first let me introduce myself - since this us one of my first posts to this board - I'm that guy who somehow organized that photographers protest on june 6th (with a lot of help from a lot of peole who spread the word about it all over the place). I've loved both subways and photography for as long as i can remember, and have posted occasionally to Subtalk for just as long (or maybe longer? hehe!). I've been lurking here awhile and will probably be posting more in the future...
That said - onto the current topic: the pending photo ban.
The last I heard, the MTA Board was suppose to vote on the proposed photo ban in september, and I can only assume they will be sticking to that plan since no one I know of has has heard otherwise. Thus, The time is drawing closer... September is right around the corner. It'll be back to school time again, time for us to teach the public and perhaps even the MTA board that signing off on a ban of photography within the NYC Subway system will protect no one, harm tourism and the local economy with it, and prove once again that the MTA is completely out of touch with reality.
The June 6th protest gave them a black eye in terms of PR, but one black eye is not enough. I want to plot another protest, sometime around early september that will be larger and better organized than the last one. The last one was essentially thrown together within a week, week and half worth of time. fast enough to get media noticed, but far too fast to allow for better collaboration, planning, spreading of the word, etc. (I can't count the number of people who came up to me and said 'if I knew about this sooner I could have had 50 more people come with me"). This time around, I'd like to plan it better with whomever can give some time to help out. The better coordinated the plan, and the more people who volunteer to help out with whipping up a press release, creating a petition, spreading the word and sharing ideas, the bigger better and more effective it will be (not that all the effort that so many of you put into spreading the word last time was bad - it was great! I just know we can coordinate effort and get a lot more people out).
All of that said, if you're interested in helpin' out, drop me an email. I want to have one face to face meeting in the next week or two, then probably just plan it out online (email, web boards, chat... who has time to go to meetings all day anyway?!).
- the joe
thejoe [ -at- ] mtude.com http://photorights.mtude.com
(shorter url, full domain likely coming soon...)
Email me, harass me, post back... I'll be here...