First off, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who took photos and video of the first general assembly. Images are posted on the Facebook page and more content will be up here on the blog tonight. Some truly inspiring footage came from the first meeting and I can only imagine what a great archive we’ll have in the near future.
I’ve gotten a few emails from people who are a little wary about being captured on camera. We should all assume that by attending these public assemblies (and future occupations), we will most likely end up in pictures and videos. That’s perfectly fine. However, some are taking big risks by helping out with the cause and would like to have a say in which images of themself are posted on the website and social networking sites. I think this is a fair request and would like to ask any artists, photographers, videographers, etc. to keep everyone in the loop.
Please respect one another’s preferences and personal space. When in doubt, ask them or at least tell everyone you are about to take pictures or record video so that everyone is aware. Please do not tag people on Facebook unless they OK it. If someone does not like an image of themselves (and just of them, not crowd/group shots), please respect their request and remove it. This is NOT intended to censor the movement but is being respectful to the members involved. We plan on recording every meeting and taking pictures but we will most likely stick to general crowd shots or those who volunteer to present/speak so that no one is singled out against their will.
We had a lot of media coverage at the first event, both from the mainstream media and from one another. I hope that continues. But I also want people to feel comfortable, especially those who choose to bring their young children or whose jobs may not be okay with their involvement (I know myself and a few others discussed this). While it’s tempting for some to tell us to throw caution to the wind, it’s not feasible for everyone at this point in time.
Thanks for your consideration and cooperation! You are all inspiring.