[Imc-cambridge] need $$ help for IMC-AFRICA at World Social Forum
jay at fundamentalchange.net
Wed Oct 18 19:53:53 UTC 2006
Hi IMC-Cambridge (and to the imc-cambridge list admins -- could you pass
this along to your list? thanks!)
This is Jay from the Philadelphia IMC, the new-imc working group and other
various Indymedia adventures. I'm writing to ask if your IMC would
participate in some small way in a really inspiring project that's being
organized on the imc-africa at indymedia.org working group list.
At the end of January, 2007, the international World Social Forum
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Social_Forum) will take place in
Nairobi, Kenya. This is a great opportunity for Indymedia activists from
Africa to meet with each other and with international activists to share
skills and learn how to make indymedia work in their local areas.
In order to take advantage of this opportunity, the IMC-Africa working
group, working with international supporters, has decided to host an
Independent Media Center in Nairobi during the WSF. The plan is to host a
series of media-making working skill shares and many workshops (for
example, formal consensus trainings by C.T. Butler of Food Not Bombs), as
well as to provide coverage of the WSF online. IMC-Africa is also working
with the Prometheus Radio Project (http://www.prometheusradioproject.org)
to build an on-air low power radio station for use during the WSF. After
the WSF, the radio equipment will move to Kenya's Maseno Unversity where
students will manage it -- it will become one of Kenya's only community
To make this IMC project happen, IMC-Africa needs to raise at least $5000
from the Indymedia network -- about $3000 for the radio equipment and at
least $2000 for other logistics, like renting a space in Nairobi for the
WSF and arranging internet and phone lines.
I'm writing to see if your IMC would be able to help make tthis
possible. Yes, we're asking you! You can help substantially by having a
fundraising party, band show, film screening or other kind of event some
time in November to raise money for the project. There are over 100 active
IMCs out there -- if each IMC rasises just a little money, IMC-Africa
should be able to at least buy parts for the radio station and rent a space
for two weeks in Nairobi. Raising money this way -- a little from each
IMC, with many local IMCs working together to make something happen -- is
part of the promise of having a vast and powerful international network.
So, what do you think? Could you put together an event in November and
raise some money for imc-africa? Any event would help, large or small.
Please feel free to e-mail me (jay at fundamentalchange.net) to ask any
questions. I'lll be happy to share relevant orgainzing and budget details
with you. Also, feel free to check out the imc-africa list archives
directly through "http://lists.indymedia.org".
Thank you in advance for your help! Again, any small amount will help. Be
creative, get involved!
Onward to Nairobi,
P.S. I'll paste the general WSF-Nairobi IMC call for participation below.
PROPOSAL for the creation of an Independent Media Center in Nairobi, Kenya,
to provide communication within and about the World Social Forum (January
20 to 25, 2007, with the IMC convergence starting on January 13)
Organizers in Kenya, throughout Africa and around the world are working
together, both on-line and in face-to-face meetings, to build a temporary
independent media center in Nairobi, Kenya, to provide communication during
the January '07 World Social Forum. This "convergence-based" IMC will
provide text-based, audio, and (potentially) video coverage of the World
Social Forum, both on-line and through a local low-power radio station,
enabling independent media coverage of the WSF during the forum itself as
well as access through the world wide web to the WSF by an international
audience. Thousands of organizers will be coming to the World Social Forum
from around the globe, especially from Africa; this IMC will empower
activists (especially those in Africa) to create effective independent
media institutions in their countries. Also, all the equipment purchased
for this IMC will remain in Kenya for use by other Kenyan independent media
We are trying to raise $5000 to pay for all the necessary equipment and
infrastructure. All equipment bought will continue to be available to the
Kenya IMC and independent media projects throughout the country after the
WSF. We will provide an itemized budget below.
-- the Kenya-IMC has been in existance since 2004 after sending several
representatives to the African Indymedia conference in Dakar, Senegal.
-- the IMC-Africa working group, an Indymedia working group composed of
African Indymedia activists and supporters from around the
world. (imc-africa at lists.indymedia.org)
-- Prometheus Radio Project (http://www.prometheusradio.org), an
organization that supports and builds low-power-radio stations around the
world, will provide technical advice and assistance for a low power radio
station to be built in Nairobi for the duration of the WSF (with equipment
to remain in Kenya for use by future low power radio initiatives)
-- students and faculty from Kenya's Maseno University, who will
participate in ongoing independent media projects after the WSF is over.
We would like to raise $5000 by the end of November, 2006 to make this
For more information about this proposal, please contact Sphinx
(sphinx at indymedia.org) or Jay (jay at fundamentalchange.net).
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