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Friday, August 04, 2006

Bulletin From Spencer

NYPD Street Blues
**REPOST** **REPOST**Under the New York City Police Department's proposed parade permit rules http://5bbc.org/nypdparade.pdf- Any group of two (yes, 2) or more cyclists or pedestrians traveling down a public street, who violate any traffic law, rule, or regulation can be arrested for parading without a permit;- Every group of 20 or more cyclists must obtain a permit from the NYPD- Every group of 35 of more pedestrians must obtain a permit from the NYPD. This rule also introduces a new requirement for on-foot protests and processions that will adversely impact innumerable organizations. Groups and activities to be affected- Historical, cultural, environmental & neighborhood walks/tours- Sightseeing tours- Informal and organized group bike rides- Training runs- School field trips- Walks to the park- Spontaneous outbursts- Family picnics- Unions and political groups- Your right to be naked on the street for Spencer Tunick- You name it, sweetheart. These rules:- Will put all bike rides under the discretion of the NYPD- Could be used to stop anyone in New York City from walking and biking- Will give the New York City Police Department carte blanche to arrest any two or more persons that they want- Will subject jaywalker, if accompanied by another person, to possible arrest- Will be enforced at the discretion of the police. Here's what you can do:1) Contact Mayor Bloomberg and City Council members to voice your opposition;2) Tell everyone you know;3) Write letters to the editor;4) Attend a People's Forum Thurs., August 17, 7 pm, St. Marks Church, 10thSt/ 2nd Ave.;5) Testify at the public hearing Aug. 23 or6) Send a letter to be included in the transcript;7) Attend a rally/press conference/demonstration to be held simultaneously with the NYPD hearing Aug. 23.-----------------------------The NYPD DOES have authority to change administrative rules, according to the legal experts at FreeWheels. And the law will go into effect August 24. The hearing on the 23rd is a formality; they NYPD isn't obliged to act on anything anyone says. But we need to get our voices into the public record. So as of Aug. 24, the cops can selectively enforce the rule as they wish. Is there any doubt that the brass will use it to silence individuals or groups they don't like?Once enacted, it will be incumbent on citizens (once someone gets arrested) to challenge the rule through the courts. Though the NYPD has been very unsuccessful in its legal fight against cyclists so far, there's no telling where this could go. Even if civil rights win out in the long run, there go another few years and hundreds of thousands of dollars that could instead be going to build community organizations and bike infrastructure. Our only hope at this point is to contact all of our elected representatives--even though the Council is not now in session (great timing, eh?). If the City Council and the Mayor all came out against the rule, there's a chance the NYPD would drop it. Otherwise, get ready for trouble.**REPOST** **REPOST** **REPOST** **REPOST** **REPOST**


Blogger Big Orange said...

sheesh... what IS the world coming to? I vote for yet another option: get the hell outta NY if you can.

3:35 PM  

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