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Time’s Up Press Conference

TIME’S UP PRESS CONFERENCE
Come blow the lid off the Bloomberg Administration’s excessive expenditures selectively targeting Critical Mass cyclists.

Thursday, November 16, 2006
10:30 AM at City Hall Steps
Rain or Shine

For the past 28 months, the NYPD has been harassing law abiding cyclists on the Critical Mass bike rides. Now the NYPD is proposing new parade permit rules that target the Critical Mass rides but would also affect thousands of other New Yorkers. It’s time for New York taxpayers to be told of the outrageous amount of money the Bloomberg administration is spending on its harassment campaign of cyclists. A very detailed, thorough cost analysis of these expenditures has been completed by economist Charlie Komanoff and Time’s Up!, along with the assistance and support of civil rights attorneys Norman Siegel and Gideon Oliver, and the organizations FreeWheels and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.

Speakers so far include:
*Charlie Komanoff, Economist
*Norman Siegel, Civil Rights Attorney
*Mark Taylor, Assemble for Rights NYC
*Marquez Claxton, Retired Police Detective, served 20 years with the NYPD, from the 100 Blacks of Law Enforcement Who Care

(Video footage will be made available documenting excessive expenditures on past Critical Mass rides by the Time’s Up! video collective.)

ASSEMBLE FOR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN (www.assembleforrightsnyc.org)
Please join Time’s Up! in supporting First Amendment Rights and speak out against the NYPD’s parade permit regulations. Volunteers are needed to educate people, ask them to fill out postcards to elected officials, and invite them to join Assemble for Rights, contact volunteer@a4rnyc.org

Also, if you plan on testifying at the hearing and think there is video tape supporting your testimony write to media@a4rnyc.org

3 comments to Time’s Up Press Conference

  • Paul Tay

    Keep up the good work, people. We are all taking notes.

  • FERGIE

    OK, so what went on during the press conference?
    I read on indymedia that $1.3 million was the estimate, but that seemed REALLY low to me. Running those helicopters alone must cost a small fortune, and all of those packed mobile command units, vans, trucks, scooters, and other assorted vehicles add up quick. Throw in lawyers like Capt (Lu) Albanio and his white shirt buddies clocking OT, and all of the other assorted hangers-on (Greenpoint, evidence room), and you are talking a small army every month. Multiply that by 25+ CM’s since the RNC…
    No wonder they can’t afford to give them a contract!

  • Paul Tay

    Yep. In Tulsa, that’s called the Santa Task Force. Santa like shows up from like outta NOWHERE, rollin’ on the Broken Arrow Expressway, like banshee outta HELL. Motorists totally FREAK. The switchboards light up like Christmas lights on steriods. All HELL breaks loose. And, the Santa Task Force DEPLOYED. Of course, they get extra 8% pay for hazard duty, as per Surgeon General advisory: Laughing out loud can KILL.