[imc-denmark] [Imc-global-meetings] update about indymedia anniversary and global gatherings
jay at fundamentalchange.net
Thu Nov 5 18:59:26 PST 2009
As most of you know, the tenth anniversary of the founding of
Indymedia is approaching and will occur at the end of November and
the beginning of December. None of us who were involved from the
start can't believe ten years have passed!
Over the last year, several IMC organizers have proposed the idea of
having a series of global Indymedia gatherings, either online or in
person, to mark the anniversary and to talk about where Indymedia is
going from here. Despite the global network's uncertain status,
Indymedia still has many resources and some positive organizing is
taking place, especially on a local level. The idea was to talk
about what's broken and either fix it or discard it, and to isolate
what's working and suggest ways to enhance it. The Ecuador IMC
offered to host a global gathering and other IMCs around the world
said they'd consider it.
Despite this enthusiasm, there hasn't been enough support for the
idea to make it viable on a global scale. There is still the
possibility of a global meeting or series of meeting taking place
upon the initiative of those who are still active in the network, but
nothing will happen on a formal level by the end of 2009.
So instead of marking the tenth anniversary of Indymedia with global
gatherings, we encourage people to reflect on the experiences of the
last ten years themselves and with their fellow local IMC
organizers. We all can look back and find good times, frustration,
successes, failures, and everything in between. There are many
important lessons here, some of which we've already learned (or
refused to learn), some of which others may one day learn from us.
Some IMCs and related groups, like the Los Angeles (U.S.) IMC
<info at la.indymedia.org>, the Venezuela Centro and the Sancturay for
Independent Media in Troy, New York (http://www.mediasanctuary.org/)
are marking the occasion over the next few weeks with celebrations
and reflections. If your IMC is having an event and would like
others to know about it, please e-mail
imc-communication at lists.indymedia.org with information.
Be well, and keep doing good work.
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