit called the Common Language Project, will be doing original reporting for us all year from East Africa.

Most of all, we aim to spend time and energy doing serious investigative reporting. If you haven’t read it already, you should check out Jessica Lee’s report on the “Homegrown Terrorism Bill.” Late last year, she uncovered a scary piece of congressional legislation that would essentially legalize Cointelpro disruption and surveillance activities against “radical movements.”

Her report was the first in-depth look at the bill, who’s behind it and how it could redefine as terrorism all sorts of protest groups and activities. The bill’s language is so loose – it talks about “disrupting” the “radicalization process” and defines violence as the “threatened use of force … to promote … political, religious, or social beliefs” – that it clearly could include nonviolent civil disobedience!

Jessica appeared on Democracy Now to talk about the bill and her work quickly spurred a slew of other reports on the bill and the start of a national campaign to stop this dangerous legislation. In a humorous twist, the House Committee that came up with bill put up a “fact sheet” on its website that tried to deny the bill would criminalize radical speech, even though if you read the legislation it clearly does that.

This was just one of the many big stories we reported on in 2007. Take a look at a roundup of the “Best of The Indy” from last year.

One final note. Right now we’re in the middle of our annual fund drive. Just once a year, we ask our friends, Indy alumni and readers to help out. Our goal for all of 2008 is $12,000. That’s it – just $1,000 a month will keep us going throughout the whole year.

It’s remarkably little, especially when you consider with a circulation averaging nearly 20,000 an issue, we’ve grown into one of the largest lefty papers in the country. And because we distribute the paper for free to the general public, we know that we’re not just preaching to the choir. We’re out there reaching those people who hunger for a different viewpoint.

This year is especially important because we know what the script will be. It will be all about getting the Democrats elected. While a Democrat would be marginally better than the slew of lunatics gathered under the Republican banner, the likely nominees have no plans to end the war in Iraq. They have no solution to the healthcare crisis, other than the same “market-based” solutions that has made a mess in the first place. They talk out of both sides of their mouths about immigration and they won’t do anything serious about global warming, lest they offend their corporate paymasters.

Through our reporting, we’re committed to supporting and nurturing grassroots social movements as the real forces for change. But we really need your help to make this possible.

Toward that end, I want to ask you to work one day for The Indy in 2008. Donate whatever your pay is in an average workday. This would make a huge difference to us and allow us to keep up with the stellar reporting. Most of all, it means we would keep getting vital information out to hundreds of thousands of people who need it the most.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Arun Gupta
The Indypendent

P.S. Right now we have matching funds so your donation will go twice as far!

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