Dear Mondoweiss readers: starting today, we are asking for your help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Mondoweiss is a unique news operation that serves an amazing community of activists and thinkers. To continue delivering the quality information you’ve come to depend on—and to make our work even more influential in policy debates—we need you to give, promptly and generously.
Each one of you has your own reasons for visiting Mondoweiss. As we continually seek the best way to serve our mission, we have asked some of our most dedicated supporters to share with us where they find value in our work.
Over the next few weeks, as we ask you to contribute financially to our success and growth, we’ll be publishing their statements in a series: “What Mondoweiss Means To Me.” Please donate, and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.
If you would like to know how donations will be used, click here to understand how dollars and cents are transformed into truth-telling.
To kick off the series, we begin with the beginning: Phil Weiss, who started this effort almost nine years ago:
For me, Mondoweiss is the process by which I became We. I started Mondoweiss as a blog to keep me engaged as a journalist in the internet age. I did not anticipate how my voice on Palestine would serve a keen political need on the part of many others. Before long, beyond any plan I had in mind, the social energies of the internet transformed the site.
As a journalist used to working independently, I have learned and grown by becoming part of a team, a community and a movement. I found a community of people who were more sophisticated than I was about Middle East issues. I learned from them, I put my writing skills to use, and I began doing the most serious work of my life.
Today I’m proud to be a member of a community that cares about human rights. And yes, a good number in our community are Jews. I consider that one of Mondoweiss’s most important achievements: insisting that although we all come out of ethnic and religious communities, it’s a big mistake to think these communities are pitted against one another. The world can’t afford that.
And all of us at Mondoweiss—writers, editors, readers—have done our part to show a way forward. Out of identity politics, out of Islamophobia and nationalism, out of, Is it good for the Jews?
When I began, I was excited to have a few hundred readers. Today, the site attracts millions of visitors each year. For all of us on the team here, it is a privilege and a responsibility to engage on the most important issues of our time as Americans who know that we make a difference.
Like any committed member of a community, we strive to measure up to the role we’ve taken on. To be more professional, more reliable, more engaged. We’re more aware of our influence than ever.
I am grateful that the process by which I became We has also established a community where thousands of people gather to work for change. You are already part of this community, because you read and think and talk about the issues. Now, step up and increase your role in the community: please give today.
Your gift allows us to continue sharing essential information and analysis with thoughtful readers worldwide, and to grow for an even greater impact.
Mondoweiss makes a difference in the fight for Palestinian rights, and we want to become even more influential. Please act now to help us reach our goal.
Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss