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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, 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.

If you contribute to the Monitor, you’ll be demonstrating your support for:

  • Raising awareness about policies, plans, programs, and legislation that affect quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond;
  • Enhancing sustainability, conserving resources, advancing equity, increasing efficiency, and safeguarding people across the region; and
  • Maximizing stakeholder involvement in those efforts.

We thank you for your readership, and encourage you to make a donation today.

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