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Another World Is Possible: Activists Create a Cultural Response to the September 11th Attacks

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Shortly after September 11th, as New York-and the rest of the country— struggled to come to terms with the changedworld, activists began gathering together to try to develop a response to the tragedy. In public spaces across thecountry, they grappled with the mixture of fear, sadness, anger, incomprehension and loss. And many felt there was anurgent need to create an alternative vision of the events of that day. At the Independent Media Center in New York,video activists and writers threw themselves into putting out a newspaper and to creating a video.

The Independent Media Center is a network of collectively run media outlets established by independent andalternative media organizations and activists to provide grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organization protestsin Seattle last November. Through a decentralized and autonomous network, hundreds of media activists have sincesetup over 100 independent media centers in cities like London, Canada, Mexico City, Prague, Belgium, France, andItaly. In two weeks, the IMC video team-who had been shooting across the city-put out a video that they called 9-11.It was the first film made after September 11th.

Today we’ll listen to clips of the video and we’ll talk to a member of the Independent Media Center video collectivewho edited the film. And we are also joined by several editors of the book ??Another World is Possible:Conversations in a Time of Terror, which is the first progressive collection of essays in response to September11th.

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  • Independent Media Center film “9-11”.

Guests:

  • Rick Rowley, Big Noise Films and the Independent Media Center.
  • Beka Economopoulos, environmental and anti-globalization activist.
  • Jeremy Glick, activist who teaches at Rutgers University.
  • Jee Kim, media activist.
  • Shaffy Moeel, Students for Justice in Palestine.

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