News Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 – 11:43am
This is a victory for the TIME’S UP! environmental group and anyone (you?) supposedly acting in concert with us! Victory on all counts:
- The right to assemble, in public parks, of more than twenty people, without a permit.
- The right to advertise or promote any event or action, even those deemed illegal by the City.
- The right to ride your bicycle in a group without a permit. (ex. Critical Mass)
Judge Stallman not only denied all these requests from the City, but in his 23-page decision he meticulously explained why every ruling listed above was perfectly legal and why the defendants, Time’s Up! did not need to apply for a permit for either riding bicycles or assembling in public parks. The decision is amazingly well-written in our favor and will set a precedent for the future of New York City, especially the bicycling community. This is a victory not only for Time’s Up! but for the First Amendment rights of all New Yorkers.
We’ve established the TIME’S UP! Bike Legal Defense Fund (which is now defending the freedoms of speech and assembly as well as bikes). You can donate securely to: