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a25 critical mass arrests
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

Photos from April 25, 2003 Critical Mass featuring arrests at Criag and Baum.

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The April 25, 2003 Critical Mass ride was followed by a lone police car which gave no audible orders to the crowd. On Forbes Avenue the ride restricted itself to one lane due to traffic constraints and police orders. While on Forbes Avenue one officer (who had been following the ride throughout) got out of his car to lecture the riders on traffic regulations.

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Split up at Fifth
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

Split up at Fifth...
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what happened back there? (police insisted that the bicyclists could only proceed through the intersection when given the green light)

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wtf?
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

wtf?...
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Talk To the HAND
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

Talk To the HAND...
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Everyone's favorite officer
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

Everyone's favorite ...
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anyone recognize this guy?

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gang of five
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

gang of five...
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police officers surround riders at Craig and Baum and successfully disrupt the rest of the ride.

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Citation w/ arrest in background
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

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Police insisted that all riders produce ID or face arrest; a few bicyclists did produce ID and some recieved citations on the spot while others were told that they'd be contacted by police. Most riders left without producing ID, recieving citations, or being arrested.

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Rider Arrested
by quinten & matt / for pgh imc Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 9:45 PM
info@indypgh.org Pittsburgh IMC / 4805 Penn Ave.

Rider Arrested...
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A rider was singled out and arrested at Craig and Baum despite co-operating with police and showing ID. "You're going to jail" repeated several officers in a mocking tone. Reportedly one other rider, an active Critical Mass / bike activist, was also arrested.

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Hmmm
by gwen Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 1:22 AM
gwen@slackers.net

Looks like the kid arrested in the background is the same one I have a picture of from March 16's Anti-War protest:

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Re: Hrmmm
by gwen Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 1:23 AM

Oops, since the img src didn't work, here's the URL:

http://digital.gw3n.com/protestMar16/all/protest016.jpg

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arraignment
by deadrockstar Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 9:34 AM

I was told at the jail last night to expect the arrestees to be arraigned this morning around 9:30 or 10:00. I'm on my way down to the jail now, if anyone wants to join me.

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An Open Question about Critical Mass
by Noel Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 1:04 PM

How to put this without being inflammatory....But I wonder what the place of antagonism is in critical mass bike rides? Especially with a police presence? It seems like there is a fine line between a "celebration of bikes" type ride and a ride that basically constitutes a big "fuck you" to any one who is not on a bike. Its all too easy to resort to the latter... Sometimes I find myself doing it too. But to what end? I'm sorry but what good things can come out of a police confrontation like yesterday? More people will view us as rabble-rousers and criminals then join our side. As the arrests were happening I tried to talk to as many bystanders as possible, telling them that "the cops busted up our bike ride" and nothing more, letting them draw their own conclusions.
I didn't say who's fault it was, because honestly it was just as much ours as the cops. I think we would be fooling ourselves to say that critical mass was blameless for what went down yesterday. An email went out before the ride detailing two things to remember in case of a police presence...I will paraphrase the qoutes:

"biker's have a right to ride in the two lanes on the right hand side and should leave a lane open for faster traffic on the left."

Many times on yesterday's ride we took up the whole street. We can't block the entire street and say "we are traffic!"

the other point was that riders should not go through red lights. Yesterday we were too scattered and drawn out to effectively continue going through the red lights as one large mass... which has worked on previous rides.

In an effort to not ramble, I'll try to close... I am just a little shaken and angry about yesterday and how unnecessary it felt. I have enjoyed going on Critical Mass bike rides for the past 2 years..and would like to continue doing so. I feel that when the mood of the rides hang on the antagonistic side, we do nothing but further alienate ourselves, discourage the less "radical" types from joining us, and belittle the focus of Critical Mass bike rides, turning it into a petty and ineffective excercise of butting heads with authority figures. Two goats trying to cross a narrow bridge....I trust you all remember the metaphor..

thanks for letting me vent

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oops i forgot
by noel Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 4:21 PM

much love to everybody... especially those who got arrested and cited and what not. please dialogue with me if you feel so inclined!

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KROOKED GRIND
by Noah Pression Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 8:33 PM

gwen-
i'm pretty sure that the kid you took a picture of is the drummer of krooked grind, his name escapes me at the moment and i also think that that is the same person getting arrested

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yep, krooked grind
by john Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 10:45 PM

yep, that's zak of krooked grind.

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Re: Open question from noel
by john Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003 at 11:09 PM
jmh17@pitt.edu

well noel i'm on your side for the most part. i couldnt make it this friday because i had to help someone move. i would really prefer it if the riders at critical mass followed the traffic laws and such. i spoke with my roommate about it, and he was stuck in traffic on friday. he mentioned that it was pretty frustrating sitting there and that he thought the cyclists were acting in a way that would impact the public in a negative manner. i dont think we will reach out to other people by annoying them.

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zak
by krystyna Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003 at 2:43 PM

hey i just wanted to express concern over identifying people as what band they are in, what marches they have been to - its asking for that person to be targeted - im sure none of you meant it maliciously, i just wanted to let you that people are not comfortable with being identified and having their names and possible ways to locate them being identified - please take the person's privacy into account - zak and others cannot afford to be further targeted, im sure they would not appreciate it - the cops are monitering our actions

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she's right you know
by erok Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003 at 8:21 PM

thanks k, i was just about to write the same thing. we just had this long heated discussion about this and how we are using imc to undermine ourselves and our security. think before you post someone elses picture from past actions and their names, or ways to id them. it's none of your or anyone else's business. you're only HELPING them.

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Response to noel
by D Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003 at 11:34 PM

Hey noel.
i would like to respond to your comment.

First off, as far as the traffic went. Traffic was awful on forbes with or without us. On my way to mass, i was stuck in traffic on my bike. So I would say that that point is debatable.
As far as confrontation goes, i agree in some sense, a few people did get agitated and maybe do things that inflamed the situation, myself included. However, I would say that the most inflamatory and aggressive person in the whole situation was Officer Kain. We made attempts to work with his demands, but he was determined to disperse the mass, which he did. Apparently from reports on a lot of the events that happened this weekend, the police really had their panties in a twist about possible dissent in pittsburgh, and mass got swept up in that paranioa.
I do agree that mass should above all be a way of advertising for cycles. I attempted to hand out flyers to cars and bystanders, but i didn't have a lot of them. That would be an excellent way to get our point across rather than just pissing people off.
I would say that one of the least effective ways to effect social change is to sit around worrying about pissing people off. Next time make a sign that explains things or a flyer. We're going to piss people off, but maybe they should think about why they are getting so pissed off. I don't get pissed off when i have to slow down for a car. Though i do kind of get pissed of when they threaten me with violence or swerve their car at me or cut me off without using their turn signal.
Also, you might want to join the critical mass d-list through the pghmass website, for more directed discussion.

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We got cred
by Krooked Media Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at 12:16 AM

I wonder if the FBI is gonna have a file on my band now. That would rule. Maybe undercover cops will come to our shows and stuff. We'll rock the agression out of them.

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Thanks
by Real person with a job. Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at 3:22 AM

I'd like to thank the Pittsburgh Police for dispersing the unruly mob of cyclists. They are a traffic danger to themselves, and others. In the future, Police should consider impounding their bicyles until they learn to follow basic traffic rules. Also, if the good members of the Pgh. P.D. want to get a little nightstick workout...got no problem with that either. Nothing teaches like pain.

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nighstick workout
by bfcc90a0c328ff7ca89873ba7f3d1e0b Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at 8:55 AM


hot shit! the erotic undertones in that last post had me in
an all-night-stick-workout myself! thanks, real person with a job, you are positively contributing to our society in _many_ ways.

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Breaking the law!
by Theo Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at 3:53 PM
TheoK444@aol.com

I'm glad real person with a job has some sense. It's about time the police started breaking down on the lawless masses. I think next they should be sent downtown at rush hour. All of those unruly men and women in suits driving home from work can usually be found blocking intersections, not using turn signals, running red lights, and stoping and parking right on the street with their hazzard lights on, as if that makes it all right! I'm with RPWAJ, the police should be hauling those people away, impounding their cars, and perhaps giving their nightsticks a workout at the same time. That should teach those lawless bastards with their 9 to 5 jobs. (by the way, thinking about all those cops with handcuffs hauling away yuppies had me giving my nightstick a workout too!)

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I dig my car.
by gear jammer Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at 8:13 PM

I dig my ride! Especially when the timings just right and it starts crackin' like a rifle--I got the glass packs on so it's real LOUD! You should see heads turn and people be grabbin' their ears, wincing in pain as I lay down 40 feet of smoking rubber! I'm sick man 'cause I get hard from it. The only thing I like more? Running you fuckers into a ditch! Stay outa my way SUCKAHS !!

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just a thought....
by wheelie Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at 8:19 PM

Hey guys,
Just a thought here...maybe next time we can get some of those outlaw McKees Rocks bikers to ride with us at our next mass. We got a lot in common. We got two wheels--they got two wheels. We dig anarchy--they were the original anarchists. We get hassled by the man--so do they! It would give us some much needed muscle and intimidation power, and scare the shit outa the cops! Plus maybe one of them can hook me up with a good tattoo artist.

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er, theo
by - Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 8:30 AM

That should teach those lawless bastards with their 9 to 5 jobs. (by the way, thinking about all those cops with handcuffs hauling away yuppies had me giving my nightstick a workout too!)

There is a huge difference between blocking traffic during rush hour and blocking it at critical mass. It's all about intent, people just going to/from work are just trying to live their lives, the CM people are trying to disrupt others. It's all about intent, and the intent of the CM is what makes it criminal.

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Breaking the law
by Theo Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 9:54 AM
TheoK444@aol.com

Bullshit, if it's all about intent, then i'd rather have somebody being disruptive trying to make a point about something they believe in than someone tying up traffic just because they are a childish self-centered asshole who would rather block an intersection and disrupt the commute of dozens of cars in each lane just to not have to sit at a red light. That's their intent. They're not just 'trying to live their lives', they're screwing over anybody else on the road just to get a few feet further. I personally think the critical mass riders should have stayed in the right lane and not tied up traffic, they would have gotten their message across better that way, but stop trying to act like this was some horrible act that brought the city to its' knees. They slowed traffic down. Big fucking deal. My point was that this happens every single work day due to hundreds of people being selfish assholes, and nobody makes a big deal of it. It's not the acts that are pissing people off as much as it is the message. It's the same bullshit that happened after the M-20 arrests. People focused on the lack of a pemit and acted like that was what pissed them off. It wasn't, it was the anti-war message. If it was the law breaking and inconvenience to motorists, where is the outrage when Pitt wins a basketball tournament and fans riot? Ever try to drive downtown during a sporting event or concert? Can't do it very easily because of the fans just spilling out in the streets, blocking traffic. Why isn't the city outraged? Where are the arrests? There are none, because people understand that this is what happens when you get huge crowds of people in a small space, and most people just deal with it.

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Taking one lane
by D Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 10:51 AM

I also agree that critical mass should consider taking just one lane of traffic. I think that that would be a good way to get our point across without pissing people off too much. At its best, critical mass should be a form of advertising for bicycles, not so much an agressive direct action.
As far as the idea that critical mass works against cyclists, I do not agree with this. A general opionion has been cultivated by the media and car industries and american dream, that the only way to get around civilly is by car. People can not reconcile transportation with cycling in their heads, it is like a mental block. Thus when they are confronted with this in action, even with a lone biker, they react irrationally and feel that they have been wronged and inconvenienced by having to shift out of their lane. This belief runs deep in our society, I have seen it in even the most liberal people. Critical mass is an attempt to bring this ignorance to a head. If anyone has a better way, please suggest it.

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theo
by - Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 1:30 PM

i'd rather have somebody being disruptive trying to make a point about something they believe in than someone tying up traffic just because they are a childish self-centered asshole who would rather block an intersection and disrupt the commute of dozens of cars in each lane just to not have to sit at a red light.

Ok, so this weekend I'm going to disrupt traffic to get my anti-gay message across. That's certainly better than accidently tying up traffic. Oh, but you're only ok with someone being disruptive to get YOUR message across, ok. Now who's childish and self-centered?

Also, very few people gridlock on purpose (does anyone do it on purpose?) it's just an mistake, or a misjudging of how traffic is moving. I would hardly say it's worse than deliberately tying up traffic because you are so arrogant and selfish as to assume your message is more important than anyone else's ability to move.

I personally think the critical mass riders should have stayed in the right lane and not tied up traffic,

I agree 100% They should have also stopped at all the red lights.

They slowed traffic down. Big fucking deal. My point was that this happens every single work day due to hundreds of people being selfish assholes, and nobody makes a big deal of it.

So the woman working 2 jobs part-time to put food in her kid's mouth is a selfish asshole? The man trying to squeeze in quality time with his kids after work is a selfish asshole? Nobody makes a big deal out of it because no one would make such a blanket generalization as you have.

It's not the acts that are pissing people off as much as it is the message.

You just keep telling yourself that. I couldn't care less if your message was "JEW FOR JESUS!" as long as it's keeping me from being able to get where I'm going.

t's the same bullshit that happened after the M-20 arrests.

After the M-20 arrests I focused on the fact that there wasn't a permit because all the leftist "radicals" were screaming about their rights. You didn't have a permit, you didn't have the right to march! Accept the fact you might get arrested and move on. Not to mention the fact that CM has no obvious message! A bunch of people on bikes, no visible signs, just obviously taking their time to tie up traffic at each light.

It wasn't, it was the anti-war message.

Again, keep telling yourself that. The rest of us (the 76%) that support the war will just continue to ignore you.

If it was the law breaking and inconvenience to motorists, where is the outrage when Pitt wins a basketball tournament and fans riot?

Ok, when has this ever happened at Pitt? When this does happen in other cities it's not like police don't arrest tons of people! Hell, sports event rioting is how I learned about teargas. Do you know what happens after there are riots? The following year security is stepped up! Wow, those sports fans certainly do get away with all sorts of stuff!

Why isn't the city outraged? Where are the arrests?

Because those people are there to spend money and support the city? As opposed to going there specifically to disrupt the city and clog up traffic. Again, it goes back to intent.

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message
by me Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 2:08 PM

You're correct, the message of crirical mass is kind of vague to a lot of motorists, it seems like most CMers view their bikes as enough advertising. Is critical mass just for advertising bikes? If so then I think the most effective way would be to follow all traffic laws, make signs, maybe even try to find some corporate sponsors. But I thought that CM was about more tahn that, I thought part of it was about trying to show motorists what it's like to be a bicyclist every day in a world run by the oil/auto industry. You're right, not every motorist is some testossterone charged jerk trying to run the rest of us off the road, but bicycles, (a cleaner, more efficient form fo transportation) have a difficult time in a city like Pittsburgh that is not very bike friendly. I think that part of CM is about trying to reclaim the streets to a degree. If this is what it's about, then I also think that signs should become a part of CM so that they can get that message out, too, but they should also continue to take up as much of the road as possible(as cars do all the time, making it dangerous for cyclists) and continue through red lights(as cars rarely respect CCyclists right-of -way.)

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oh
by - Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 2:49 PM

but bicycles, (a cleaner, more efficient form fo transportation) have a difficult time in a city like Pittsburgh that is not very bike friendly.

With all the hills I can't imagine anything making Pittsburgh more bike friendly.

but they should also continue to take up as much of the road as possible(as cars do all the time, making it dangerous for cyclists) and continue through red lights(as cars rarely respect CCyclists right-of -way.)

Um, I'm not sure why any cyclists would need CM to do this. Driving in this city everyday I see at least 10 people on bikes completely disregarding all traffic laws. The best is when they run red lights, and I have to keep trying to pass them as they ride 5 feet from the curb. In fact, in the 7 years I've been in pittsburgh only once have I seen a cyclist actually stop at a red light! When I look around all I see is everyone respecting the bike's right-of-way but none of the cyclists even bothering to learn the basic traffic rules. Maybe we should require a license to ride a bike in the city?

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bikes
by me Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 6:19 PM

I think there should be bike ways for bikers!! Bikes are important and better ways of transportation, but with all the bad sidewalks, narrow streets, and hills, bikes are hard to drive. Auto drivers need to realize that not everyone can afford cars, that the city is not designed for bikes, and that respect for each other and traffic laws need to be recognized.
MORE MONEY FOR BIKE WAYS.!!!

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There is no privacy
by Can be traced Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2003 at 7:34 PM
Can be found Can be found Can be found

Regarding privacy...

If you were standing outside in oakland, you were probably on camera to begin with.

There is no privacy. If this person gave permission to publish his likeness, then they clearly weren't very concerned.

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The Question of Intent
by Jym Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 10:07 AM

=v= People INTENTIONALLY drive together, disrupting traffic, for various events. Heck, there are two new publicly-subsidized stadiums out there that thousands of people INTENTIONALLY visit at the same time. The police are paid to help them, and the media cheers on the whole scene.

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Me again
by Theo Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 10:19 AM
TheoK444@aol.com

Ok, so this weekend I'm going to disrupt traffic to get my anti-gay message across. That's certainly better than accidently tying up traffic. Oh, but you're only ok with someone being disruptive to get YOUR message across, ok. Now who's childish and self-centered?

So, you ask a question, pretend i answered in a way that would support your argument, then use your made up response to tear down my argument. Nice. Except that i never said that it's only ok to get my message across. I'm actually okay with someone being disruptive to get their anti-gay message across, i would simply try to counter their message with a more positive one.

Also, very few people gridlock on purpose (does anyone do it on purpose?) it's just an mistake, or a misjudging of how traffic is moving. I would hardly say it's worse than deliberately tying up traffic because you are so arrogant and selfish as to assume your message is more important than anyone else's ability to move.

Yes, people do gridlock on purpose. It's generally not a mistake, or misjudging of traffic. I drive downtown an average of once a week during rush hour, and i don't gridlock. You must think the people of Pittsburgh are incredibly stupid, or inept drivers. And i do assume that getting the message across that thousands in the city are opposed to this war is worth inconveniencing motorists.

So the woman working 2 jobs part-time to put food in her kid's mouth is a selfish asshole? The man trying to squeeze in quality time with his kids after work is a selfish asshole? Nobody makes a big deal out of it because no one would make such a blanket generalization as you have.

Nice rhetorical device, attempting to turn the motorists into poor innocent victims of my mean comments. That doesn't make it true, though. First, most people who are struggling working two jobs to make ends meet can't afford to park downtown. The average motorist is either a middle class or upper class person. Second, even if this motorist is a poor single mom trying to make ends meet, she's still an asshole if she blocks an intersection because she wants to beat a red light. I'm sure there were some struggling single moms among the demonstrators. Are you suddenly feeling all warm and fuzzy and changing your views of their actions based on that? I doubt it.

You just keep telling yourself that. I couldn't care less if your message was "JEW FOR JESUS!" as long as it's keeping me from being able to get where I'm going.

Okay, i won't try to tell you what you think. If you say that it's not the message, then i accept that. However, for most people, it is the message. I know that, because i hear the same nasty comments made even when something is completely peaceful and legal, like the April 26 march was. I heard people at work making the same derogatory comments that were made after the March 20 'riots'. It's the message, not the tactics. The tactics just give justification to people who hate the message.

After the M-20 arrests I focused on the fact that there wasn't a permit because all the leftist "radicals" were screaming about their rights. You didn't have a permit, you didn't have the right to march! Accept the fact you might get arrested and move on. Not to mention the fact that CM has no obvious message! A bunch of people on bikes, no visible signs, just obviously taking their time to tie up traffic at each light.

I accept the fact that i might get arrested. My problem was that the police chose to allow the unpermitted march, then decided that everybody had to get on the sidewalks, which almost everybody did, then arrested us anyway.

Again, keep telling yourself that. The rest of us (the 76%) that support the war will just continue to ignore you.

Wrong, you're not ignoring me.

Ok, when has this ever happened at Pitt? When this does happen in other cities it's not like police don't arrest tons of people! Hell, sports event rioting is how I learned about teargas. Do you know what happens after there are riots? The following year security is stepped up! Wow, those sports fans certainly do get away with all sorts of stuff!

This has happened at Pitt, although i can't cite dates. Remember when the Pens won back to back Stanley cups a few years back? There riots in Oakland. And it does happen in other cities. Read an exerpt from a February 20 Post-Gazette article:

Three college football-related incidents took place last season in neighboring states. There was a riot in the streets of Columbus after Ohio State beat Michigan to earn a spot in the national championship Fiesta Bowl; a celebration in Morgantown turned ugly and included the burning of dorm furniture after West Virginia upset Virginia Tech; and Miami, Ohio, defensive coordinator Jon Wauford was arrested for allegedly shoving and injuring a Marshall fan on the field after a Marshall win.

"You have all the different incidents -- the fan behavior of running onto the field, but also the rioting," Boehm said. "It's almost been a kind of violent behavior over the past year.

So, yes, this is a problem. And as for arresting 'tons' of people, usually they target the most violent offenders and leave the rest of the fans alone, even if they are commiting minor infractions of the law. Which is what the police should have done March 20. Arrest people who are vandalizing property, arrest people who refused to get on the sidewalk, and leave the rest of the people who were following police orders alone. There are rarely, if ever, mass arrests at sporting events, no matter how fans are acting.

Because those people are there to spend money and support the city? As opposed to going there specifically to disrupt the city and clog up traffic. Again, it goes back to intent.

Support the city? By rioting? Interesting logic. Demonstrators who block traffic in an attempt to get an anti-war message across are criminals and anti-American, but sports fans who commit the same types of acts are supporting the city. Nice. But back to the CM arrests, it is NOT intent. Traffic laws have nothing to do with intent. You either broke a traffic law or you didn't. They arrested bikers for breaking traffic laws, when motorists routinely do the same things every day, and the police just drive on by. I see it every day downtown. That's my problem. The police where trying to stop the demonstration and silence the demonstrators. I hardly think it was justified.

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congrats
by The "real Uncle Sam Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 10:46 PM

Congratulations to ALL the anti-war bikers and their supporters. Every action is important to stoppig this insanity.

Keep fightin' back!!!!!!!!11

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Pollution and Destruction
by Wendy Tuesday, May. 27, 2003 at 10:15 AM
autumn___@hotmail.com

The biker who is getting arrested against the car in those photos is my pal Zak. You've probably seen him before this photo, he rides everywhere. He is also the drummer for the band Krooked Grind which frequents the Roboto. Anyways, I can't believe that this caused such an uproar. Zak is one of the nicest people I know. How can cops single out a few people and let the rest ride? How can cars and busses cause pollution and more deaths and go uncited? These bikers are not harming anyone. The cars have the streets all the time. Give up a little room for your fellow citizens. They are trying to save the o-zone and have a good time. Where else do you suggest they ride? I've driven through Pittsburgh enough to know that the drivers in cars are much more dangerous. Maybe the police should pick better battles and solve some real problems.

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aww babyface
by Allecia Friday, Jun. 06, 2003 at 12:43 AM

i know babyface...hahaha

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London calling!
by redrob (they know who I am!) Friday, Jun. 13, 2003 at 7:55 PM

Crappy to hear that CM in the States is getting so much grief. We are lucky in London - we now have our own cycling CM police (no shit! - flasing lights and sirens and all; you really have to see it!!! - even the police aren't impressed with the new tools of their trade)!! But we still have some trust from them which is great. Just wanted to extend support and let you know that London traffic is well used to CM (happy or not!) and we ain't going nowhere - not quickly anyway. Keep pedaling; we are, interestingly, united by our chains!!!

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Followup on arrested folks
by Jer Saturday, Aug. 09, 2003 at 10:58 PM

Whee, you know your Mass is Critical when there are arrests. City Paper published this followup

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Followup on arrested folks
by Jer Saturday, Aug. 09, 2003 at 10:58 PM

Whee, you know your Mass is Critical when there are arrests. City Paper published this followup

Jer - ex pghcriticalmass.org administrator

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