At the end of each year, I write to our 30,000 Nation Associates–readers who make contributions to the magazine that provide nearly 20 percent of all the magazine’s revenue–reporting on the past year and what the magazine has accomplished as well as looking forward to the coming year. I wanted to share my letter to Associates this year. And if you are so moved to contribute please click here.
Dear Nation Associate:
I don’t know about you, but I find these are times that try progressives’ souls. On issue after issue–ending the war, the imperial presidency, health care, jobs, environment, unions–the public is overwhelmingly progressive and wants action. Yet, we remain bogged down in occupied Iraq; economic pain and dislocation are affecting millions; torture is condoned by the Bush Administration and its enablers; we export democracy abroad instead of rebuilding it at home; and too many Democrats (though not all) have forgotten their role in fighting for the voiceless, and for peace and justice.
At The Nation–where hope dies last–we believe it is in such times that our work, joined by allies like you, is more vital than ever. And in 2007, thanks to your continuing support, The Nation had an important impact on our political debate and policies.
If you were one of the many supporters and friends who joined in on our conference call in December, you heard Nation correspondent and bestselling writer Jeremy Scahill talk about his ground-breaking reporting on the mercenary forces of Blackwater USA (and privatization’s radical assault on our democracy). Jeremy’s reporting first appeared in a series of investigative articles in The Nation two years before the mainstream paid any attention to the issue, showing once again the essential role and expanding reach of The Nation and the importance of a strong and independent media.
When the story broke in September 2007, with Blackwater’s killing of twenty Iraqi civilians, major US and international news outlets had only one place to turn for information and insight: Jeremy Scahill and The Nation. In the course of one week, Jeremy appeared on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, the Lehrer NewsHour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the BBC and dozens of other outlets. Jeremy also testified before several Congressional committees, including Henry Waxman’s Government Oversight Committee and was invited to brief key legislators and their staff. His reporting in The Nation shaped ground-breaking legislation, introduced this November by Representative Jan Schakowsky, which abolishes the use of private security contractors in Iraq.