Donate $50 & Get a Free Lula 2022 T-Shirt

Donate $50 and get one of these Lula t-shirts from Brasil (Mike Elk)

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Over the weekend, we put out a fundraising appeal to readers that said we would give a Lula T-shirt to anyone who donated over $50 to Payday Report. The response was overwhelming and encouraging given the extensive work we did in Brazil. 

If you are interested in getting a Lula T-shirt, don’t worry, there’s still time. Please make a one-time donation of $50 or more here or become a $25 a month or more recurring donor. Then, fill out this form with your size and address. I will mail the shirts when I get back to the U.S. in a few weeks. 

While most mainstream outlets in the U.S. ignored the presidential election in Brazil, Payday filed 21 dispatches from the ground here. Some of our work even went viral, including one of our videos that garnered 6,000 likes on Twitter.  (You can read a full list of our dispatches here.

Filing 21 dispatches is great news, but we also made some incredible connections in the Brazilian labor movement. Currently, we are in talks with American-Brazilian trade unionists about doing a more in-depth, long-form project on solidarity between Brazilian and US-based trade unionists. We will have more on this later. 

This trip has also made me realize Payday needs more coverage of international solidarity. Stories of trade unionists around the world often inspire trade unionists in other countries, and so we’re planning on publishing more international coverage about this growing solidarity movement.

While the money raised for the trip helped us pay for our trip, we had some unexpected expenses, including My iPhone being stolen and my computer dying. I am hoping to extend my trip more and come back possibly for another trip this winter, but need your support. 

Please, donate to help us with costs and continue to expand our coverage of international solidarity, especially in Brazil. And if you want a Lula T-shirt, please make sure to donate and fill out this form here. 

Thanks again for all of your support. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to do this coverage in Brazil. 

Love & Solidarity, 


About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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