Raging Chicken Press: In Brief
Raging Chicken Press, based in Kutztown, PA, is an independent, progressive, activist oriented media site devoted to covering and building on-the-ground activism and communities of resistance. Raging Chicken Press was founded in April 2011 by Kevin Mahoney on the heels of nation-wide attacks on working people, public education, and organized labor. Raging Chicken Press publishes a monthly issue in addition to real-time commentary and reporting on protests, rallies, and other events. Raging Chicken Press publishes articles, analyses, reports, photos, videos, comics, reviews, and calls-to-action that engage, support, and help build progressive, activist social movements. You can read more of our story here: http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/about/
Why We're Raising Money
While there are a number of excellent, progressive publications across the country, there is a significant lack of regionally based progressive publications that focus on local, state, and regional issues. Raging Chicken Press seeks to fill a gap between dynamic local and regional activist organization on-line (blogs, facebook, twitter) and more nationally focused progressive publications.
We want to turn what started as a one-person operation into a sustainable progressive media site for Pennsylvania and beyond. The funds raised from this campaign will help fund three paid internships, an annual "Best of Raging Chicken Press" book (both paperback and eBook), paper "Broadside" edition for distribution, and the expansion of our audio and video contributions. In addition, we will be able to begin to build toward our goals of establishing a Community Advocacy Institute, a small progressive publishing house, and a brick-and-mortar presence in Kutztown, PA.
From the outset, we've seen Raging Chicken Press as more than another on-line publication. We see the potential to be an organization that provides opportunities for the next generation of progressive media activists and citizen journalists to gain practical experience. In short, we see what we do as part of the necessary work of building a powerful progressive movement. And we need your help to make this happen. We want to follow a model of community supported media and avoid relying upon advertisements to fund our work. Yes, we really do need you to make this happen.
Oh, yeah, the name
Why “Raging Chicken”? Well, for those of you not from the Kutztown area, if you look at the clock tower of Kutztown University’s Old Main building from a particular angle, it looks like an angry chicken (check out this article from the Reading Eagle: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=285482 ). The tower can be seen for miles around. Somehow a pissed off chicken that is also a defining landmark of the area in which we are based seemed like a good fit.