Don’t let News From Underground go dark!

It’s been quite a while—over a year—since I last wrote to ask you for your help, so we can keep this service going.

If you get News From Underground—by email, Twitter, Facebook, or by visiting the blog—you have the power to help us keep it going with a small donation. We don’t need much, as we’re a very modest and efficient operation; but it does cost us a little bit to keep it up; and so, from time to time, we have to turn to you for some assistance. And such a time is now.

Now, when I say “small donation,” I do mean it. If we can get enough of our devoted readers to commit to just a couple bucks a month, we can keep News From Underground alive, and at your side throughout the many crucial fights to come. If things are tight for you right now (they’re pretty tight for most of us these days), you can arrange to have one dollar every month, or two, or five, sent automatically. (If you can manage somewhat more, that would be great, as it will help us keep our focus on the news.)

Whatever you can do will mean a lot to us, because it means you want to help us make a difference.

And, as I’ve said before, that’s what we’re trying to do—and it’s a lot. It may not take a ton of money, but it does take time and thought, and technical resources, to find the news that people need to hear, and to present it, and explain it, in a way that makes its meaning and importance clear. By doing that daily work—and getting you to spread the word as well—we can get others to perceive that we need radical reform (some dare call it revolution), and that such change (real change) is possible.

With your help, we can do that.

Many thanks for sticking with us, at a time when we need all the truth that we can get.


1 reply on “Don’t let News From Underground go dark!”

I sent a donation because Mark Crispin Miller is awesome in heart, intellect and effectiveness.

We need important news. Because of the hurricane in New York, I want to post here some important and wonderful news:


This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need — to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy.

linked to:

Wil Wheaton

The People’s Bailout


This is a long post but it’s about something pretty interesting so I hope you’ll indulge …

Like many folks, Occupy Wall Street has been some doing good work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, helping people on the ground.

Now OWS is launching the ROLLING JUBILEE, a program that has been in development for months. OWS is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in order to forgive it. As a test run, we spent $500, which bought $14,000 of distressed debt. We then ERASED THAT DEBT. (If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt you can do whatever you want with it — traditionally, you hound debtors to their grave trying to collect. We’re playing a different game. A MORE AWESOME GAME.)

This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need — to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy. As you can see from our test run, the return on investment approaches 30:1. That’s a crazy bargain!

Now, after many consultations with attorneys, the IRS, and our moles in the debt-brokerage world, we are ready to take the Rolling Jubilee program LIVE and NATIONWIDE, buying debt in communities that have been struggling during the recession.

We’re kicking things off with a show called THE PEOPLE’S BAILOUT at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, November 15. It will also stream online, like a good ol’-fashioned telethon!

Friends, the line-up is insane. Performers include:

– JEFF MANGUM (Neutral Milk Hotel)






– members of DAS RACIST

and other great talents including a group of radical nuns! I’ll be playing the role of JERRY LEWIS, emceeing in my tuxedo from MEN’S WEARHOUSE.

This will be a joyful, positive night about people banding together and subverting a predatory financial system in order to help each other. BOOM! That’s a movie pitch right there, goddamn why am I not a Hollywood mogul?!


– The LIVE SHOW is at Le Poisson Rouge on THURSDAY 11/15, 8 – 11 PM. Tickets are $25 (each ticket buys $500 of distressed debt).

– The LIVE STREAM will be at (you’ll be able to donate online)

– Here’s the FACEBOOK PAGE

– The HASHTAG is #peoplesbailout


– Spread the word! Share this info with your friends, family, and followers
– Donate money via

$25 abolishes an estimated $500 worth of debt
$50 abolishes an estimated $1000 worth of debt
$100 abolishes an estimated $2000 worth of debt
$250 abolishes an estimated $5000 worth of debt

– Host a live-stream party! Get together with folks in your town and watch the show online and donate money and maybe even drink a beer if you’re feeling crazy.

– If you are Jerry Seinfeld or Bill Cosby: Call me about doing a set at the live show! We’ll fit you in.

Okay, that was a really long tumblr post. I feel very vulnerable right now. Thanks for reading.

—David Rees

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