Yesterday, activists gathered in City Hall Park to protest the head of the city council, Christine Quinn, who has taken a stance on the side of the police in the new parade rules which state…that no more than 50 people can demonstrate without a permit.
Gays, Lesbians and Transgender activists lead a small march of MORE than 50 people (possibly around 100) to show their outrage with such an unconstitutional ruling, especially apporved by the head of the legislative body of the city. Christine Quinn, a lesbian, once was willing to put herself on the front lines to fight for gay rights and issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, now believes it is a fair ruling. Its ok to protest in this city as long as you ask to police for permission…Yeah Right.
This is why the lead banner in the march was…Stonewall was and unpermitted action!
100 or so marchers came out of City Hall Park, flanked by an army of independent news videographers and the usual row of scooter cops, now synonymous with Critical Mass.
There was some pushing and shoving by the loose cannon police when we dared to take our march into the street for half a second…ooohhh, right around ground zero. There were 3 arrests…
If your wondering what happened to Chris Ryan’s video about this demonstration…I was asked to remove it because of some inappropraite text in the video which claims Gays don’t ride bikes…it wasn’t in good taste.
Here is a link to the Glass Bead Collectives video of the same protest.
Once again, this video shows how the NYPD deal with demonstrations…permit or no permit.
First the demonstrators engage in civil disobedience…like when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat…they step into the sacred streets. Then the cops alert them to get on the sidewalk, by running over and shoving them…in this case a woman. When the demonstrators do not comply the cops push even more violently until one particular person (in the red track jacket) is on the sidewalk. The demonstrator tells the cops he is now on the sidewalk. The white shirted police sergeant says..”good now you are on the sidewalk,” and proceeds to punch to person in the stomach. Then the cops pull the demonstrator with his bruised gut into the streets and proceed to dogpile on him with 5 cops…ohhh so tough.
Simple fascism in all its glory…the VIDEOS don’t lie.
IF only we had a permit…this wouldn’t happen….NOT!
We need people who live and work in Community Board 2 to stand up and support the Transportation Committee’s resolution in support of bike improvements on Prince, Bleecker AND Houston Streets!
Here are the meeting details:
Thursday, April 19th, 6:30pm St Vincent’s Hospital, Cronin Auditorium, 10th floor West 12th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues *Please arrive by 6:45pm Sign a speaker’s card and write “Yes to Prince and Bleecker bike lanes” on it.
Without a solid showing of support from people who live and work in the area, it is very likely that the full Community Board will not support these bike improvements; the status quo will remain and the city will not be any closer to becoming a more inviting place to cycle.
A small group of anti-bike, anti-change residents are putting strong pressure on the full Community Board to reject the bike lanes. They will be out in numbers on Thursday to decry these changes to make New York a more bikeable city. If we do not fill the room with one hundred supporters, we will lose this vote and lose these bike lanes.
If people cannot make Thursday’s meeting, please write or call Community Board 2 in support of the Prince & Bleecker bike lanes:
Manhattan Community Board 2 District Manager Bob Gormley 3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1A Phone: 212-979-2272 FAX: 212-254-5102 E-MAIL: email@example.com
Without support from the neighborhood, change will not happen. If more people show up at the Community Board to shout down these bike lanes than to support them, then the board will not support them and the neighborhood will have lost the opportunity to help New York become a better place to bike. Please show your support for this plan and speak out at this important meeting.
You can see the DOT’s presentation on the Prince and Bleecker bike lanes at: against-new-bike-lanes-in-soho/#more-1627″> Streets blog
I hope to see you on Thursday. Please e-mail or call me with any questions.
Thank you very much!
Noah S. Budnick Deputy Director Advocacy Transportation Alternatives 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10001-4010 Phone (212) 629-8080 Fax (212) 629-8334 Direct (646) 873-6022 Mobile (917) 684-2912 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . www.transalt.org
Bike Polo is alive and well in NYC. This new sport, gained popularity in cities like Portland Oregon…there is a picture log on Mess Magazine (Bike polo pictures from Portland)
Now, its being played weekly in Lower Manhattan–Here is an artilce from a local NYC paper-Downtown This article is not found on-line, but a fellow biker, scanned it and put it up.
Trackstar , NYC’s track bike boutique, is hosting the: Eastside Polo Invitational 2, April 27th-29th. Looks like a great time to watch and check out what Bike Polo is all about…kind of like hockey and Polo… Teams of either 3 on 3 or 4’s, depending on how many people show up. NYC teams have formed and are ready to do battle next weekend…check out the Trackstar website for more information….There is also a Bike Prom… during the weekend.
April 18th, 2007 | Category: General | Comments are closed
“AZ and I got a bit of a late start on our way to Philly and as we arrived 5 minutes before race time, we were confronted with a sea of humanity and bikes on the streets behind the R.E.Load headquarters.
Only two hundred spokecards and manifests had been printed. Three hundred racers showed up. Hmmmmm. What to do? Roland announced that the registered racers would get sent on their way. Unregistered racers could ride for free sans the t-shirts or spokecards. They would ride to a print shop Critical Mass style to get more.
As the race officials started handing out manifest, I stuck my hand out and ended up with a manifest. AZ got one from someone who didn’t plan to race. Jacob S. gave me his spoke card for the race, since he had DFL in mind.
Who do we ride with we ponder? We see Squid and mosey over. Since Squid won the race last year, he’s a good bet to follow, since he has an uncanny knack for choosing good wheels in a city not his own.
The serious crews have since taken off and we see a good group moving out. We latch on, but at the first stop sign, one of their riders on a fixie falls over. Followed by another. And another.
A Philly rider named Jeff rides up on us and after a quick chat we decide to follow him. As he takes off FAST on his fixie I see the R.E.Load winner bag for the HOUR OF POWER race. Fuck, this is going to be fast and hard.
I’ve raced in five of eight April Fool’s and have never had the opportunity to get in a good break.
This was a good break.
At this point the race becomes a blur. For me, it was to become a ride of constant gap closing and riding within sight, praying for traffic to slow down the front a bit for me not to permanently dropped. Early on our group was whittled to three as Squid dropped off the pace. After that, it was a ride of only twenty miles, but at the max and full of craziness.
There were five bar check points where the beer stops were much appreciated. Bob and Barbara’s, The Tattoed Mom’s and so on. In one we had to write an essay to our female pseudo-East Block Female Prison Guards who kept us in JAIL for 5 minutes.
At another we wrote Haiku:
I bike messenger I am always riding fast I am always late
The Exercise Girls whipped us into shape with push-ups, jumping jacks and a two block bike portage- cyclo-cross style!
The skateboard ride while shooting at a spinning target, followed by a shot of tabasco or a shot of vodka. I discovered that the tabasco followed by the vodka leave a pleasant Bloody Mary taste in your mouth. Yummm.
The drag race back along the river for several miles back to the R.E.Load store to look for Bilenky Pat who was dressed as a Playboy Bunny. Anna Nicole had nothing on him! At least not now. That ride was run between 23 and 25 milles an hour through traffic! Jeff and AZ were constantly a good 500 feet in front of me and was the only gap I could not close down. Thank God for the checkpoint!
We stopped and made calls to Crown Fried chicken to check on the price of a 15 piece box. A beauty parlor to check on the price of a styling.
Finding the flyer for the NoteKillers show on a wall of flyers. Multiple signatures. A minimum amount of fake checkpoints for a change.
I must say that we worked the course really really good as a riding group.
Finish time was 6:15, so at about 6:05 we sprinted the last 20 blocks to the warehouse in North Philly where the party and awards ceremony. Later in the night a rave was to be going on, so we had to vacate the premises by a certain time.
It was nice to chill on a beautiful afternoon. Going to get some chinese. Having a safety meeting with good friends. Catching up on old times. The Mr. Softee Ice Cream truck and the Double Dip Double Cone. I hadn’t had one of those since I was five years old in South Texas! Wow.
I poured a beer and set myself in a big comfy chair. Roland came up to me to clarify why he had two manifests with #106 on it. One with 10 points and one with 1900 or so on it. After taking my explanation and the fact that I had ridden with Jeff, I was left with the vague feeling that I might have done really well!
Awards came! The Top Six Men in reverse order:
6th- ME!!! DC. HA! That was an awesome race! My best April Fool’s ever! 5th- AZ. DC. He rode absolutely perfectly! 4th- Eric? Philly. 3rd- Sharky- Philly. 2nd- Austin Horse- NYC- Top outta-town- The National Champ shows why he is the National Champ!
drum roll please-
1st PLACE AND 2007 APRIL FOOLS CHAMP- Jeff O’Neall!!! There couldn’t have been a more deserving winner. He guided us through mile after mile of checkpoints on a trackbike no less. He won the beautiful RE Load Bag, a Fuji Pro Track bike and fork, crazy amounts of schwag and the crowd’s applause and adulation and AZ’s and my eternal thanks for a great race!!!
After the party, we rode back to the car and ended up at a small pizza take out on N.2nd called Rustico. Had a slice, while AZ got a sub. They allow you to bring in beer, so I got a big bottle of some Carlsberg special edition brew to celebrate.
We finally rolled out of Philly around 10 pm, spent from the day’s event. AZ dropped me off. I walked into my quiet house. Sat at my new table, had a smoke and a glass of milk. It was time to climb into my big comfy bed and dream of First Place next year! Not!
Racing for Victory and free beer!!!
Le Directeur Societe des DemonCats Le Tour de Le District
Christine Quinn, head of the city council, was just on the Brian Lehrer show (10:30am 4/17/06) She was defending her approval of the NYPD making parade regulations and believes that the new LAW, was a fair assesment of a lot of HARD WORK on the issues of free assembly. In other words Christine Quinn believes in free assembly and the right to protest as long as it is not more than 50 people. She also believes the police have the right to go over the city councils authority in order to put these laws in effect. It really seems after listening to her on this show that, once she was a vehement fighter for gay rights in NYC, then got into a position of power and is now all about regulations and catering to the corporate interests of the city.
This Thursday there will be a demonstration to oppose these new parade laws:
THURSDAY, APRIL 19th @ 4PM City Hall Park, NYC
Calling All Queers, Allies and Anyone Affected by NYPDâ€™s New Rule!!
Join us in the streets as we challenge the NYPDâ€™s new law preventing assembly. Or cheer us on from the sidelines.
Weâ€™re going to assemble at City Hall Park to PARADE WITHOUT A PERMIT! Let Speaker Quinn and the rest of City Council know that the police donâ€™t write laws! Bring your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers! Bring noisemakers, signs, and singing, dancing bodies to reclaim our streets and pronounce a big FUCK YOU to politicians like Quinn who sell our rights down the historical river for political gain!
This protest was also announced during the Brian Lehrer interview, who has really been on top of the issues of critical mass and parade rules.
Christine Quinn continued on the show about Pedi Cabs. She was upset with the recent Daily News op-ed which claimed she was striving to regulate the number of pedicabs in the city, despite Mayor Bloombergs veto, because she is friends with a lobist who works for the taxi industry. The taxi cabs are against the amount of pedicabs because of competition.
Once again, Christine Quinn, gave no real insight into this debate. She is for regulations and says that Yellow cabs have a cap so why can’t pedicabs? Gee I don’t know…maybe because PEDICABS don’t pollute the planet!
April 17th, 2007 | Category: General | Comments are closed