[imc-northern] Fwd: [New-imc] Online form: Proposed new IMC! (Sheffield)
theinnercityhippy at riseup.net
Tue Jan 18 16:10:21 PST 2011
Our neighbours in Sheffield have submitted a new imc form- great news!
It's a great thing that Sheffield is now functioning as a collective, doing outreach and regularly meeting as I'm sure you'll all agree.
There has however been much discussion in the recent past as to the removal of certain items on the Sheffield section of the docs server. It was discussed that this is a barrier to active solidarity and harmony in the network and that many collectives around the UK have called for them to be removed. Unfortunately with the recent outcome of the UK network meeting being to dissolve that body, it was not possible to resolve this issue there though it was on the agenda.
I therefore make the following proposal:
That we draft a letter in the active collective members area of Crabgrass with a deadline of 3 days for completion (due to the timescale on new imc) that politely states that though we do not intend to block the application, we ask in the spirit of cooperation, solidarity and mutual respect that the two 'dodgy docs' pages are removed in their entirety as a positive gesture from the members of imc Sheffield, and that this request is considered in the context of admission to the network being based on acceptance of the principles of unity.
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From: sheffield at indymedia.org
Date: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 23:28
Subject: [New-imc] Online form: Proposed new IMC! (Sheffield)
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Submitted by: Sheffield Indymedia <sheffield at indymedia.org> on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 @ 3:28:55 pm (-0800)
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sheffield at indymedia.org
chrisc at indymedia.org
* Sheffield Anarchist Federation
* Sheffield Communist Discussion Group
* Sheffield Humanist Society
* Sheffield Social Centre Collective
* Sheffield Anarchist Feminist Network
* We Want Our Buses Back
* Sheffield Animal Friends
* Sheffield Campaign against Climate Change
* We Love the Earth Centre
* Rotherham Anarchist Pixies
* Regather Co-operative
To provide an alternative to the national and local corporate media.
To support people striving for social change in our communities by providing information and coverage that illuminates rather than diminishes the actions taken by people in local communities.
To support the wider global anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, class struggle movement.
To provide a means through which links can be made from local to national and global issues; and for global issues to be distilled into local perspectives.
To bring a DIY perspective to the communicating of news and stories in our communities and enable this communication to be, as far as possible, unmediated - speaking for ourselves to each other.
To maintain the radical history of Sheffield and enhance the radical future.
To be a resource that facilitates communication between local groups, and a means through which groups with common goals can make links.
Activists from Sheffield IMC are involved in various UK and global activist tech projects including a status.net site at http://indy.im/ , for interfacing with corporate social media sites.
Open meetings are held once a month, see http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/ImcUkSheffieldMeetings for the dates. There is a a open email list http://lists.indymedia.org/imc-sheffield which has around 50 members. Outreach flyers, stalls and screenings have also been used.
Produced flyers and stickers that encourage people to be a part of Indymedia and how to access and use the website, see http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/ImcUkSheffieldLeaflets and a new one we have a lot of copied of that isn't on the web site.
We haven't found time to document all the recent local outreach with local campaigns, which has included coverage of actions like the student protests and the recordings of meeting but all of this can be found on the web site. We have also been doing international audio outreach on The A-Infos Radio Project http://radio4all.net/index.php/search/?searchtext=sheffield+indymedia working with http://ecoshock.org/ and http://unwelcomeguests.net/ . Following is an list put together in 2006 when we started preparing this form for submission:
Outreach stalls at community festivals including:
Abbeyfield Festival (from which we did live streaming of the event)
Peace in the Park
Presented IMC Radio shows during Sheffield's community radio 'Sheffield Live' on FM season.
Supported the Sheffield Social Forum Launch by providing access to (and help with) indymedia website at the event.
Supported Sheffield PSC event with live streaming.
Supported Women Against Pit Closures, providing technical equipment and support for their event.
Hosted radical media/film nights:
Lost Film Festival
Alternative Documentary Festival
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/sheffield/2004/10/300316.html $ Alt Doc Fest 2005
Film and artwork from the Balata Refuge camp
Argentinan film night on the struggles at the Brukman textiles factory
Screened Bhopal Express to raise funds for the Bophal Medical Appeal
Screened 4th World War to coincide with the global mayday events
Screened Uncovered the war in Iraq
We Still Ride film screening with discussion with the directors
Screened Zapatista films
Films From the Frontlines Second Annual Documentary Film Festival
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/sheffield/2005/11/328184.html $ Summer of Truth $ Free School PSYWAR screening
The coverage of stories and issues aims to reach across all social struggles in Sheffield. For example we have covered and supported:
Local striking bus drivers
Naseh Ghafor, a resident of who was on hunger strike to oppose his deportation to Iraq
Nine ladies anti-quarry protest site and campaign
Coverage of actions against loan sharks
Skill sharing through assisiting hosting of Aktivix
Supported the Anti-G8 actions and convergence centre in Sheffield with coverage of actions and provision of an media centre at the convergence centre
Supported local family fighting deportation to Afghanistan
Communities fighting for better bus services and for public control of them
Anarchist Book Fair 2010
Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Sheffield IMC were involved in the starting up the Matilda Social Centre, http://matilda.altivix.org/
The group actively contacts local campaign groups who may not be aware of Indymedia and help them contribute articles and newsire items. For example Parkwood community fight against landfill sites extensions; http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/sheffield/2005/05/310733.html ; families fighting the installation of a phone mast http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/sheffield/2004/10/298549.html
It always in terms of the people regularly attending meetings and hosting events (4-6 people). The diversity of the open email list is far greater.
We will continue to cover stories of people fighting against deportations and others who's stories are not told by the corporate / mainstream media.
We will continue to do outreach to those who are under represented by the corporate / mainstream media, including working on making the site accessible to mobile devices to encourage younger activists who use corporate social media sites.
We have organised skill sharing sessions in the past and will put on more in the future. Eg. online activist security workshops at Sheffield Social Centre Free School Event 2010 and at Anarchist Book Fair 2010
New-imc mailing list. Lista de correo New-imc
New-imc at lists.indymedia.org
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