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Photo by Anne Nomus nyc indymedia.org

PARADE WITHOUT A PERMIT REPORTBACK

Report from one of the organizers of the parade…

September 29th: The Parade Without A Permit formed around the fountain of
Washington Square Park. At 7:45pm, the drummers played soft beats and 200
of us circled the park center. The vibe was both tense and jubilant.
Nobody knew how the police would react, when and if the seven cops on foot
would call in the reinforcements surely clustered just out of view along
the surrounding blocks.

When we stepped out of the west side of the park and onto the streets, we
were immediately in Speaker Christine Quinn’s district and immediately in
violation of the new rules the police wrote and Quinn rubber-stamped.
Since February 2007, it’s been illegal for 50 or more people to process
through New York City without first requesting and then receiving
permission by the NYPD.


Photo by Anne Nomus nyc indymedia.org
By the Stonewall Inn, the drummers played harder and faster, and everyone
chanted, “Resist! Resist! Raise up you fist! Resist! Resist! We know you
are pissed!” We swarmed Christopher Street. From that point on, we moved
along in the streets of the Village and, when we turned up Eighth Avenue,
transformed all four lanes into a dance hall.

Photo by Anne Nomus nyc indymedia.org

Our front line consisted of pink and black clad queers holding three
banners: the center one stated “Defend Freedom of Assembly! Stop the Cop
Law!”; the right one, “Quinn Betrays Queers!”; and the left depicted
Speaker Quinn in a way-oversized police hat with the message “Quinn Cops
Out!”


Photos by Anne Nomus nyc indymedia.org


photo by James Wagner

Fists raised, drums thumping, our pack proved you don’t need permission to
process through the City with 50 or more people. It wasn’t just a healthy
sign of the democratic process. It was a fucking good time. Diners smiled
and clapped. Passersby jumped in.

Over the rhythms, revelers towards the back of our roving carnival started
a spontaneous chant that we all took up: “No permit! No permit! We don’t
need no permit! We’ll burn it! We’ll burn it! Your fucking permit!” Most
of us wore a patch depicting the number “51” to underscore this point.

Plainclothes cops were in the streets with us. A police car zoomed up to
the back of the parade, and the officers in it shouted through
loudspeakers to intimidate the crowd. But really, the police response was
minor. In many similar kinds of actions, the NYPD have made arrests and
even cracked skulls. That they weren’t on Saturday night was the clearest
indication we’re focusing on the right target: Quinn gave the NYPD the
cover to pass the anti-assembly rules, and the police were returning the
favor.

“Chris Quinn! Hypocrite!” everyone chanted. “Your policies are full of shit!”


photo by James Wagner

We’re going to keep exposing the fact that Speaker Quinn wants to be mayor
and she’s willing to sell our civil rights down the historical river for
her own personal gain. As an out lesbian, she has betrayed the political
legacy that gave her the power she enjoys today. We’re not going to let
Quinn take the streets away from us—not without a fight.


We danced through the Meatpacking District, longing for the days when
trans-sex workers still made transactions and six-story billboards didn’t
exist. Then we processed south to Christopher Street, where we picked up
more people and steered towards the piers that still serve as a meeting
place for queers, especially queer youth of color—though the area is now
under heavy surveillance and locked down at night. By 9:30 p.m., fireworks
were erupting, and we were lounging in the grass, passing around beverages
and grins.

This is what democracy looks like. We hope to see it more often in the City.

Love and Rage,
the Radical Homosexual Agenda

More photos:
NYC indymedia.org

Its UP…finally.


This took forever but our video from this years monster track is finally up at play in traffic productions.

Right now it is just up for streaming so depending on your connection speed, it may take a while to load up.

Thank you Ken Stanek, for getting this thing up. Enjoy.

Messenger Appreciation Day…Friday.

Messenger Appreciation Day
Friday, 10-05-07 -All day!
Happy Messenger Appreciation Day! We will be kicking off MAD by giving out free food and water to messengers at a park. (Park location TBA) From 10am to 6pm.

Our party will kick off at 6:30 at 49 E. Houston St. More free food, cheap booze, music and dancing! We will also have a raffle with fabulous prizes and your once in a lifetime opportunity to *win a date with the NYBMF*! All proceeds go to your favorite non-profit foundation that grants money to injured messengers and messenger programs…the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation!!!

Please help spread the word to other WORKING MESSENGERS!!! Thank you!

Bloomberg is in Paris looking at bike program.

This article explains about NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s trip to Paris.

In Paris, Bloomberg Eyes Bike Program for Home
By DIANE CARDWELL
Published: September 30, 2007

PARIS, Sept. 29 — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, on his first trip here since he took office, acknowledged the challenges of bringing home a popular Parisian bike rental program the administration is exploring, saying he was unsure it would translate to New York.

Noting challenges like roads damaged by seasonal changes, the lack of bike lanes, liability problems and the possibility that commuters would not want to carry helmets to work, Mr. Bloomberg said: “You try to see whether it fits, and some parts of it will, but it may very well give you an idea to do something totally different.”

Under the program, which started in July, thousands of bicycles are docked along Paris streets, and customers can rent them after buying a membership ranging in time from a day (about $1.30) to a year (about $38). Members pay by the half-hour, with the first 30 minutes free. To discourage long rides, the fee rises from $1.30 for the second half-hour to $5.20 for the fourth.
Noting challenges like roads damaged by seasonal changes, the lack of bike lanes, liability problems and the possibility that commuters would not want to carry helmets to work, Mr. Bloomberg said: “You try to see whether it fits, and some parts of it will, but it may very well give you an idea to do something totally different.”

Under the program, which started in July, thousands of bicycles are docked along Paris streets, and customers can rent them after buying a membership ranging in time from a day (about $1.30) to a year (about $38). Members pay by the half-hour, with the first 30 minutes free. To discourage long rides, the fee rises from $1.30 for the second half-hour to $5.20 for the fourth.

Judging from the lines of empty consoles in the city center and the ubiquity of riders, even in the rain, the program has been a hit here, despite occasional technical glitches and a lack in some places of empty spots to return a bicycle. One official told Mr. Bloomberg that 100,000 people had signed up for yearly membership and that customers had taken more than 5 million rides.

Whether such a system could survive in New York, where bike theft is common, remains to be seen. Lionel Bordeaux, a press officer for City Hall here, said the fact that all fees were paid by credit card, and a roughly $200 charge for unreturned bikes, discouraged stealing.

Mr. Bloomberg’s trip is shaping up to be a lushly appointed tour for him and his close aides, with meals and meetings with business, academic, cultural and governmental luminaries, including the American ambassador, Craig Roberts Stapleton; Bernard Arnault, chief of the luxury goods behemoth LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton; and Luc Jacquet, the director of “March of the Penguins.”

Arriving at the Hôtel de Ville, the grand City Hall, Mr. Bloomberg gave Mayor Bertrand Delanoë an apple-shaped silver dish from Tiffany. Mr. Delanoë presented his counterpart with a silver tray and gave a gold brooch in the shape of the Paris logo, a ship, to Mr. Bloomberg’s companion, Diana L. Taylor, who promptly put it on.

The couple, along with Mr. Bloomberg’s deputy mayors Patricia E. Harris and Kevin Sheekey, then joined Mr. Delanoë for a lunch including foie gras and mushroom soup, fish and several glasses of wine, including a 1995 Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge that Mr. Bloomberg seemed to particularly enjoy.

“The wines were French, and they were excellent,” Mr. Bloomberg, a fan of California merlot, told reporters, saying that he did not normally drink at lunch but had made an exception out of deference to Mr. Delanoë’s hospitality. “Can’t explain the second glass of red, but that’s neither here nor there,” he joked.

Mr. Bloomberg ended his day in Blackpool, England, at a dinner with David Cameron of the Conservative Party, whose conference Mr. Bloomberg is to address on Sunday.
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I wonder if Mayor Bloomberg explained to the French that a bicycle program also might not work in NYC because the city spends millions of dollars to harass cyclists….hmmm. Probably didn’t come up during lunch time wine tasting…It must be so hard to be a billionaire.

Memorial Today.

MEMORIAL TO BE HELD FOR PEDESTRIAN HOPE MILLER, KILLED BY A CAR ON DEADLY
HOUSTON STREET

After a third death in the Houston Street construction zone, Time’s Up!
remembers the lives lost and pushes the City to take action.

HOUSTON STREET MEMORIAL AND SPEAK OUT
Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 6:30pm at Houston St. and 6th Ave.
Elected Officials, Pedestrian and Public Space Advocates have been invited
to attend.
**Memorial plaque, created by Visual Resistance, and stencil will be
placed at crash site

New York, NY (October 2, 2007) – Time’s Up! will hold a memorial to
commemorate Hope Miller, 28, and raise awareness of the City’s failure to
address unsafe conditions for cyclists and pedestrians on Houston Street.
Miller was struck and killed on Houston Street at 6th Avenue on Tuesday,
September 25th by a hit-and-run driver allegedly fleeing a previous accident.

Hope Miller’s death is the third known fatality since June, 2005 to occur
in the area of Houston Street undergoing construction. Cyclist Andrew
Morgan, 25, was killed by a furniture truck turning on the corner of
Houston and Elizabeth Street on June 22, 2005 and cyclist Derek Lake, 23,
was crushed beneath the wheels of a tractor-trailer at Houston and
LaGuardia Place on June 26, 2006.

Uneven pavement, unclear lane delineations, improperly placed metal
plates, and absent safety workers have been a consistent problem since the
construction began over two years ago. The DOT plans for Houston include
traffic signals and turning bays that will facilitate faster vehicular
traffic and result in an even more dangerous street. The DOT also
abandoned their ten-year-old plan for protected bike lanes on Houston.

”The City needs to switch their priorities from accommodating cars and
trucks on Houston Street to protecting cyclists and pedestrians,” says
Bill DiPaola, Executive Director of Time’s Up! “The City’s reneging on the
10-year promise for safe bike lanes on a newly paved, eight lane Houston
Street, is a decision that will continue to endanger pedestrians and
cyclists.”

Tomorrow, Parade without a Permit

The Radical Homosexual Agenda is hosting another Parade without a Permit:

PARADE WITHOUT A PERMIT!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH @ 7PM
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK @ THE FOUNTAIN

Queers, Allies and Everyone affected by the NYPD’s anti-assembly rules:
Join us in the streets as we challenge these rules!

We’re going to assemble in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s district to PARADE WITHOUT A PERMIT! We’re going to deliver a big FUCK YOU to Speaker Quinn—after all, she’s quashed some of the very civil rights that made it possible for her, an out lesbian, to hold political office.

Bring noisemakers, signs and your dancing bodies out to reclaim OUR streets!

Why target Speaker Christine Quinn?

In 2006, multiple courts ruled the City’s assembly rules unconstitutional, and City Council was charged with fixing them. Instead of conducting public hearings and placing the matter into the hands of City Council, Speaker Quinn abdicated her responsibilities and allowed the NYPD to write these rules behind closed doors.

In February 2007, she rubberstamped the new rules into effect. Suddenly, it became illegal for 50 or more people to gather and process through New York City—unless they request and are given prior permission from the police.

Of course, the NYPD has a long history of attacking political groups, and one of their favorite tools is to deny permit requests of groups—like the organizers of the 2007 Trans Day of Action—who they don’t like.

Why do police decide who can assemble and who cannot? And since when do the police write rules? And why is all of this okay with Quinn?

Quinn so desperately wants to be mayor that she has sold the queer community and her constituents down the historical river for her own political gain. We’ll remind Quinn that she has her pot of gold, but she better not forgot the rainbow that led her to it!

The Stonewall veterans never asked for a permit, and neither will we!

Shout Out for a Pink and Black Block. Anyone who wants to participate, show your colors, jump in and dance to the beats of the Anti-Authoritarians, a queer drum corp.

Check out these two short movies.

Street Films has made two great videos about recent events in NYC.

The first is about the new LOOK campaign that has been launced to encourage more awareness of cyclists on the streets.

The second is about the Park(ing) day, where people reclaimed parking spaces for a day and turned them into little parks, gyms for kids and chill space.

Great job streetfilms.

A few events.

Friday is Critical Mass…remember that bike ride we all used to go to.

Then its the 20th anniversary party at the Time’s Up space with Japanther and Team Spider (Bands)

Sunday there is a screening of my 5 minute short about Monster Track 8, fixed gear only alleycat that took place in freezing February.

This is part of an ongoing series called Bikeshorts.

8:00pm at the Larry Lawrence Bar. 295 Grand St. in WIlliamsburg.

Here is the trailer…

NYC screening of M.A.S.H.

Not the medical drama from the Korean War, M.A.S.H. is the movie by Gabe Morford and Michael Martin which propelled the fixed gear bicycle to the next level, a world of tricks and making possible the impossible on a track bike.

Track bikes have been trendy for a while, we all know this, now seeing enough skinny black jeans hipsters whizzin by with brakeless bikes. M.A.S.H. is a video that everyone was peepin on YouTube and quickly became a household name as far as sub cultures are concerned. Its a video like a skateboarding video, mostly riding and doing tricks…but it showed possibilities. Like the first time someone landed a kick flip or a rail slide. Its how these trends expand. How the Zephyr team broke all the molds in Dogtown and Zboys (the documentary) by doing things with their boards that had never been achieved.

M.A.S.H has had that same kind of influence, where the bike community around the world is holding trick events and pushing the limits with new tricks and ridin styles. Of course these trends exist on their own, but this video definitely can be heralded as a benchmark in the trend.

The movie was launched last year at the Bicycle Film Festival and now is playing at select screenings around the country.

Check out there new trailer

MASHSF new website

It is coming to the St. Marks Church

October 7th, 2007

Hosted by Trackstar and Dave’s Quality Meats

We hope to be hanging out with at least one of the film makers and ridin.

ah, I forgot

I have been told I forgot to tell people to wear bright colors for tonights video taping. BRIGHT COLORS.