RICA (Intercontinental Network of Alternative Communication)

Description

  • Initiative born in August 4th, 1996, following the Second Declaration from La Realidad by the EZLN, at the end of the First Intercontinental Meeting for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism, held in La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico : “Let’s make a network of communication among all our struggles and resistances. An intercontinental network of alternative communication against neoliberalism…(and) for humanity. This intercontinental network of alternative communication will search to weave the channels so that words may travel all the roads that resist…(it) will be the medium by which distinct resistances communicate with one another. This intercontinental network of alternative communication is not an organizing structure, nor has a central head or decision maker, nor does it have a central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen.” 1)
  • According to Greg Ruggiero & Kate Duncan, “The core of the RICA proposal is a plan for using the Internet to create links between previously existing communication lists as a way of further diffusing information about resistance and liberation struggles”.
  • The first proposal calls “for the creation of two Internet “lists” : one for news about neoliberalism, and one for discussion and proposals for struggles - as well an associated World Wide Web site where list posting and other material could be archived and made easily available” 2). To start with, the participants suggest to use ZAPATISMO, a discussion list created following the Americas Continental Encuentro, in April 1996 (Read more).

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History

  • July 1997: dozens of political groups come in Austin, Texas, for a local meeting about “Media, Information and Education”. The final reports reads : ”“Access to information, lack of resources and infrastructures for alternative media, de-emphasis of public support for public media, lack of inclusivity in terms of community representation, globalization of media corporations and concentration of ownership, are all current problems under neoliberal economic regimes. Within this framework are opportunities for grassroots activists. Community development needs to be at the core of our information projects.” 3)
  • June 1st, 1997 : media collectives that met in May during “Freeing the Local Media” decide to form an alliance, directly inspired by the Second Declaration of La Realidad and a proposal made in the April 1996 issue of Z Magazine calling for a Federation of Alternative Media Activists and Supporters (FAMAS). The June 1 group temporarily dubbed their coalition the International Federation of Independant Media (IFIM), consisting of “autonomous, sovereign media activist groups in the service of spreading the movement for human liberation, participatory democracy, and community building” 4)
  • May 1997 : (Learning Alliance, Paper Tiger Television, and FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), joined by the Cultural Environment Movement organize “Freeing the Local Media”, and form the New York Free Media Alliance, a local collective intended as “slugging arm to give community groups more strenght”, according to Steve Rendall of FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting). To inform the process, Freeing the Local Media invites members of media collectives from six North American cities to tell their stories. This initiative takes place after the call from the EZLN to create RICA (Intercontinental Network of Alternative Communication) 5)
  • January 31st, 1997 : (Learning Alliance, Paper Tiger Television, and FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) invite Subcommandante Marcos to elaborate on the Second Declaration of La Realidad and the proposal to create RICA (Intercontinental Network of Alternative Communication), while organizing a “Freeing the Media Teach-in” in New York City. “Marcos accepted the invitation and made a 10-minute video message that [is] screened. “The work of independent media,” said Marcos “is to tell the history of social struggle in the world.” Marcos went on to advocate that media activists fight to open spaces within the mass media monopolies (to acknowledge news of social movements), and at the same time, to continue developing a network of independent media and information” 6).
  • August 1996 : the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional calls for the creation of an intercontinental network of alternative communication, in the Second Declaration of La Realidad (Chiapas, Mexico). After this call , a number of participants start discussions to discuss how to carry out the EZLN proposal. The RICA proposal emerges from these discussions

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