Still we ride dvd release party
On Friday August 27, 2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City's history - and the arrested had done nothing illegal.
For many New Yorkers, August was the first time they heard of what has become a monthly ritual for New York City's bike community; a free-forming ride called Critical Mass.
Still We Ride is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of this August ride before the arrests began and the chaos that followed. It recounts how this ride first started in San Francisco over 10 years ago and chronicles the police crackdown and resulting court battles in New York over the last seven months. The movie takes on issues of civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the benefits of alternative means of transportation.
Before the screening:
The STILL WE RIDE ride
Thursday, August 18th, 2005
Union Square North (Ride leaves @ 7:30 sharp)
Last August, thousands of bikers converged on the streets of NYC to celebrate their love of bikes. Hundreds were arrested; countless bikes were seized.
The NYPD has continued to harass bikers, arresting more each month, taking cyclists to Federal Court, and suing leaders of the community. They continue to prosecute bikers without legitimate grounds... And yet, still we ride! Join Time's Up! & Freewheels as we tour the city's hottest arrest spots, get legal updates & hear personal arrestee stories. The ride will end at the space @ 9 p.m. for the Still We Ride DVD release celebration.
Note: Attending this ride will reserve a seat for the screening.
Free Bike Valet parking.
Bring food and drink.
Become a volunteer.
Buy the DVD.
Rock a bike.