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About The Mainline

The Mainline is an independent magazine based in Atlanta, which you can find at www.mainlinezine.com. Our journalism fills a much needed void in our local communities, reporting on issues through the lens of transformative justice and working class people. We self-identify as an antiracist and antifascist labor press, and our approach to journalism is truly unique in Georgia and possibly the Southeast region. Our magazine also serves to support independent musicians in a time where alt-weekly publications are dwindling, rendering artists even less resourced in an already decimated industry. 

The Mainline's reporting will always be free for our readers to fulfill our mission and vision to keep resourceful journalism accessible. We run solely on grassroots donations with no outside funding or advertising. We will never use a paywall or charge for news content or music coverage. The tiers on this Patreon unlock stories and reporting from our project entitled Land of the Let Go: A documentation of the working class in post-Trump & COVID America. LLG is a book being written by The Mainline's founding editor Aja Arnold that is now being shared and documented via podcasts, live discussions, photography, and additional writings. 

LLG is a multi-faceted project: storytelling and processing. On the one end, it is stories told by one individual exploring their own intersections while joining and interviewing others in an invitation to tell their stories. In this case, the reporter, Aja, is a journalist healing their internalized capitalism during the journalism crisis; a sexual assault survivor learning how to abolish rape culture; a recovered addict fighting to destigmatize addiction during the ongoing opioid crisis; and a working class femme seeking to destroy binaries and patriarchy. Aja is currently traveling to various areas of the country, connecting with various organizers, activists, and other working class people learning their stories. All of these recorded conversations lend to a long-form documentation of the working class—and more specifically, the burgeoning labor and social justice movements—in its current iteration at this point in history.

On the other end, LLG is a process, much like we all are. Rather than fixating on a product or on specific results, LLG is process-based work aimed to unpack and deprogram the very systems of oppression that have become instilled in all of us through our societal and cultural upbringings. This means dismantling our own inner capitalists, internalized white supremacy (regardless of our race), and internalized misogyny. LLG explores the notion that we are not a world full of bad people trying to get good; we are a world full of sick people in need of getting well and healed. And until all of us are healed, none of us truly are, because the cycles continue to play themselves out. The revolution is an inside-out job, and however much of that we want is completely up to us. LLG's process work will take place on podcasts as well as live discussions and Q&A sessions featuring Aja with various guests.

Through joining this Patreon, you are invited into the storytelling and processes. Content will vary every month depending on the political climate and breaking news beats on local and national levels. You can bank on four podcasts a month, reading and listening lists, some Q&A's and/or livestreams, photography, custom playlists, and whatever else happens along the way.

In the spirit of abolishing hierarchies, all tiers receive the same amount of coverage. We're not into this whole "if you have more, you get more" programming. We trust that patrons will give what they are able and/or feel is a fair energy exchange for the content they are receiving. If you truly can't give at all but feel your quality of life will benefit from this additional coverage, send us a message at [email protected] so we can work it out. For those who are able,  give what you can, even at $5 a month, which is the cost of a cup of coffee to keep this project and independent journalism going. If you can afford $20 a month, throw it down for yourself, those producing this coverage, and those who can't afford anything. As the title of Dean Spade's work about mutual aid for mobilization and survival reads, "Solidarity Not Charity."

That's it. Jump in. The water's fine. (What water?) That white supremacist patriarchal capitalist bullshit we've all been swimming through forever and want to be free of.

 Let go or be dragged, motherfuckers.
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INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
FOR ATLANTA, GEORGIA
We would like to acknowledge that The Mainline was founded, built, and continues to work and reside on the ancestral native lands of the Muscogee Creek Nation. In a sincere effort to learn more about the land on which we have been shown generosity and abundance in solidarity and life, we begin with an acknowledgement and mindfulness of the colonialism and forced removal of the Muscogee Tribe from this land under the Indian Removal Act of 1830. (Source: Native Land.)
The Muscogee Nation is now based Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and is one of the five Civilized Tribes and is the fourth largest tribe in the U.S. with 86,100 citizens. For more information, go here.

FOR SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
We would like to acknowledge that much of our work is presently recorded and created on the unceded ancestral lands of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. (Source: Duwamish Tribe.)
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 13 exclusive posts
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 13 exclusive posts
6
Audio releases
3
Images
1
Writing
3
Videos

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