Last month, Reverend Billy got arrested at the start of NYC critical mass in Union Square. The Reverend made the mistake of exercising his consitutional rights of free speech. Tisk tisk. The NYPD were in no mood for someone to think they could go around reciting the first amendment. shesh, what was he thinking…Doesn’t he know the police have no tolerance for this kind of behavior, especially when they have lots of bike riders to arrest and ticket.
CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN & FIRST AMENDMENT FESTIVAL
Friday, July 27
Festival, 6:30 p.m.
Critical Mass, 7 p.m.
Union Square Park North
The people of New York have to protect and honor the First Amendment. This city already has laws against dancing, now we are facing noise ordinances, new regulations regarding film and photography and the demon parade and assembly laws that make constitutionally protected dissent almost impossible. All of these laws give the NYPD tremendous latitude for discretionary enforcement.
Come to the North Side of Union Square at 6:30 with or without a bicycle. The Stop Shopping Choir will be there to sing and Reverend Billy has been working on a hot sermon since the NYPD took him to the Tombs on June 29th.
Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first Critical Mass was in 1993.
We would love to see the tall bike out there so this is a call out to Black Label and Chunk 666. Come one come all to Union Square and stand up for your rights.