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“Reawakening Hope in the Hearts of Those Who Have Considered this Empire Invincible”

A Call to Readers North of the Border to Support Narco News

By Sean Donahue
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism, Class of 2004

November 3, 2006

Dear friends,

Several years ago I remember a prominent Colombian human rights activist say that his fallen compañeros had been killed twice—once by bullets and once by the silence of a world that never acknowledged their lives and their deaths.

Those words have been with me in these past few days as I’ve read the Narco News Bulletin’s coverage of the murders of Jorge Alberto López Bernal, Brad Will, Fidel García, Alejandro Garcia Hernandez, Emilio Alfonso Fabián, and Esteban López Zurita and the arrests, beatings, torture, and disappearances carried out by police and paramilitaries in their brutal and futile attempt to crush the uprising in Oaxaca. Because of the Narco News Bulletin, the world knows how these brave people died fighting for dignity, democracy, and justice.

And throughout the uprising in Oaxaca and the Zapatista Other Campaign, the Narco News Bulletin has brought people stories of courage and resistance from Mexico to the world, reawakening hope in the hearts of those who have considered this empire invincible—just as the newspaper did during the revolutions in Bolivia and Ecuador and the popular movement to reverse the coup in Venezuela.

That’s why I went online yesterday and signed up to give $10 a month to the Fund for Authentic Journalism to keep stories like these coming.

Gringo activists like me are always grumbling about not having enough money and being behind on the bills.

But $10 a month won’t pay the rent or the electrical bill. It could buy a few beers. Or it could go to help keep the most essential source of in depth coverage of Latin America’s popular movements publishing for another year.

You can make a donation online, by visiting the website of The Fund for Authentic Journalism:


Or mail your donation to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism
P.O. Box 241
Natick, MA 01760

So I challenge my compañeros from the North: ask yourself whether you can afford to give just $5 or $10 a month to keep the Narco News Bulletin alive.

Personally, I can’t think of a better use of $10.

In solidarity,

Sean Donahue
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism
Class of 2004

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