This is the second of a small number of fundraising alerts. The History Commons needs your financial support like never before.
“Your timeline has been invaluable to me over the years.” — New York Times reporter, and 9/11 researcher and author Philip Shenon
The History Commons is facing a financial emergency and we need your financial support like never before. While we have been working to upgrade the Web site and web application, we have been struggling financially with the costs to keep the site up and running. Without a strong influx of support, the History Commons may disappear from the Internet entirely before the end of the summer. That would be a tragedy, as the History Commons and its predecessor, CooperativeResearch.org, has been providing well-researched and timely information for citizen researchers, academics, and investigators for eleven years.
HistoryCommons.org receives thousands of visitors per month, but receives a relatively small amount of contributions. The History Commons and its parent organization, the Center for Grassroots Oversight, does not receive money from foundations, corporations, or governments. We accept no advertising whatsoever. We are 100% grassroots-supported.
Our initial target goal for donations is $10,000. That will allow us to keep the History Commons alive on the Internet, continue to post new material, and perform critical maintenance on the current application. Currently we are making regular and frequent additions to the Complete 9/11 Timeline (including the Day of 9/11, which is about to receive a large number of new entries), Civil Liberties, Domestic Propaganda, Domestic Terrorism, and the 2012 Elections projects, to name a few. We anticipate beginning an LGBT civil liberties project in the very near future, and we dearly want to expand our coverage of other issues, such as the global economic and environmental crises.
In the long(er) term, we have set a target goal of $100,000 in donations. That will allow us to begin the critical process of upgrading the application and the Web site, a goal we have worked towards for years but have continually lacked the funds to implement.
We have received some donations already. To those contributors, we would like to extend our thanks. The money helps to keep the History Commons functioning, and demonstrates a tangible interest in and concern for this project. Unfortunately, our financial need continues to be great, and our situation continues to be precarious.
Please make your tax-deductible donation today and help us remain a viable informational resource for the 21st century. We would also ask that you repost this request or a link to it on Twitter, Facebook, your own blog, or in emails to your contacts. Thank you for what you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism.
Thank you so much for your support!
“For serious research, it’s hard to think of a more valuable resource than the timelines assembled by History Commons. The material they provide is a welcome antidote to the misinformation and disinformation that has been coming out of Washington in recent years and they are essential tools in assembling a counter-narrative that more honestly addresses the crises we face.” — author Craig Unger
The History Commons provides “a richly documented summary of [the Watergate] events.” — Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald
“Any researcher, reporter or scholar with an interest in the war on terror would consider the [History Commons] timelines a bonanza of open source information.” — Peter Lance
“The [History Commons] researchers are in many ways similar to the team Scott Armstrong, the former Washington Post reporter, recruited in the mid-1980s to uncover the roots of Reagan’s secret Iran-Contra deals.” — columnist James Ridgway
“The History Commons is one of the most important and technologically advanced projects of civil journalism there is today.” — Daniel Erlacher, founder of Austria’s Elevate Festival
“Endlessly informative.” — reporter Steve Perry