IMC Mayday Mission Statement

Following is the proposed IMC Mayday Mission Statement, this is based on the existing IMC UK Mission Statement.

You can see the differences between the following mission statement and the UK one via the diff.

See also ImcMaydayEditorialGuidelines

IMC Mayday Mission Statement

The Indymedia Mayday website provides an interactive platform for reports from the struggles for a world based on freedom, cooperation, justice and solidarity, and against environmental degradation, neoliberal exploitation, racism and patriarchy. The reports cover a wide range of issues and social movements - from neighbourhood campaigns to grassroots mobilisations, from critical analysis to direct action.

The content of the Indymedia Mayday website is created through a system of open publishing: anyone can upload a written, audio and video report or a picture directly to the site through an openly accessible web interface. Through this system of 'Direct Media', Indymedia erodes the dividing line between reporters and reported, between active producers and passive audience: people are enabled to speak for themselves. At bigger actions, Indymedia Mayday volunteers extend this participatory model by establishing 'Public Access Terminals' on the streets, and facilitating direct access to the technical equipment that enables participants to upload to the website.

An increasing number of imc collectives in the Mayday have their own pages on the IMC Mayday website or elsewhere. IMC Mayday is part of the worldwide network of Independent Media Centres (IMCs), focuses on Britain, and is also an intermediary for information from other parts of the world. Imc groups in the Mayday collaborate on sharing contents and resources amongst themselves and with the global IMC network. The main element of Indymedia Mayday is the website; this platform generates a variety of other activities including video-production, film-screenings, printed materials and public interventions.

The DIY media workers of the Indymedia Mayday operate within a network of radical Mayday media groups, individual contributors and IMC supporters. Volunteers of Indymedia Mayday act as moderators on the IMC Mayday website. We aim to live up to the following principles:

  • Indymedia Mayday works on a non-hierarchical basis
  • we reject all systems of domination and discrimination
  • we acknowledge that the struggle for a better world takes many forms. The focus of the Indymedia Mayday collective is on grassroots politics, actions and campaigns
  • Indymedia Mayday does not have any ties with political parties or larger NGOs
  • we understand that by lobbying there will be no radical change. As a collective our attitude is assertive, and where necessary confrontational

Inherent in the mainstream corporate media is a strong bias towards Capitalism's power structures, and it is an important tool in propagating these structures around the globe. While the mainstream media conceal their manifold biases and alignments, we clearly state our position. Indymedia Mayday does not attempt to take an objective and impartial standpoint: Indymedia Mayday clearly states its subjectivity.
Topic revision: r3 - 01 Apr 2011, ChrisC
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