Valentine’s Day, Mother Jones-Style


Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Or if you are one of those people, happy grumpy I-hate-this-silly-manufactured-nonsense day. It will assuredly be a day of blissful complaining for you.

Think Valentine’s Day is the sort of thing Mother Jones wouldn’t cover? Wrong! There’s always a MoJo angle. In 2003, we sent a correspondent out to find a truly organic, pesticide-free Valentine’s Day rose. The results — surprise! — were not good. A year earlier, we examined the environmental and human cost of Ecuador’s rose industry — the world’s fourth largest and a major exporter to the United States. Just a loving reminder from Mother Jones that consumer ethics never take a holiday.

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We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

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Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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