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This Most Audacious Dream: Independence Sponsored by Kindness

To the delight of our readers, Ghion Journal is nothing like the Washington Post. For all good things there are burdens, the flip side of the equation is that we don’t have the resources of corporate newspapers.We made a decision a long time ago to disavow corporate sponsorship and refused to raise revenue through ad spaces.

We are 100% driven and empowered by our readers and our audience. When we say Ghion Journal is independent journalism, it’s not a corporate gimmick connoted by Madison Avenue marketers for the New York Times, we truly are independent from moneyed interests and the status quo.

The Ghion Journal is as much an audacious experiment as it is a publication. Founded while I was living at a mission in Wellington, Colorado, the Ghion Journal was born from hope during a most hopeless time. What if a media company could be of the people and by the people because we are with the people? That was the question that launched the Ghion Journal.

Our mission is to speak truth to power by avoiding being indebted to power. That is the reason we disavow corporate contributions and why we ultimately decided to let kindness not price points be our driving engine. Inspired by a restaurant called FoCo Cafe in Fort Collins Colorado, we decided to let our readers and audience contribute as they can. We have faith that this model can sustain the Ghion Journal, but more important, we hope this model will be emulated by others. We are trying to make a “business case” for kindness.

Thus, every couple of weeks going forward, we will insert a “contribute as you can” communique to our readers. We believe that a media company that is dependent on corporations to stay a going concern is ultimately a media company that is compromised as a news source. The only other alternative is for people who value journalism and independent media to empower publications like the Ghion Journal and others who refuse to get in bed with corporations. Make sure to watch the video below the donation form as I discuss this very issue of journalistic independence and the imperative behind having a truly free and non-corporate alternative to mainstream media.

It is with that in mind that I’m asking you today to contribute to the Ghion Journal as you are able today. Below is the donation drive, you can donate anywhere from $1.00 or more. You can make a one time contribution or become a monthly donor in the same form below. One person who contributes in the next 72 hours will be chosen and will receive a signed “Serendipity’s Trace” (my first book I wrote while I was in Colorado) and will also get a Ghion Journal t-shirt.

We know that a lot of people are barely making ends meet these days, so if you are not able to contribute financially, just know that we appreciate you because contribution by way of word of mouth and sharing our articles is just as valuable to us. We will also pick out one person who shares or retweets one of our articles in the same 24 hours and give that person a book and a t-shirt as well. This is our way of saying thank you to our readers and contributors.

Contribute as you Can

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Teodrose Fikre

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Teodrose Fikre is the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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