Thanksgiving Mass


I am among the 10% of NYC Critical Mass participants who had a great ride last night.

I knew it was time to leave my apartment a little before 7 when I heard the helicopters. There looked to be about 400 cyclists assembled Union Square, but what dominated the scene was the police presence. In addition to there being a lot of them—both inside the park and lying in wait a block away in each direction with their orange nets, disposable handcuffs, and vans to hold our bikes—they were playing this obnoxious recorded message on loudspeakers about how we were required to have a permit (lie!), we didn’t have one (true!), and that if we rode our bikes in a “procession,

NYC Report Back

Well, I finally have a little time to write this up (between working full time, being a distance-ed library student at the University of Washington's iSchool, and being a parent).

I was invited to be a part of an event organized by the Peace Resource Center and the Associated Student's Social Issues group here at Western Washington University called "Beyond the Ballot", an evening of stories and discussion about experiences at the Republican National Convention in NY. I spoke along with photographer Orin Langelle (who works for the Global Justice Ecology Project)

democracy...uh, sometime.

This is a "personal blog entry," and although the tone of this section isn't so intimate, I would like to share some of the reading I've been doing since the election...
I'm reading the new Zizek, and I don't know if people are skeptical about this guy or what---I mean, he is fascinated by Hitchcock and psychoanalysis---still, he is observant, and sometimes a blase, generalized attitude is what one really, really needs to enlarge context. Here is a passage, for thought or comment, from "Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle" (Slavo Zizek):

"We seize servers, you can't complain" - US gov

Here's a
interesting/disturbing news item from the Register
about the seizure of the IMC servers by the FBI last month. Evidently, the IMC (read, "Owner of said servers") has no standing in the case to find out who seized their servers. I seem to remember a little thing called THE CONSTITUTION that says, "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. (Article VI)". Hold on to your hats folks; the world is getting wacky!

Let the voting problems begin...

Well, everyone knew this was coming...
Is this a fluke, or an indication of a larger problem, in Ohio and elsewhere?

Books on nonviolence offer a prescription for sanity

I just ran across this bunch of book reviews that I thought might be interesting for RR folks. Check these out!

National Catholic Reporter
Issue Date: November 5, 2004

US Supreme Court Justice Stevens allows Republicans to challenge OHIO voters

Tuesday morning U. S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens allowed Republicans to systematically challenge voters at the polls. Many fear that this will cause serious voter intimidation and delays,Reuters Report

Benefit CD for legal fees from the RNC protest

Here's how you can support those that were arrested during the RNC convergence: order a CD or 5 at Beyond the ballot

As you may know, as many as 1800 people we're mass-arrested at the demonstrations, and some have been slapped with huge bails and other legal expenses. The cash raised from this CD will go towards these legal costs right now.

Halloween Mass

Last night Melissa, her boyfriend, and I rode in the Halloween Critical Mass. We handed out a few flyers, but just as important as getting the word out, we were part of the community we're trying to support.

Indy Media server seizure

Some of you may be following this story, but for those of you who don't know, on Oct 7, two Indymedia servers hosted by Rackspace in the UK went down. The servers host the sites of more then 20 local collectives, radio streams for several radio stations, BLAG (a GNU/Linux distribution) as well as miscellaneous other projects. It turned out that the FBI had seized them, but the circumstances surrounding this blatent free speech threat are still foggy. For more, see "IMC: FBI and other legalbreaking news" including IMC press releases, list of affected sites, etc. Don't forget to sign the solidarity statement.

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