Inspiration came from I.F. Stone’s Weekly – a 60’s weekly broadsheet rendering of articles and comment on news. Back in the print age in Vancouver, about twenty of us gathered each week, bringing our clippings from various newspapers. Simply by recounting what we had found, mainly in the back pages, we deepened our understanding of what was happening in the world. We called the group MUCKRAKERS. It was fun. It took little formal organization or personal time on each of our parts. We were able to use what we had discussed in other forums and media.

MUCKRAKERS today will draw from non-print sources as well as longer articles, but the goal is the same: for us to “get” the real story and to understand something of the why’s and wherefores behind the headlines. Articles might be chosen from The Guardian, the Economist, an on-line source, Rabble or some more obscure book or magazine – whatever. For each session, each person will present a five- minute synopsis and a two-minute overview as to the significance of the article they have chosen. Then we will all talk.

• MUCKRAKERS / Toronto
• Meeting by-weekly
• February 8, February 22. March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19
• 6.30 – 8 pm
at the Centre for Social Innovation,
215 Spadina Avenue, 4th floor

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