First Amendment Rally at Union Square, NYC

If you’re in New York today, please go, if you can, go and join the Filmmaker/Photographer contingent at this Friday’s First Amendment rally at Union Square. Recently proposed regulations seriously threaten the rights of photographers and filmmakers to operate in NYC, and they could go into effect as soon as this August. Other laws already restrict our rights to parade, dance, meet, bike, shout, and assemble.

Join performance artists Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Critical Mass bike riders, and Picture New York–a new coalition of concerned filmmakers and photographers, for a festive and un-permitted celebration of the First Amendment.

Friday, July 27, 6:30pm
Union Square, north end
Press Conference and Creative Rally

Bring: marching bands, gospel choirs, props and signs, cameras, projections, bikes, you and your friends, and the 44 sweet words of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

If you’re outside NYC, please consider signing the online petition, or emailing the Mayor.

And yes, this is a big deal for pinhole photographers too! Why? Because the NY Times reports that the city’s tentative rules include requiring any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour (including setup and breakdown time) to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance. The regulation would also apply to any group of five or more people who would be using a tripod for more than ten minutes, including setup and breakdown time.

UPDATE: good news! The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting agreed to reconsider and redraft the rules, and include more public hearing and comment. more info in the NYT

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