Dear readers,

For Truthout, the first two years of covering the Trump presidency was an exercise in dedication. This year challenged us to double down and find new reservoirs of courage, creativity, energy and perspective.

Though the 24-hour news cycle is whirring forward faster than ever before, we at Truthout have made a committed effort not to lose our long-term vision. We know that while the duration of a White House cabinet appointment or an abrupt policy change may be short these days, the struggle for social justice is always a long-term endeavor.

Therefore, we’re working harder than ever to bring the thoughts and inspirations of activists and visionaries onto our pages, to shine a light toward the future we’re dreaming of. And you can support this work by making a year-end, tax-deductible donation.

It may seem like a strange time for optimism, but as Noam Chomsky said in Truthout’s most recent book, Optimism Over Despair, “We have two choices. We can be pessimistic, give up and help ensure that the worst will happen. Or we can be optimistic, grasp the opportunities that surely exist and maybe help make the world a better place.” We take these words to heart.

You, our readers, are our constant source of optimism and inspiration. For over 17 years your support has enabled us to publish the work needed to fight injustice and create a better world. We have a long way to go and hope that you’ll continue to be there with us every step of the way.


Maya Schenwar, Editor-in-Chief and Ziggy Jeffery, Managing Director