I recently got involved in a bike organization here in Santa Fe that is just getting off the ground. I went to my first meeting, and their second or third, last night. One of the issues that came up was doing outreach to riders outside of the standard Roadie, MTB, BMX and commuter groups. Specifically the generally poorer and non-English speaking immigrants who ride out of necessity and have little to no contact with the rest of the cycling community.
Do any of you have any experience with this sort of thing or could any of you point me toward some resources that could help?
I'm not really even sure what to say about this. A few international protesters in Bil'in dressed up as characters from Avatar to protest the building of the separation/apartheid wall. Here's the video.
I guess I was just surprised that someone actually took the next step and totally compared specific People of Color to the fictional aliens in Avatar. I shouldn't have been, really.
I finished building my snow bike just in time for a big dump of snow. I don't have a decent pic, but it's pretty nice. Pake C'Muter frame, Fulcrum Red disc wheels with the rear converted to a fixed using a Tomi cog. It's working well.
I'm also planning a big tour from Santa Fe to San Francisco, but I'm a little sketch on the route. I don't want to head straight west then up the coast because there's a couple deserts that way, so I'm thinking of going north then west, through Denver and maybe up to Utah. Anyone ride this way before? Advice, routes I can take? Web sites I can check out.
Sun, Sep. 13th, 2009, 08:22 pm
Room for rent
If anyone wants to move to Santa Fe I have a room coming up to rent in Santa Fe at the beginning of the month or the beginning of november.
Fri, Sep. 11th, 2009, 08:56 pm
Some art I made
These are the two pieces I did, with mad help, for the most recent art installation at the art collective I'm a part of.
Thought you might like.
Thu, Aug. 13th, 2009, 11:42 am
I was on a loaner bike the other day and someone parked on the curb and in the bike lane just about opened their door into me. I wasn't paying attention at all and would have been hit if the didn't actually notice me at the last minute. I would have taken it straight to the face and chest, bad times. Thank goodness some people are at least slightly aware of bikes, it saved my ass.
The murder of doctor Tiller may have been immediately directed at a man, but it was in fact a hate crime against women. This doctor saved the life of innumerable women and we can't know how many women will now be denied life saving abortions because he is no longer here to perform them. Make no mistake, this happened because the perpetrator considered women to be less than human and thus not allowed bodily integrity.
On a similar note, I have never read, nor heard, of someone being prosecuted for committing a hate crime against a woman qua woman. That is, there are prosecutions against people who commit hate crimes against women, but only because of some other group to which they belong. If a Woman of Color woman is the target of a hate crime it is prosecuted as if the crime was solely because she of color, not a woman of color. If a lesbian is the target of a hate crime it is prosecuted as if the crime was solely because of her sexual orientation. Perhaps I'm wrong and there are a number of prosecutions of hate crimes based on gender, but I imagine that given how much media I consume, and specifically how much feminist media I consume, I would have heard about at least one prosecution of a hate crime directed against a woman or women.
It is far past time that this issue be addressed. We as a society have recognized so many different types of hate crimes, why can we not recognize the huge number of hate crimes against women? Those women are of every class and race and sexual preference, but so often they are attacked because they are not only of those other groups but also because they are women. Women are and have been under attack and it is time that we do something about it.
Thu, May. 14th, 2009, 09:01 pm
Tue, Apr. 28th, 2009, 08:43 pm
A New Home
I moved into a new house on Saturday. I am extremely happy. I live with three photographers. They rock.