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Announcement :: DNC
Boston IMC needs your support
17 Jul 2004
The Boston Independent Media Center is seeking financial help
in order to provide alternative coverage of the upcoming Boston Social
Forum and Democratic National Convention.
Our main need for funds is the production of an 8-12 page
newspaper with the working title 'Boston Independent.' We are planning a
print run of 25,000 to 50,000 color copies, but will only be able to
achieve this with additional financial support. In addition, we will be
printing informational brochures that describe how to use our website,
participate in our working groups, and do your own reporting. The paper
and brochures will be distributed widely to Boston residents before and
during the events, through partnerships with local community groups.

Funds raised will also assist our other projects. Reporting on the protests during the
Convention and helping to document the Boston Social Forum will include radio coverage through local
community stations and streaming over the internet. Extensive video
footage will also be shot throughout these events and assembled into daily television shows, video screenings and a full length
documentary. Both these projects have associated storage media and
bandwidth expenses.

Our reporting around these events will seek to give wide voice to the
people and perspectives who are ignored by corporate news services.
Our successes will also help us to raise funds for future issues of the
newspaper. The production and distribution of our reports will further
our continuing campaign to involve a wider diversity of local groups in
our media projects, with a focus on communities of color.
Boston's Independent Media Center began during the Biodevastation
conference in February of 2000. Since then it has provided news,
opinion and a place for ongoing dialog among Boston's activists. It has
expanded from a simple website to include radio programming, a cable
television show, and the occasional newspaper project (the most recent
being 'Dirt' with an issue published last summer.)

We incorporate key institutional differences into our structure,
including a consensus-based decision making process, an open invitation
to potential members, and an open publishing policy on our website
(anyone can publish!). We believe that this gives us the potential to
become an increasingly important hub connecting a wide spectrum of
activists and organizations.

Donations can be made through Pay-pal from the 'Make a Donation' link at
http://boston.indymedia.org. Checks can be sent to Boston IndyMedia,
P.O. Box 441414, Somerville, MA 02144. Please make them
payable to 'Urbana-Champaign IMC', our fiscal sponsor, with 'for Boston
IMC' in the memo field.

Thank you! Your donation will help Boston IndyMedia successfully facilitate the work planned for these great political events.

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