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Never Let Anybody Drive You So Low

Monday, 20 June 2011 08:46 By Matt Renner and Maya Schenwar, Truthout | Message
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"We don't just fight against our opponents; this is a moral movement - we fight for them too."

-Van Jones at Netroots Nation 2011

This weekend, part of the Truthout team traveled to Minneapolis for the annual Netroots Nation conference.

Something truly inspirational happened - something we've been hoping to see for a long time.

Love warrior Van Jones took to the stage to challenge progressive journalists, bloggers and activists to help build a movement based not on party affiliation or on a charismatic leader, but instead, on the moral values we all share.

Jones's speech brought the crowd to its feet over and over again. He channeled the disappointment and the heartbreak so many on the left have been feeling, and laid out the dream of a truly different future - one we can build together.

We're writing today to tell you that Truthout will join this movement.

Our audience and our team of writers are growing in numbers and in strength. We will continue to bring information to the people who value honest reporting and analysis. We will cover the new, rising tide of American activism that started in Wisconsin and will continue to build as the plutocrats tighten their grip around the throat of democracy. And we'll bring our readers the ideas, information and inspiration they need to get involved.

Help us do this work and grow this movement. Help us sustain our budget and be as effective as we can possibly be. Watch this excerpt from Jones's speech and then help us be a part of his vision by making a tax-deductible contribution to Truthout today.

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Together, we'll take back this country. Together, we can restore the American Dream.

Maya Schenwar, Executive Director and Matt Renner, Director of Development

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief. Her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, will be out from Berrett-Koehler Publishers in November. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

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