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50 for 50 Day Sixteen: ProPublica

June 2, 2011

Here we are again. Thanks for stopping by my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 16, and still going.

Here’s what is going on: because I have everything I need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of the many valuable presents you were going to send me. Or not.

I will feature a different charity each day for 50 days leading up to my birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. You don’t have to donate or act every day, of course, or at all (and so far, very few people have. But I walk onward, hoping). I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. Thank you!

Newzeum, Washington DC
The First Amendment on the front of the Newseum, Washington DC

Everyone knows newspapers are in trouble. Even if they are surviving and hanging on, they generally aren’t doing the investigative reporting that is so expensive to do, and yet so necessary.

But ProPublica is. Financed by donations, they are churning out some of the most important reporting of our time.

Like what? Oh, little things…like

I have the fervent belief that journalism is necessary to a democratic society and a decent world. Good journalists are the only people guarding the henhouse. Every other segment of society has vested interests that keep them from wanting the whole truth to get out. Good journalists believe in truth, and we need more of them. How would we have known about the city council in Bell, California, making themselves $800,000 salaries if not for the LA Times? And it was NPR that exposed the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. No one else would have or could have done that.

So please help good journalism happen. Here’s the donation page.

Previously featured organizations:
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

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