Mayday Indymedia Diversity Policy

The Mayday Indymedia Collective rejects all systems of domination and discrimination. We welcome and encourage participation by everyone who agrees with our Mission Statement ImcMaydayMissionStatement and supports our Editorial Guidelines ImcMaydayEditorialGuidelines

Our collective is based on mutual respect, tolerance and encouragement and we aim to help each other live up to these principles. A diverse community where people treat each other with respect has more potential contributors and more sources for ideas. We want our collective to be more diverse: whoever you are, and whatever your background, we welcome you.

Our group is not nearly as diverse as we would like. We are geographically scattered, and we recognise that we face challenges in terms of outreach. However, we hope that once our collective is properly constituted we will be in a better position to recruit and support new members. Unlike most new imcs, we are in the position of already looking after a busy newswire which is used by diverse individuals and groups and we therefore already have the potential for recruiting new collective members. We propose to add an invitation to our publish page for site users to get involved with mayday indymedia. This will be put in place once the fork has been completed, reaching out to existing site users who may be interested in becoming more involved in the collective running of the site.

Many marginalised groups and individuals have engaged with our newswire over the years and continue to do so. Some of them have also written features for our middle column and our topic subpages. We will invite these groups and individuals to our mailing list with a view to meeting physically as part of our ongoing outreach. In just five days this month (April 2011), news items posted directly to the uk site we are currently looking after have included the following topics: anarchism; anti-nuclear; animal rights; anti-fascism; anti-cuts; feminism; environment; deaths in custody; social centres; unemployment; benefits claimants; health and disability; surveillance; freedom of speech; ocean defence... and the following geographical locations: locations across Britain and Ireland including: Brighton, Cardiff, Lampeter, Cambridge, Rossport, Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Portsmouth, London, Dublin, and elsewhere including: Ivory Coast, Yemen, Nigeria, Venezuela, Italy, Palestine, Europe, US. This sample indicates that the site we intend to continue under the name 'mayday indymedia' has the potential to generate a diverse collective membership with diverse interests.

Members of the collective will be promoting the open newswire and the mayday site in their local communities. To improve inclusivity, collective members will commit to outreach work with interested parties both within and outside of their local areas.

We intend to make the site work better for people using mobile devices.

Whenever any collective member has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

We recognise that there are specific attributes that are used to discriminate against people. In alphabetical order, some of these attributes include (but are not limited to): age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, subculture and technical ability.

By challenging systems of domination and discrimination and acknowledging and working to overcome our own prejudices, we hope to build an inclusive and diverse collective of indymedia volunteers at mayday indymedia.
Topic revision: r3 - 16 Apr 2011, RadicaleD
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