Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist, unjustly arrested and charged in federal court on multiple counts of arson, property destruction, and conspiracy, relating to two incidents that occurred in Oregon in 2001. Daniel has asserted his innocence by pleading not guilty to all charges. He is facing a minimum of life in prison if convicted.
Here are the Details: Friday April 28th, 9pm Brooklyn Benefit Party & Critical Mass After Party! Bands, DJ’s, Food and Booze! Bands/DJs confirmed:
*Your 33 Black Angels, http://www.myspace.com/your33blackangels *David Rovics, http://www.davidrovics.com *Gloryhole, http://www.myspace.com/gloryholeroolz *Oogle Orphanage rocking your socks off!* *DJ Opus spinning dancehall, salsa, klezmer and hip hop!* *DJ Thadeaus pumping out the jams!*
Location: 84 Clinton Ave Apt 1 Between Myrtle Ave and Park Ave in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Ride Yr Bike! or Take the G train to Clinton-Washington.
We are encouraging small groups of bike riders to make their way to the party using the bike paths on the bridges.
Bike: [from Manhattan] Take the Manhattan Bridge from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. It dumps you on Flatbush [well, near Flatbush avenue]. Take Flatbush for a few blocks, make a left on Myrtle Avenue and take that until you hit Clinton and the party is right there. OR
Alternatively: Coming from the bike path on the north side of the Manhattan bridge, bust a U-turn at the bottom of the “on/off ramp” so that you are riding east with the bridge. Go straight past the BQE on-ramps, straight through a light until the road dead-ends at the Navy Yard. Take a right. Go through the first light (Flushing), then take a left on the other side of the BQE as you ride under it. This is Park. Clinton is the block after Vanderbilt. Park is wider than Myrtle and usually has far less traffic.
Subway: Take the G train to Clinton-Washington. Exit on Clinton and walk down the hill 4 blocks to 84 Clinton
Bus: Take the B54 bus along Myrtle or the B61 along park.
Donation $10 or more, no one turned away for lack of funds
I don’t know all the details of this case but I do know this. Although property was destroyed, no one was hurt in the alleged arson incident. Murders and Rapists get less of a sentence than what Daniel and the others are facing. In my opinion this is the continued abuse of power of a government with nothing better to do then to illegally spy on us and harass environmentalists for giving a shit about the planet. They call it Domestic Terrorists just like they say “Anarchists” have taken over Critical Mass. All lies, just like Saddam having ties to 911. They should use all that time and resources to stop attacking those who sit in Red wood tries and sit down in front of Army recruiting stations and throw raves…and work so we can breathe clean air and drink clean water. Then spend a five year investigation on the corporate vandals who destroy or planet so they can buy a 4th home and roll around in their billions of our tax dollars.
Gas prices topping $4.00 a gallon, Oil wars by an bunch of oil barrons who say we’re addicted to oil? And the science fiction writer of that Dinosaur movie claims global warming is a myth? What is a planet to do?
Can I put solar panels on my roof, can I run my diesel engine bmw on McDonalds fry grease or should I just ride my bike to work to help save the planet…
I mean April ain’t over yet, but the new calender is coming out for MAY which is of course BIKE MONTH. The calender I speak of is from Time’s Up and it looks like there are a #%#$ load of great events here in NYC. Look for it soon.
Here is an interview with Wendy Brawer of Green Map. Check out the amazing things she’s been doing:
Trackstar, NYC hottest bike shop on 34 East 1st street is hosting an Alleycat on Saturday the 22nd. It’s a 3 person team race so I suggest you enter it and ride for the familia or you might get whacked. I’m not one to miss alleycats based on movies, but once again I’ll be out of town. GRRRRR! Come dressed in your pin stipe suit like in the 1972 classic NYC film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and it’s always a good idea to brush up on your triva about Don Vito, Michael and Sonny Corleone. For more info on the race call: (212) 982-2553.
April 19th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
This Saturday is Earth Day and times upwill host a bike ride and hang out in Central Park.
This Earth Day Action for bicyclists and skaters will be promoting non-polluting transportation and renewable energy. Dress festively. Bring signs and noise makers!
The ride will end at Central Park at a huge Earth Day Fair at the 72nd Street Bandshell. There’ll be music, entertainment, our bicycle blender, and free valet bike parking. TIME’S UP! is working with the Central Park Conservancy on this event. The picnic will be plenty of fun, relaxing and musical.
Earth Day Ride Sat, Apr 22nd, 12:00 pm, Union Square Park South on the steps at 14th Street. If you want to meet us at the festival, go to the 72nd Street Transverse in Central Park. Rain Date: April 23.
In January 1970, the Environmental Teach-In, decided to call their one-off event on 22 April Earth Day. The successes of that day led to it becoming a regular event. Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist in the U.S. Senate, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. Senator Nelson staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes (a Harvard student and Stanford graduate) as coordinator of activities. It was the era of student political activism and outdoor protests that attracted news cameras. According to Senator Nelson, Earth Day “worked” because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. Though he felt his committee had neither the time nor resources to organize the 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated, these things did happen. According to the Senator, “It organized itself.” The “holiday” proved extremely popular in the United States. The first Earth Day, in 1970, had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the U.S. Senator Nelson directly credited the first Earth Day with persuading U.S. politicians that environmental legislation had a substantial, lasting constituency. In 1971 Senator Gaylord Nelson announced an ‘Earth Week’ â€” for the third week of April â€” as a yearly event. Many important laws were passed by the Congress in the wake of the 1970 Earth Day, including the Clean Air Act, laws to protect drinking water, wild lands and the ocean. The EPA was created within three years of the first Earth Day. Earth Day leadership fractured over the years, with Hayes and Nelson and other widely-known Earth Day leaders favoring more programmatic and conventional public relations approaches to the observance(s), while grassroots groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action which changes human behavior and provokes policy changes. Most people know about Earth Day from a 30-second blurb on their evening news of kids at school planting trees or doing a trash cleanup. During Earth Day 2000, the event’s 30th anniversary, actor Leonardo DiCaprio was chosen by Hayes to be the spokesperson of the event, despite the fact that DiCaprio drove a large SUV at the time and was viewed as wanting to rehabilitate his public image in the wake of clever Thai environmental protesters targeting him during the filming of the actor’s film The Beach in 1999 (which was filmed in part in a precious Thai national park).
The date chosen for Earth Day is coincident with the historical date of Arbor Day, a national tree-planting holiday started in the late 1800′s. Arbor Day is celebrated on the birthday of its founder, Julius Sterling Morton. Another reading of the April 22 date understood by Earth Day organizers notes that the 1970 event took place between college students’ Spring Break and final exams, enabling students to participate on campuses across the country.
April 18th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
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April 18th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed
So this guy, John “Chombo” Siers Organizes a fun race in Dumbo Brooklyn, April 15th, 2006. 69 riders make a mad scramble around town and this guy, Austin takes the crown (not the guy in the white Chunk 666 shirt) Check out race results with commentary by Chombo and links to flickr pages I missed at nybma/dumboscramble
—Meanwhile this guy, Squid along with Team Puma from NYC, was getting in shape at the veledrome in Leigh Valley, in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania Messengers from NY, DC, and Richmond came out to mix it up with a bunch of Cat 5′s. Also there was a big Womens field, Cat 4, 3′s and 2′s, Masters, and Juniors. Amy took great photos of the event. Everyone is getting ready for these three track eventsIt’s a series hosted by Squid and team Puma in three cities: LA, Chicago and NYC. Top Male and Top Female win tickets to Australia for the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Sydney-October 2006. Last time I checked airfare alone was something like $1200 bucks, so start cranking! John Campo and the people at Kissena’s veledromein Queens are gearing up for opening day: April 29th and 30th (Saturday and Sunday) Yes, NYC has a veledrome and will be hosting races all Spring and Summer. More info to come. If you’ve never raced a track before, come check it out. You could win tickets to the world championships in October.
April 17th, 2006 | Category: General | Comments are closed