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Announcement :: DNC : DNC
4/18, Boston IMC's DNC planning meeting
29 Mar 2004
Boston Independent Media Center (IMC)
Planning meeting for events related to the Democratic National Convention (DNC)
Sunday, April 18, 4:00 pm
Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston (near Mass. Ave. on the Orange line or Symphony on the Green/E line)
Boston Independent Media Center (IMC)
Planning meeting for events related to the Democratic National Convention (DNC)
Sunday, April 18, 4:00 pm
Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston (near Mass. Ave. on the Orange line or Symphony on the Green/E line)

As local activist groups mobilize for protests and educational events in connection with the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in July, the Boston Independent Media Center (IMC) is gearing up to cover these events--and the issues behind them--from a progressive perspective that you would be hard pressed to find in the mainstream, corporate media.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved with our efforts is encouraged to come to our next DNC-related planning meeting on Sunday April 18th at 4:00 pm at the Lucy Parsons Center. We are looking for people who are interested in volunteering for any number of tasks, including fundraising, looking for office/organizing space for the duration of July, and reporting--whether in print, video or radio format--on such things as the organizing efforts of local groups in the months leading up to the DNC; the impact of the DNC on Boston; dirt on Kerry and other major Democrats, such as their corporate connections; the city and police's preparations for the DNC and surrounding protests; access of progressive groups to the DNC; and the whole gamut of issues that are important to progressives, as they tie in to the DNC.

Everyone is also welcome to come to our general monthly meetings, on the first Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm, at the Lucy Parsons Center. In addition to our preparations for the DNC, we are trying to increase our coverage of the full range of progressive events and issues in Boston and Massachusetts, serving as a general news and communications resource for progressive Bostonians.

The Boston IMC ( ) is part of the Global IMC ( ), a worldwide network dedicated to not-for-profit, open-publishing, progressive, grassroots reporting. If you don't have time to come to meetings, but still want to get involved, feel free to contribute a story to our open-publishing newswire--anyone is free to post to it and your submission will be immediately visible on the website. Our volunteer editorial collective reviews the submissions, highlighting the best stories (and hiding anything really offensive or out-of-line that sneaks in). We always welcome new contributors.


Boston Independent Media Center (IMC):
Goals for Coverage of the News and Politics Related to the Democratic National Convention (DNC)

The Boston Independent Media Center plans to provide in-depth coverage of local, DNC-related organizing--not only of the protests against the Democratic National Convention but of the issues behind them. We want to report on groups planning educational events and protest actions, covering the issues they consider important. We aim to put isolated reports of protester actions and police violence (the standard fare of much protest reporting) in the context of larger issues. As part of this, we plan to cover the organizing efforts leading up to the DNC, not just the teach-ins and protests themselves. We encourage all IMC reporters to blend event-reporting and issue-reporting in their coverage, using the former as a hook for the latter. We plan to provide some basic resources in how to do this, including how-to guides that can be read on our website and story ideas and lead for reporters.

The Boston Independent Media Center also hopes to provide some logistical coordination for all IMC reporters in town for the protests, at a minimum a dispatch desk and a friendly face for people to talk to. We are fundraising and currently seeking a space or spaces that would allow us to house some of our office equipment and organizing efforts and to provide 1) computer facilities for people to work on stories, photos, videos, etc. and that they can use to upload these to the Boston IMC site and elsewhere; 2) DSL or cable access; 3) maps of the Boston area to help orient out-of-town reporters; and 4) a place for people to socialize, relax and network.

The Boston Independent Media Center will provide a list of local camp sites and other such resources on our websites, but we can not coordinate housing, food or related resources for people coming in from out of town. This is simply beyond our abilities at the current moment.


Boston Independent Media Center Mission Statement

The Boston Independent Media Center is a consensus-based, open-publishing, not-for-profit collective with the goal of providing an alternative to mass media, for-profit reporting. Our news is by the people, for the people.

With autonomous chapters in more than 200 cities across the world, the three-year-old Independent Media Center network has become an international information source for media activists. The IMC seeks to create a new media ethic by providing progressive, in-depth, and accurate coverage of issues. We are a community-based organization using media to facilitate political and cultural self-representation. We seek to illuminate and analyze issues impacting individuals, communities and eco-systems by providing media tools and knowledge to those seeking to communicate.

Unlike corporate media, we encourage open dialog, and the importance of placing the means of communication and creativity back in the hands of the people, away from the drive for profit. The Boston Independent Media Center is created, maintained, and funded entirely by volunteers.

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