Draft text for discussion Indymedia –Convergence Center at the Climate Justice Conference, Durban, South Africa Nov 25- Dec 12 2011

The Call for Delegates to the INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONVERGENCE CENTER AT THE 2011 Conference of Parties 17, Durban South Africa,

What

Background of applying group:

The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate revealing of marginal critical voices of truth and justice http://www.indymedia.org/en/static/about.shtml. We work out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity. See http://www.indymedia.org/en/static/about.shtml for full mission statement.

IMC-Africa is a working group of Media Activists from Africa and the rest of the world, engaged since 2003 in the promotion of independent media in Africa. Projects of IMC Africa involved a conference in Dakar, Senegal to the theme of media in Africa, the promotion and assistance of various African IMCs and two further events where IMCA facilitated the creation of Independent Media Centres at the WSF in Bamako, Mali, 2006 and in Nairobi, Kenya 2007. IMC-A’s organisational history is displayed in the open archive of its mailing list. (http://lists.indymedia.org/pipermail/imc-africa/)

Following from the recent success of the IMC-Africa convergence center which was organized during the World Social Forum in Dakar Senegal from the 2cnd to 15th February 2011; activists and practitioners agreed that there was a need to further consolidate the work achieved and create a shared vision about how the network will relate hence-forth. The occasion of the UN Conference of Parties 17 on Climate change planned for Nov 28- Dec 09 2011 in Durban South Africa, offers the opportunity for such an Africa wide consolidation to occur.

We aim to create a convergence space where activists and grassroots organizers who are based in Africa and the rest of the globe; can build their skills around media, be it community art, radio and or new technology such as cell phones. The setting will be one in which the participants will live and work together and hopefully form lasting relationships and networks across the continent and globe. The two weeks will be spent learning, working, and socializing. At the end of the two weeks, participants will use the skills they have attained to provide ongoing coverage (live streaming and FM broadcasting, etc) for the official COP17 alternative spaces including the Diakonia faith/justice centre, BAT cultural Centre, the Durban beach front assembly area and other activists’ sites in Durban.

This will be the fifth such media center that has been organized in Africa through the Indymedia network — an international alliance of grassroots media producers and communication technologists that first convened to provide coverage of the 1999 protests against the WTO in Seattle, WA. In March 2004, the first Regional Alternative Media/Indymedia Conference in Africa in Dakar was convened. The first of its kind, the Conference brought together some two dozen community organizers from Ambazonia (Cameroon), Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, the Canary Islands, Mali, Germany, Switzerland and Senegal. The effort was followed by the creation of an Indymedia Center two years later at the polycentric WSF in Bamako, Mali.

Encouraged by these successes, IMC went on to organize a Convergence Media Center and convergence space in Nairobi- Kenya- during the WSF in 2007; where up to 30+ indymedia activists, were hosted by Kenya IMC. This center brought together over fifty organizers from South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, France, the US and Kenya. Participants shared skills, made media and even built two radio transmitters — one was subsequently used to launch Maseno University's Equator FM in Kenya, and the other donated to KOCH-FM in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi.
 Again from 03-15th February 2011, IMC successfully organized a _CONVERGENCE_  MEDIA CENTER AT THE 2011 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM IN DAKAR, SENEGAL. Organizers, media makers and communication technologists from four continents constructed an independent media center to facilitate and resource grassroots coverage of the 10th annual global gathering, which was held in Dakar, Senegal 2011. 65 delegates from across Africa came together for the Dakar2011 Independent Media Convergence Center. They included media makers, human rights activists, university students and youth from Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Ambazonia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda and the Diaspora. There were also delegations from independent media and tech communities in the United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The experience included intensive, hands-on training in community media and internet technology for activists and community organizers, with a special emphasis on training women and young people. In keeping with the global Indymedia network's decade-long commitment to participatory structures and each-one-teach-one community-based learning, organizers and techies from Africa and around the world will train each other in content production and infrastructure development. Workshops addressed online publishing, street art, radio transmitter construction, and emerging Internet technology such as cell phone uploads and decentralized server management. Read more here: http://imc-africa.mayfirst.org/

Why

There are three main goals that we hope this convergence will meet:

- To build media production and distribution skills within existing African social movements and the indymedia network in Africa.

- To develop relationships that both creates and strengthens solidarity and networks of mutual support amongst groups on the African continent and around the world.

- To make available (or create) necessary resources and tools so that the African activist and indymedia community can provide coverage of the COP17 events and counter activities.

Where

Durban, South Africa. Participants will stay together in University of KwaZulu-Natal/ Durban University of iechnology (DUT) student residences and utilize available venues at both istitutions, halls and computer centres to do the work involved in the media centre.

Who

Through a local organising network made up of South Africa IMC activists: http://www.southafrica.indymedia.org/ members of grassroots movements, media organizers/activists from Africa and the rest of the world.

Activities at the convergence will include:

Intensive, hands-on training in community media and internet technology for activists and community organizers, with a special emphasis on training women and young people. In keeping with the global Indymedia network's decade-long commitment to participatory structures and each-one-teach-one community-based learning, organizers and techies from Africa and around the world will train each other in content production and infrastructure development. Workshops will address online publishing, street art, radio transmitter construction, and emerging Internet technology such as cell phone uploads and decentralized server management.

Time plan Participants will live and work together for three weeks, forming lasting relationships and networks both within the continent and across the globe. The first two weeks will be spent learning, collaborating, and socializing. During the third week, participants will put these skills to work to provide ongoing coverage of the COP17 conference and associated activities in and around Durban — including a live web-cast, FM broadcasting, blogging, and print dispatches

When

November 25th, 2011 to December 12th, 2011. Two and a half weeks preceding the COP17: November 28th-09th December 2011.

***Organizations, movements, and individuals interested in participating in the Convergence please send a list of five delegates to imc-africa@lists.indymedia.org

By June 30th, 2011,*

HOW?

PREPARATION MEETINGS

2-Online Preparation Meetings

COST & RESOURCES

Durban 2011 Expense Budget Summary (all prices in US Dollar):

Expenses Delegates Travel Africa Delegations 9 countries, 50 people 97,168.91 USD

Europe Delegations 5 countries, 10 people 3,346.92 USD

Americas Delegations 4 countries, 10 people 24,781.00 USD

Hospitality & Accommodations 28,012.50 USD

Equipment 38,041 USD

Contingency 10,000.00 USD

TOTAL EXPENSES: 201,350.49 USD

* Based on budget summery for the Dakar Convergence- will need to be updated

ITEMS

> Food

>Local organizing committee expenses

>Transport-to Durban (SA) and around Durban during Cop17.

>Housing

>Equipment List

+contacts: http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-africa

Topic revision: r3 - 10 May 2011, SphinX
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