[imc-ontario] [New-imc] LONDON, ONTARIO (sending to imc-process pending translation)

boud boud at riseup.net
Mon Jul 10 11:00:53 PDT 2006


hi jay, imc-ontario,

Ummm, just a side comment - maybe it's already in the London-Ontario
info and i missed it - but does someone have any idea what's happening
with IMC Ontario? The Ontario website seems to have been inactive for
a few months...  and it seems rather logical that London-Ontario would 
be in contact and networked with Ontario...

cheers
boud



On Mon, 10 Jul 2006, Jay wrote:

> Hi new-imc,
>
> The below information from the London, Ontario IMC passed the July 9
> new-imc list deadline without dissent.  They're getting it translated, so
> when that happens I'll pass it along to imc-process.
>
> Jay
>
>
> >( Proposed IMC Name )
> >London, Ontario
> >
> >( Proposed Indymedia URL )
> >londonontario.indymedia.org
> >
> >( Current URL (if any): )
> >http://loam.yi.org
> >
> >( City )
> >London
> >
> >( State/Province )
> >Ontario
> >
> >( Country )
> >Canada
> >
> >( Contact Name (required) )
> >Toban
> >
> >( Email (required) )
> >toban at riseup . net
> >
> >( Phone )
> >Ask Jay or Toban
> >
> >( Technical Contact Name )
> >Kirk
> >
> >( Email )
> >kirk at reisers . ca
> >
> >( Phone )
> >Ask Toban
> >
> >( Focus )
> >Regional (rather than issue or event)
> >
> >( Critical Dates? )
> >?
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Supporting Groups )
> >
> >We have contacted groups to encourage them to take part in articles.  A
> >few such article-related connections have been made (with Solidarity for
> >Six Nations and Global Importune, to give two examples).
> >
> >Members are involved in other groups, including Regional Social Forum
> >committees.
> >
> >We have worked toward building a relationship with the London Commons
> >and Alt London projects, and we are continuing to do so.
> >
> >That said, we definitely need to do a lot more outreach to make
> >connections with community groups.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Please write an introductory statement about why you want to participate
> >in the Indymedia Network. )
> >
> >In solidarity with the global Indymedia network, we are working to
> >establish a centre of community involvement for the London area. In
> >accord with Indymedia, our project is collective, non-hierarchical, and
> >inclusive.  London, Ontario IMC publications give a voice to people who
> >have tended to be excluded from the mainstream media. We address local
> >events and issues with information, perspectives, and analysis that the
> >mainstream media tends not to offer.
> >
> >While building an IMC in London, Ontario, we also hope to strengthen the
> >Indymedia network -- particularly Canadian IMCs, which generally have
> >been weak and isolated from one another.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( What kind of resources can you contribute, in terms of
> >server/bandwidth/technical and organizing skills? )
> >
> >In addition to the content that is being created for the London, Ontario
> >Indymedia site, as well as the organizing that is being done in our
> >community:
> >
> >Toban is somewhat familiar with the international mailing lists,
> >procedures, and documents.  He intends to be an active participant at
> >the international level.
> >
> >Kirk has tech skills to offer.
> >
> >We plan to do fundraising to contribute to IMC Hamilton, our host.  We
> >would also like to contribute funds to the greater Indymedia network.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( What kind of outreach have you done to bring together a diverse group
> >of people? )
> >
> >There has been a lot of outreach among the local activist community,
> >which encompasses a wide range of people -- albeit with certain
> >tendencies in terms of age, etc.  However, the vast majority of this
> >outreach among London activists has occurred online, thus tending to
> >exclude certain groups somewhat.
> >
> >Efforts have been made to connect with high school lefties (apparently
> >there are social justice clubs in town, but we haven't been able to make
> >contact with them).
> >
> >One of us met with an immigrant from Iran to discuss working on a
> >multilingual print publication, some of which would be in Farsi (Persian).
> >
> >Multiple meetings were arranged with someone with connections to the
> >local native community, but those meetings fell through and contact was
> >lost.
> >
> >We are avoiding focusing on the local wealthy 'white' university.
> >
> >We have discussed having a hands-on session to teach people how to use
> >the site.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( How does the makeup of your collective reflect the diversity of the
> >local community (e.g. in relation to gender-, sexual-, spiritual-,
> >and/or cultural-identity)? )
> >
> >Our group certainly is not as diverse as it could be.  We can do much
> >better.
> >
> >
> >---
> >
> >( If your group currently does not represent the diversity of the local
> >community, particularly in relation to groups who are underrepresented
> >in mainstream society and denied access to vehicles of expression, what
> >steps will be taken to address this on an ongoing basis? )
> >
> >We are making connections with community groups that work with the
> >disadvantaged, minorities, and women.  We are trying to find ways to
> >bring our meetings to the attention of those segments of the community,
> >which will mean trying to connect with people through offline settings.
> >
> >We have repeatedly discussed diversity issues in the past, and we will
> >continue to do so.  Diversity issues will have to be repeatedly
> >revisited so that we can assess the state of our group, and come up with
> >strategies to contact underrepresented groups.
> >
> >For instance, exceptional efforts will be made to invite
> >underrepresented groups to our meetings, and encourage these groups to
> >write for the site.
> >
> >
> >---
> >
> >( What steps will be taken to involve individuals in workfields new to
> >them? )
> >
> >Practical non-condescending in-person skillshare sessions would be
> >helpful.  The group will repeatedly discuss whether anyone would like to
> >try a new workfield and how such people can gain the appropriate skills.
> >
> >We also could compile helpful how-to documents (e.g. web pages).  We
> >have discussed compiling some writing tips (which wouldn't be
> >prescriptive -- we're open to different writing styles and formats).
> >
> >---
> >
> >( What measures will be taken to overcome a gendered work division? )
> >
> >We will make sure that everyone knows that they're welcome to try
> >helping with tech or organizing tasks. If anyone feels otherwise, we
> >will address this division at meetings.
> >
> >----------------------------------------
> >
> >( Agree in spirit to the NIMC MissionStatement and PrinciplesOfUnity )
> >
> >Yes.  Absolutely.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Have a committed membership substantial enough to sustain a functional
> >IMC )
> >
> >Yes.  There are 18 subscribers on our mailing list.  5 members have been
> >attending meetings.
> >A smaller number of people has been taking on most of the IMC's tasks,
> >but we're working to divide labor and share as much work as possible so
> >the IMC can be sustainable in the long term, even if certain collective
> >members move or become involved in other projects.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Have open and public meetings (no one group can have exclusionary
> >"ownership" of an IMC) )
> >
> >Yes.  Our meetings are generally announced to local activists (via a
> >non-Indymedia mailing list, and a local alt media site), and all but one
> >of our meetings have been held in public places.  In the near future, we
> >will begin displaying future meeting times and places in a prominent
> >place on our actual site.
> >
> >--
> >
> >( Work toward developing a local Mission Statement or Statement of
> >Purpose. Network Mission Statement may be adopted or used on an interim
> >basis )
> >
> >
> >Yes.  Although we have been using the network mission statement, we have
> >worked together to create documents (e.g. a pamphlet) that include
> >portions of a group mission statement.  We have also discussed our
> >mission during at least a few meetings.  These ideas and statements will
> >be compiled into a draft mission statement that will be discussed at our
> >next meeting.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Establish and publish an editorial policy which is developed and
> >functions through democratic process, and with full transparency )
> >
> >Yes.  We have had our own editorial policy for at least a few months now
> >(see  http://freedom.2y.net/wiki/London_Indymedia/Editorial_policy).
> >This policy will be revisited at future meetings.  Potentially
> >controversial editorial decisions will be discussed on our mailing
> >(if not in-person).
>
> >Editorial Policy
> >
> >[edit]
> >
> >Features
> >
> >The articles in the centre column of the web site are referred to as
> >features.
> >
> >Anyone may suggest a feature article by posting to the London Indymedia
> >mailing list (london-ontario-imc at lists . indymedia . org) (you do not
> >have to be a member of the list to post to it). Or simply submit a piece
> >to the newswire (see below), and we will likely consider featuring your
> >article.
> >
> >For now we are looking for features with somewhat of a London area angle.
> >
> >If there are no objections from Indymedia organizers, the feature can be
> >posted to the site by people with admin accounts.
> >[edit]
> >
> >Newswire
> >
> >The open publishing column on the right hand of the site is refered to as
> >the newswire.
> >
> >The newswire is for:
> >Reporting, commentary, interviews, announcements, and reviews.
> >Audio, text, photos
> >Stories not covered elsewhere.
> >Ideas/views that can't be heard elsewhere due to the limitations of the
> >corporate media.
> >Posts written in a way that are open and accessible to a wide range of
> >people, for example, avoiding jargon, technical and specialist vocabulary.
> >[edit]
> >
> >Hidden posts
> >
> >The London IMC reserves the right to hide posts on the Newswire or
> >Otherpress or comments sections if they contravene any of these following
> >guidelines:
> >Advertising : Posts with personal or product promotions.
> >Degrading and/or Hateful : posts using language, imagery, or other forms
> >of communication promoting racism, fascism, xenophobia, sexism or any
> >other form of harmful discrimination.
> >Inaccurate : Posts that are inaccurate or misleading.
> >Hierarchy : The newswire is not a notice-board or promotional outlet for
> >political parties or any other significantly hierarchically structured
> >organization.
> >Personal attacks
> >Impersonation : Articles or comments which impersonate other Indymedia
> >users by adoption of their names or regular pseudonyms.
> >Comments on editorial policy : Users can appeal for or against deletions
> >by contacting the mailing list
> >Disruptive : Contributions by individuals who habitually publish above
> >mentioned discouraged content.
> >
> >Hidden newswire posts may be found via the "Hidden Articles" section,
> >which is accessible from the main page. There is also a "Hidden Comments"
> >section, which can be reached via the "view comments" section that is
> >linked to from the main page.
> >[edit]
> >
> >Hide requests
> >
> >Anyone can rate comments and newswire articles -- either to try to have
> >these hidden from view, or to try prevent them from being hidden. Users of
> >the site may also e-mail the London Indymedia mailing list to request that
> >posts be hidden or unhidden.
> >
> >People with admin accounts may hide posts.
>
>
>
> >---
> >
> >( Agree to the use of Open Publishing as described in the NIMC Editorial
> >Policy [editorial collective comments: "We did agree that the term "Open
> >Publishing" was one that is still being defined by the Global Network
> >Collective, and we would wait and see what the results were before
> >rewriting this criteria] )
> >
> >Yes.  We've been using the dada-imc open publishing system.  Anonymous
> >posts are allowed. There is a hidden posts section.  Editorial
> >intervention is minimal.
> >
> >
> >---
> >
> >(  Adopt a decision-making policy that is in alignment with consensus
> >principles which include open, transparent and egalitarian processes )
> >
> >Yes.  Our approach to consensus has been informal -- by feel -- but we
> >will explore other options as the group grows and changes.  As noted,
> >our meetings are open.  For the sake of transparency, the summaries from
> >our meetings have been detailed (see, for example:
> >http://lists.indymedia.org/pipermail/london-ontario-imc/2006-June/0606-0o.html).
>
> >
> >Our use of a public Indymedia list has increased our openness and
> >transparency.
> >
> >---
> >
> >
> >( Have a spokesperson(s) willing and capable of participating in the
> >global decision-making process and meetings as a rotating
> >liaison/representative, with a clear understanding of the
> >responsibilities that come with this role )
> >
> >Yes.  Toban will act as liaison/representative in the immediate future.
> >But he would like to share this responsibility with others in order to
> >reduce his leadership.
> >
> >---
> >
> >
> >( Participate in the key IMC Network Communication Methods that pertain
> >to the health and vitality of the Network and that contribute to the
> >work of the IMC. Assure that at least one person from your local IMC
> >participates at any given time on the IMC-Communication list )
> >
> >Yes.  Toban will participate the IMC-Communication list in the immediate
> >future (in addition to the Research list).  Toban will encourage other
> >members to join him on the Communication list.
> >
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Have no official affiliation with any political party, state or
> >candidate for office (comments: but individual producers have freedom to
> >do whatever they like and local IMCs can "feature" stories about various
> >political parties and initiatives) )
> >
> >Yes.  The group has discussed these issues at meetings.  No member has
> >significant ties or attachments to a given state, party, or candidate.
> >No one has expressed any interest in using the site to promote any such
> >politics, and there are members who would be strongly opposed to any
> >such efforts.
> >
> >
> >---
> >
> >( IMCs shall in no way engage in commercial for-profit enterprises. [We
> >could add: The IMCN is committed to the decommercialization of
> >information and will disassociate from any local IMC that decides to
> >become a for profit media corporation.] )
> >
> >Yes.  Of course.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Display a local version of the IMC i logo on your website and
> >literature. )
> >
> >Yes.  We've been displaying the logo and we will proudly continue to do so.
> >
> >---
> >
> >( Include the IMC Network current Cities List on your site, preferably
> >on the front page. )
> >
> >Yes.  We are and we will (see  http://loam.yi.org).
>
>
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