Here’s the thing: my friend Matt Murray runs New Hampshire Labor News on a strictly volunteer basis. All the hours he puts in – on the blog site, on the Facebook page, the Twitter Feed, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pintrest – all his time is donated. And he usually ends up paying costs out-of-pocket. Matt does this because he believes in the Labor Movement. He saw a communication gap and decided to fill it: all of New Hampshire’s labor-related news in one place, 24/7/365.
But Matt hasn’t just “filled the gap” here in the Granite State, he’s given workers a voice. He has helped hundreds of nurses in Orlando, Florida tell their stories. Last year’s coverage of the Detroit bankruptcy went viral, and was quoted by the national AFL-CIO. Privatization of the US Postal Service, public education, income inequality, CEOs dodging pension obligations at Patriot Coal and Hostess Brands, factory deaths in Bangladesh – all these stories found a home at NH Labor News.
And Matt hasn’t taken home a penny for doing any of it.
Matt has given the Labor Movement a lot. I’d like to do something in return. He wants to go to Netroots Nation 2014. And I would like all those of us who benefit from Matt’s work at NH Labor News to chip in and send him there.
Netroots is an annual convention of bloggers and social media communicators. Matt has attended in past years, and he has brought home “best practices” and shortcuts. He has also come back with renewed energy and enthusiasm (important things for a 24/7 volunteer to have). But in “real life” Matt is just another worker – he’s gotten hit by wage freezes, cutbacks, and increased pension contributions – and like most of the rest of us, his family budget is really tight. Can you help me raise enough money so that Matt can afford to go to Netroots Nation 2014?
Any amount, no matter how small, will help to get him there.
Thank you for helping me show Matt how much we value all his work on NH Labor News.