Sunday, February 15, 2015

The cat is out of the bag

I'm writing to ask for your help with a groundbreaking new project I'm starting with MoveOn.
Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Recently, award-winning director Jake Kornbluth and I worked with MoveOn to put together a video about the worst trade deal you've never heard of—the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), often called "NAFTA on steroids." 

If the TPP doesn't sound familiar, that's no accident: This giant story has been almost totally ignored by mainstream TV networks. (Interestingly, most TV networks are owned by corporations that would rake in profits if the deal goes through.) 

But the joke's on them. Thanks to MoveOn and social media, as well as the work of progressive allies, the cat is out of the bag. The video we made has already been viewed online THREE MILLION TIMES. 

This got us thinking: What if we could do this on all the issues that matter? 

This model has incredible potential to revitalize our democracy. That's why MoveOn and I are teaming up to launch a groundbreaking new project to reveal what's really going on in our economy, and how to fix it—bypassing the corporate media entirely.

We've already raised over $140,000—but we need $250,000 to launch. Can you chip in $3 to help us get this off the ground?

Yes, I'll chip in.

There's a lot we all need to understand. Student debt has skyrocketed. Inequality has thrown the entire economy out of balance. Wages haven't budged in decades.
And recently, I read a Washington Post headline that said, "Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty."1 The majority. In America. In 2015. Enough is enough.

Let's stop just wishing that corporate media would cover the real issues. We can do it ourselves.

We can create people-powered media. No advertisers to placate, no suits upstairs calling the shots—just the truth. 

And right now, in the lead-up to the 2016 election, it's never been more important. If we want a real "people's agenda" driving the debate for the next two years, we have to start building an informed citizenry now.

Can you chip in $3 to help us launch this media project?

Yes, I'll chip in to help bypass the corporate media—and reveal the truth about what's broken in our economy, and how to fix it.

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. He has written thirteen books, including the best-sellers "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations." His latest, "Beyond Outrage," is now out in paperback. His new film, "Inequality for All," is now available on Netflix, iTunes, DVD, and On Demand.  


1. "Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty," The Washington Post, January 16, 2015

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1 comment:

  1. I'm rather baffled that no one thought to include a link to the TPP video that's mentioned multiple times in Mr. Reich's letter!