Hi, this is John Aravosis, the editor of AMERICAblog, sending you some holiday cheer, updating you on my recent efforts to stop Donald Trump, and soliciting your financial support for my ongoing work.
As some of you know, I left blogging two years ago to take a job at the United Nations in New York City. At the time, the world was so different and full of hope. Barack Obama was in the White House. LGBT rights were at an all-time high. And it seemed a good time to leave Washington in good hands and venture into the world of international poverty alleviation.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Donald Trump is weeks away from becoming president, and every issue we care about, from LGBT rights to the environment, is now in danger.
As a result, I’ve decided to move back to Washington, DC. I’ll be leaving New York at the end of February — to take the fight directly to Donald Trump, and I hope you’ll consider contributing financially to help support my work.
I am back blogging at AMERICAblog, tweeting on Twitter as well (Twitter has been an increasingly effective platform for influencing the media and developing alliances), and am now working with a growing number of activists and politicos, on both the left and right, to forge a bipartisan coalition to stop Donald Trump. It’s going to take a lot of work, and I’m not promising there won’t be pain along the way — there will. But I truly believe that Trump is stoppable.
One thing I’ve found over the years, whether on LGBT rights advocacy or any other progressive issue, is that regardless of how dire it may look, things will eventually turn around IF YOU WORK AT IT. As many of you know, I’ve been working on LGBT advocacy at the national level since 1993. I never believed we’d win the right to marry in my lifetime; and even worse, in November of 2008, after Prop 8 passed in California, LGBT people thought we were doomed for decades to come. Yet, in fewer than eight years, we’ve now had more LGBT civil rights advances than in the 80 years preceding.
My point is that regardless of how dark the times, your fortunes can turn around precipitously. Things can change, but they won’t unless you shrug off the loss and start fighting again.
I am going to continue blogging at AMERICAblog, and microblogging on Twitter, while I continue to pursue working with our allies in forging a long-term strategy to take on, and down, Donald Trump. But as I do that, I need your help. The ads on the blog no longer make any significant money, and haven’t since the economic crash in 2008. Still, I’ve kept blogging and financing this work via my consulting (or my own pocket), because it’s important to keep fighting the good fight. But in order to do keep doing that, I need your support.
With your support, I can continue to monitor and expose the incoming Trump administration, and explore ongoing advocacy opportunities to embarrass Trump and build a larger progressive grassroots response.
All of you know the work I do. It’s unconventional and effective. But it’s not supported by the establishment, and never has been. To be an effective advocate and activist outside of the large Washington organizations, you need independent support.
I believe I’ve proven my effectiveness and commitment over these 24 years in progressive advocacy, and hope you will generously support my work this holiday season.
You can donate via this page for PayPal donations.
Or this page for non-PayPal donations.
Thank you all so much for your ongoing support, and your commitment to making a difference. We can and do make a difference when we commit ourselves and believe. I believe we can take down Donald Trump. I hope you do too.
Have a great holiday, and a happy new year.
Editor in Chief, AMERICAblog
New York City