Last spring, for the first time in its 140-year existence, The Washington Post adopted a slogan: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” The newspaper’s owner, Jeff Bezos, later elaborated on the choice by noting, “I think a lot of us believe this, that democracy dies in darkness, that certain institutions have a very important role in making sure that there is light.” A paragon of journalism, the Post clearly inhabits that role. But guess what? So does the Bay Area Monitor.
Granted, in comparison to corporate media behemoths, we wield a mere candle while they command solar radiance. But we strive toward similar goals, attempting to enhance our readers’ understanding of the world in a way that encourages them to become more engaged participants in their communities and in civic life. Our publisher, the League of Women Voters, even has an analogous slogan: “Making Democracy Work.”
What we do not have is an abundance of funding. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, is the richest person on the planet, with a reported net worth topping $100 billion. Lacking anywhere near those kinds of resources, we turn to you for help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Monitor at our donation page.
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