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rabble.ca is made up of four different sections – Rabble, Babble, Podcasts, RabbleTv, and the latest addition, Occupy. Rabble includes the magazine features, columnists, In Cahoots, blogs, books, photos, What’s Up, Polls, Activist Toolkit, and Issues. Recent and current rabble issues include Afghanistan, anti-racism, art & culture, coalition, economy, elections, feminism, G8/20, Gaza, indigenous, labour, LGBTI, media matters, Occupy, Olympics, politics in Canada, and Technology. The Activist Toolkit is the latest endeavor by rabble.ca, which features an encyclopedia that features different activist campaigns as well as guides on organizing campaigns. As the website explains, “The Toolkit is a wiki-style section of the rabble site devoted to content collaboration. It contains a growing number of encyclopedic resources that you can write.”. In Cahoots, another original feature of rabble.ca, showcases issues brought up by rabble’s partnerships with the different organizations that support the magazine. Since the majority of which are organizations oriented towards social justice, such as various labor unions, the section includes stories on social movements and labor stories. Through this endeavor, rabble.ca supports its own supporters, seeing that the space functions as indirect advertisement of the organizations’ issues on the website.

The Babble section of the website is based entirely on user input, as it functions as a forum for the readers to create a community. According to the site, “babble is rabble.ca's discussion board but it's much more than that: it's an online community for folks who just won't shut up. It's a place to tell each other — and the world — what's up with our work and campaigns.” The users are encouraged to discuss the features and columns read on the website, as well as write their own original articles, which are later also discussed by the community. As the sections demonstrate, the magazine is very much community orientated, and encourages user input. In its “Writers’ Guidelines”, rabble.ca specifies that it is always looking for original material, however emphasizes that “rabble.ca stories do not patronize or indulge in stereotypes, overgeneralizations or other techniques that diminish people due to their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or level of education.” Moreover, the site encourages its writers to submit a list of links to related material online (including opposing views), which they believe will broaden the discussion.

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