Indymedia Program on the RNC

Rochester Indymedia has produced a short video compiling footage from the recent protests against the Republican National Convention (RNC) in the Twin Cities.

Rochester Indymedia has produced a short video compiling footage taken during the protests against the Republican National Convention (RNC) in the Twin Cities. While at least one film about the protests is in the works, Rochester Indymedia’s compilation–produced as part of a regular series done by the collective–offers a compelling portrayal of what happened on the streets of St. Paul:

Revised Audio Project Covering Grand Rapids Launched

We have revised and updated our audio offerings and will be regularly publishing MP3s of lectures and interviews.

We have updated the audio section of and have committed to providing regular audio coverage of events and lectures in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the surrounding area as well as producing exclusive web-based interviews. In addition to improving the handling of audio files already hosted by Media Mouse, we have added a number of new items including a series of lectures from the Wake Up Weekend animal rights event at Calvin last week (1, 2, 3, 4), a forum from the National Conference on Media Reform discussing the media, impeachment, and the antiwar movement, and a short lecture by civil rights activist Mabel Williams.

For most events that we record, we will continue to write articles, but the audio provides another way of sharing information that is ignored in the corporate media. The audio is available both on the website and as a podcast. The podcast makes it easy to have new MP3s downloaded automatically using iTunes or similar programs.

Help Promote Media Mouse

Over the past six years, Media Mouse has grown quite a bit. Whereas we used to do occasional videos on public access television and distribute flyers, we now reach over 100,000 people per month through our website. We are produce original, researched independent media that people are unable to find anywhere else in Grand Rapids. As a result of our work, our visibility has increased significantly, but we always need help promoting the site.

To that end, we have put a few flyers online and are asking folks to help us promote It could be as simple as telling your friends about the site, linking to it from your blog/website/myspace/whatever, or putting up posters around town. If you have further ideas for promoting the site, contact us.

Indymedia Journalist Brad Will Murdered in Oaxaca

Over the weekend, a journalist with the global Indymedia network and a 15-year old were killed by paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Over the weekend, Brad Will, a journalist with the Indymedia network was shot and killed by paramilitaries while reporting on the social struggle in Oaxaca, Mexico. Will and a 15-year old protestor (Jorge Adolfo López) were killed in an assault on barricades erected by the Oaxaca People’s Popular Assembly (APPO). For the past four months APPO has controlled the city and has provided a bold vision of participatory democracy. In addition to the deaths of our fellow independent media journalist Brad Will and Jorge Adolfo López, Media Mouse would like to remember all of the victims of state and reactionary violence as part of the global justice movement from Carlo Guiliani to the countless indigenous people who have died resisting colonization. Further, we remember those who have been taken from our movement not by death, but by incarceration, from the prisoners involved in the liberation movements of the 1960s to those held as part of the animal and earth liberation movements. It is imperative that we honor their struggles by reflecting and continuing their work.


October 29, 2006
New York City

Brad Will was killed on October 27, 2006, in Oaxaca, Mexico, while working as a journalist for the global Indymedia network. He was shot in the torso while documenting an armed, paramilitary assault on the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, a fusion of striking local teachers and other community organizations demanding democracy in Mexico.

The members of the New York City Independent Media Center mourn the loss of this inspiring colleague and friend. We want to thank everyone who has sent condolences to our office and posted remembrances to We share our grief with the people of our city and beyond who lived, worked, and struggled with Brad over the course of his dynamic but short life. We can only imagine the pain of the people of Oaxaca who have lost seven of their neighbors to this fight, including Emilio Alonso Fabian, a teacher, and who now face an invasion by federal troops.

All we want in compensation for his death is the only thing Brad ever wanted to see in this world: justice.

  • We, along with all of Brad’s friends, reject the use of further state-sponsored violence in Oaxaca.
  • The New York City Independent Media Center supports the demand of Reporters Without Borders for a full and complete investigation by Mexican authorities into Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz’s continued use of plain-clothed municipal police as a political paramilitary force. The arrest of his assailants is not enough.
  • The NYC IMC also supports the call of Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos “to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compañero.” Marcos issued this call “especially to all of the alternative media, and free media here in Mexico and in all the world.”

Indymedia was born from the Zapatista vision of a global network of alternative communication against neoliberalism and for humanity. To believe in Indymedia is to believe that journalism is either in the service of justice or it is a cause of injustice. We speak and listen, resist and struggle. In that spirit, Brad Will was both a journalist and a human rights activist.

He was a part of this movement of independent journalists who go where the corporate media do not or stay long after they are gone. Perhaps Brad’s death would have been prevented if Mexican, international, and US media corporations had told the story of the Oaxacan people. Then those of us who live in comfort would not only be learning now about this 5 month old strike, or about this 500 year old struggle.

And then Brad might not have felt the need to face down those assassins in Oaxaca holding merely the ineffective shields of his US passport and prensa extranjera badge. Then Brad would not have joined the fast-growing list of journalists killed in action, or the much longer list of those killed in recent years by troops defending entrenched, unjust power in Latin America.

Still, those of us who knew Brad know that his work would never have been completed. From the community gardens of the Lower East Side to the Movimento Sem Terra encampments of Brazil, he would have continued to travel to where the people who make this world a beautiful place are resisting those who would cause it further death and destruction. Now, in his memory, we will all travel those roads. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen, all of us who resist.

The New York City Independent Media Center
4 W. 43rd St., Suite 311
New York, N.Y. 10036

Michigan IMC Site Shut Down after nearly Four Years

Yesterday, the Michigan Independent Media Center (IMC) web site was shutdown. In a statement posted on the site by Michigan IMC’s editorial collective, editors pointed to technical problems and the lack of a strong editorial collective as the main reasons for shutting down the site.

Founded in 2002, the Michigan IMC was frequently a good source for independent media coverage of the various social movements in the state of Michigan. In the early years of Michigan IMC, it was the best source for information on the antiwar movement in Michigan and provided many perspectives left out of the corporate media, perhaps most notably in its coverage of the riots in Benton Harbor in the summer of 2003. As recently as 2004, the site functioned well, but following the hacking of the site in April of 2005 it has been in a steady decline. Members of the site’s editorial collective will continue to be involved with independent media with BlackBox Radio, Critical Moment, Detroit Summer, and the Allied Media Conference.

The site’s archive remains online and the editors remain supportive of efforts to launch other Indymedia websites in Michigan.