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News from The NewStandard (and t-shirt design contest!)

November 20th, 2006 by Catherine

Good news is better late than never, right? Remember back in September when Clamor posted a notice about The NewStandard’s fundraising crisis and potential shut-down? Well, TNS pulled out of it. Thanks to hundreds of people who become members or increased their membership, TNS reached its goal and emerged from the financial insecurity so many independent media publications face. It’s encouraging to know the support is out there.

We’re already thinking ahead to our next fundraiser and there’s a way for you to help. A TNS T-Shirt Design Contest!

The TNS T-shirt design contest offers you a chance to show off your skills and create a logo that our news junkies can wear with pride.

We know our members signed up to support our journalism mission. Now it’s time to offer an extra incentive. What better way to let our readers spread the word about independent media than to offer a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition T-shirt to people who sign up as contributing members? We’ll also reward our long-time fans by giving shirts to current members who increase their donations.

Our requirements are pretty straightforward. The design just has to say “The NewStandard” and include our web site: www.newstandardnews.net. The rest, including more verbiage, we leave to your artistic discretion. But keep in mind:

•The design will be screen-printed on sweat-free, union-made, cotton Tees
•The logo can be any size, but will appear on the front of the T-shirt only
•Designs can be spot printed in up to six colors, but the cost of printing will be a consideration in choosing the design
•You can enter up to three designs
•TNS will assume the copyright to the chosen logo

In true democratic fashion, we’re going to post the design candidates on our site and let our readers help choose the winner.

So what’s in it for you? First, you’re helping The NewStandard continue to publish. Second, your artwork will become part of the TNS “brand” and be worn wherever our readers go. And finally, regardless of whether your design is selected, we’ll post your bio and website in the contest entrants’ page of our website.

The design submission deadline is January 15. Please send all submissions as high-resolution JPEG files to Tshirt@newstandardnews.net.

Good luck!

Important Radio Announcement

November 5th, 2006 by Jen

We received the following announcement from Prometheus Radio Project, an amazing media organization based in Philadelphia.

Basically, there’s a rare opportunity to gain full-power radio stations in some areas of the country. If you know of any organization that might be remotely interested, please forward this announcement to them and urge them to call Prometheus directly. Prometheus can help them decide whether to apply and if so, help them with the process. Thanks!

Jen Angel

The FCC is opening up a rare opportunity where they will be giving away free radio licenses to non-profit organizations (does not have to be 501(c)3). Usually commercial stations like this sell for millions of dollars, but since these are non-commercial channels they are given out for free. If your group meets the qualifications, and a frequency is available, you can start a radio station. Sound too good to be true? There is a catch. Well, several catches. The channels that are available are mostly just in smaller cities. Your group would have to pay for engineering and legal consultants, and the costs of equipment, which can add up. And most places only have one or two open channels, and sometimes the competition can be complicated between the various activist groups, agencies, schools, and churches for that one channel. But your group has as good a chance as anyone else! And finally, this is the first time that the FCC has done this in close to 15 years and it is quite possible that it will be another 15 years before they open it again. If you want to know more, call the Radio For People Coalition, or take a look at radioforpeople.org. You can call Coalition groups Prometheus Radio Project at 215-727-9620, who can help you to claim your communities slice of the FM dial! Prometheus Radio Project has helped to build radio stations for civil rights groups, unions, schools, tribes, environmentalists and neighborhood organizations of all sorts, and can help you evaluate whether this is right for your organization, and if it is, lead you through the process.

Indymedia Journalist Brad Will Killed by Government Forces in Oaxaca

October 29th, 2006 by Jason Kucsma

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In solidarity, Clamor Magazine would like to share the following statement from NYC Indymedia regarding the fatal shooting of journalist Brad Will in Oaxaca.

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 www.nyc.indymedia.org. 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 compaÒeros and compaÒeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compaÒero.” 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.

state-sanctioned unions … Jersey-style.

October 27th, 2006 by Chad

We don’t have too many things to cheer about these days. Oftentimes, we don’t even celebrate — recognize and reflect upon — the victories that we ought to.

In that vein, TAKE NOTE of what happened in Jersey. Quit thinking of it as the ‘armpit’ — be that of big-headed NYC or the country — and begin to recognize it as a part of the nation’s vanguard.
Note: refrain from snickers about ‘of course, this is Jim McGreevey’s state.’

For a few articles to get a better sense on what the ruling was, what the significance is:

Q&A from The Advocate;

[in Vermont] it’s not like they wrote a new law—they just wrote something that was parasitic on the existing marriage law. The New Jersey legislature could photocopy the Vermont law, change a few things, and they could make it work.

analysis from the NYTimes:

gay couples are entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, but split over whether their unions must be called marriage or could be known by another name, handing that question to the Legislature.

oh, and for the legalese from the Rutgers Law Library.

The NewStandard May Close Doors

September 18th, 2006 by Jason Kucsma

The NewStandard is facing an uphill battle familiar to many of us in the independent media world — the bank account is about to dry up and they’re looking for help from readers. TNS set out to prove that you could create uncompromised independent media that didn’t rely on the generosity of journalists to contribute their work for free or that big grant to come through. They assumed that independent media supporters would step up and help fund the radically different model. They were right — for the most part. The following open letter to supporters has been making the rounds. If TNS doesn’t raise over $10k by the end of the month, they will close their doors. God, when will this stop sounding so familiar? Hey, do two things today. Support TNS. And then get Clamor subscription while you’re at it. It’s the least (and most!) you can do for indpedendent media that sustains you.

Last week, the TNS collective came to a difficult realization: we are in big financial trouble. Due to two dismal membership drives, it seems unlikely we will make it to the end of the year.

So we are taking drastic steps and asking our readers to either support TNS now or let it die. By September 30, if we have not reached our fundraising goal of $5,000 per month in new recurring donations, TNS will close its doors for good.

But we haven’t given up yet, and we’re pulling out all the stops to give TNS the chance it deserves to stay around, which is why we’re contacting you. We are trying to rally support everywhere we can, and we need your help. We would be grateful for any notice of support you could post on your website or send to your readers/members reminding them of the gap we fill in the journalism world, and urging them to support us. Of course, we’d be happy to do the same in the event that you found your organization in a similar situation.

Additionally, you can purchase an organizational membership with TNS, or you and your colleagues can personally donate.

The NewStandard is entirely reader funded in order to remain uncompromised and allow us to publish the hard-hitting news and investigative reports that are ignored by other media outlets.

Thanks in advance for your help.

In Solidarity,

The NewStandard Collective

Hey, You Got Your PR Business in my Legal Department!

September 1st, 2006 by Jason Kucsma

Get ready folks. You’re not going to get this time back. Ever.

Because we realize that sometimes there really IS nothing better in life than reading an official letter from a corporation’s PR office, we invite you to indulge in American Apparel’s jeremiad. We only ask that you also take a minute to read our reply to their Media Relations Director’s threat to sue us if we don’t retract the issue. Good times, really.

Our editorial and publishing staff consider this particular discussion over. Whether American Apparel does or not is really up to them. Time will tell, and it’s up to you to decide whether you feel like you need to hear more.

As for us, we’d really like all you new-to-Clamor friends to check out the new issue. Not surprisingly, there is some really amazing shit in there that has absolutely nothing to do with American Apparel. It’s a shame that it’s being eclipsed by all this nonsense.

If you don’t mind, we’ve got to get working on our Winter issue.

Keep at it.