ZCom Mission Statement
Z Communications is a compendium of projects and institution that seek to assist social movements to better people's lives in the present context -- while changing the context so in the future injustice is undone.
A central focus is communication of ideas, information, and inspiration essential to activist motivation and success.
ZCom provides content that critiques today's reality and envisions tomorrow's via our print, video, online, audio, and direct interactions, such as ZMI.
A notable aspect of our mission is an approach that does not privilege any one side of life over the rest. ZCom is about race, gender, power, class, ecology, and peace - it is about justice in all conceivable forms -- seeing each as intimately entwined with and certainly in no sense prior to or alone causal of the rest.
A second notable aspect is a comittment to fundamental transformation and two implications that stem from that comittment. First, ZCom highlights that successful action in the present depends very much not only on understanding current conditions but also on broad clarity about future goals and building links between the two. A priority of ZCom is therefore vision and strategy regarding all sides of life. Second, however, ZCom is convinced that a movement able to transform society requires massive, highly informed, participatory, unwavering allegience which will only grow and persist if the seeds of a better future are embodied in the actions of current activists.
When South End Press was born in the late 1970s, and when Z Magazine spun off ten years later, and in all the innovations since then leading to ZNet, ZVideo, and ZMI, and now to ZCom and its new ZSpace, there has been continuity.
Our mission is to help improve life via social struggle that builds growing comittment and organization informed by understanding existing conditions and shared vision of future improvement, fueled by personal and structural solidarity, by personal and colllective desire, and by personal and rational hope.