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Melbourne, Aus: Callout for a new Anarchist Newspaper

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by butcher, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. butcher

    butcherExperienced Member Uploader Experienced member Forum Member




    Sep 8, 2009
    Hey all, this below is a tentative proposal for a new monthly Anarchist newspaper based in Melbourne:

    Melbourne Black

    Purposes and Coverage

    Melbourne Black is proposed as an Anarchist newspaper covering campaigns and community organisations operating in the Melbourne metropolitan area that either exemplify or inform the ideals of Libertarian Socialism, as well as monitoring the actions of corporate and government actors which directly effect the area. The purpose of this coverage will be to inform Melbourne residents about goings-on in their local community; to publicise the efforts of local activists and community organisers, where the mainstream media provides none; and to draw links between struggles in the hope of promoting dialogue and cooperation among Melbourne activists.

    Writers and Writing

    Melbourne Black's staff will be organised as a collective, using consensus to decide all issues of membership, editorial policy, financial matters, distribution, etc. Beyond that, writers will be encouraged to pursue individual and varied projects either on areas of interest or campaigns in which they are involved.

    An article in Melbourne Black should seek to represent the voices and ideas of those that it covers, regardless of the writer's thoughts on the matter. Articles should maintain as strict a separation between reporting and analysis as possible, though both are acceptable. To further prevent misrepresentation, it will be Melbourne Black's policy to accept and publish letters from any campaign or organisation it has reported on (though it may impose a word limit, and allow for a link to longer responses). These policies will support the additional goal of making the paper a useful tool for community organisations to communicate. Whilst we choose not to narrow our perspectives to those of only Anarchists, we maintain the right to refuse any coverage or analysis that is hostile or counter-productive to the aims of Libertarian Socialism.

    Printing and Distribution

    On a monthly basis, articles will be collected and prepared for printing as a folded A4 zine. There will be three ways of printing and distributing this:
    1. Set up an e-mail list for individuals who want a regular "subscription" so they may either read the electronic form or print their own. A copy will always be sent to any organisation that is covered in the paper.
    2. E-mail copies to organisations or social centres that are willing to do their own printing on their own terms.
    3. Provide printed copies to social centres or organisations. Solicit donations for printing costs.
    This strategy is designed to maximise available of hard copies of the paper at a minimum cost. In the long term, donations from well-financed organisations, such as friendly union branches, might allow an expanded operation.

    If anyone is interested please feel free to come to our first organising meeting this Saturday, 6th of Feb at the Melbourne Anarchist Resource Centre (62 St Georges Road, Northcote) from 2pm


  2. QueerPunk

    QueerPunkExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Dec 29, 2009
    I am soooooooooo in on this one... :ecouteurs: