2008-05-30 Critical Mass May 2008

EVENT ADVISORY

Contacts:  Judy Ross 917.405.1544
                   Barbara Ross 917.494.8164


AL SHARPTON WILL JOIN CRITICAL MASS CYCLISTS IN AN EFFORT TO STOP NYPD
CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES

WHAT: Rally followed by Critical Mass Ride
WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2008 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Union Square Park South at 14th Street

New York, NY (May 30, 2008) - Tonight (5/30), cyclists will come together with Reverend Al Sharpton, Nicole Paultre-Bell, civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and others in the community outraged over the NYPD's attack on civil rights, for a pre-Critical Mass rally. The rally, organized by Freewheels, will draw attention to the common pattern of NYPD harassment experienced by diverse groups of law-abiding citizens. Mr. Sharpton and Ms. Paultre-Bell are expected to join the Critical Mass ride in a pedicab following the rally.

Although the degree of abuse is clearly different, the message of the groups is clear; The NYPD's actions must be addressed and dealt with by Mayor  Bloomberg.

"Considering the efforts from other parts of the administration to increase non-polluting transportation, we are asking the NYPD to work with the cyclists instead of using unconstitutional tactics to stop the ride", says Barbara Ross, Time's Up! bicycle advocacy volunteer.

Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of non-polluting transportation, which takes place in hundreds of cities around the world.  Critical Mass and other group rides have contributed to the increase in cycling and safer streets.

Click here to view video evidence of NYPD civil rights abuses from past critical mass rides

Additional video evidence of the NYPD's harassment campaign against the Critical Mass can be made available to the press.

Norman Siegel watches ride go by.  Photo by Fred Askew