The Cascadia Underground is an Independent Media Center and bioregion-wide network of citizen journalists. We invite every Cascadia to post an article or op-ed about news, an issue, or join us as a regular segment that they produce.
The Cascadia Underground reserves the right to refuse any article for any reason we deem fit. After submitting your article, our editor Ian Martinez will be excited to reach out and work to you to make sure everything looks how you want it to.
Is it in the context of Cascadia or the Cascadia bioregion?
Is the content original content that you created?
Does it use a bioregional framework – rather than existing political (right / left) divide?
Is it related to Cascadian culture or identity? Is it something the Cascadia movement should adopt or know about?
Does it match our core principles?
Please use only Creative Commons images, or images that you have personally taken or obtained written permission to use.
1. Do not post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, racist, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information. This includes, without limitation, any transmissions that are or that encourage illegal conduct. This ban includes anything that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, national or international law. We do not take legal responsibility for what you choose to post.
2. Never post or transmit comments containing harassing or offensive language, using sexual references, sexual nicknames, racial slurs or rude or offensive comments.
3. Do not post or transmit any information, software or other material that violates or infringes the rights of others. This prohibition includes material that constitutes an invasion of privacy or publicity rights permission from the owner.
5. Never post or transmit any information, software or other material that contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse or other code that has contaminating or destructive properties.
6. Do not post any information, software or other material for commercial purposes.
7. Do not solicit other users to join or contribute money to any online service or other organization, or advocate or attempt to persuade users to join in legal or illegal schemes. Non-profit fundraisers for Cascadian causes and organizations are fine, as long as no single person is standing to gain from it.
8. Never pretend to be any other person or entity. Site users also may not falsely represent their professional or other affiliation with any person or entity.
Failure to abide these guidelines may result in your account being banned from on of our social media accounts.
In the Tradition of Indymedia and Independent Media Center (IMC’S)
The first ever Independent Media Center was created in Seattle to help document the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests that shook the world from November 30-December 3rd 1999, before spawning a global network of independent citizen journalists, groups, organizations and media centers that lasted more than a decade before slowly faltering out in the late 2000’s.
We are working to reignite the spirit of Independent Media Center and Journalism Networks that were active in the late 1990’s and 2000’s. We provide media spaces for independent citizen journalism, with computers and equipment for digital recording, editing and publishing, and work to pair that with working professionals and interns who can guide an open and non-commercial media collective of programs and content creators.
We are a collective of programs working to report and provide a platform for reports from the struggles for a world based on freedom, cooperation, justice and solidarity, indigenous sovereignty and against environmental degradation, exploitation, and racism. The reports cover a wide range of issues and social movements – from neighborhood campaigns to grassroots mobilizations, from critical analysis to direct action. We also work to provide original content and provide space for organizations engaged in these actions, to magnify their impact and voices, that they may otherwise not be able to do.
The content of the website is created through a system of open publishing: anyone can upload a written, audio and video report or a picture directly to the site through an openly accessible web interface. Through this system of ‘Direct Media’, the Cascadia Underground erodes the dividing line between reporters and reported, between active producers and passive audience: people are enabled to speak for themselves. At bigger actions, Cascadia Underground volunteers extend this participatory model by establishing ‘Public Access Terminals’ on the streets, and facilitating direct access to the technical equipment that enables participants to upload to the website, as well as public reporting teams able to quickly respond and report fast acting news.
The Cascadia Underground is working to establish a bioregional network of independent media centers, members and workers throughout the Pacific Northwest. We hope you join us!