[IMC-Process] Welcome VIRGINIA BEACH, US
idiot at jaysand.com
Thu Dec 1 07:37:37 PST 2005
Hi imc-process and imc-communication,
The decision deadline for the Virginia Beach IMC has come and gone without
a peep. So, we can now welcome them into the network. Welcome Virginia
Virginia Beach IMC
VIRGINIA BEACH INDYMEDIA
Like many places around the globe, a storm has been brewing in Southeastern
Virginia. We are an area that is controlled politically by the far right
wing of the Republican Party. We are the home of Pat Robertsonâs 700
Club, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Regent University. Given
that, there have been a large number of previously silent
progressive-minded people who have had no outlet for their opinions and
that number has been growing. In June of 2002, local progressives staged
the first anti-war protest in memory. While it was a mere 22 people, it
got a lot of attention, and then after Congress authorized the attack on
Iraq in October, the protest the next day was over 140 people. While not a
huge number, for this area of the world it was immense.
Sadly, it has been the war with Iraq that has galvanized local progressives
into action. It was early in June 2002 that the Virginia Beach Green Party
formed. Then, other progressive groups such as Citizens for Peace and
Justice, Veterans for Peace, the Virginia Organizing Project, Equality
Virginia and other more informal groups have gotten active. While making
some headway, we have found it difficult to get covered in the local
press. Even though Virginia Beach (500,000 people) and the Virginia Beach
metropolitan area (Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News)
total a million citizens, we only have one major newspaper, which is
decidedly conservative. And while we have one âalternativeâ weekly
newspaper, it is owned by the larger conservative, paper. The radio
stations are all owned by Clear Channel and our local NPR station will not
air progressive shows like Democracy Now.
Therefore, we need a reliable way to link with the rest of the country and
the world, to let people know what is going on here. This is a vital area
of the nation, with three Army Posts, four Navy bases, one Air Force base
and the home of a large contingent of NATO personnel. We also need a way
to keep each other informed about what each progressive group is up
to. Our plan is to begin with an Indymedia Website ASAP, and once that is
complete, we plan on starting a monthly Indymedia newspaper. Then, next
summer, we hope to launch an Indymedia Internet radio station.
Virginia Beach IMC: Mission Statement
Our mission at Virginia Beach Indymedia is to make sure that âallâ
voices are heard in the media. While we will promote a progressive agenda,
we will allow for the viewpoints of any group to be heard, regardless of
gender, class, ability, level, race, age, political affiliation, or
religion. We pledge to inform our community about all sides of an issue
and not to censor, except in the case of an author promoting violence as a
solution to a problem, and we will not publish hate speech of any kind. We
will strive to not only report the news, but in cases where are news brings
to light a problem of some nature, we will work to offer solutions to those
problems and give people a forum to present their opinions and possible
solutions. By doing this, we hope to empower everyone, encourage them to
be proactive, and to discourage media consumers from merely being passive
We pledge to make the workings of our collective transparent,
non-hierarchical, and to actively promote the inclusion of individuals from
Virginia Beach Indymedia: IMC Membership Criteria
a. We adopt the NIMC Mission Statement and Principles of Unity.
b. We have a core collective comprised of eight people from their teens
through their 40âs that are teachers, mental health and medical
professionals, working âstiffsâ, men and women, straight and gay, and
business people. We have college students, high school graduates with
minimum wage jobs, democrats, greens, military veterans, and more. We are
diverse and find that makes our labors and discussions more fruitful. This
core group has known each other for about three years and is committed to
making this work. We have four more people who will commit âsomeâ time
to the endeavor, and collectively we know several dozens of people who will
be supportive by helping spread the word, donating some money and
equipment, and who will sponsor a couple of Indymedia events to kick us off.
c. Meetings will be announced in the local paper and open to the public.
d. See our mission statement above.
e. We have an editorial policy that functions democratically, but through
striving to reach consensus before any kind of a vote. See below.
f. We will use Open Publishing as described in the IMC Editorial Policy.
g. We already have a decision-making policy that is consensus
driven. Voting on a matter is only done if consensus cannot be reached
during a time limit set by the group. Such votes need a 2/3 majority.
h. We will maintain a spokesperson that will participate in the global
decision-making process and meetings.
i. We will participate in the key IMC Network Communication Methods and
assure that at least one person from our collective is always on the
j. Virginia Beach IMC will have no official affiliation with any political
party, state, or candidates. We reserve the right to do stories on
political candidates or parties, or to cover elections and initiatives.
k. Virginia Beach IMC will not engage in any commercial for-profit
enterprises. Proceeds from sales of Indymedia paraphernalia such as
T-shirts, etc., will be used only for the purpose of strengthening or
replacing our infrastructure, (i.e. equipment purchase and maintenance,
publishing literature, etc.) and operating costs.
l. Virginia Beach IMC will post the IMC âiâ logo on itâs Website and
m. Virginia Beach IMC will include the IMC Network âCities Listâ on the
front page of its website.
Virginia Beach Indymedia formally adopts the IMC membership criteria as
dated May 21, 2005 as itâs own, in itâs entirety.
Virginia Beach Indymedia: Editorial Policy
Has adopted an editorial policy that is in lines with those principles held
by IMC membership criteria. It is non-hierarchical, transparent and
consensus driven. We have adopted Open Publishing and are dedicated to
providing media access for commentary and reporting to everyone.
a. Editorial Board Membership: The board consists of three members of the
collective at any one time. Membership on the board is determined by the
entire collective and is rotated every four-months. Ideally, one member
from the current board will remain on the subsequent board, and that one
member will remove her or himself from consideration for board membership
on the next rotation. This will ensure some group âmemoryâ on the
board for procedures. Anyone can be removed from the Editorial Board at
any scheduled meeting of the collective, if someone within the collective
moves for this and if consensus is reached to remove him or her. If
consensus cannot be reached as to whether a person should remain on the
board or not, a 2/3 vote will be needed to remove that person. The person
asking to remove someone must be present at the meeting in question. The
person being asked to step-down from the Editorial Board must be present at
that meeting to be removed. If they are not present, they will be notified
via email that such a request has been made, and they will be asked to be
present at the next scheduled meeting of the collective. At the next
meeting, the issue will be discussed as outlined above. If the board
member in question cannot make that meeting, an attempt at consensus or
voting on the matter will ensue. Should someone need to remove themselves
from the board for whatever reason, the collective will appoint a new board
b. Publishing Decision Making: Items for publishing on the Virginia Beach
IMC Website will be reviewed regularly by the board. Items posted will
remain unless there is an objection to the item. Such an objection can be
made by someone on the board, within the collective, or from the
community. If an objection is presented to the board, the board will try
to reach consensus on whether an item will remain or not. If consensus
cannot be reached, a 2/3 vote will be necessary to remove an item. If
someone from the Virginia Beach IMC collective disagrees with the editorial
board decision, then any member of the collective can call a meeting for
the purpose of removing an item. If it is the consensus of the collective
that an item will be removed, it shall be immediately. If consensus by the
collective cannot be reached, a 2/3 vote will be necessary to remove an item.
c. Publishing Guidelines: While we strive to be open and allow a space for
people to publish their reporting and commentaries, our collective has
agreed to disallow the following types of items from being posted to the
Virginia Beach IMC site, those include:
1. Hate posts; posts that explicitly express sexism, racism, homophobia, or
other forms of prejudice.
2. Threats of violence.
3. Slanderous or libelous material.
6. Duplicates or extremely similar posts.
7. Disruptive or provocative material clearly intended to impede
constructive activity on the site.
9. Any post by an individual known by Indymedia to have consistently acted
in a disruptive manner and that the collective has unanimously identified
as a saboteur.
10. Stories, pictures, video footage, or other material that could
potentially incriminate or otherwise endanger activists.
d. Features Guidelines: In selecting postings to feature in the center
column, the Virginia Beach IMC looks mainly for articles that: (1) Are
original; (2) Use factual information from reliable sources; (3) Are
reasonably well written: (4) Have timely relevance for Virginia Beach area
readers; and (5), Put events in context and that tell who, when, what,
where, why and how.
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