Hi everybody out there in the Indymedia worlds,
the next G8 is on our doorsteps, starting with a big demonstration on June 2nd in Rostock, in less than 3 weeks. Most Indymedia websites have reported about the wave of repression that hit the German protest preparation last week. We were glad to see so much care and attention all over the network.
There will be one week of actions and protests; there will be many, many media activists and we want to invite you to join us, in Rostock or wherever you are, doing the many things Indymedia's good at: independent, alternative coverage of big protests.
We have prepared some things but we still need a lot of help.. now!
There will be four physical media centres, one in a school in a Rostock city district called 'Evershagen', a bit to the north-west of the city centre, on the way to Heiligendamm. Here there will also be offices of other groups such as demonstration organisers, blockades, camps, but also a convergence centre, accomodation, information points and food.
The second media centre will be in the city centre of Rostock, smaller and mostly for less public video and audio production, likely with a little public access space. More info here: https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/InfoForInternationals#Who_-_What_-_Where.3F, which will be updated regularly. We are hoping to be able to provide public access computers in the camps. At the moment three camps are secured. More info at http://www.camping-07.de; a map here: http://www.camping-07.de/content/view/92/104/lang,en/ The radio broadcasting van of Radio "Unerhört Marburg" will be at the camp in Reddelich, which will also be a main access point for activists.
Furthermore, there will be two convergence-centres in berlin and hamburg - at least one of them (hamburg) but hopefully both will have indymedia-centres with working space for picture-, video- and audioediting and a stable internetconnection. So, mediaactivists who are thrown out of the "heiligendamm-area" or people who wants to cover the european-asia-summit-actions ( https://hamburg.dissentnetzwerk.org/EUEnglish/InternationalDemonstration ) just one week before and 2 hours away from heiligendamm, can go there. (More info: https://hamburg.dissentnetzwerk.org/Hamburg/ConvergenceCenter )
The week of action will start on June 2nd with a big demonstration, and is likely to finish on Friday, June 8th, when the summit is over. More on the 'choreography' of the actions: http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/1844
The Convergence-Centres in Berlin, Hamburg and Rostock will be open from May 25th (EU-ASEM-Summit) till June 10th.
Indymedia is one part of the media activism in Rostock; there are other groups too. We're collaborating closely, but we're not the same. Don't be surpirsed when some prefer not to be labeled Indymedia! What we have agreed on is the term "Independent Media Centre' (or Unabhängiges Medienzentrum, in German). More details below, in the Contact section.
- contact us at g8-media[at]so36.net (don't mind the bounce messages!);
- subscribe to the imc-g8 list (http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-g8, English) or imc-g8-2007 (http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/imc-g8-2007, Deutsch) and the g8-mediaactivism list https://lists.nadir.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/g8-mediaactivism;
- have a look at our wiki pages (https://g8.indymedia.org.uk, far from complete);
- find us on IRC: irc.indymedia.org #g8 (see http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Sysadmin/IrcHowTo to learn how to use IRC).
- Radio: jetsam[at]nadir.org and g8[at]freie-radios.de (en/fr/es/de), phone: 0049 (0)381 490 95 70, fax: 0049 (0)180 502 11 21 32 60, http://radioforum.fm
- Video: videoactivism(at)nadir.org, http://www.videoactivism.de/g8.html and http://g8-tv.org
- Foto: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we need your help with
Generally speaking, we need support with all aspects of media activism: editorial, print, supporting the public access spaces, translations, radio, dispatch, tech, video etc. because we do have the impression this is going to be BIG! Details and workspace on the wiki here: https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/ We will also need quite a few people ready to help out with very basic things such as doing the helpdesk at the entrance of the media centre(s), preparing information about how we work (see https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/Main_Page#G8_Reporting_Guides), preferably in a way that can easily be printed and hung on the walls of the IMCs.
What we would like to know more specifically is:
- Who will be coming and what are you planning to do?
- We will be doing multilingual reporting on the German Indymedia website. See the coordination page here: https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/Coordinating_Translations. So we are wondering what the best way would be to make languages other than English and German 'available'. As there is no one Italian website anymore, nor one central French or Spanish language website, do you think it makes more sense to collect material in these languages on the German website, with your support, similar to http://de.indymedia.org/en/ for English or maybe just a category? Or would you rather do this on different websites? And if yes, which?
Which other languages will be interested/worth doing?
We will need more website editors, please get in touch if you are interested.
- Can you bring hardware? There is a general lack, and more specifically a need for video and audio editing computers.
- The current plans for video coverage and radios are being prepared by groups with very specific concepts (see below). What we don't have so far are people/groups who would like to offer places for video and radio activists 'in an indymedia style', basically areas in the imc for them, organising for computers that can be used for this, preparing support and some kind of collective atmosphere for video/radio activists to feel 'at home'. If you would like to feel responsible for this. please let us know.
This is an excerpt from the general info brochure that will be distributed everywhere and will contain information on all parts of the protests:
The Independent Media Centre (IMC) is a media collective which will be organising reporting on the official G8 summit, the alternative summit and, of course, the protests. The IMC promotes a method of reporting which does not treat news as goods. Instead, it is about grassroots reporting, by the people involved in the protests themselves, by you!
DON’T HATE THE MEDIA – BE THE MEDIA!
We want to offer you the possibility to publish your observations and experiences in the form of text, images, audio or video clips; directly from the streets, to disseminate all over the world. Don't wait for the news industry to spin out stories about your life and our movements; instead, help create and determine the news and, together, we can tell the 'people's news' by making the stories ourselves!
This is how it works at the G8 2007:
The IMC is located at the protest centre in the Evershagen school, together with the convergence centre. Here, in the camps and in the 2nd media centre in Rostock City (Friedrichstr. 23), we will set up computers with public access. Just look out for the ((i)) sign! You can use these computers to write your texts and upload your reports with or without photos. If you are a radio or video activist, you can also come to the IMC and find fellow activists with similar ideas, as well as people with knowledge and experience in case you need technical support.
Independent Media - tune in here:
You can find up-to-date news and reports in different languages on http://de.indymedia.org. Various other media collectives are also linked on this page.
Mobil phone (WAP):
If you have a relatively new mobile phone, you can access http://de.indymedia.org/wap. This wap-ticker will always keep you up to date with reports about what has happened around Heiligendamm.
You can find our radio programs on http://de.indymedia.org and in different languages on http://radioforum.fm. From the 1st to the 9th of June we will have a radio live-stream with practical information about the latest developments on the spot as well as several streaming-programs for independent radio stations throughout the world. It might be useful to carry a small radio with you.
The latest video-clips can be found on http://g8-tv.org. From June 2nd - 8th, at 9.00 p.m. they will stream a half hour program with the ‘News of the Day’ in German and English language. There will also be public screenings of these and other videos at the convergence centre and at the camps.
We will try to come up with a tiny daily/nightly ‘newspaper.’ It will be available on the internet, so that everyone can print, copy and share it. We will try to make these ‘newspapers’ available at every camp.
If you make an important observation that has to go out immediately for the up-to-date news or the newsticker: Call: 0162-3568957 (sms and maybe mms possible as well). Watch out for more phone numbers! This number is only for incoming news, and not an info hotline!
If you want to participate in the IMC as a translator (all languages), reporter, tech or in any other form, send an email to email@example.com (public archive) or firstname.lastname@example.org …or just drop in at the IMC at the convergence centre If you want to help out the radio, e.g. as reporter: email@example.com Contact for video activists: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact for still images: email@example.com General questions and information about the IMC: 0162-8727086 Any kind of donation or support is welcome and highly appreciated!
One more request:
Taking pictures or video at a protest brings great responsibility with it. Your material could get people into big trouble no matter whether they are actively participating or just standing by. Therefore: Take pictures in a way so that faces can not be recognised (during actions). Make sure that you take memory-cards/-chips and films to a secure location regularly, to minimise the risk of confiscation by the police. In any case, before publishing: All people’s faces must be blurred! Even those of people who might not have been directly part of an action at that time.
Important: Make sure that the date and time of your camera is set correctly, because this can be crucial evidence afterwards. Do help document police violence and actions in general.
If you report on the protests on your own website and/or upload photos and videos, please tag your posts with "g8" and "heiligendamm" so they become part of the independent summit reporting.
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There is a major financial deficit at the moment, we're lacking approx. €11,000. Please help and ask for donations in any possible way!
Donations can be made to the following bank account in Germany:
Receiver: Netzwerk Selbsthilfe e.V.
Bank: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
Account: 302 98 03
Bank sorting code: 100 205 00
Subject: Mediacenter G8
G8 protest information
- Dissent network (10+ languages)
- small group with a lot of info
and newsfeed http://gipfelsoli.org/feeds/rss2/98
- mass blockade network
- International Dissent Network list
- If you want to receive press releases in different languages, mostly German, subscribe to https://lists.nadir.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/imc-presse
Issues that play a role in the mobilisation:
- G8 and agriculture network (5 languages)
- Migration network (engl.)
- International Day of Direct Action Against Climate Change and the G8
Groups and networks:
- protest coalition
- the NGOs
- Alternative summit
- Busses and accomodation for the big demo June 2nd
- Forum for car sharing and travel organization
- attac special trains from Austria and Switzerland
- Legal Information
WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH What foreigners need to know about german police and laws for G8:
UK VISITOR WINNER’S GUIDE About police & protest against G8 in Germany:
- Border Situation
http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/675 (will be updated)
Most of the practical info, including translations into many languages, can be found either at http://dissentnetwork.org/ or http://gipfelsoli.org/Multilanguage.