There’s no doubt that 2014 was an intense year. 

We’ve been tested (#HandsUp, #ICan’tBreathe, Palestine, lawyer-less child migrants).

We’ve been powerful (#BlackLivesMatter, civilian oversight of L.A. sheriffs, Moral Mondays, the fast food strikes).

And we’ve celebrated (Freedom Rides, WOCs who rock, Facing Race.)

As we approach the new year, we’d like to thank you for reading, tweeting, commenting and generally engaging with Colorlines this year. With your help, our tiny staff has provided context for breaking news, continued our coverage of ongoing stories, and kept you up on culture. We’ve also brought you Life Cycles of Inequity, a special multimedia series that explores how systemic racism impacts black men’s lives, from birth to death. 

You know you won’t find coverage like this–by and of people of color–anywhere else. And your readership means the world.

Now we’re going to ask you to keep us going by donating today!

The fact is good writing and real reporting costs money. With your donations, we can continue to bring you this daily news site where race matters. (I know everyone says this, but we truly do welcome one-time and monthly gifts of any size!)

To quote the late, great poet Gwendolyn Brooks, “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” Around here we take those words seriously.

Peace, power and time,

Akiba Solomon, Editorial Director

PS: You may notice that we’ve been publishing fewer pieces. That’s because we’re taking some time off. But no worries. We’ll be back at full speed in January 2015.