Normally, I’m posting relatively uplifting, personally informative posts about knitting/design, and I stay away from political activism, or just activism in general. However, I feel that as a blogger connected to a network of other bloggers, it’s my duty to spread the word about unjust things that masses of people have the power to change.
Case in point:
This is not okay. I am aware that police corruption happens in every city, but this is pretty low. If Atlanta were not so hilly, I’d probably bike many more places than I currently do (but I’m out of shape and it’s damn difficult to bike around here if you’re out of shape). That, and traffic is awful for bikers around here, even with all the people with “Share the Road” stickers on the backs of their cars, and I’m pretty sure that it’s not so great for most American cities, with some exceptions. So I’m a fan of the Critical Mass rides, because I want biking to become an expected part of road traffic. It’s environmentally friendly, it’s healthy, and it’s a legal form of vehicular transportation, governed by enforceable laws very similar to motor traffic laws. So even though I may not like the slow biker holding up traffic in my lane whom I cannot pass, I respect the biker and his/her right to be on the road.
And I think that the NYPD should, too.
(link found via Boing Boing)