The sentencing of ex-NYPD Officers Moreno and Mata - who were found guilty of official misconduct but acquitted of the more serious crime of rape - is scheduled for 9am, June 28 in the Manhattan Supreme…
“You don’t want to start setting up another rule book, like: “This is how you’re a feminist. And this is the way you dress. And this is the way you act. And this is the way you protest.” It’s like, some people protest carrying signs. Some people protest by making activist radical music. Sometimes people try to just make it through a day and not kill themselves, and that’s their activism for right then, because that’s all they have.”—Kathleen Hanna (via riotisnotquiet)
The weather is obviously not ideal, but we are going to join others the world-round and move forward with the ride today. Precipitation will hopefull be brief and scattered by this afternoon, so the biggest danger is wet streets for the ride. Be sure to ride safe! Perhaps just a pancho will be a popular outfit this year.
We have had great media coverage so fare, and there will be both mainstream and independent media doing interviews at the starting location. And of course, photographers. This is what we are doing this for, to get our messages out there about how much indecent exposure our bodies suffer to all manner of danger and harassment. So think about why you want to do this (aside from the good time), what you want to say and be ready to represent yourself!
We are gonna need a ton of volunteers, and perhaps even some cash donations to make the after-party everything we want it to be, so please please please check out the spreadsheet and see where you can help. If possible, all volunteers should check in at 3pm at 99 S. 6th Street in Brooklyn. Valet bike parking and food/bar service are the main concerns right now. We especially need non-riders to help set up the party and get it started before the ride rolls up. Spread the word to any friends you have who are not riding but want to join the fun after!
Remember, body and bike decoration is Do-it-Yourself (D.I.Y.) so bring any materials you want to use and share, along with slogans for signs and bodies! We’ll have some basics paint and signage materials. Food, beverages, entertainment and talent are welcome too!
Alrighty! Be sure to check the wiki page (http://bit.ly/Bi7aY) before you roll out. We’ll keep updates at the top. And if you haven’t read the whole page at least once please do. Follow in real time on the Twitter @wnbrnyc, #wnbrnyc and worldwide #wnbr.
“Building community is the real key to organizing for the change we are calling for in the streets. It’s tough to measure the real impact. The bottom line is we have fun and it is free. This in itself is a radical transformation from the mundane, commercial existence we all suffer from everyday.”—
Dear Nice, Naturist, Pedal-Powered Peoples and Allies,
Just a few days until we fill the streets with hundreds of bodies as bare as we dare to get our messages out. We love our bodies, we love our planet, and we don’t want to see either exposed to danger or pollution! And most of all we love the right to be free and have fun!
The buzz is out there and we anticipate bigger numbers of participants who might drop their pants than last year, so now is the time to STEP UP AND VOLUNTEER! We will need a huge push of cooperation and collaboration to keep everyone safe, have fun, and have the impact we want. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK to an overly-detailed spreadsheet for VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!
Times are approximate and tasks will probably be flexible, but please sign up to pitch in where you can. We don’t need to fill all the slots, but having reliable people to make sure key things will get done is essential. The tasks will be described in more detail on the Wiki, which will see a complete update by Saturday morning, so check it! Any questions feel free to reply to email@example.com, and send a phone number or other reliable contact info if you can commit to any of the slots.
Now it is only hinted at in the spreadsheet, but we need a HUGE CREATIVE PUSH to accompany or clothing-optional ride.
If you are a performer, a fire-dancer, a juggler, a musician, a drag queen or whaterver, WE NEED YOU to help make the East River Park (@ Delancey) starting location a festive atmosphere, or to spice up the after-party at 99 S. 6th St in Brooklyn with your hula-hoop break-dancing!
Likewise, body painting, creative costuming, banners, signs and flags are all Do-It-Yourself. So bring ideas and materials if you can to supplement our the paint (we will have plenty of the basic stuff). Got lots of funny hats? Want to make some fun masks? Got a supply of glitter you have been sitting on? Bring what you can! We will transport unused stuff from the park to storage and it can be retrieved later.
Lastly, any support in terms of food, drink or other donations of all sorts are most welcome to support the bodies at the park and on the ride. Just let us know how you want to pitch in, and we will make it count!
“We need change in this country,” said Ruth Martínez, a member of the group who has been unemployed for nearly three years.
Until recently, young people in Spain were dismissed as an apathetic generation, uninterested in party politics. But the outpouring of young people who have taken to the streets since May 15 — at one point about 28,000 protesters spent the night in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square — has changed all that, forcing the country to take heed and reconsider.
This storyline sounds pretty familiar to me. Youth unemployment is hitting 20% here in the U.S. One can only dream of mobilizing young people here as they have in Spain.
“It has to do with agency for me. A half-naked lady as a form of protest feels a lot different to me than a half-naked lady as pandering to the male-gaze. I think there is something somewhat terrifying, somewhat jarring, about a person, especially a woman putting herself out there as a “fuck you” as opposed to a “fuck me.” That said, this event isn’t about getting naked. Some people might identify with that type of protest. Others might not. This isn’t about making a spectacle of your body, it is about giving people control over their own identity, whatever that entails. This is an event about ideas, not about clothes.”—
“I think a lot of the education that needs to happen in order to combat larger structural oppressions is going to have to involve those with power standing down.”—A smart person reminding us how hard the revolution is probably going to be.