Swoon in Velle
As you may or may not know by now, the MTA has re-proposed the photography ban in the subways, as seen on:
A second protest is being thought of, but the details are not going to be known until The Joe updates his site:PHOTOGRAPHERS RIGHTS
Jenny Holzer: Airplane Banners
Jenny Holzer: Airplane Banners have been resceduled for tomorrow, Nov 6th. They were cancelled last week due to high winds. Keep an eye to the sky 1:00pm-3:30pm.
Writing on Walls, and Looking to Right Wrongs
"Zorro is James De La Vega's kind of hero, especially since he shares his name with the masked swordsman, formally known as Don Diego de la Vega. Both of them - in their own ways - defend the poor and outcast from the rich and ruthless, donning disguises and leaving their marks." -- from The New York Times article Writing on Walls, and Looking to Right Wrongs [requires login]
Surveillance Camera Mapping: Training
Sunday, September 26th New York City Bill of Rights Defense Campaign will launch the Surveillance Camera Project, a multifaceted effort to raise awareness about the extensive proliferation of powerful video surveillance technology in New York City, particularly since 9/11; encourage public discussion about the concerns raised by the growth in and lack of regulation of video surveillance in New York City; and advocate for legislation to create uniform standards for the use of surveillance cameras to protect privacy and First Amendment rights.
Learn more about how you can get involved with the Surveillance Camera Project and to receive a comprehensive training on spotting and mapping the thousands of video surveillance cameras found all over New York City.
Then, hit the streets with other volunteers for a more hands-on lesson and map the cameras you see in a yet-to-be-determined city neighborhood. Our goal is to develop a complete map of New York City, indicating the locations of all video surveillance cameras that look out into public spaces. We can't do it without your help, though!
125 Broad Street, 17th floor, Manhattan
Please e-mail your questions to email@example.com.
New York Bill of Rights Defense Campaign
The Morning News - Paper Faces, Paper Cities
Pitchaya Sudbanthad talks to Swoon.
We were waiting in line for iced coffee at one of our favorite neighborhood cafés yesterday and met a member of the Operation Sybil crew who rappelled down the face of the Plaza Hotel last Thursday and hung a banner seen around the world. We heard how it all happened, how it almost didn't happen due to the tremendous difficulties in carrying out such a mission, and how they're now facing some serious legal challenges. The event received
major news coverage. You can help Operation Sybil offset their debts and legal expenses by attending their fundraising party tomorrow:
Fundraiser and Celebration for Plaza 4 aka operation Sybil
8pm - 11pm, Thursday, September 2nd
The Sunburnt Cow, 137 Ave. C between 8th and 9th
Suggested donation: $15-4000
Sunday, August 29, 2004 . NYC
Operation Urban Terrain
Operation Urban Terrain (OUT) is a one-night live-action intervention of online military games played out in public spaces by art activists using high tech gear, strategy, and humor. The work will be presented in New York on August 28, on the eve of the Republican National Convention. See the CREATIVE TIME site for details.
the RNC is coming
The Independent Media Infoshop at GAS/gigantic artspace is independent journalism's command central during the RNC. They have all the news, flyers, maps and meetings you need to get involved. To contribute with audio, record your "straight up grassroots communication" during the RNC and get it on over to the August Sound Coalition. If you have photos or text, work those thumbs and become a moporter. For schedules and events, see United for Peace & Justice. For more news and links to other local initiatives, see Newsgrist's imvoting blog.