Reverend Al Sharpton joins the heavily policed and harassed NEW YORK CITY CRITICAL MASS...
A statement of Unity from people who share a passion, and recognize the necessity for the Right of Assembly!
Sean Bell was an unarmed young man shot 50 times by the NYPD on his wedding night. Sadly this is not a one-off horror, 50 bullets to your brain does the same as one bullet.
Don't our tax dollars have higher purposes than paying undereducated gun wielding nightmares to harass cyclists and shoot up bachelor parties...?
"We own the Streets" - by Team Spider
a song inspired by the cyclists of NYC battling against permit schemes introduced by the NYPD. Fascist schemes that would allow Police to arrest any 7 cyclists riding together, the clever (law writing??) cops also slipped into the legislation a clause allowing them to arrest w/out cause any 30 people gathering in a park.
As we Cyclists entered the police station hearings (???) to argue these schemes, Sean Bell's family was protesting across the street in front of city hall, mere days after he was shot..
it dawned on me that Sean Bell's friends, family, and supporters had no idea that laws were being argued right across the street, at that exact moment, that would ultimately be used to arrest them, radicalize the turnout, and legally crush dissent---
now,,, thanks to some reaching out, both groups are working together...
AND RIDING BIKES !