[Imc-beirut] Personal explanation!
i-mad at riseup.net
Sun Jan 7 15:55:54 PST 2007
Well since we did not have a meeting to discuss the matter, I will only
give my version of things, but if anyone from Indymedia Beirut feels the
need to add or disagree please send out your opinions.
First to all of our concerned friends, big thank you, but please
understand that this was not an easy decision for us even emotionally.
Many of the people in Indymedia Beirut had put much energy and passion
into this project making it what it is. And recently we have been all
haunted with the idea that none of has any time left to get things going
so it is better to call it quits rather than keep people hanging. (Pending
emails that need answering, email list that needs adminstrating, posts
that are waiting for approval and people getting angry for not getting a
response, open posting that needs checking and spam filtered..etc of the
tasks all IMCrs know about.)
So, the informal decision came as (since two to three people were left in
the so called Indymedia Beirut collective,) we decided to freeze the
project... meaning disactivate the email list, disactivate the open
posting (after cleaning what is there from spam so racist sexist shit will
be removed), and wait with open arms for some group of people to step
forward and take over :) I am sure everyone who were in Indymedia Beirut
will be more than happy to provide whatever training or help needed to get
the new group started (I mean this is what we have been dying to do, get
new people invovled and get the group bigger).
To be honest, I personally do not see any problems with the "IMC Beirut
collective" at the moment, I loved working with all, and we have survived
a strong conflict beautifully and done some great work together in such a
lovely atmosphere. This what makes the decision now even harder.
The problem is new people, and also the fact that existing people are busy
with other things. As you said Boud, some are contributing to other blogs,
to other websites, and some doing other kind of activism or with other
Indymedias. This what leaves a whole lot of work undone. And companerXs do
not worry, we will all continue to make noise, Blue, Mo, Vertical, Raida,
Son, bilal, myself... I guess almost all have started other little things
banging some other pot somewhere else :) So stay tuned, I do not think
anyone of us plans to be silent.
So we are not giving up, we are just letting people know that Indymedia
Beirut is a vacant space calling to be squatted and used to raise hell. I
guess many of us (the very few us) are willing to jump in again. It is
just to ease the pressure of pending emails and outraging posts that are
Nader and Petros (though more to Nader side), you guys seem to be
interested in reviving the group, you have all my support and count me in.
The last thing I want to see is a dead Indymedia Beirut. But is there any
practical suggestions? Because if there is no practical suggestions
(meaning people who would take up the work from there, and not only
volunteers from abroad like myself who will sedate the death and make it
slow and painful depending on news clips from here and there to fill the
website) I do not see a point.
I hope this explains. Ah for transparancy issues, we had a video camera in
Indymedia Beirut, and also five (broken) computers. The camera was donated
during my stay in Lebanon to the Aita El-Chaeb working a group. A
grass-roots group working in the southern destroyed village of Aita
El_Chaeb and part of the Samidoun network (????) And the (broken)
computers are lying around waiting someone to do something with them.
Ok, lots of love and solidarity,
Again feel free to send to any concerned lists and/or individuals.
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