Does Donald Trump scare you? Because he scares us. For over 6.5 years, Muftah has doggedly covered authoritarian governments around the world. We never thought this day would come, but it is clear the United States needs our help. With your support, and our secret weapon – the relentless pursuit of the truth – we want to expand our work to consistently expose Donald Trump for what he is – America’s autocrat-in-chief. We’re launching a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to make this a reality (including cool perks, see below!).
Where We Go From Trump
From the very start of the U.S. presidential campaign, we raised alarm bells about Donald Trump. We always took him seriously and at his word. And like so many others on November 8 we waited with dreadful foreboding – fearing he would win, but hoping desperately we were wrong.
The next morning we awoke with a new mission – to take our years of experience covering authoritarianism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-refugee sentiment, and turn the spotlight on the United States: the most powerful country in the world where all these sentiments are now so dearly held by its new Autocrat-in-Chief.
Muftah began its work in May 2010, covering the Middle East and North Africa. Starting in December 2010, we covered the incredible uprisings that spread across the region and documented the heroism and bravery of regular people who took to the streets to demand better government and more opportunities. We were at the forefront of analyzing the counter-revolutions that arose to beat back these popular movements, and the wars and violence that have consumed the peaceful and hopeful dreams of so many people in the Arab world, ever since.
In September 2014, we expanded our work to Eastern Europe and Central Asia just as the refugee crisis in Syria began to spill out of neighboring regional states, across the Mediterranean, and into Europe. We shared the experiences and struggles of these refugees, forced to leave homes they held so dear, navigate across dangerous terrain, and travel through countries that rejected their very existence.
We have published pieces crying out against the mainstreaming of Islamophobia, xenophobia, mysogyny, and racism across Europe and the United States. All the while, we have stayed true to our values of rejecting stereotypes, valuing diversity, and speaking truth to power.
This Indiegogo campaign has a humble, but important goal – to raise a modest amount of money to support our expanded mission of fiercely challenging Donald Trump and his army of media-hating, lying, and divisive allies. Since our founding we have been nearly entirely self-financed, but we cannot achieve these goals using our own limited funds.
We are ambitious in what we want to do – no less than reaching the millions of Americans who did not vote for Trump and arming them with the information they need to oppose his policies and ensure that the American people realize the greatest poetic justice of all – pointing a figure at Donald Trump and hollering “You’re fired!”
What We Need
To meet the gargantuan task of documenting the Trump administration’s authoritarianism and provide our readers with ideas and tools to do what they can to fight back, we would like to raise at least $10,000. If we hit $25,000, then we’ll be able to do even more.
Here’s how we’ll be using the funds:
Raising $10,000 will allow us to –
If we can reach $25,000, then we will also –
What You Get
We have created perks that reflect our perspective (and we hope yours) on America’s new president. We have worked with several artists to create these unique images, which are available on t-shirts and tote bags.
Trump the Clown
Resist in Multiple Languages
Revitalize, Revolt, Redeem…
By supporting Muftah, you are helping an independent media outlet, providing serious and thoughtful content that educates readers and challenges the powers that be. We are not beholden to corporate sponsors or profit margins. We don’t do click bait and never will. Rigorous, assumption-challenging news and analysis is what we have always done and will continue to do – now with the new mission of exposing Donald Trump’s authoritarian ways and its impact on vulnerable communities.
Our experience covering other parts of the world gives us a unique perspective on events in the United States now – a perspective that underscores the serious dangers confronting this country and suggests ways of overcoming them. We are committed to helping our readers become actively involved in fighting bigotry, standing up for their values and beliefs, and protecting American democracy.
Your financial support for our work is one small way you can bring positive change to a frightening moment in American history.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can’t make a contribution, you can still have an impact on our success, by spreading the word. Please share our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, co-workers, strange people you meet on the subway, your mailman, and anyone else who is feeling confused and scared and could use some thought-provoking, inspiring journalism that can help them make a difference in this world. Promote us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Send out the carrier pigeons. Drop flyers from a plane. Every and anyway you can support our work is a gift, for which we will be forever grateful.
We are in this together and we will not back down until we win.