Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Movies all screenings at-
Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash AVE, 8th Floor
Sunday, August 10th, 11am-5pm
BFF BLOCK PARTY In front of Cobra Lounge Fulton b/w Ashland and Noble 11:00am – 5:00pm
Bring your family, your bike, maybe a blanket, and come hang out
11:00am – Bike Parade! Kids, Parents, Adults – everyone’s invited to decorate their bike, best decorations/costume wins! Help kick off the block party with a neighborhood parade!
12:00pm – Head to Head IROsprints (Bracket style) $5 per entry Grand Prize: Rudy Project Helmet
1:00pm – Park Tool Mechanics Buildoff $30 per entry, benefits Working Bikes, Grand Prize: Park Tool RK-41 Tool Set (limited to the first 15 entrants, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register in advance)
2:00pm – Bike Polo Including lessons for first timers
3:00pm – Sprints and Skidz To benefit the Cuttin’ Crew – including Sprints, Skids, Best Trick, Foot Down: Each entry ($10) and win gets you raffle tickets for a Capone Cycles frameset
Food! Drinks! Music! Demonstration by Nocturnal! Raffles! Vendors! All Day Cycling Extravaganza!
August 5th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Well here is another shinning example of the Madison Ave crowd continuing to not get it about bicycles:
This is kind of like why a few token days of shutting down streets for a few hours is no way to encourage more people to ride bikes. It makes it trival and fun and not sustainable and practical.
Here is what is right about this ad:
1) Gas prices are too inflated and riding a bike is a good solution.
But instead here is what this ad conveys:
1) That the only reason to ride a bike is because gas prices are too high, because your credit sucks from buying too much shit you never could afford in the first place. Remember, these are the guys who had to work in the seafood joint and where ridiculous uniforms to try and get back their credit score.
2) That this crummy bike was the only thing they could afford
3) That cyclists are all dorks and losers who don’t have cars.
4) That non one is safe from annoying catchy jingles that repeat themselves over and over again.
5) that Cops and cyclists can ride together in harmony.
Thanks again advertising world, for taking serious issues and an opportunity to get more people on bikes and making cyclists look like dorks with crappy bikes who should feel like losers cause they can’t afford a car.
This article in Yesterday’s NYTimes is just reason the cops have gone Crazy:
Police and a Cyclistsâ€™ Group, and Four Years of Clashes By JAMES BARRON Published: August 4, 2008
The New York City Police Department, with its 35,000 officers, has in recent years been on the front lines of the citywide decline in serious crime. It has protected visiting dignitaries like Pope Benedict XVI at events that drew thousands of people, and it has posted officers in foreign capitals to gather information on terrorism and trends that could threaten New York.
But the Police Department continues to be flummoxed by bicyclists riding together once a month.
The rides are known as Critical Mass. The police have sent helicopters to track the riders as they roll through Manhattan on the last Friday evening of every month. They have stationed mobile command centers â€” the kind of trailer-size outposts set up after a major emergency like the collapse of a crane or a steam pipe explosion â€” near where the cyclists usually gather in Union Square.
Articles like this and the recent video of Christopher Long has gotten the attention of the city council so there will be a press conference tomorrow:
NYC Outraged By Cops Gone Wild!
WHAT: A Press conference to denounce Cops Gone Wild, a call for an end to the criminalization of those who lawfully document police activities. Speakers will also address the lack of discipline for those who harass, intimidate, and physically assault New Yorkers, especially those Officers who intentionally makes false official statements regarding their misconduct.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 10 am
WHERE: In front of One Police Plaza
The latest episodes of police brutality and misconduct captured on video will be the focus of a press conference on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 10am, in front of One Police Plaza. The event will bring together an unprecedented number of elected officials, social justice organizations and civil rights groups who are outraged and determined to put a stop to police brutality and the criminalization of those who document it.
Among the groups and individuals expected are: Attorney Norman Siegel, Audre Lorde Project, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Casa Atabex Ache, Center for Constitutional Rights, Council Members Rosie Mendez and Charles Barron, Free Wheels Bicycle Defense Fund, Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project, International Action Center, Justice Committee, Make The Road NY, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, Peoples’ Justice for Community Control & Police Accountability, Social Justice Leadership, Times Up! Environmental Group and VAMOS Unidos.
Click here to watch a 12 minute video showing NYPD officers harass and arrest cyclists and those documenting these arrests during one ride last year.
Click here to watch video of NYPD officer repeatedly beating a handcuffed army veteran on the ground with a metal Baton.h
Click here to watch video of Officer Patrick Pogan violently knocking Christopher Long off his bicycle on July 25th.
August 5th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Check out this article in the NYTimes by Colin Moynihan.
20 Years After Unrest, Class Tensions Have Faded and Punk Rock Will Be Played.
By COLIN MOYNIHAN Published: August 2, 2008
The traditional gift for a 20th anniversary is something made of china. But this weekend, a moment from early August 1988 will be marked by bands with names like Team Spider, LeftÃ¶ver Crack and Death Mold.
That moment, branded ever since as the Tompkins Square riot, began on a steamy Saturday night as a demonstration against a park curfew. But it quickly turned into a melee between protesters and police officers that lasted until dawn.
â€œIt was one of the most exciting nights of my life,â€ said Jerry Wade, a squatter who helped lead the protests. Mr. Wade, known as Jerry the Peddler, is also organizing some of the commemorative events this weekend, which besides punk rock concerts include speeches and demonstrations scheduled to take place in or near the park, precisely the sort of events that irked some of the people living around it 20 years ago.
The confrontation over the 1 a.m. park curfew was fueled by concerns over issues including homelessness, gentrification and the future of the neighborhood. Squatters, artists, landlords, blue-collar families, merchants and young professionals all existed within blocks of the park. Tensions were heightened by the perception that newer and richer residents were displacing others with less money or political power.
To some East Village residents, the park had become a festering wound of drug use, homeless encampments and all-night music and parties. Responding to these complaints, the local community board voted to impose the curfew.
â€œThey hung out in the park all night with drinking and music galore,â€ said Philip C. LaLumia, a community board member. â€œThey called it music; we called it noise.â€
On the night of Aug. 6, more than 100 people showed up at the park to protest the curfew, drinking beer, lighting firecrackers and carrying banners with slogans like â€œGentrification is Class War.â€ Dozens of officers watched on foot and horseback, and around 12:30 a.m., some in the crowd began throwing bottles at the police.
From then until sunrise, officers battled with the crowd in and around the park, with the protesters hurling bottles and other debris, and the police using nightsticks and riot gear. Forty-four people were injured, 13 of them police officers.
A videographer, Clayton Patterson, captured police officers, some of whom removed or covered their badges and nameplates, severely beating protesters and passers-by. One onlooker was Robert Arihood, who said he was attacked several times by the police. For him, the looming anniversary and attending fanfare was stirring up uneasy memories of lying injured and motionless on Avenue A as officers taunted him. â€œI couldnâ€™t move,â€ he said. â€œI thought I was going to die.â€
Benjamin Ward, then the police commissioner, sharply criticized his force for losing control. Some commanders were reprimanded or forced into retirement; 14 officers were tried on brutality charges but none were convicted.
Twenty years later, the melee is both a cherished memory and a scar, with the protesters seen as either the romantic defenders of a losing cause or merely a collection of hooligans.
Most agree that the battle to keep the East Village affordable is now down to its last gasps. Studio apartments in the neighborhood now rent for about $2,000.
â€œThe mythology that was created by the resistance of the neighborhood was marketed,â€ said Paul DeRienzo, a radio reporter who broadcast for WBAI from Avenue A in 1988 as sirens and screams sounded in the background. â€œBy the early â€™90s the East Village was considered a hip place to live.â€
A local underground newspaper called The Shadow, which is sponsoring the concerts, is also assembling a special issue dedicated to stories of the conflict that will include an essay by Mr. Wade about how he helped coin a phrase that includes the words â€œour parkâ€ with a profane adjective separating them.
Another neighborhood paper, The Villager, published an essay by Bobby Steele, a musician who performed with the Misfits, criticizing another popular slogan of the day â€” Die, Yuppie scum â€” as hate speech.
That phrase and others have recently resurfaced on fliers wheat-pasted to lampposts and light poles. There are also fliers bearing an image of a winged bottle emblazoned with an anarchist symbol and the words â€œfly highâ€ and â€œhit hard,â€ which became widespread in the years after the melee.
Slogans aside, a replay of 1988 seems unlikely. Organizers followed city rules and secured permits for the Saturday and Sunday concerts, which will both be over before nightfall.
These days the parkâ€™s curfew is one hour earlier, but it is rarely a source of controversy.
As midnight came and went on Thursday, residents quietly walked their dogs through the darkness, and a man and woman played Frisbee where the band shell, the parkâ€™s center of gravity, once stood. No police officers turned up to kick out the curfew-breakers.
A half-dozen people interviewed there said they knew nothing about the events of Aug. 6 and 7, 1988. But four people sitting on a bench beneath the spreading limbs of an elm tree said they had heard of the melee, even though three of them had not even been born. The group was quietly sipping from 22-ounce bottles of Guinness and discussing the previous weekendâ€™s punk rock show in the park when mention of the curfew drew familiar objections.
â€œWe want to enjoy our park,â€ said Angela Phillips, 19. â€œWe want to be out here all night.â€ ——————————- Not only was this a case of gentrification being implemented by the NYPD’s raw end of the night stick, it is also one of the first major incidences in NYC history where rampant police misconduct was caught on video tape.
The major news networks, where most people formulate their opinions from, were all set to tell the story of wild junkies and crazed homeless people gone mad, were it not for the footage from people like Clayton Paterson and Paul Garrin who risked physical assault to get their footage out to the press.
Their video evidence told a more complete tale of cops not only attacking demonstrators, but anyone they felt “undesirable” including innocent by-standers. All in the name of paving the way for the East Village to be made suitable for over-priced luxury condominiums. Ah, progress.
Just like if there were no footage of the police “body-checking” cyclists in Time’s Square…most people would have no idea it even happened and Christopher Long would have a hard time explaining why he found the urge to attack a young innocent police officer.
Clayton Paterson’s documentary, Captured will premiere at Webster Hall August 5th at 7pm. This film was too controversial, and not “New York enough” for the Tribeca Film Festival.
August 2nd, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
From its abysmal record on human rights of the Tibetan people to its atrocious impact on the world’s environment, Bike Blog will proudly NOT be reporting on anything from the 2008 olympic games in an online boycott.
You’ll have to tune into Katie Couric and the king of all dorks Matt Lauer in their gas masks for your NBC olympic coverage.
Good luck finding any cycling coverage anyway, because it will most likely be ignored to a much more important sport like swimming or rhythmic gymnastics.
and for those who think the Olympic games are not a place to discuss politics read this article from the Nation, and remember the propaganda fest of the 1936 Berlin Games: “Sieg Heil” Rage Against the Machine said it best: “Fists in the air in the land of hypocracy” and Tommie Smith and John Carlos lost their medals for that? Come on.