Bloomberg & Smulka's War on Bikes

On Sunday my friend Susan and I cut through Union Square Park on our bicycles. It was a beautiful almost too joy filled day on the first gorgeous weekend of the year. It was great to be on bikes, until...near the east end of the park a woman stood in my way, not saying anything, just looking at me like I should know what was up. She asked if we knew that it was illegal to ride a bike in the park. We didn't. Didn't we see the signs? No.

Radical Reference participation in ALA panel


Fostering Civic Engagement: Models and Practices for All Libraries

Saturday, June 25th, 1:30-3:30pm, Sheraton, Ontario Room.


SWARM the Minutemen

SWARM the Minutemen invites people from all over the world who oppose racist violence to join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre action on May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2005 to engage in a virtual sit-in on the MinuteMen website during their "Unite to Fight" Summit.

Addressing Information Needs of Trans Communities and Individuals

For all the trans activists in Chicago at the end of June, if you can manage to make it to the ALA conference, there's going to be a workshop on addressing the information needs of trans people (inside and outside the library). We've got awesome panelists coming from a variety of experiences. If you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment on this blog!

Boston: Lynne Stewart & political prisoners events 5/19-21/05

Some of Radical Reference's Boston crew will be at these events. See you there!

Thursday, May 19th, 2005. Honor two generations of Puerto Rican independentistas

Friday, May 20th, 2005. Honor Peoples' Lawyer Lynne Stewart

Saturday, May 21, 2005. Set the Captives Free Conference

Thursday, May 19th, 2005. Honor two generations of Puerto Rican independentistas

Another tale from the April 29 Critical Mass

I biked from work over the Manhattan Bridge (taking care to note the new gaps in the Brooklyn side anti-bike barriers [see Infoshop story for related communique]). It was close to 7:30 by the time I crossed Houston on Lafayette, and instead of riding all the way up to Union Square, I latched on to a group of 30 or so cyclists I encountered as they were heading west. We rode through the West Village and SoHo for a while, periodically whooping and cheering and dinging our bells, getting smiles and thumbs-ups and the occasional angry honk -- all in all, a very pleasant springtime Critical Mass experience.

Critical Mass April 29, 2005

Radical Reference staffed the communications headquarters in New York City. We don't know how many were arrested, but we believe we prevented a number of detensions by letting riders know where cops were massing.

Military Recruitment in Schools

Rethinking Schools has published an interesting article on military recruitment in high schools and a Portland, Ore., high school's unit on these recruitment techniques and the reality of enlistment.

May Day 2005 (U.S)

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  • NY Times Article regarding arrests at convention

    Article from Today's Times states that of the 1806 arrests made at the convention 1,670 cases that have run their full course and 91 percent of those ended with the charges dismissed or with a verdict of not guilty after trial. Much of this is thanks to the large volume of video tape recordings of the incidents. One particular case was dismissed after it was discovered that the prosecutor's office had edited a tape taking out parts of an arrest that contradicted their account. Amazing! Quotes in the article from representatives of the police department are enough to make one's blood curdle. Here it is April and this is just coming out. Slow grind the wheels of justice, especially when the outcome makes justice system look so bad.

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