Keegan Stephan of Right of Way testified at City Council hearings and town hall meetings, turning up the heat on elected officials to make drivers obey traffic laws and hold them accountable for harms they cause by violating them. Right of Way is hoping to raise $25,000 by Christmas to finance their activities in 2014.
On Sunday, October 13th, street justice activists with Right of Way cycled more than 50 miles, through 4 boroughs, to stencil 8 sites where children younger than 8 have been killed by automobile this year. In 5 of these cases, the NYPD has not filed any charges. In one, the NYPD charged the driver only with leaving the scene but not with any crime connected with the child’s death. In only two was the driver charged with any substantial offense: in one, the driver was fleeing police in a high-speed chase; in the other, the driver was DUI. Ride covered by the Daily News
A bike corral, newly installed by the DOT on Avenue B. Mosey on up and tie up your steed.
Ride for the Separation of Bike and Bank
I caught up with Ben Shepard and the rest of the Time’s Up crew in the middle of another absurd bit of street theater. Here I caught the merry gang as they gathered in front of ABC No Rio on Rivington Street.
Political Weddings & Divorces, Funerals and Family Sagas – Account of the day’s event on Ben Shepard’s blog.
Outside the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn which is acting as the “holy warehouse” for Occupy Sandy’s relief effort. According to Rector Michael Sniffen they are producing 5000 hot meals a day in the church kitchen for delivery to the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island. You can contribute goods through Amazon’s Occupy Sandy gift registry. It is delivered directly to the church for distribution.
Time’s Up the bike activists deliver aid via bikes to emphasize the relationship of fossil fuels to climate change, but also bikes can maneuver into spaces still not reachable by cars in the Rockaways.
A generator bike for charging cell phones.
Benjamin Shepard explains his philosophy that being an effective activist means letting go of any feeling of shame or embarrassment. And how we’d be screwed here in NYC if Indian Point should blow.
Time’s up gathers in front of ABC No Rio on Rivington Street early in the morning, getting ready to go to protest at the Indian Point Nuclear power plant on the sloop Clearwater.
Hell no we won’t glow.
“Here are fantastic photo’s of action that included an evacuation “Shut Down Before the Meltdown bike ride, train ride and “No Fukushima on the Hudson” sail to Indian Point . We couldn’t unfurls our banners, including “You are 35 miles from Indian Point. What would you do in a Melt down” in Grand Central as planned. A massive police force showed up, completely over the top for a couple dozen people voicing their concerns over having a Nuclear Power Plant about 35 miles away. There were over a dozen uniform cops, plain clothed and at least 4 suits. After they threatened to arrest us if we unfolded the banner inside we took our banners to display at the 42nd street entrance of the terminal and the sidewalk.
Then we boarded the train with about 6 officers accompanying us for the train ride. They left us with 2 state trooper cars driving behind the 2 mile bike ride from the train station to the boat, until we safely arrived at the dock to board the Clearwater Sloop for a police free 3-hr sail.
The community of cyclists from the Time’s Up! environmental group and the activists from the Clearwater group formed a close bond on the short sail we had together and vowed to continue to work together until the Indian Point Plant is shut down permanently.”
They’ve started on the foundation for whatever is going to be built on this lot on Suffolk and East Houston Streets. The building next-door contains a day-care center. A while back, after they started digging around the foundation, it was briefly declared unsafe. But then they build a massive steel buttress that apparently keeps the building from collapsing.
I’ve been seeing these top-hatted graffiti figures around. It is tagged ‘Almost Famous.’
I saw the biker swooping around from my right, I snapped to get him in the foreground, and add scale and action to an otherwise boring shot.