Saturday, October 21, 2006

two wheeled societal menaces

missed this on thurs: the nypd is again pushing for limits to the constitution.

since you probably missed this as well, here's the entire nytimes article of 104 words:

"After recent court rulings found the Police Department’s parade regulations too vague, the department is moving to require parade permits for groups of 10 or more bicyclists or pedestrians who plan to travel more than two city blocks without complying with traffic laws. It is also pushing to require permits for groups of 30 or more bicyclists or pedestrians who obey traffic laws. The new rules are expected to be unveiled in a public notice today. The department will discuss them at a hearing on Nov. 27. Norman Siegel, a lawyer whose clients include bicyclists, said the new rules “raise serious civil liberties issues."

of course, this rule would likely be used against critical mass and thier monthly rides, which have long been the target of nypd abuse (and all-time record mass arrests during the repug convention in 2004).

in a comment on streetsblog, J:Lai notes:

The proposed restrictions are a “back pocket” regulation which, I predict, will be enforced very selectively by the police dept...I think it is unlikely that it will be enforced to require school teachers to get parade permits when taking their classes outside, but very likely that it will be used to require groups like critical mass, or other forms of “protest” that the NYPD find politically objectionable, to go through the permit process or risk arrest.

what i did catch on thursday was mnn's own i.t. whiz Jacob Redding on Channel 2 News, getting assaulted by one Lt. Daniel Albano during a Critical mass ride in august. Albano, who is a lawyer (!) knocks Jacobs video camera out of his hand as he is being stopped for the dangerous crime of riding his bicycle.

the Channel 2 News report by Eileen Clancy not only raises questions about police harrasment of a peaceful demonstration by cooperative citizens, but also explores
"a troubling pattern of behavior: Cops threatening citizens with arrest and confiscating cameras, especially over the last eight months."

see the report and read a transcript of the report at

oh, and the public hearing is scheduled to be all-but invisible: november 27th is the day after thanksgiving.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goddamn N.Y. Police State.

Kill a cop, and you get more cops.
Protest the cops, you get more cops.
The cops. The police.
I hate the cops.
I hate the police.
Especially the New York City Police:
the New York City cops.
Gang of thugs: the New York City Police.
Thug police.
Cop thugs.
Kill a cop. Feel better.
I feel better to kill a cop.
But then you only get more police.
And more cops.
Cops take away our freedom.

Our freedom's taken away by the police.
Killing us slowly by degrees.

1:00 AM  
Blogger cherrydragonut said...

Brad Will, reporting in Oaxaca
Mexico, was shot and killed by pro gov't forces, yesterday
afternoon. . This is an article
(w/photos) about it:

Narco News: Brad Will, New York Documentary Filmmaker and Indymedia
Reporter, Assassinated by Pro-Government Gunshot in Oaxaca While
Reporting the Story

This was a writing of Brad's:

1:44 AM  
Blogger cherrydragonut said...

Please publicize!

WHAT: Urban Farming Made Easy:
Permaculture Design Pathways to a Sustainable NYC
A talk with Albert Bates

WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 2006

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Registration at 9.30 am.

Prompt start at 10 am.

WHERE: Sixth Street Community Center

638 East Sixth Street


(between Avenues B & C)


COST: Donation of $10 appreciated to help reimburse speakers travel

FOOD: Bring pot luck lunch

Should New York City rely on food shipped from thousands of miles away? Or should we prepare for higher transportation costs by growing more of our food in and near the City? Albert Bates will describe how Permaculture design can be applied to meet much of urban food needs within city limits, while also eliminating the use of fertilizer, imported water, and long-distance trucking. Come hear about rainwater capture systems in London, rooftop gardens in Amsterdam, curbside compost collection in Lismore, Australia and more. Learn about this way to make urban gardening easier.

* * * * * *

Albert Bates is author of 11 books on law, energy, history and the environment. A former New Yorker, he is a permaculture instructor at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm community in Summertown, Tennessee and has been Director at the international Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984. He has taught sustainable design, natural building, agriculture and technology to students from more than 50 nations. For 18 years Albert served on the steering committee of Plenty International, a relief and development organization with a focus on indigenous peoples, human rights and the environment. During his 26-year career as an attorney he argued environmental and civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

9:30 Registration

10:00 – 12:30 Introductions
Presentation by Albert Bates

12:30 BREAK/Pot luck lunch on premises

2:00 – 4:00 Introductions
Presentation by Albert Bates

Press and Program information:

Andrew Leslie Phillips


1:14 AM  
Blogger cherrydragonut said...

Hey listen, New York City cops take their lives in their hands everyday that they go to work. And they have a responsibility not only to stay alive but to protect YOU and YOUR fucking safety even if you hate them and are so cowardly that you put them down anonymously. Why don't you show yourself with your thoughts? What the hell do you do all day that is so noble? Let me tell you something about the police. They have bosses to answer to like everybody else and they don't always have the luxury of choosing their battles. Do you hate a soldier just because he is in arms? Just because he's wearing combat boots doesn't mean he chosen his battles. And there are good cops, and bad cops, and cops that don't give a shit, and cops that go that extra yard. They are people just like everybody else, trying to do their jobs and keep their noses clean. Cops seek to protect self government AND legislation. They enforce the laws, they don't make them and they provide public safety. They prevent shit from happening, or they try. And they make referrals and they help people. And I respect them and their profession sight unseen. They have to have eyes in back of their heads and a sixth sense. They have to keep their ears opened and their mouths shut. And even if we were in a police state (and we are not--you don't even know how good you have it), it wouldn't be because of the cops. They are taking direction from their managers, from the citizens, and doing their jobs. Why would killing anybody make you feel better? You know you may feel like a victim but it's not because cops are villains. Instead of pointing fingers and focusing on how miserable you are, why don't you find some coping resources and do something worthwhile with your time? Because that's where it's at. I'd be a cop tomorrow if I was young enough. It's an honorable profession, it pays well, there's benefits, room for advancement, they help you plan for retirement. It's a good job. NYC cops are on top. They are up their with the fire fighters and sanitation workers and the construction and utility workers and all the uniforms that get their hands dirty. And they carry guns. Do you know how much trust it takes to give somebody a gun? New York City cops are some of the bravest people in the world. And I respect them a lot more than your mouthing off. Cops are our friends. If you ever get lost or are in trouble, you go to a cop. Who the fuck are you???????? What do you do for people? Why don't you wake up and watch dvtv more often. Rich'll set you straight. Love-Marcia Hershkowitz :)!

2:23 PM  

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