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Convention protest descends into violence
Around 10,000 had gathered for a peaceful march calling for an end to the Iraq war which eventually erupted into pitched battles between a breakaway group and officers.
Police used pepper spray and smoke bombs to break up the mob while officers on horseback, motorcycles and bicycles chased a group of rock-and bottle-throwing
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Award Winning journalist of independent news show Democracy Now! is arrested while trying to help other journalists from the show.
This and more reported on by Submedia.org.
Here the story:
Yesterday 10,000 protestors demanded an end to the war including veterans for peace.
By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press Writer
With a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, the Five Borough Bicycle Club is fighting new Police Department rules that the cyclists say were drawn up to retaliate against people participating in Critical Mass, a monthly ride that sometimes draws hundreds of two-wheelers to busy city streets.
The regulations, adopted last year, require groups of 50 people or more traveling together on a public way to get a parade permit from the police department.
The legal fight is the latest in a string that began during the 2004 Republican National Convention, when police arrested more than 260 cyclists during a Critical Mass ride.
Read more here.
Article in the Missourian
Bike polo team to compete in Chicago tournament
article by: JESS BLUMENSHEID
This was the cheer Wednesday night after police gave Columbia’s bike polo team permission once again to practice in a downtown parking garage.
Columbia’s bike polo players have no team name, no designated home base and few fans. The team organized in February after a group of cycling friends decided informally to give polo on wheels a shot.
Their passion for the game has driven the team to practice twice a week, building skills that allow them to compete against teams from much bigger cities.
rest of the article Here.
Picture posted on flickr by: waitingline
Following similar patterns from large scale protests and past Conventions, the police have continued to harass, threaten and disrupt people’s constitutional rights of free assembly.
Now we move on to the Republican National Convention being held in the Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Last week the police stopped members of the New York Based Glass Bead Collective and confiscated their laptops and video equipment. Thanks to hard work of the National Lawyers Guild they got it back, except for the $100.00 cash, that was a welcome fee from the office of Homeland Insecurity.
Over the weekend the cops with nothing better to do but raid convergence spaces and harass people were at it again…must have needed more cash. And you’ll never guess what they claimed their reasoning was…Anarchists!!
Got this message from Eileen Clancey of I-Witness video yesterday:
“This is Eileen Clancy.
At least one local TV crew is here along with some legal observers. Our
We are suffering a preemptive video arrest.
Please contact the office of the St. Paul mayor. I am not in a position
All the best,
There was this article in the Star Tribune:
Police raid RNC protest sites in Twin Cities
Ramsey County authorities conducted raids across Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday and Saturday as a pre-emptive strike against disruptive protests of the Republican National Convention.
Five people were arrested and more than 100 were handcuffed, questioned and released by scores of deputies and police officers, according to police and elected officials familiar with the raids.
In a statement Saturday morning, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said the St. Paul raid targeted the RNC Welcoming Committee, a group he described as “a criminal enterprise made up of 35 self-described anarchists…intent on committing criminal acts before and during the Republican National Convention.”
Full article Here.
Then I got this message:
5 other I-Witness Video folks were detained, both on bicycles and in a
Please keep phoning the St. Paul Mayor’s office. Many thanks for your
I will write later.”
Then later I got ths:
There was a significant media presence documenting our detention —
Now we need to take some time to document what has happened to us and
We all received many e-mails and phone calls. Thanks again for calling the
We will write again soon.”
– Eileen Clancy
Ah, this is why the terrorists hate us. Because we are so “Free.” Nothing more threatening to the security of the RNC delegates then an overturned dumpster by a “self-described” anarchist.
No brakes, and they like it
By Megan Twohey | Chicago Tribune reporter
It was dusk in Wicker Park, and cyclists wearing fitted jeans, caps and hooded sweat shirts were gathering for a nighttime ride.
Different frames and colors flashed in the streetlightâ€”a Cinelli Vigorelli, sleek and white; a red Motobecane with purple grips.
But in a controversial and increasingly popular trend, not one of the bicycles had brakes. As the cyclists glided onto the streets on their fixed-gear bikes, the only way for them to slow down was to force the rear wheels into a skid.
State law prohibits riding brakeless bikes on the streets, but that hasn’t stopped a growing number of young people from hitting the road with bicycles they see as pure and stripped-down.
Rest of the article here.
Stay tuned for my complete report on Friday’s Critical Mass in NYC.
picture from DNC critical mass, taken by: Tyler Dickey
Here in NYC..
Well you know the drill. But don’t believe the hype.
Article in Today’s Metro:
ARREST SET COURSE FOR PROTESTS IN CITY
Friday nightâ€™s Critical Mass marks a seminal event in the rideâ€™s history: Four years ago the police arrested more than 250 people during the monthly ride that attracted thousands during the Republic National Convention.
â€œPeople are still concerned that the NYPD is using excessive force and harassment,â€ said Barbara Ross, who was arrested during the convention.
The RNC experience was a â€œturning pointâ€ for Ross, a volunteer for Times Up! â€” the environmental group that promotes Critical Mass. â€œI had never been involved in fighting for First Amendment issues.â€
While some, like Ross, became more politically active, others just left town.
â€œI know people who left New York â€¦ some people didnâ€™t feel safe around the cops anymore,” said Mark Taylor, who had just started law school when he was arrested during the RNC while riding as a legal observer. â€œIt was a dramatic thing to see mass arrests and be caught up in it and see how arbitrary it was.â€
He now works on cases defending Critical Mass riders, including Christopher Long, who was filmed being knocked off his bike by a cop during last monthâ€™s Critical Mass.
â€œThereâ€™s more public awareness of what the police department is up to and more recognition of a lack of oversight,â€ Taylor said. â€œBut I donâ€™t think the police feel any more restrained.â€
â€œI think Summer Streets was an important lesson for the city,â€ Ross said. â€œIf the NYPD works with the cyclists like before the RNC, Iâ€™m convinced the ride will grow again with families, older cyclists and a more diverse ride.â€
Time’s Up released this press release about tonight’s ride:
Link to Press Release Here
(Happy Now Barbara)
Critical Mass gains support from the community after release of videos
WHAT: Critical Mass Ride
New York, NY (August 29, 2008) â€“ Friday night, cyclists will gather at
“Under the management of Mayor Bloomberg, the NYPD has waged an expensive,
Video of Christopher Long body slammed by NYPD on July 2008 Critical Mass
City Council Memberâ€™s letter to the Manhattan DA calling for an
Timeâ€™s Up! letter to the editor published in New York Times replying to
Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of non-polluting transportation,
I got this email from a local television producer who is looking to do a story about people who have started riding bicycle due to the high costs of gas.
Here is what she is looking for:
“I’m a TV reporter who works for a newsmagazine show where I do lots of stories on the economy.
I’m working on a story about how people are changing how they get to work due to high gas prices.
I was wondering if you knew of people (in the five boroughs or Lower Hudson Valley) who started biking to work (or anywhere else) to save money.
If so, can you please forward me their contact information?
I’d like to interview them for my story.
Please email (email@example.com) or call (914.417.2726) me with any questions.
I look forward to your response. Thanks a lot!
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Join in the community effort to support and raise awareness of those who
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DONT BE LEFT BEHIND.
with this information from: DVONS27
“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! “