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Indymedia is a tool for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth. Since 1999, Indymedia has grown into a network of more than 180 Independent Media Centers (IMCs) all over the world by means of a commitment to equality, decentralization and autonomy.
On Santa Cruz Indymedia you can easily publish articles, audio, photography, and video. Your stories and analysis go right up on our newswire. You can also add comments and additions to other stories posted on the site. Santa Cruz Indymedia has dedicated itself to improving coverage of local issues and events.
Santa Cruz Indymedia has been an Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area since 2001. Indymedia activism can take many forms, but is rooted in the Indymedia Principles of Unity which profess that the open exchange of and open access to information is a prerequisite to the building of a more free and just society. The Santa Cruz Indymedia principles of unity (see below) are based on this document. Santa Cruz Indymedia is not a membership organization; it is a tactic, a concept, and a movement that can be effectively utilized in many different ways.
Like all IMCs, Santa Cruz Indymedia hosts a website with an open publishing newswire to which anyone can post text, images, audio and video using the online publish form. Unlike a newspaper or other form of media, content uploaded to the website using this form is published directly to the newswire without being approved or edited. The articles that are featured in the center column are taken right from the newswire, thus highlighting original content and reporting. This system empowers anyone to become the media for the purpose of sharing information and views that are blocked out or misrepresented by the corporate media; that is, to stand with the oppressed against the oppressors.
On February 1, 2006, the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center's website became regionally integrated with Indybay.org, the website of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center.