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31 May 1998
New flyer: Exhausted? Report smoking vehicles.
30 May 1998
New flyer: The Little Bicycle and the Big Bad Industrial Capitalist Ogre.
What an amazing Critical Mass ride last night in SF.
I felt like we were flying together. I had such a great time.
I hope I hope I hope I hope that this kind of exploration,
cooperation, energy, fun, these things are all ahead of us.
I hate the wars.
29 May 1998
New flyer: one brain / one vote.
(9 June: outdated, gone, whoosh.)
Full life, full love, full involvement. There's a
slogan. Live, love, coexist. Dump the manipulative bullshit,
reach for hope.
Keeping organic standards clean and local. On May 8, 1998,
after more than 200,000 people wrote to the United States Department
of Agriculture about their first (dirty) proposal for national organic food
standards, the USDA is going back to the drawing board.
This is a big win, and also, a big question mark -- it's
not clear what the new rules will be. The
Campaign to Save Organic Standards is one place you can
keep up with what's going on.
Since this first proposal has been beaten, I'm taking the
S-O-S (Save Organic Standards) flyer and info off this
22 May 1998
Dear Napoleon Parasite:
No more praise for energy or determination until you learn to
let go. Don't you realize how your antagonism narrows the
actions others can take? When you win fights, it comes from the
entire group's energy.
Check your ego, check your fears, and live within the means
of your community.
11 May 1998
New flyer: Please avoid eye contact. Help make commute alienation
The Critic returns. I've had a lot of rants in my head
from this political campaign and other stuff. Plenty of rants,
and good ones, about how likely a "bicycle friendly" San
Francisco is while the mayor's put the city on the fast track
to unlimited rents and neverending construction.
8 May 1998
NO GARAGE -- NO on A & J!
Screed now carries a full line of
flyers against the wasteful museum and garage plan:
San Francisco propositions A and J.
Keep the peace in the park! Don't stuff it with cars
and big new crowds. We need it as a safe space from the
grow-grow-and-grow-faster of San Francisco. Election day is
Tuesday, June 2: Vote NO on A & J.
More about the future private park:
The Bay Guardian reports on private interests trying
to take over S.F. public parks, and how Props A & J fit
into that scheme.
3 May 1998
I've been really busy. I hope Screed doesn't feel too
dusty for anyone.
Very Respectable Outing Society. Bicycle expeditions
2nd Saturday every month, 1 pm, Duboce Park, SF. Bring crazy
clothes, noisemakers, and food for a potluck picnic. VROS also
meets the Sunday after Critical Mass/SF, 6:30 pm, at different
locations, to discover future destinations.
NO on A / NO on J! They don't need the money, we
don't need the traffic, and the Park needs a better plan.
A and J are S.F. ballot measures that would begin the process
of privatizing Golden Gate Park. Prop. A authorizes a $90 million
bond to rebuild the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, and Prop. J
creates a "public benefit authority" to build a parking garage
in the Park.
The privatization comes with how the financing is done, and
the powers given to that Authority. The bond frees up private
money so that it can be spent on making the Park more friendly
to for-profit operations, and the Concourse Authority gets to
control that spending, over the entire eastern end of the
Park. The Concourse Authority's decisions can be vetoed by the
mayor (by proxy) -- the same mayor who thinks the Park
"will have to welcome more commercial entities in order to pay
its way in the future."
Beyond that, the de Young hasn't even tried to raise the
money themselves (they have 3 years before they need to start
building), Prop. J's garage will bring loads of new car traffic,
and Prop. A and J together leap right over the 5-year public
process that went into planning the park's current Master
I've never been inside a political campaign before. It's
gross. The initiatives were placed on the ballot by people who
are now our "opponents," even though we agree on a bunch of
things, because they've decided they have enough well-intentioned
but ignorant support to get super greedy. What a fun game!
Art. A bunch of us did a street performance, with large
painted cardboard props, to demonstrate the effect that the
garage would have on the Park. It was a great success, lots of
fun to put together, got us good press, and was a good start
toward bringing more art into the sustainable development
crowd's efforts. Also it was really exciting to think of the
next things we could do.
May Day. This was great! Saturday, May 2, 1998. Our
procession and performance troupe marched through the city,
drumming and dancing, stopping at Yerba Buena Gardens,
U.N. Plaza, 16th Street BART, and Dolores Park to put on
shows. I beat a cow bell (and was attacked by a giant Roisin
McAliskey puppet when I got too annoying) and did some theater
Actually the event was called "Reclaim May Day," a strange
name -- was the day a celebration, or a rally in favor of a
celebration? I got a t-shirt just in case. I hope someone does
a web site.
See? Busy. And it's been a lot of fun!
5 April 1998
Puppets! On March 28 I went with a bunch of people to
a workshop on making giant puppets -- to use for street
theater stuff, like some massers already did with
(Psst, wanna know
how they did it?)
The workshop was offered by
Art & Revolution Convergence, in preparation for May Day,
an international holiday for working people that the United
States of Corporate America no longer celebrates but that
doesn't mean we regular people can't do it for ourselves.
It's Saturday May 2, it's going from Justin Herman Plaza (9 am?)
to a big potluck picnic in Dolores Park, it's gonna be crazy,
don't miss it!
If you're interested in more about puppets, check out
Wise Fool Puppet Intervention and
the Puppetry Home Page.
Critical Mass happens in San Francisco on the last Friday
of every month. Some people think Critical Mass is the bike ride
that starts from Justin Herman Plaza. I think it's the entire
city that night, it's something in the air, for everyone.
DildoMan said something like this: "There's only one right
time and place to talk about Critical Mass, and that's during
Critical Mass." No individual, no small group, can do better
than all of us. When we are together, when we can all have a
say, when we can act together or separately as we see fit.
So I say, if the SFPD is developing a new plan for dealing
with their favorite "Alternative Bicycling Event," there should
be a conversation between riders and cops right at Justin Herman
Plaza. Let it go all the way into the night. Let it get nasty
and stupid -- there are nasty and stupid feelings on all sides
of this issue and until we express them we can't address them.
I don't know who would facilitate this, if anyone needed to.
I want to see it happen. We're all out there and we ought to do
right by each other. Maybe massers and cops will never see eye
to eye on what "traffic" is and how somebody "blocks" it. Or
maybe someday we will?
4 April 1998
I think I'm going to put up GIF versions of flyers, too.
DildoMan talked me into it. I put up GIFs for
Celebration Demonstration to
work out easy instructions for printing them. (They're 150 dpi
31 March 1998
New flyer: Celebration Demonstration. Like I said, the streets
need shaking, let's do it!
23 March 1998
When does this page get updated? I have a few more things
to put up here, along basic lines, but things won't get updated
very often. Why?
First, this site isn't a news site. If you want regular news
about the SF ride, check the
SF-CRITICAL-MASS mail list (which you can
read on the web).
Second, right now there's conflict with the police. Some
stuff regarding the police is difficult to talk about on the
web, as the SFPD knows its way around a web browser. And Screed
already pays attention to that stuff at
Dealing With Cops.
Third, all of this stuff works better in person.
16 March 1998
Finally, finally! got Beat the ticket, beat the cops working correctly on a
particular fancy printer.
Good weekend out of town. After all this talk about cops
and Mass and the SFBC, I partied down with dozens of new friends
at some old friends' wedding. It was great and I learned a few
10 March 1998
Critical Cats! or, What we did on our summer vacation.
9 March 1998
New image: An Amoco-ble Solution. Found for someone by someone
else ... whoever did this one, thanks!
5 March 1998
Got rid of the "submit" page. For the time being
add your stuff goes to the "how
screed works" section of About.
Clinton to Drop Da Bomb on Iraq. Did you see
the PDF poster of the battle chart at Justin Herman Plaza
Another little tweak to Beat the ticket, beat the cops because if you stop in
the street to support a rider who's getting cited, you might
just get cited yourself. (I guess they really don't have
anything better to do.)
4 March 1998
Bay Guardian: "Hey, SFPD,
stop picking on cyclists, and
leave Critical Mass alone." Dammit.
What a wild ride on Friday. Lots of contradictions. The
SFPD was out in force, keeping themselves entertained on a slow
night ... while most of us, drenched in stars and night poetry,
made our way.
At the start of the ride, we had what I hope was just the
first of many "town meetings." It's great that we can speak and
listen before we leave. Also trusting each other again.
1 March 1998
I'm famous, because the cops are misbehaving. Also,
there's a picture.
25 February 1998
Great bicycling ingenuity imagines
a permanent tailwind.
24 February 1998
New flyer: Police hotline stickers. Standard address label
stickers so people know to call 415-289-6503 if they
get or witness special attention from the police during
Quotes and thoughts on massing.
Cool pictures of SF Critical Mass!
Added this to About:
Is Screed counter-xerocratic? Maybe. After all "xerocracy"
is when people share their own ideas or collaborate by sharing
flyers. I think of Screed as a kick start, and maybe an
introduction into the flyer culture inside Critical Mass. Also
if you think a flyer is cool, you can redistribute it.
23 February 1998
Big rallies and some police conflict last week. The SFPD
sent riot cops, joined on Saturday by Federal marshals, to
monitor and control two peaceful anti-war rallies. This could
mean trouble for SF Critical Mass on Friday. Everybody, cops
included: please be cool.
Small change to Beat the ticket, beat the cops, encouraging people to
be polite when asking if they're free to go. Be cool.
Fun Car Facts, a back page for Love your city - Ditch
your car, and other flyers.
Screed joined the
Critical Mass Web Wheel. It's so exciting to see
resources like this popping up! (Screed was one of the first
sites to join, which means it's way down at the bottom of the
22 February 1998
Oooh! A news page!
I fixed up the Bikes, not bombs flyer, from Saturday morning's rush
Still getting used to the process of making PDF files from
all sorts of different sources. It can take a long time, depending
on how close someone's computer setup matches mine.
Much easier to get image files from people. Then people would
download the image, throw it into a word processing program, and
print from there.
Thank you for reading to the end of the news.
That's very nice of you!