The Indymedia network is launching a new website, indymedia.us, as part of its special coverage of the 2004 election. We speak with Joshua Breitbart, who is working with the Michigan Indymedia Center. [includes rush transcript]
The Indymedia network is announcing the launch of a new website as part of its special coverage of the 2004 election.
The website * indymedia.us* will publish articles by participating local US-based IMC”s from around the county.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re also joined by Josh Breitbart, who is working with the Michigan Independent Media Center, and is an editor of the Toledo, Ohio-based magazine, Clamor, speaking to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Indymedia Network has announced the launch of a new website as part of its special coverage of the 2004 election. Can you talk about the website, Josh?
JOSHUA BREITBART: Yes. Hi, Amy.
AMY GOODMAN: Hi. It’s good to have you with us.
JOSHUA BREITBART: It’s the U.S. IMC. It’s a site to collect all information from the over 50 Independent Media Centers around the country, and it’s particularly useful now because we don’t know where news is going to break around the country on November 2 and on November 3. And we’re here. We’re throughout the country, and this new website indymedia.us is there to gather information from wherever it may come.
AMY GOODMAN: There’s also something interesting going on, a kind of continuation of what we saw outside the Republican National Convention, the whole textmob approach. Can you explain it, and explain what you are doing right now?
JOSHUA BREITBART: Yeah. We learned lessons from February 15, 2003, with the international war protests where there were reports from all over the world being gathered together in this network form, and at the R.N.C., we learned how to take breaking news calls and send out alerts through text messaging. But we have greatly expanded that capability instead of just using these local loops where people can email back text messages back and forth, people are using these tools to notify tens of thousands of people where their polling places are tomorrow morning. We can also use them to send out alerts to, you know, whether they’re relevant to Ohio or relevant to the whole country, and you can sign up for the Michigan IMC alerts at michiganimc.org.
AMY GOODMAN: And say how people can sign up to get these alerts one more time.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want thank you very much, Josh Breitbart, for joining us, working with the Michigan Independent Media Center and on the launch of indymedia.us. And Medea Benjamin, organizer with the No Stolen Elections campaign, speaking to us from Palm Beach, Florida.