Friends,

Just over a month ago the Team Colors Collective, in concert with the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, launched the ambitious one-off online journal “In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements” – www.inthemiddleofawhirlwind.info. With thirty-three articles and five interviews comprising over three hundred pages, Whirlwinds provides detailed analysis and thoughtful reflections on movements in the United States. (Our recent announcement for the collection follows this appeal; an additional email will be distributed in a few days time announcing the re-launch and the completed collection, upcoming events, as well as other Whirlwinds developments).

Since its initial launch, Whirlwinds has engaged over 2,500 readers and drawn participants to “Of Friends and Whirlwinds” events in New York City (Bluestockings Books), Tucson (Dry River Infoshop), Washington DC (Brian MacKenzie Infoshop), Philadelphia (Wooden Shoe Books) and Baltimore (Red Emma’s Books) and are currently being organized for Bloomington, Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Minneapolis and Denver.

Even as a free online publication, Whirlwinds has accrued over $3,000.00 in expenses. Thus far, donations have only covered a fraction of these costs. We are writing to you — our friends, family and colleagues — to ask that you support this project financially. Donations of any amount ($10, $20 or $50 and up) will assist us in completing the outreach and promotion that are vital to this project’s success.

Please visit www.joaap.org/donate.html to make secure online donations and to find out more about the costs incurred in the production of the journal. Thank you for considering making a contribution to this project!

In Solidarity,

Team Colors Collective

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Becoming Other Media:
A Reading and Review of Becoming the Media
Kevin Van Meter | Team Colors

When Jen Angel, former co-founder and co-editor with Jason Kucsma of the counter-cultural-qua-activist magazine Clamor, first circulated a draft of Becoming the Media: a critical history of Clamor Magazine on the web nearly a year ago, I was excited that a history of the magazine would be available to future projects. With PM Press’s recent printing of an expanded pamphlet this material becomes available to the next generation of ‘media makers’.
Clamor Magazine (2000-2006) and the history described by Angel herein, serves us two fold: first, as a lens to particular point of composition in the counter-globalization and neighboring movements – those years immediately following the protests in Seattle; and secondly, as an example of the general approach taken by radical and progressive media outlets. Foremost, as Angel suggestions, Becoming the Media attempts to provide lessons to the creators of independent media and “radicals and progressives” in social change movements, to use her terminology. To clarify my own, I often use movement media and independent media interchangeably; in this case the movement is the counter-globalization movement and neighboring movements and while independent media could refer to a larger array of media for the purposes of this article I am speaking of radical and left of left-of-center media.

As a reading and a review Becoming Other Media looks through this lens and utilizes these lessons to explore the history of Clamor, a brief genealogy of social movements, and the approaches of movement media and movement strategies themselves.

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