Do you get tired of the chaotic news cycle and outrage-inducing headlines? Then let’s take a (brief) moment to focus on one of the really encouraging things that have happened in the past year.

On November 9, 2016, a lot of people felt connected to their values in a profound way. They knew what they stood for and they decided to act on them. And for many, those values included supporting journalism—because a free, independent, and critical press is not “the enemy of the people.”

If you made that choice, you’re part of a growing movement to change the way media works in this country. And we’d love to hear from you. Because Mother Jones is more than a magazine or website—it’s a community. We listen and learn from you all the time, and I want to find ways for our readers to hear from each other, too.

Why do you think independent, investigative journalism matters? Why did you decide to support Mother Jones when you can read the news for free? What keeps you motivated for the long haul?






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DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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