I'd like to thank John for letting me spread the word about this cause, and I'd like to thank everyone here at Crooks and Liars for helping pitch in. It's important that we work to end the war in Afghanistan, and it's important that we support progressive voices who work to do so.
Six months ago, President Obama had ordered in tens of thousands of new troops to Afghanistan while admitting that there was no strategy. Support for the war in Afghanistan was at 50%. Today, 58% oppose the war in Afghanistan. And President Obama right now is engaged in the process of "rethinking Afghanistan."
For the last few months, too, progressive blogger Derrick Crowe has been writing on the Afghanistan war. And his posts have made a difference.
Derrick has brought to bear facts, video testimony, statistics, political insight, and thoughtful arguments to drive home the point that escalating the war in Afghanistan is the wrong policy. Derrick has been writing and researching so prolifically because he's been on a three month fellowship, using funds provided out-of-pocket by the good folks over at Brave New Foundation and the editors at The Seminal.
Yesterday, Derrick's three month fellowship came to an end. Now I'm asking for your help to keep it going, and to support a strong voice against the war in Afghanistan.
Can you pitch in $10 or $20 to help extend Derrick Crowe's blogging fellowship against the war in Afghanistan? Your contribution will go directly to Derrick, and if we can raise $5,000, we can keep the fellowship going for an entire year.
Over the course of his fellowship, Derrick has appeared on the front page of Firedoglake, Open Left, and the Huffington Post numerous times. He's been on Al Jezeera television, and he's been cited by the New York Times, and Crooks and Liars of course. He's helped push this debate.
The Seminal and Brave New Foundation funded Derrick's fellowship because we believe strong voices against the war in Afghanistan can change the debate in Washington. We funded the fellowship because we believe bloggers should be compensated for their work whenever possible. Now, I'm asking you to help.
In starting this fellowship, we've put our money where our mouth is, evidence of how seriously we take the fight over the future of the war in Afghanistan. I'm hoping you can do the same.
Can you pitch in a few dollars to help support quality blogging and a strong anti-war voice? I've just donated $50 to keep Derrick's fellowship going. Click here to donate.
Thank you for your generous contribution, and let's hope we can raise the $5,000 needed to keep Derrick's writing going for another year, and to take us one step closer to ending this war.