A campaign to sustain Uprising, the popular show hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar on Pacifica and FSTV
Sonali Kolhatkar
Video / Web
Studio City, California
United States
6 Team Members

Uprising with Sonali is the longest running daily morning show on Southern California public radio. You helped transform the radio show into the first daily national TV news show hosted and produced by an immigrant woman of color.

That’s because you understand the problem:  We need an alternative to news programs sponsored by billionaires, government and corporations.

But now, your source for independent news may be in jeopardy. Unless we are able to raise $15,000 by the end of June we are in danger of losing the televised version of Uprising. We urgently need your help TODAY. With your help, we’ll continue to build our program into a force

That’s why we're relying on you to renew your support for Uprising with Sonali today. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DONATION LEVEL OF YOUR CHOICE IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN. 

With your help, we’ll continue to build our program into a force to be reckoned with -- an alternative to corporate media that empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.

Donate Now At Any Level in the Right Hand Column to Support:

Better Technology

●  Improved Picture Quality. Our expert production team is focused on upgrading our broadcasts to the best quality picture possible -- bringing you and our expanding audience an upgraded experience while helping us maintain a competitive edge.

●  Wider Digital Access. Uprising with Sonali is working toward making itself available to a broader selection of online and digital platforms -- doubling... possibly tripling our reach into homes across the country, and increasing our positive influence.

High-Impact Journalism

●  Here are some upcoming issues or topics that will be focused on over the next few weeks: a conversation with Sonia Sanchez, the legendary poet and founder of the Black Arts Movement, Palestinian artist and activist Leila Abdelrazak on her new graphic novel, Baddawi, and Scandinavian activist Per Espen Stoknes on the psychology of Climate denialism.

We all know the negative impact that hyper-partisan networks like Fox News have on our lives -- sowing fear and distrust in our communities.  Imagine spreading the positive influence from voices you hear on Uprising with Sonali. That’s what your donation does -- helps us amplify underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of social, economic and environmental justice. 

Our program is one of the last standing national independent news programs. We’ve survived and grown thanks to your incredible dedication and passion. Now it’s time to take it to the next level, harnessing the power of independent television to educate and drive civic engagement.

We couldn’t have come this far without you.  As we begin ramping up for our second year, some important work lies ahead.  Thanks to the incredible courage and integrity of journalists like Truthdig writer Chris Hedges, Dahr Jamail of Truthout, and Tania Rashid of Vice Media, you can trust Uprising with Sonali to keep you up to date on every breaking story.  

Please donate now at any level in the right hand column so that we can continue to bring you the very best in independent journalism.

Messages from our 2014 Indiegogo campaign: 

WE DID IT!!!! 

Thanks to you, we made it! The campaign to televise Uprising has been a fantastic success! If you wanted to contribute but found this page too late, DO NOT WORRY, you can still send us a check

Make checks out to "KPFK" and put "Uprising TV" in the memo (this is very important so that we can earmark your donation for this campaign). Mail your check to UprisingTV, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd West, Studio City CA 91604. 

We Want to Televise Uprising

Uprising is a daily radio program produced at KPFK Pacifica in Los Angeles. Our content is unique, compelling, and from a people's perspective, not corporations' or politicians'.

Free Speech TV, a national, commercial-free television network with distribution to 40 million households nationwide, has invited Uprising to be part of its regular television line up. 

We're thrilled about this BUT, it costs money to buy video equipment and run it - that's where you come in! Join us in our campaign to televise Uprising. 

We present news and views that speak to the 99% of Americans - the working families, parents, students, immigrants. We don't cater to Wall Street fat cats or filter the news to suit corporate interests. From our country’s growing social and economic inequality to police brutality, the broken immigration system, and our changing climate, Uprising brings you the issues that matters. 

What We Need 

We need a total of $60,000 to turn Uprising from a radio program into a television program. Of that $60,000, roughly half will go toward purchasing the equipment - cameras, a mixer, editing software, etc - and the other half will fund a part-time technician with expertise in video recording and editing. 

All funds raised go to KPFK and are ear-marked for this project alone, so you can rest assured that your money will go only toward the project of televising Uprising (and potentially other programs at KPFK).  

What You Get

Whether you donate $10 or $1000, we truly appreciate every penny! You will be thanked on our website or on-air. Choose what level you can contribute at - we've got limited-edition posters, organic coffee, and much more! And remember, your contribution is tax deductible to the extent of the law!

Strong Independent Media = A Healthy Democracy

Our media landscape is dominated by belligerent talking heads that do little to inform us. A strong independent media, free of corporate and government influence is crucial for the health of our democracy. 

For more than ten years Uprising has informed, moved, and inspired listeners in Southern California where we are based. With your help we can expand our program to a much broader audience!

If You Have Already Donated... 

If you can donate even a small amount, we are truly grateful. But don't stop there! Help us spread the word! We only have 30 days to raise $60,000! Share this page on your Facebook page, tweet it, Instagram it - use whatever social media strategies you  like to help this campaign succeed. We can't thank you enough!


Send us any questions you have about the campaign at mail@uprisingradio.org. We promise to do our best to answer all your queries!

A Message from Chris Hedges

A Message from Amy Goodman

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman joins our campaign to Televise Uprising. Watch a video of her special message: 

This is Uprising: 

Informed, thoughtful, compassionate: this is Uprising! Watch a video sampler of the radio show we want to turn into a TV show. 

New Perk: Favianna Rodriguez Signed Posters!

Watch a clip of Sonali Kolhatkar's conversation on Uprising with Internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez. 

You can get signed posters by Favianna in the perks section on the right. 

Did you Know Sonali is an Artist?

Did you know Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar is an artist? For a $1,500 donation, you get a hand-decorated tote bag, a trinket box, a silver pendant on a leather strap, a silk drawstring bag, 2 soaps, an appliquéd pillow, and 2 decorated glass jar candles, handmade by Sonali. PLUS you get our limited edition poster, MP3 CD, and fair-trade organic coffee. There are ONLY 2 of these unique gift bags so get them while you can! Watch a video showcasing the gifts:

Find This Campaign On
total funds raised
Original campaign was 104% funded on April 30, 2014
Verified Nonprofit
Select a Perk
Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.
Help make it happen
for UprisingTV and the team!
Other Campaigns You Might Like