“Critical Mass in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. It was awesome. Probably at least 600 riders. At first the cops were escorting us, and were allowing us to go through red lights, but at the end, they said we were impeding traffic, so they sent out the riot police. People started getting arrested, and getting tickets. More Bikes, Less Oil! “
The Republican National Convention hasn’t even started yet in Minneapolis, but the police are all ready cracking down.
Three members of NYC’s Glass Bead Collective got the shake down in true fascist style.
Local protesters stifled Group hassled by Minnesota cops in advance of GOP convention by amy zimmer / metro new york
AUG 27, 2008
Just after a group of New Yorkers were released by Chinese authorities, other locals were detained by authorities in a different setting: Three members of the Glass Bead Collective were in Minneapolis prepping a few days before filming protests during the Republican National Convention.
After being held early yesterday morning for an hour, their camera equipment, computers, notes and even someoneâ€™s backpack of clothes were seized, according to Vladimir Teichberg. His video group helped air the YouTube clip of a Critical Mass bicyclist last month getting shoved off his bike by a cop.
“They took our tools of the trade.” Teichberg said by phone from Minneapolis, where he has been since Thursday to â€œget a feelâ€ for the city and meet with groups planning actions. â€œWeâ€™re interested in people coming to protest, â€¦ what theyâ€™re trying to say and how theyâ€™re trying to say it, and to what extent they will be allowed to say it.â€
According to a Minneapolis Police Department report, the trio trespassed and committed a â€œhomeland security offense.â€ They were observed walking out of a railroad yard, the report states.
But Teichberg said he, Olivia Katz and Anita Brathwaite had come off a bus around 2 a.m. when cop cars surrounded them.
â€œAt first they told us they were looking for people breaking into cars,â€ Teichberg said. â€œThey started searching us. â€¦ They questioned us: Why are we here, what is our allegiance, who do we support for president?â€ â€¦ I said, This is crazy, like â€˜1984.â€™â€
Article in the NY times about the new bike lanes on Broadway in Midtown. Ok, I messed with this photo a bit. I love the motorcycle riding in the bike lane.
Front-Row Seats on Broadway, if You Dare By WILLIAM NEUMAN Published: August 25, 2008
As if New York wasnâ€™t stimulating enough already, the city has provided a new kind of thrill right in the heart of Midtown: an esplanade carved into Broadway where people can sit and relax as cars and trucks whiz by.
And while the esplanade seems to have become an instant hit with office workers and tourists â€” the metal benches, tables and chairs (some under red umbrellas) were rarely empty on Monday morning, even though they have been out for only a few days â€” many eyed the traffic warily.
Last night, Rage Against the Machine played a free concert and there was a Critical Mass:
From the Denver Post:
Denver reaches “Critical Mass” By Carlos Illescas and Greg Mellen
Some 200 bicyclists met at Civic Center tonight, circled the park then headed west on 15th Street to an unknown destination as part of the “Critical Mass” bicycling event.
The event, which is held in cities nationwide, is typically on the last Friday of every month. But with the Democratic National Convention in town, bicyclists decided to hit the road Wednesday to draw attention to the relationship between bicyclists and motorists.
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New York-Bicycle Activists propose-“Car Free” Prospect Park.
Bicycle Activists Propose ‘Car-Free’ Prospect Park
Group ‘Transportation Alternatives’ Calls On Mayor Bloomberg To Consider Full-Time Ban In Famous Park Reporting Magee Hickey BROOKLYN (CBS) â€• How does this sound: a totally “car-free” Prospect Park in Brooklyn? It’s a proposal a group of bicycle activists is pushing hard for next summer.
According to the group Transportation Alternatives, the three-week experiment to shut down certain streets on the East Side of Manhattan to cars on August weekends has been such a huge success, that Mayor Michael Bloomberg should want to ban cars from Prospect Park as part of his lasting legacy. At least that’s the argument the activist group is making.
2008 Univest Grand Prix is coming to Eastern Pennsilvania
The Souderton Independent reports on this upcoming cycling classic.
Univest Grand Prix pedals on, prepares for upcoming race By: Bob Keeler, Staff Writer
“He just destroyed the field last year, blew the race into a thousand pieces and he basically replicated that ride that he did at Univest last year in a stage of the Tour de France,” said John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling and the UGP’s race promoter. Frischkorn, riding for the Garmin-Chipotle team in its first Tour de France appearance, didn’t win the stage earlier this summer, but he came in a close second, Eustice said at an Aug. 11 press conference in Doylestown to talk about this year’s Univest Grand Prix.
More bicyclists take to the street due to high gas prices. By SEAN NEALON The Press-Enterprise
More people are commuting by bike because it can save money, improve health and help the environment. But it also can be dangerous, especially in car-centric Southern California.
A driver making a mid-block U-turn hit Redlands bike commuter Jonathan Baty, bruising his hip and damaging his bike. San Bernardino bicycle commuter Steven Christiansen continues to have back pain after being hit and thrown 20 feet. Roger Uminski, who commutes by bike from Redlands to Riverside, hasn’t been in a collision, but has had change thrown at him.
Folks, I am in Denver and will be on Democracy Now in the morning, in the first hour of their special two-hour convention coverage to talk about the policing of the Democratic National Convention so far.
I will also be discussing some disturbing news which we received in the middle of the night. Our colleagues at the Glass Bead Collective, a group of video artists and documentarians, are in the Twin Cities to prepare for the Republican National Convention. They were swarmed by three police cars, detained and had all of their electronic gear, including laptop computers, videocameras and personal items were taken from them by Minneapolis police. No one was arrested. The stop and seizure was explained by police officers as related to Homeland Security and the Republican Convention. Needless to say, this is extremely upsetting to hear.
More details to come later, folks.
– Eileen Clancy I-Witness Video
2 words…POLICE STATE.
August 26th, 2008 | Category: General | Comments are closed
Well its that time of year again. When Presidential candidates (backed by major corporate dollars) spend millions on their conventions, preach about freedom and equality and fully allow their host cities to become militarized police states that look a lot like this:
Wow, I remember back in 2004. Ah yes the Republican National Convention in the oh so Republican town of New York. By allowing my city to host the RNC (Thanks Mayor Bloomberg) lets remember some of the good times:
*We turned our 10 year Critical Mass into a violent battleground of police harassment. *We got lots of people arrested, even for just standing on the sidewalk thinking about protesting. *Tied up the court system with hundreds of lawsuits for things like locking people in a toxic bus depot for 48 hours. Many of these cases are still pending but most of them have been dropped favoring the demonstrators. *Allowed plain clothes officers to manically ride around on scooters ramming into people. *Sent NYPD cops all over the country to infiltrate such violent protest groups like the “Billionaires for Bush.”
Denver will be having a critical mass on Wednesday August 27th.