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Round one goes to the protestors

(This was originally published at Greater Democracy

With protests there are various measures of the success of the protest. Did violence erupt? Did the police keep things under control? Who is perceived as the good guys and who is perceived as the bad guys? Based on unscientific methods, I need to award round one of the Republican Convention protests to the protestors. Last night, five thousand cyclists rode through the streets of New York. They were greeted by cheers by many along the streets. About an hour and a half into the ride, the street started cordoning off streets and arresting cyclists for disorderly conduct and confiscating their bicycles.

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Watching the Convention

(Originally posted to Greater Democracy

This afternoon, I received an email from Brad Johnson about the Critical Mass bicycle ride this evening. He wrote,


The Critical Mass bicycle ride tonight will be the first real demonstration of NYPD tactics during the RNC. Critical Mass was going to have a post-ride party, but the cops and the Coast Guard intimidated the owners of the space into cancelling it.

Furthermore, the police hand-delivered a lovely letter threatening the riders with mass arrests -- for a ride that has gone on every month for the last 10 years without incident.

If you to be involved or monitor the proceedings, you should head over to the Time's Up space at 49 East Houston Street (btw Mott and Mulberry) during the day or go to Union Square at 7 pm.

The letter: http://www.times-up.org/images/nypd-to-ta-re-cm.jpg
Posts on this: http://the-cunctator.dailykos.com/story/2004/8/27/121244/624
http://nyc.indymedia.org/feature/display/103268/index.php

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Senatorial Blogs

(Originally posted at Greater Democracy)

The other day, I participated in a conference call put together by Mathew Gross for bloggers interested in the Erskine Bowles campaign. I was very interested in this because it was the first conference call I know of by a senatorial campaign aimed at the blogging community. It follows nicely on the blogging of political conventions.

There was a bit of talk about polls and strategy, but the conference call just didn’t get me excited. Bowles has a blog, which is pretty good. There are nearly sixties entries in the blog. Nearly half of them have no comments and only two had more then ten comments, one had 15 and one had 24. It is worth noting that the two entries that had the most comments were primarily about issues. The most commented on entry was about a new ad Bowles is running on health care. The second most commented entry was about an editorial discussion Bowles plan for Homeland Security.

Quite a few of the entries were written by ‘Staff Writer’. Posts which don’t reveal the author always bother me. In some cases, it did reveal the writer in the post. On the upside, six of the posts were identified as being written by Bowles.

Imagine New York

(Originally posted at Greater Democracy)

In 1983, I spent eight months traveling around the United States and Europe. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot about myself, my country, and the world through these experiences. I wish more people could spend time traveling like this.

I had been living in New York with a couple struggling actors and seen my share of off-off-Broadway plays. One of my roommates traveled with a company to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so I made sure to pass through Edinburgh during the festival.

In spite of having access to lots of wonderful theatre in New York, Edinburgh blew me away. There was so much to see all packed into an incredibly tight schedule. I got my schedule and tried to figure out which plays to see and when to see them. I read the reviews in the Scotsman, and posted on the walls around Edinburgh. I saw five or six plays a day, and stumbled through my nightly pubcrawls, my mind spinning with many new thoughts.

I went back to Edinburgh several years in a row after that, and only stopped going when children made travel more difficult. How I have longed for such an overwhelming smorgasbord of artistic stimulation.

Now, living outside of New York City, and having covered the Democratic National Convention as a credentialed blogger, I have been trying to figure out what I want to do. As I noted in a previous entry, I’m particularly interested in the Progressive Tourist Bureau happening at The Tank, which will also be my home base for blogging when I’m in the city.

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Devolve This!

(Originally published at LocalPols, and copied here for consolidation)

John McCarthy from California pointed me to an article by Joel Rogers entitled 'Devolve This' about the need for a coordinated progressive state-level effort in the most recent Nation magazine (8/30/04).

I believe that it presents a good explanation of part of what I have been hoping to contrbute to with this website. I would encourage everyone to read the article.

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