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May 17, 2007

Indymedia Needs You


Dissent G8: 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.

1. Where: There will be two 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 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 here and a map here. The radio broadcasting van of Radio "Unerh Marburg" will be at the camp in Reddelich, which will also be a main access point for activists. There may be another media bus, from the Netherlands, either at this or another camp.

2. When

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.

3. Who

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 surprised when some prefer not to be labeled Indymedia! What we have agreed on is the term "Independent Media Centre' (which in German is "Unabhngiges Medienzentrum" and so sounds completely different. Slightly bizarre, but nothing but a local specialty. We do like each other). More details below, in the Contact section.

4 How

* subscribe to the imc-g8 list or imc-g8-2007 and the g8-mediaactivism list;

* have a look at our wiki pages (far from complete);

* find us on IRC: irc.indymedia.org #g8 (see this to learn how to use IRC);

* for mail that shouldn't be publicly archived contact indymedia at imc-g8[at]lists.so36.net

* 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: g8-foto[at]riseup.net

* Translations: if you want to help do translations or co-ordinate translations, please contact translation[at]lists.indymedia.org or subscribe to http://lists.indymedia.org/mailman/listinfo/translation

5. 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. 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. So we are wondering what the best way would be to make languages 'available', other than English and German. 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.

6. Donations

There is a major financial deficit at the moment, we're lacking 11,000. Please help and ask for donations in any possible way!

To: Netzwerk Selbsthilfe e.V.
Bank: Bank f=C3=BCr Sozialwirtschaft
IBAN: DE46100205000003029803

Subject: Medienzentrum G8

For money transfers inside the EU free of charge, if you want to donate from outside the EU, please get in touch.

7. General information

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!


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 g8-mediaactivism[at]lists.nadir.org (public archive) or g8-media[at]so36.net - or just drop in at the IMC at the convergence centre

If you want to help out the radio, e.g. as reporter: jetsam@nadir.org Contact for video activists: videoactivism[at]nadir.org Contact for still images: g8-foto[at]riseup.net 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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R e s i s t - R e f u s e - R e p o r t

... independent news from the streets for the global community !!!

8 G8 protest information

- - Dissent network (10+ languages)
- - Small group with a lot of info http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Multilanguage
incl. newsletter
- -> https://lists.nadir.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/gipfelsoli-int
and newsfeed http://gipfelsoli.org/feeds/rss2/98

more lists:

- - International Dissent Network list https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/g8-int
- - 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) http://dissentnetzwerk.org/wiki/index.php?title=3DArbeitsgruppe_G8_und_Landwirtschaft
- - Migration network (engl.) http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/82
- - Antimilitarism
- - International Day of Direct Action Against Climate Change and the G8 http://risingtide.org.uk/g8

Groups and networks:

- - Mass blockade network http://www.block-g8.org/index.php?lang=3Den
- - Protest coalition http://www.heiligendamm2007.de/index_en.html
- - The NGOs
- - Alternative summit

Practical info

- - Busses and accomodation for the big demo June 2nd http://www.heiligendamm2007.de/Demo_en/Demo_travel.html
- - Forum for car sharing and travel organization http://forum.free4alter.org/phpBB2/index.php?c=3D5
- - Camps
- - attac special trains from Austria and Switzerland https://www.attac.de/sonderzug

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: http://gipfelsoli.org/rcms_repos/Antirepression/UK_visitor_winners_guide.pdf
- - 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.

for the IMC G8 prep group

You will find updated versions of this email here: https://g8.indymedia.org.uk/IMCInfoMail

http://keys.indymedia.org/cgi-bin/lookup?op=3Dget&search=3DECE49D5Cjabber: anna_too[at]amessage.info

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Posted by jo at May 17, 2007 03:00 PM