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Western Mass. Indymedia...coming soon, baby.
21 Oct 2001
Please forward to all Western Mass. activists.

First Meeting: Sunday, November 4 @ 12 noon in the Jones Library (upstairs) Amherst, MA
~~~~~~~~~(((((i)))))~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please forward to all Western Mass. activists. WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER First Meeting: Sunday, November 4 @ 12 noon in the Jones Library (upstairs) Amherst, MA
Please forward to all western Massachusetts activists.

First Meeting: Sunday, November 4 @ 12 noon in the Jones Library (upstairs) Amherst, MA

Activists and media-makers of all stripes are encouraged to attend the first organizing meeting for the Western Massachusetts Independent Media Center. Find out what Indymedia is all about, and why we need a western Mass IMC. Get involved with organizing this autonomous media collective, joining the worldwide network of progressive media producers and progressive journalists at

Western Massachusetts has a plethora of activist groups, including the new peace movement, environmental and social justice activism, labor unions, and dozens of progressive writers and scholars, photojournalists and radio, video- and filmakers. Independent media production has been going on here for decades. The vision behind an Independent Media Center is to provide a place for all of these progressive folks to collaborate in the production of media and journalism by and about local and regional issues and activist events. We make our own media. Conglomerate corporate control of the media is only effective at silencing the left when they control production and distribution. But the horizontal integration of the Independent Media Center Network, with autonomous activist media collectives in several dozen cities around the globe, is challenging the media monopolies. Providing independent news reporting and radio and video production, and distributing it via the web, activists can now produce real-time media that is accessible to the entire global network, and an IMC provides a local open forum for all progressive and activist groups to share space and make media.

Rather than become another activist group competing for members, the IMC will seek endorsement and participation from all Valley activist groups and independent media, to provide the glue that can tie together the dozens of groups and their issues and provide a central distribution point for valley media makers. The commitment will be to provide media production by and about regional and local issues and activism. The open-publishing policy will provide access to anyone with a computer, pen, microphone, or video camera.

The IMC will be centered around a website, (ie and IMC members will collaborate in web, print, radio, and video committees, producing timely journalism covering the western Mass and greater New England activist left. We eventually hope to publish and distribute a progressive newspaper, and collaborate on video and radio efforts to make our media productions and events available via streaming media and video/audio downloads from the website.

None of this will come easy. The goal here is to establish a working group that will meet regularly and snowball into an organization with a place to work and equipment to use. The possibility of organizing the IMC as a registered student organization at local colleges would be a first step towards organizational stability, will provide resources and funding, and could be a much-needed five-college activist/media connection, but with an outward-looking focus covering local and regional progressive issues and events.

If you are interested in building an IMC for local independent media production, but canít come to the meeting, send us an email or call. We would also solicit any $ contributions from interested parties, as well as being in dire need of any of the following donatable items:

Any audio-visual and computer equipment: tvís, cameras, vcrís, tape recorders, computers, printers, monitors, etc.
Endorsement by local organizations
An office space to make our home.

Western Massachusetts Independent Media Center
Email: info (at)
Website: coming soon..
Phone: (413) 253-5293
List: wmassimc (at)

peace, people
See also: coming soon...
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