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The Appeal is back! And we’re worker-run.

We’re back with some big news! Thanks to your generous support and the hard work of our transition team, the workers have officially taken over The Appeal.

The Appeal is back! And we’re worker-run.

We’re back with some big news! Thanks to your generous support and the hard work of our transition team, the workers have officially taken over The Appeal.


In June, the staff resolved to save The Appeal after our bosses decided to shut us down. We are now well on our way to relaunching as a worker-led nonprofit news outlet dedicated to critical reporting on the criminal legal system. We’ve taken ownership of The Appeal’s intellectual property, including our website, social media, and everything else we need to serve our audience.

And we’re on track to publish a special package of stories in November. More on that later.

The Appeal transition team has accomplished all of this by working as volunteers, and we could not have done it without your solidarity. Although we retain The Appeal’s name and rights to our work, we are an entirely new entity. With old management no longer involved, we — the workers — are excited to grow from and improve upon The Appeal of the past. 

There’s more work to be done before our official relaunch — and you can help us return to publishing full time by donating here. In the meantime, we want to get back to serving you, our readers.

Later today, we will be launching our weekly newsletter, which will provide The Appeal’s perspective on issues shaping the criminal legal system, along with a roundup of some of our favorite content from across the justice space. Each week you’ll hear from a different member of our team or one of our allies in the field. (You can sign up here.) 

Thank you all for sticking with us. Please share our donation page with your networks. Every dollar we raise gets us closer to producing vital journalism that helps communities address the harms of the criminal legal system.

Thank you,

Molly Greene
Anna Simonton
Tara Francis Chan
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
Malecia Walker
Natalie Pryor
Bilal Baydoun
Meg O’Connor
Nick Wing
Jerry Iannelli
Ethan Corey

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