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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.


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.

NYC Rad Ref Meeting 2/11

NYC Radical Reference library workers will meet on Friday, February 11 at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge at 75 St. Marks Place between 1st & 2nd Avenues.

The meeting will begin at 8pm. Collaborators from the Grassroots Media Conference, the Independent Media Center, Interactivist, and whoever all else wants to show up are encouraged to join us at 9.

NYC: Rad Ref meets the IMC

The library workers of Radical Reference, NYC and visiting dignitaries James Jacobs and Shinjoung Yeo will meet journalists of our local Independent Media Center on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 7:30pm. We will meet at their space: 34 East 29th Street, 2nd floor New York, NY 10016.

Radical Reference discussion at ALA Midwinter 2005

Saturday, January 15
Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue

Skill-Sharing Workshops at ALA Midwinter 2005

Short version:

Stop the MTA Fare Hike Rally

There were about 50 people gathered outside Governor Pataki's NYC office on 3rd Ave. between 40th and 41st last night to protest the proposed fare hike for NYC subways and buses. The demo was organized by NYPIRG's Straphanger Campaign, the Save Mass Transit Coalition, and Transportation Alternatives.

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,

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.

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