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Reporter Shot In New Orleans

Online campaign raises $15,000 for reporter who was shot in New Orleans
by Taylor Miller Thomas
Published May 23, 2013 on Poynter.org

An online fundraising effort for New Orleans freelancer Deborah Cotton met its $15,000 goal within four days. While some of the donations came from her friends and family, others came from people who have never met Cotton.

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Cotton was shot while covering a parade in New Orleans on Mother’s Day. The campaign has since increased its goal to $75,000. With it, Cotton’s friends hope to “help with the enormous expense she will incur from her injuries.”

Crowdsourced journalism yielded less-than-stellar results after the Boston Marathon bombing: Reddit users identified the wrong suspects; the police asked people to stop live-tweeting from scanners. But the intersection of crowdfunding and journalism grows more interesting every day. A Gawker Indiegogo project is attempting to raise $200,000 to buy a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe; it’s raised more than $132,000 so far. Planet Money raised more than enough to fund a story about the global garment trade.

Read entire story and more at Poynter.org.

Pussy Riot World Map

Dear Gabriel,

We’re honestly not sure how the Russian authorities are going to react to our Pussy Riot World Map.

The Russian authorities recently banned Pussy Riot’s videos as “extremist”. And last August, the Russian Embassy in Washington tossed Amnesty’s petitions to the curb – literally – and refused to hear our concerns about human rights in Russia.

W1303EAIAR1But on March 4, the one-year anniversary of Pussy Riot’s arrest, we will not be silent. Two Pussy Riot members, Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova, remain behind bars in notoriously brutal prison camps. Last Wednesday we danced outside the Russian Embassy to commemorate Pussy Riot’s performance – now we’re heading back with our map of Pussy Riot’s supporters around the globe.

We only have a few more days left to add as many names as possible to our map. Stand for Pussy Riot and free speech in Russia — get on the map!

It’s been a whirlwind year since Pussy Riot’s iconic “punk prayer” performance at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. Arrests, courtrooms, lawyers, political posturing by the Russian authorities and President Putin — all culminating in Masha and Nadya’s outlandishly harsh two-year sentences, at prison camps far from their families and young children.

But the women of Pussy Riot were never alone. From Twitter to rock shows to handwritten letters, hundreds of thousands have called on the Russian authorities to #FreePussyRiot. More than 100 of Russia’s best-known actors, directors and musicians signed a letter calling for their release. Madonna played a Moscow concert with “Pussy Riot” emblazoned across her back. Amnesty activists threw a full-fledged punk concert steps from the Russian Embassy in Washington DC. Star musicians like Sting and Anti-Flag added their names to our Pussy Riot world map in solidarity — along with thousands of other activists like you.

One year later, Pussy Riot needs us to speak out — more than ever. Why now? Because Pussy Riot continues to be a symbol of the Russian authorities’ unreasonable crackdown on freedom of expression in Russia — and the attacks on free speech in Russia are only getting worse with some disturbing new laws.

Did you know that:

Conducting public protests in Russia could cost you up to U.S. $32,000 in fines?

Human rights and political activism could potentially be treated as “treason” in Russia, thanks to a broad new legal definition?

Foreign and domestic NGOs — including those doing vital human rights work — face increasingly severe restrictions on their operations in Russia?

Pussy Riot’s harsh prison sentences are a draconian response to peaceful dissent.

“This is cruelty on purpose, cruelty for propaganda purposes,” said Ekaterina Samutsevich, a member of Pussy Riot who was arrested with Nadya and Masha but later conditionally released on appeal. “…We need to fight it somehow.”

And fight it we will! We will never give up our campaign to defend human rights and free speech in Russia.

On Monday, we’ll be headed to the Russian Embassy, map in hand.

Stand for free speech and be on that map.

Free Pussy Riot!

Thank You,

Jasmine Heiss
Campaigner, Individuals and Communities at Risk
Amnesty International USA

Champion’s For Humanity

Dear Gabriel,

If you want to know why letters are important, just ask Yusak Pakage.

Yusak was serving a 10-year prison sentence in Indonesia simply for taking part in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony. Amnesty International supporters campaigned for his release, and in 2010, authorities freed him. He knows from personal experience the impact Amnesty’s letters can have.

“Amnesty is … the strength for those drowning … the friend of the excluded … the protector of those in need … and the hope which keeps our hope alive,” Yusak Pakage told Amnesty International members after his release from prison.

Will you donate today to support Amnesty International’s life-saving human rights work?

This year’s Write for Rights starts in a few weeks. Letter-writers will send messages to demand release of imprisoned Azerbaijani youth activist Jabbar Savalan, Iranian student organizers Behareh Hedayat and Majid Tavakkoli, and Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, among others.

Donate today to support Amnesty International and our 2011 Write for Rights campaign.

For 50 years, Amnesty has given us the ability and the opportunity to expose and confront abuses in a way that is profound, fulfilling and effective.

When you Write for Rights, your words bolster a human rights defender whose life is in jeopardy. They ignite hope in a forgotten prisoner.

“Thank you to Amnesty International members across the world from someone who has suffered and who now smiles again thanks to Amnesty.” — Yusak Pakage

When you make a financial contribution to Amnesty, you empower a formidable human rights movement. A movement that is tackling crises around the world, and needs your help now.

Donate today.

Sincerely,

Michael O’Reilly
Senior Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA

The Change He Promised

Dear Gabriel,

President Obama is coming to San Francisco to have a $7500 a plate lunch with 200 high-dollar donors.

We’re going to greet him with a big rally outside his fundraiser to send an important message:

It’s time for the change he promised us: President Obama must stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.

This is a great opportunity to deliver this important message directly to President Obama, and to his high-dollar donors who are in a unique position to talk to the president about this issue.

RSVP to join the rally on October 25th.

Here are the details:

What: President Obama “Yes you can Stop Keystone XL” rally.
Where: 3rd St. and Howard St., across from the W Hotel
When: Tuesday, October 25th 11:30 am
Why: Because Keystone XL isn’t CHANGE!

We’ll be printing signs and have buttons to hand out. Please RSVP so we know how many signs to print.

How appropriate that President Obama is having this fundraiser at the W Hotel.

Because if he approves the Keystone XL Pipeline it’s “W.” — not candidate Obama circa 2008 — that the President will be channeling.

The Keystone XL Pipeline — a desperate attempt to maintain our disastrous reliance on fossil fuels that will be “essentially game over” for the climate — is exactly what President Obama ran against in 2008.

The corruption and conflict of interest that we’ve seen in the State Department’s handling of the review process, are exactly the type of insider, closed-door cronyism and corruption that President Obama said we could all change.

That’s why so many of us spent so much time and money to work for his campaign in 2008.

It’s no secret that the Bay Area and Northern California were a huge sources of grassroots donations and energy for the campaign — with huge numbers of phone calls to swing states, huge numbers of people traveling to Nevada, Colorado — even Florida! — to get out the vote. And a whole lot of money.

Now President Obama is coming to the Bay, and we need to send this message to him, and his donors, loud and clear: “We want the change you promised us. You need to seize this opportunity for real leadership on energy and climate and reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

RSVP to join the rally on Tuesday, October 25th.

Thank you for continuing to fight for change and against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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