Guest Blogs by Brad Spangler and Kevin Carson
by Brad Spangler
Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society,
I hope everybody had a happy holiday season and has been staying warm so far this Winter. Now it’s time to pay some bills …
Between now and March 31st, we hope to raise $8,000. That goal covers an unpaid balance of roughly $500 remaining for October of 2010 as well as $2500 in monthly expenses for November 2010, December 2010 and January 2011. Nearly all of our expenses are for our labor. The matter of whether or not to support us really boils down to a simple question: Do you think our folks deserve to get paid for what they do?
To donate, just click on the “Contribute!” button on the fundraising widget you’ll find on the right side of any page of our web site.
Please support our work. Tomorrow is Groundhog’s Day and we have people who haven’t been paid yet for work they did before Halloween of last year.
Director, Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS)
by Kevin Carson
Brad Spangler announces a fundraiser to cover the operating expenses of Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) from late October 2010 through January 2011. The target is $8000 by March 31, which includes $500 for the remainder of October and $2500 per month for the period through the end of January.
As Director Brad Spangler points out, almost all of this goes toward paying the writers as well as the folks engaged in various support activities.
Under the heading of “support,” we can include – for example – Thomas Knapp, who’s compiled an email distribution list of thousands of newspapers grouped by country and by region of the United States. He distributes all of C4SS’s material every week and handles dealings with a whole buttload of op-ed editors, and has managed to regularly get C4SS material into a growing number of print outlets. I strongly suspect this entails a lot more than the twenty hours a week he’s budgeted for, at barely minimum wage.
For my part, I’ve asked Brad to reduce the request for January by $50 in order to accommodate a cutback in my research papers to two a year rather than four. And starting today, I’ll be cutting back my commentary by two pieces a week.
I’ve cut back in part because I find it difficult to come up with fresh ideas for three op-ed pieces a week.
But I’ve also been ruminating in recent months on the fact that our fundraisers have consistently fallen short of their goals, month after month, and we keep falling further and further behind in paying for operations. We’re three months behind in payments to our writers and support staff, and at the rate it’s been going we’ll keep falling further behind every month.
If contributors make it clear, month after month, that they don’t think it’s worthwhile to contribute the full amount of funding our operations, it seems to me that the only solution is to adjust our output downward to what people are willing to contribute. To quote Brad,
The matter of whether or not to support us really boils down to a simple question: Do you think our folks deserve to get paid for what they do?
…Tomorrow is Groundhog’s Day and we have people who haven’t been paid yet for work they did before Halloween of last year.
You can contribute by clicking on the fundraising widget on any page at http://c4ss.org/.