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In Chattanooga, Tennessee, we founded Payday Report in March of 2016 using a $25,000 investment from Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk’s NLRB settlement from being illegally fired at POLITICO. Since then, we have raised over $30,000 dollars directly from our readers. While we raised $18,000 in one time contributions, only $1,384 of our donations are in recurring monthly and yearly donations. Become a monthly sustaining donor of Payday today so we can focus on reporting instead of fundraising. Just check out the work that we have done when we had to spend 1/3 of our time fundraising and imagine how much more we could do with the sustainable monthly base of donors:
- In Canton, Mississippi we filed over 15 dispatches during the historic union election at Nissan. (See them all here.)
- At the Kentucky Derby, we captured the story of how Trump’s crackdown on undocumented workers was upsetting the millionaire horse owners.
- In Nashville, Tennessee, we garnered national attention to the electrocution death of a 30-year-old Guatemalan immigrant. We then went back to Nashville in August and covered how Latinos were upset with the Mayor’s silence on the death.
- When the Newspaper Guild picketed the Washington Post, we were the only outlet to cover it.
- Again, in North Carolina, we were the only national outlet to cover the state legislature stripping farm workers of union rights.
- Before national outlets picked up on the story following Hurricane Harvey, Payday was also the only outlet to cover how unnecessary delays by the Obama Administration allowed Trump to roll back vital chemical safety reforms.
- We held Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez accountable when we showed that he had stumbled in his pledge to eliminate unpaid internships.
- In Chattanooga, Payday broke the story of how low wages and school bus privatization contributed to the death of five children in Chattanooga. Then, we cut a syndication deal with the African-American owned Chattanooga News Chronicle to get Payday’s stories on the crash in print to its 30,000 readers.
- Before Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce was a national sensation, Mike Elk crashed on his son’s bed for a week in Racine and broke the story of his run against House Speaker Paul Ryan.
- Payday traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, where we covered the effect that Indivisible activists in the Deep South were having on the fight to save Obamacare (and we plan to go back to Huntsville a lot this year).
- We just so happened to be there in Baltimore when news broke that the city’s Democratic Mayor vetoed legislation raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
- Also, we also accidentally got stranded in Pittsburgh when news broke that a special election was going to be held and we were the first outlet to give a preview of the race, beating even the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Through our weekly Payday Report newsletter, we showed how Southern nonprofits receive on average only 1/10th of the national average of foundation funding.
- Finally, on Mike Elk’s 31st Birthday, he covered the 90th birthday of an Italian Resistance fighter in New Castle, Delaware.
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