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dublin | summit mobilisations | news report Tuesday April 13, 2004 04:16 by Indymedia Ireland Editorial Group - Indymedia Ireland mayday at indymedia dot ie
You are invited to: The Indymedia Mayday Festival and Centre
Throughout the 10 days that the Indymedia Centre will be open, there will be several ongoing activities. There will be a café serving tea and coffee. There will also be Video-DJ's (VeeJays) showing off their tricks in the main screening area, an information lounge where different groups can give out literature and present themselves to the public. The CMN will also be hosting information sessions and film showings to help let community groups know about the work of the Community Media Network.
Photo Exhibition, Café & Information Hall
Open throughout festival - Exhibition Space.
The Indymedia network produces a huge amount of photographic material, much of it produced by volunteers covering a wide range of topics. The Irish Indymedia Photography group will be selecting the best of Irish and International work to exhibit during the week.
Open Access Internet
Various Times - Computer Room.
Over the Mayday weekend, when the centre is open, the computer room will be available with approximately 12 computers with internet connections allowing indymedia reporters to post their accounts of events to the internet.
CMN Information Sessions
6pm Mon. April 26th, and Wed. April 28th - Screening Space.
7pm Mon. April 26th, and Thurs. April 28th - Video Room.
Community Television DCTV and CMN will run a series of screening/discussions on video and media strategies around a number of themes. Sessions that include thematic focus on Youth; Resonding to the Drugs Crisis; Health; Community Action and Community Arts are being planned.
The sessions are for groups interested in how they can use community television and want to influence content (or indeed produce programmes) for Dublin Community Television. We will get together, watch some videos using different ways of working, and share ideas on the programming we want to see on DCTV, with an emphasis on our working priorities. This is important as the community television licences will be awarded this year and DCTV wants to ensure that community groups are well informed, able and ready to benefit from the community stations.
Community Radio: NEAR FM will be recording, broadcasting, and running workshops.
Community Photography: CMN has invited its groups to bring community photography to the main exhibition alongside Indymedia photographers.
The fall in price of high-quality video cameras and the advent of desktop video editing has heralded an explosion in independently produced films We will be showcasing 12 different Indymedia films which prove that you don't need a big budget to produce quality films. These films have been chosen on the basis of their quality and because they cover topics that have been overlooked by the mainstream media. Our film screenings will be followed by a discussion of any issues raised by the film. The discussions will be introduced in most cases by a panel of speakers, often including the directors.
Undercurrents News Network
8pm Friday April 23rd - Screening Space.
For 10 years, the award winning media organisation Undercurrents has embedded video journalists among some of the most radical protest groups. Britain's latest - and most innovative - news provider, the Undercurrents News Network (UNN) will reveal their dramatic stories.
The first edition of this unique video news service shows how Hollywood star Martin Sheen supported bomber-bashing Christians. Also included: how student protests increased the wages of low paid workers, bringing one of the wealthiest corporations to its knees. Laughs are guaranteed when George and Tony's special relationship is revealed during a hilarious musical parody.
Undercurrents News Network seeks out and distributes cutting edge documentaries and animations overlooked by TV broadcasters.
In the music section, poet Taalam Acey voices his concerns about how his fellow black artists are being encouraged to promote gun crime and violence.
UNN's News Spinner reports how an oil corporation was successfully stopped from supporting the brutal Burmese military government. The investigation team shows dramatic video images of how desperate Iraqi and Afghani refugees escaped from a detention camp in Australia.
Panel: Paul O'Connor (Undercurrents), an Irish founder of undercurrents and Videographers from Indymedia Ireland's video team.
Indymedia European NewsReal
1.30pm Saturday April 24th - Screening Space
The European Newsreal is an independent media network of regional production and screening groups for the European wide distribution of copy-left videos covering issues ignored or distorted by the corporate media.
The European NewsReal is put together by Independent video makers from all over Europe who contribute short video clips to a production team which puts them together to form a monthly video program of half an hour. This video magazine is subtitled in as many European languages as possible, distributed in the countries involved and screened locally. The production group puts together the monthly editions but does not change the individual contributions at all. The European Newsreal aims to be a platform to promote and empower groups and campaigns working towards positive social change, a world without repressive borders, exclusion and exploitation of human beings and our environment.
We will be showing a selection of highlights from the European NewsReal with particular focus on the accession countries.
Indymedia in Poland - WEF summit
4.30pm Saturday April 24th - Screening Space
The Indymedia Centre in Poland will be covering the summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Poland during the Mayday period. We will be setting up a video exchange between us and them as both centres prepare to cover major protests.
We will look at the issues affecting both established EU members and accession countries as they struggle to resist the neo-liberal economic programme that is being pushed by big business on a global level.
Globalisation and the Media
7.30pm Saturday April 24th - Screening Space
The United States has spent the last 50 years constructing the present New World Order. Aided by its powerful military resources, alongside the IMF, World Bank and the World Trade Organisation, the rules of global trade have been largely imposed to serve its own interests. This documentary explores the role of the media in this corporate led take over of the Planets natural resources.
UnderCurrents explore how the media is involved in shaping public opinion during the ‘War on Terrorism’. Undercurrents offers a wide range of viewpoints from broadcasters, journalists, computer hackers, media activists, and news editors. They investigate the bias of Television news during the protest blockades of the IMF and the G8 summits. Travelling from Nigeria to Britain they report on the violent suppression of alternative media. Discover how new technology, such as the internet and camcorders, is challenging the role of the traditional news gatherer.
Includes Interviews with Chris Cramer- President CNN International news, George Monbiot- Investigative reporter, Katharine Ainger- Editor New Internationalist, Mark Covell- Indymedia.org, Sonali Fernadez- Media Workers against the War, Danny Schecter- Director Mediachannel.org, Emmanuel Goldstein – Editor of 2600 The Hackers Quarterly, Amy Goodman- Producer Democracy Now in Exile
Short Films From the Irish Movement Against the War.
12 am Sunday April 25th - Screening Space
3 Short films from Independent film makers in Ireland. From pulling down the fences at Shannon to planespotting and massive marches in Dublin. Indymedia was there.
Pulling Down The Fences: 10 minutes, filmed by Indymedia's Chekov from behind the lines during the mass trespass of Shannon airport in October 2002.
From Clare to Kuwait: 20 minute documentary by Martin Fahy, an independent film-maker from Galway, about the links between the Shannon planes and the war far away.
Spotting Death in the sky: 20 minute documentary by Indymedia's Aoibheann, concentrating on the role of plane spotters in exposing the flow of US war planes through Shannon airport
Panel:Martin Fahy (Galway Independent Film-maker), Aoibheann (Indymedia Ireland) and Tim Hourigan, the plane spotter extraordinaire who exposed the Shannon planes on Indymedia months before the mainstream media caught on.
Berlusconi's Mousetrap, Genoa July 2001.
7pm Sunday April 25th - Screening Space
The Protests against the G8 in July 2001 in Genoa Italy were the biggest and most significant protests in Western Europe since the Poll Tax riots in the UK. Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi, wanting to impress his new best mate George W. Bush, orchestrated a brutal Media/Police preemptive strike on the Anti-Capitalist Movements' biggest First World mobilisation to date.
When the weekend of protests ended Carlo Guiliani was dead and a school full of sleeping activists had been attacked in what is popularly referred to as the 'Chilean Night'. This film traces the events of the three days of protests in detail and poses the question - Was it all a setup? If Seattle was 'Star Wars' then this is 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
This feature length film is made from a combination of footage of the Genoa protests against the G8 shot by 10 members of IMC Ireland, material from the Italy IMC Archives and material from various other sources. This compelling footage combined with on the spot interviews and reenacted voiceover commentary and analysis from various websites which were active during the protests provides a in-depth blow by blow retelling of the story of the three days of the Genoa protests against the G8.
Panel: Eamonn Crudden (Director, Indymedia Ireland), Conor McLoughlin (Reporter on the Black Bloc in Genoa).
Not in My Name
7pm Monday April 26th - Screening Space
This film explains the background to the Afghanistan war, and the central part the US played in actually creating the power of theTaliban and Osama bin Laden. It also shows the strength of the anti-war movement hardly reported in the British media.
It explores the way the control of television coverage has become a central issue in the war, with mainstream broadcasters relaying government propaganda and independent TV stations the targets for US bombs.
Says associate producer Norman Thomas: "The aim of the film is to alert people of the very dangerous situation the US attack on Afghanistan has created in the world. The US say they will attack terrorists anywhere and everywhere in the world. But who decides who is a terrorist? Who will tell the US who they can or cannot attack?"
Contributors include: Award-winning journalist John Pilger, Tony Benn, Tariq Ali, Channel 4's Jon Snow, Bianca Jagger, Labour MP George Galloway, Paul Foot, Salma Yacoob, as well as many others.
Panel: Caoimhe Butterly (Anti-war and Palestinian rights Activist who has recently been to Iraq)
The global justice movement: besieging the summits.
7pm Tuesday April 27th - Screening Space
Since Seattle Guerillavision have been documenting the campaigns against globalisation from behind the barricades. These are stylistic hard hitting films (Big Rattle in Seattle, Capitals Ill and Crowd Bites wolf) which pull no punches. But be careful, watching all three together will have you hitting the streets and heading for the nearest symbol of capitalist oppression.
On one side of the planet jetliners fell skyscrapers, on the other cruse missiles level villages. Bush and the boy Blair embark on the last crusade and the world dutifully subjugates itself to US supremacy – you know this aint intended as a temporary state of affairs. Capitalism is in hyper-drive, the final buyout has begun. The world is instructed to choose between one murdering billionaire (Bush) and another (Bin Laden). But, there are those who choose another way, people who will not show fealty to any master, be it enshrined in a bank vault, in the scriptures or on Pennsylvania Avenue. They are wise to the masterplan. And as power brokers and stockers vie for superiority in the air and on the airwaves, they are ready to whip the not-so-magic carpet of control away. Whatever recognition, power is nothing. Without fear freedom may yet prevail.
Big Rattle in Seattle 23 minutes of incitement and inspiration from the November 30th uprising against the World Trade Organisation. An angry tide of descent finally draws a line in the sand. The time has come to overthrow the dictatorship of the economy and get on with building a society based on real freedom.
Capital's Ill As capitalisms demise draws closer, 20,000 take to the streets of Washington DC to spanner the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s spring time carve up. The scaffold is build, the basket is ready. 20 minutes.
Crowd Bites Wolf The bank and fund scuttle of to Prague, but an international army of insurrection is waiting. Caught in the middle one man finds his anticipated fortnight on the piss shelved by a chance encounter. 23 minutes.
Panel: Andrew Flood, (Independent photographer who documented the Blue Bloc in Prague)
200 km - the long march of SINTEL workers
7pm Wednesday April 28th - Screening Space
The SINTEL workers (SINTEL was one of the largest Telefónica subsidiaries at the moment of its privatization) start a protest march from six different places in Spain. About 1500 workers and their families walked for eight days all over Spain to meet in Madrid on May 1st, for the Labor Day demonstration, and demand a solution to their situation. Almost two years after they pulled up the camp they had set up on the Castellana, the main street of Madrid, which they had baptised “Camp Hope”, and where 1800 workers stayed for six months, the agreements reached with the government and Telefónica, who committed to giving the Sintel workers jobs equivalent to those they had lost, have not been fulfilled. The Sintel workers came back to Madrid to demand the decent jobs they had been promised.
The documentary film 200 Km is a road movie, which follows the SINTEL workers on their way to Madrid the past month of April, 2003. It has been presented to popular acclaim at recent festivals: "Made in Spain" "Horizontes Latinos" Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián.
Panel: Indymedia Spain videographers from Discusion14
Non-Violence for a Change
7pm Friday April 30th - Screening Space
The right to take direct action on issues we strongly believe in is a right protected in all free nations. But what is nonviolence? Can it be effective? Is property damage violent? Should all direct action be nonviolent? This film follows several non-violent activists, they explain why for them, violence against other people is deeply counter-productive.
This film follows three campaigners, from very different backgrounds and with different experiences, as they explore their visions of nonviolence.
Alison Matthias - recently graduated and now works for the campaigning organisation People and Planet. She has been put off large-scale demonstrations by the images of violence that she has seen in the media.
Martin Shaw is a full time activist who has been involved in a wide range of social change issues including helping to organise economic globalisation protests in Seattle and Prague. He has doubts about the effectiveness of violent protests in the long term.
Ellen Moxley is a peace campaigner. She was part of the Trident Ploughshares action that openly caused £80,000 of damage to the nuclear missile programme. After five months in prison she was found not guilty.
Panel: Starhawk (US based non-violent activist and pagan).
7pm Sunday May 2nd - Screening Space
Holiday Camp investigates the current Australian immigration policies, in the context of 200 years of colonization. The unique documentary style juxtaposes challenging images, interviews, and personal experiences to intrigue and engage the audience in a satirical deconstruction of racism.
The pivotal action of the documentary is the 2002 Woomera detention center outbreak, which represents a significant protest against the political construction of national borders. To understand the different forms of protest, we invite the audience to consider how people are positioned differently around this real border. We also dismantle authorities in unexpected ways, to highlight that ignorance, as a weapon of mass construction, allows a privileged few to determine the plight of others - and yet we are all contained within an increasingly fortified global community.
Holiday Camp reclaims the voices of the marginalized and connects the issues of Indigenous dispossession, genocide, national constructions and incarceration of refugees, which are often portrayed as unrelated or divisive. Holiday Camp takes its name from a quotation by Phillip Ruddock, (Australian Minister of Immigration and Indigenous Affairs) "...we go out of our way to ensure that the detention centers provide as much humanity as reasonably possible, without making them holidaycamps..."
Holiday Camp has been shown across Europe during No Borders Actions. The only person to be convicted as a result of the breakout was a young Irishman.
Panel: Roseanna Flynn (Residents Against Racism and Campaign Against the Racist Referendum).
Opening Forum: An introduction to the Indymedia Festival
7pm Friday April 23rd - Screening Space.
Speakers from the Indymedia collective and the Community Media Network will host an introduction to the festival. This is the session where you can sign up for workshops later in the week and volunteer to be part of one of the Indymedia News teams to cover the Mayday events and to help in the running of the centre.
Although, we will still accept people later in the week, there are a limited number of places on the workshops and the earlier you apply, the better the chance you have.
Media Forum: Inside the Irish Mainstream Media
11am Saturday April 24th - Screening Space.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, a radical press emerged that reached a national working-class audience. This alternative press was effective in reinforcing class consciousness: it unified the workers because it fostered an alternative value system and framework for looking at the world, and because it promoted a greater collective confidence by repeatedly emphasizing the potential power of working people to effect social change through the force of 'combination' and organized action.
Nowadays, this radical press has all but disappeared from the world of mainstream media and the vast majority of our information is controlled by a tiny number of powerful individuals. Noam Chomsky has famously argued that in our current society the mass media operates according to a "propaganda model" where the mass media produces information that passes through a number of filters, which all serve to shape information to the needs of the powerful.
This forum includes speakers from both inside the mainstream media and those outside attempting to create alternatives. It will take a look at the media in Ireland and internationally and ask how free and objective it is in reality and what can be done to improve it.
Panel: Vincent Browne (RTE, Irish Times), Harry Browne (writer & lecturer in Journalism), Sean O'Siochrú (CRIS campaign), Ciaran Moore (Indymedia Editor).
Forum on Europe: EU - Reform it or Resist it?
2.30pm Saturday April 24th - Screening Space.
The workings of the EU and its current political direction remain virtually unknown in Ireland. It's institutions are arcane, some of its most important committees and bodies are highly secretive and unknown outside the circles of political lobbyists and experts. Although the Irish government has been holding forums on Europe since 2002, ostensibly intended to "facilitate a broad discussion of issues relevant to Ireland's membership of an enlarging Union, and to consider the range of topics arising in the context of the debate on the Future of Europe", these forums have in reality been little more than propaganda exercises for the government.
The forum's genesis was in the aftermath of the government's defeat in the first Nice referendum and their real role was to ensure that the population didn't vote 'the wrong way' a second time. Rather than facilitating any type of broad debate, they have been heavily weighted towards powerful business interests and have focused on incorporating the various different sectoral interests within Irish capitalism into active support for the European project. After a year and a half of forums, and 47 meetings knowledge of the workings of the EU among the public remains as low as ever.
This forum will give some of the excluded voices a chance to explain their criticisms of the EU and their understanding of how it works. What is the Lisbon agenda, the article 133 committee, the Bilderburg group, and how much power do they wield?
This forum includes speakers from both inside the mainstream media and those outside attempting to create alternatives. It will take a look at the media in Ireland and internationally and ask how free and objective it is in reality and what can be done to improve it.
The panel for this discussion will include members of Democracy and Public Services in Europe (DAPSE), Dublin Grassroots Network/Libertarians Against Nice (LAN), Danish Trade Unionists and other groups that have campaigned against the current direction of the EU..
Mayday Forum - what's the big deal?
4.30pm Sunday April 25th - Screening Space.
Saturday, May 1 will see a ceremony in Dublin, as part of Ireland's EU presidency, to mark the expansion of the EU from 15 to 25 states. The eyes of the world will be on Ireland and the government had planned to host a public celebration to welcome the accession countries.
However, these plans have collapsed, the part has been cancelled and public discontent has reared its ugly head. Several groups have announced their intention to hold protests on Mayday and the prospect of these protests have grabbed the media headlines. It now appears that,instead of a city in celebration, Dublin will become a militarised city for the expansion day, with thousands of police and troops on guard to prevent any disruption to the event.
The media coverage of the protests has focused almost exclusively on the perceived threat of violent protestors and the public still knows little of the reasons why people have decided to organise protests for this day. This forum will give the groups who are organising protests on the Mayday weekend and their supporters a chance to explain the underlying causes for their discontent and why they have chosen Mayday as a day to make their objections public.
The panel will include speakers from Dublin Grassroots, Another Europe is Possible as well as representatives from other groups who will be protesting on Mayday or who support the protests.
Social Forum: From the World to the European Social Forum.
7pm Thursday April 29th - Screening Space.
51,000 people from 131 countries put their heads together to discuss what is wrong with the world and how to work together to change it. In early 2002, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, public officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous nations, farmers, and labor -- including 11,000 young people -- gathered for the World Social Forum. Called in response to the elite gathering of the World Economic Forum in New York, this week of workshops, panel discussions, and high-spirited demonstrations was inspirational for those attending.
Then in November 2002, the European Social forum met in Florence and brought 40,000 people together, double the number expected. It has since met in Paris in 2003. This discussion will start off with a short Independent Video about the social forums.
As the forum has gone on, there has been some tension between the traditional Marxist and social-democratic parties within it and the new network type movements. The consensus principle in particular has been seen by many as a barrier to making decisions. In the run up to the European Social Forum this year in London in October, the two camps remain divided by the question of the best way forward for the Social Forums. The panel will include speakers from both sides of the debate.
The panel will include Barry Finnegan from the Irish Social Forum, A speaker from Indymedia UK who is part of the horizontals side on the London ESF organising group and a speaker from the Socialist Workers Party, from the other side of the debate.
Mayday Forum - What protests are planned for Mayday?
3pm Friday April 30th - Screening Space.
The May Day protests have attracted a media feeding frenzy and a series of threats of police repression. If you were to believe what you read in the papers, the Mayday protestors will be arming themselves to the teeth and attempting to re-enact Easter 1916 in Dublin. On the eve of the protests, with large numbers of protestors and media arriving from all over the world, this forum will give people a chance to find out what is actually planned and raise any issues or objections that they might have with the tactics of any of the protestors.
The panel will include speakers from Dublin Grassroots Network, Another Europe is Possible and the London Mayday Collective.
Mayday Feedback Forum - What really happened on Mayday?
3pm Sunday May 2nd - Screening Space.
Since the birth of the summit protest movement, the question of what actually happened at the protests has often been hotly contested in their aftermath, with different groups taking radically different interpretations of what happened and why. This session will give participants in the events themselves a chance to explain their understanding of what actually happened.
The composition of the panel will depend on what happens!
Indymedia Feedback Forum - Back to the Real World
5pm Monday April May 3rd - Screening Space.
The Mayday Centre experience, the Mayday weekend events and the future. This forum will include members of several foreign indymedia centres and participants in the protests in a look at what has been achieved and where we go to from here.
Internet Workshop: Internet Activism for Beginners
1pm Saturday April 24th - Computer Room.
How can you use the Internet to get your message out, a practical course for beginners. Using simple tools to create your own website and using the Indymedia website to publish your news. With Terry (maintainer www.stopthebintax.com) Andrew (mantainer www.struggle.ws) and Indymedia editors
Audio/Video Workshop: Basic Digital Audio and Video Skills for beginners
1pm Saturday April 24th - Video Room.
How you can take high-quality audio and video on a tiny budget and distribute it cheaply. A practical course for beginners. With Indymedia's Wolf and Aidan (who filmed the famous footage of police violence at the RTS street party on Mayday 2002)
Desk Top Publishing Workshop
3pm Saturday April 24th - Computer Room.
Basic Layout and design skills for producing print publications on a budget. Indymedia's Kevin (Designer of Printflare) shows how to layout a nice looking publication on familiar tools. While Chekov introduces a few more complicated packages
3pm Saturday April 24th - Video Room.
Interviewing, researching and writing skills for the beginner journalist.
Press Spokesperson Workshop
1pm Sunday April 25th - Video Room.
Speaking to the media for Beginners. How to write press releases,give interviews and attract the attention of the mainstream media. With Barry Finnegan (Irish Social Forum and Lecturer in Journalism)
1pm Sunday April 25th - Computer Room.
Basic digital photography for novice independent news reporters. Taking your photos, getting them on to your computer and distributing them on the internet. With Indymedia's redjade