Payday Raises $35,719 So Far in 2018 Surpassing 2017 Total in Just 10 Months


This morning, I woke up to $50 donation from Writers Guild of America East leader Hamilton Nolan, a pioneering union leader in the digital media unionization, who helped lead the landmark campaign at Gawker as that publication’s labor reporter nearly four years ago.

Hamilton’s donation brings Payday yearly fundraising total to $35,719, surpassing the total amount we raised in all of 2017.

In all of 2017, Payday only raised $35,714. Now in only ten months, Payday has raised $35,719 as we continue to build our monthly and yearly sustaining donor base.

We’ve built Payday much the way we built those digital media unions, one worker, one conversation at a time. Slowly, but surely, much like we built those unions, we are building a new labor press.

While Hamilton Nolan and I haven’t always agreed on tactics and strategies of digital media organizing, we both have taken enormous risks in our career because we’ve believed that building a new media system was possible.

For the past four years, we, as a digital media unionization movement, have focused primarily on organizing existing corporate outlets. Now, its time that we start building our own outlets built not with the power of venture capitalist, but with the power of readers, who now with the help of social movements could be organized into effective forces to crowdfund new publications.

A new labor press is within our reach, but it’s up to us as activists to build it. Donate today. 


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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