[Imc-london] Fork decision and attempts to block retroactively
imc-london at indymedia.org
Fri Apr 22 09:52:05 PDT 2011
Dear Mayday collective,
You seem to have a problem understanding the nature of decision making.
The fork was agreed by everyone, including you, at the last Indymedia UK
meeting. After a decision has been made, you no longer have the option
to block it. That's the whole point of making decisions.
You could make a new proposal or suggest an amendment to the decision.
However any proposal that would entail the fork not happening on 1st May
2011 will most likely be blocked.
To be very clear here, the option to keep Indymedia UK running as it is
does not exist. Our failure to work together during the past year is
exactly what brought us to the point of ending the Indymedia UK project.
At this point, you have two choices:
1) We all go ahead with the fork, and try to keep things as painless as
possible. Everyone gets to go back to doing some reporting of radical
news instead of arguing on email lists.
2) You, the Mayday collective, or group A, can pull out of the
agreement. In that case we, Be The Media, or group B, will be able to
finally act on the decision made at the Indymedia UK meeting in London
in the summer of 2010 and set up the Indymedia UK aggregator on our
Everything except your active participation in the fork arrangement will
mean you are pulling out.
You have control over crucial infrastructure that belongs to Indymedia
UK. We trust you will live up to the responsibility and accountability
that comes with the privilege of being entrusted with technical access
and that you will not abuse this position of power in order to prevent
the fork. As you are still hoping to become an affiliated Indymedia, we
also trust you will adhere to the Principles of Unity.
p.s. Please stop insinuating that Indymedia London ever wanted to shut
down Indymedia UK. Many of us have been part of this project much longer
than you. The end of the project is incredibly depressing for all of us.
We wanted to take the next step with Indymedia, we wanted the
aggregator. Just as was decided, in consensus, with no objections, at
the last Indymedia UK meeting before the split. You were the ones who
torpedoed that decision, and in the end brought Indymedia UK to its knees.
The fork is a miserable compromise that we agreed to in order to avoid
further escalation of conflicts, to spare the global network another
round of dealing with the fallout of local conflicts and to be able to
stop arguing on email lists and finally be able to spend our time doing
what we love to do: producing radical media.
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