Being an aggressive, effective voice for the expression of progressive values and an independent home for muckraking journalists tends not to go over well with some people. We attract a lot of trolls, imitators and critics - we’re used to all of that. But something bigger has been happening for awhile now: a coordinated effort to overload and bring down our servers through what’s known as a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on our website.
This ongoing attack has led to some temporary disruptions in our services, but our skilled security team has been able to keep the site safe.
Why are we mentioning this now? First, we think it’s important to let our readers know that what we publish is clearly making enough waves to prompt a continuous, aggressive and costly effort to shut us down. While this can be frustrating for our staff at times, we also take a little pride in attracting the ire of some unknown entity which clearly hates independent journalism.
Secondly, we bring it up now because we need our readers to stand with us. Next weekend, we’re going to make a transfer to a new, defensible web platform that we’ve been working on behind the scenes. We’ve spent a good amount of time and energy dealing with this, but we’ve also needed to spend money.
Tonight, we need our readers to get our back. Instead of setting a numerical target for this fundraising week, we’ve set a goal of 1,000 donations. Help us demonstrate the strength and commitment of our readership. This is a goal we know we can reach if everyone who reads this letter takes a few minutes to give what they can. Every donation of any amount counts toward this goal - can you help us get there?
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