Intercontinental Cry (IC) Magazine needs your help. As an independent, volunteer-run magazine, we are proudly funded by our readers; however, we are currently facing some financial difficulties that threatens the continuation of our work, including the publication of our 9th anniversary magazine, PEOPLE LAND TRUTH 2013
All in all, we're asking for your help to
- Cover our $200/month expense to keep Intercontinental Cry online for the rest of the year;
- Pay a $1200 debt that we are unable to pay on our own; and
- if we can surpass our goal, Print at least 100 copies of our upcoming 9th anniversary magazine
OverviewNow in its 9th year online, Intercontinental Cry (IC) is one of the only grassroots online publications dedicated to the world's Indigenous Peoples. So far we've written stories for 497 Indigenous Nations in 190 countries; authored 74 monthly reports and highlighted more than 400 outstanding videos and films. What's more, we've done it all for free.
In an effort to highlight some of our work, we decided last June to bring the best of IC to paper with an anniversary magazine called PEOPLE LAND TRUTH (PLT). In the spirit of sharing, we made an eBook version that was free to the public; the print version, meanwhile, was available for a modest donation. We did the same thing six months later with INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES 2012: DISPATCHES FROM THE FOURTH WORLD, our first annual briefing on the global indigenous movement.
Everything worked out as good as we could've hoped, except for one thing: The cost of printing PLT 2012 and INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES 2012 put us in debt $1200.00 (US). We don't have any money to pay this standing debt
As an incentive to you, we're offering each and every magazine we have left along with PEOPLE LAND TRUTH 2013 (once it's published) and a new handbook we've been working on in partnership with the Public Good Project and Wrong Kind of Green, aptly titled, COMMUNICATIONS IN CONFLICT.
Thanks to our friends at Wide Open Exposure, we also have four DVDs of the award-winning documentary film, Myths for Profit: Canada's Role In Industries of War and Peace.
As well, our friends at Roots to Resistance have generously offered us 5 sets of Street Posters (samples below) and 300 Postcards from their Global Postcard and Postering Campaign which helps to support 12 amazing women activists and their critical work. Each poster set consists of 12 Posters of all 12 Women Activists, including: Afghan feminist and democracy activist Malalai Joya, Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai, Mirrar Clan Leader Yvonne Margarula, Ecofeminist Environmental Activist Vandana Shiva, Human Rights Activist Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Zapatista Women Of Chiapas, Mexico. The postcards on the other hand, are designed to help you get directly involved in supporting the work of all the women.
Overview of Magazines
PEOPLE LAND TRUTH 2012: Features more than three dozen stories, including 37 revised and updated articles from Intercontinental Cry, reports on the situations in West Papua and Honduras, and generous contributions from the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Esperanza Project and the Sacred Land Film Project.
INDIGNEOUS STRUGGLES 2012: An exclusive, heavily researched annual briefing on the global Indigenous movement; provides an essential overview of the most important events to take place between January 1, 2012 and December 31 2012.
COMMUNICATIONS IN CONFLICT: A short handbook that's uniquely suited to serve as a touchstone for those who realize the connection between intelligent communications and networked power.
PEOPLE LAND TRUTH 2013: Will feature 40-50 stories from Intercontinental Cry, including the now-legendary essay by Russell Diabo which helped inspire the #Idlenomore movement in Canada; an article that was just nominated for a Project Censored Award; and, if all goes well, an exclusive by Anishinaabe activist Winona LaDuke.
Indigenous Peoples don't get nearly as much news coverage as you would think. On average, mainstream and 'alternative' news outlets hardly even cover 1 percent of what's actually happening around the world today.
Intentional or not, they are supressing some of the most shocking events of our time--and some of the most empowering. Whether it's the removal of a mining company from sacred land, the re-establishment of a traditional government, or the displacement of 30,000 people who are already facing severe water shortages due to climate change--these are stories that we should all know about; struggles that we should all in good conscience support.
At Intercontinental Cry we focus exclusively on these very stories, because of the sheer lack of coverage they receive everywhere else. We may not get paid for our work, but we know all too well what's at stake: Media plays a decisive role in the success or failure of any movement--and when it comes to Indigenous Peoples, that role often means the difference between life and death.
Our magazines, on the other hand, are designed for anyone that doesn't have access to the internet, as well as those of us who still like to flip through pages, and anyone else who would just like to help us continue our work, for all Indigenous Peoples.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you're not in a position to contribute to this campaign, there's lots of other stuff you can do:
- Make some noise on facebook and twitter! Let your friends know about our campaign, and that we're offering up our magazines!
- If you want to help out IC for the long-term, you can join our Monthly Sustainer program
- If you just want to be more informed, you can hook up with us on facebook @ Intercontinental.Cry and twitter @ indigenous_news
- If you happen to be a writer, we're always looking for people to help cover the news.