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Announcement :: Organizing
Still We Ride // Dec 7
04 Dec 2005
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Free Screening: Still We Ride
7pm, Wednesday, December 7, 2005

at the Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave (in the South End)

A documentary by Tandem Productions (2005, 37 min)

On Friday August 27, 2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City's history - and the arrested had done nothing illegal.

For many New Yorkers, August was the first time they heard of what has become a monthly ritual for New York City's bike community; a free-forming ride called Critical Mass.

Still We Ride is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of this August ride before the arrests began and the chaos that followed. It recounts how this ride first started in San Francisco over 10 years ago and chronicles the police crackdown and resulting court battles in New York over the last twelve months. The movie takes on issues of civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the benefits of alternative means of transportation.

Upcoming Films:

Dec 14 – De-Interlaced: Surviving The Mass Media (78 min)
Followed by a digital media workshop hosted by the filmmakers, Round Point Movies

Dec 21 – Defending Our Lives (1994, 42 min)
Sponsored by the Boston Anarchist Black Cross

Dec 28 – US Off The Planet (2001)

Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
Always Free

Questions-Comments about the film series, contact films(-at-)


+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at)

+++ Directions

By train/public transportation: Take the Orange Line to the Mass Ave. stop, or the Green "E" line to the Symphony stop. Walk south on Mass Ave for a minute or two. Go left onto Columbus Avenue for 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By bus:Take the #1 Dudley/Mass Ave bus to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave. Walk east on Columbus Avenue 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By car, from Storrow Drive:Exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

From I-93 N or S:Take the Storrow Drive exit. Continue 1-2 minutes on Storrow and exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers contribute to all aspects of running the store and can take part in all decisions in how it's run. If you know anything about grant writing, web design, or any other skills you think would be useful, or if you just want to be part of this great radical project, please email Pete at petestid (at)

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important aspects of the Lucy Parsons Center is providing a community meeting place for radical activities. If you want to host an event, please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccabatchelder (at) Make sure to give enough notice so that we can approve the event at our bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons Center continues to grow and be an important resource for the community. Donations can be made in the form of cash, check or credit cards. Please call the store for more info. If you don't have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change of your purchase can make a difference.

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Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
06 Dec 2005
As always, I announce my sources or whether or not I was "there" or not. I was not there! BUT a group of friends who serve in a few different law enforcement agencies all stated that all that were arrested were diserving of it. Police officers have the ability to arrest those that disturb the public. Not to mention other innocent acts like spitting at the officers, threatening, criminal trespass, stopping traffic and so on.
The members of law enforcement that came together from across the nation to support this acted as trained professionals and should continue to be commended.

Can't do the time, don't commit the crime!
06 Dec 2005
of course the cops say the "arrested were diserving of it." they always say that all of their actions are justified. from small things like harassing people on a daily basis to really disturbing things like bombing the move house in philly or beating rodney king etc etc. the cops always say their were in the right.

why don't you watch the documentary before making such asinine comments.

riding bikes isn't a crime!
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
06 Dec 2005
no matter what veteran, you seem to always believe the authorities without listening to evidense. watch the movie and then make your decision.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
06 Dec 2005
Well I *was* there, and while not involved in the Critical Mass, I did see much of what went on. The police used excessive force (all week), and the arrests were not deserved. I guess if you're skeptical, come down and see the movie.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
07 Dec 2005
Of the 1500 or so protesters that where arrested the week of the RNC weren't like 90% of the cases dismissed or found not guilty? So much for the legitimate actions of the police.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
07 Dec 2005
Trying not to laugh at your post but it is full of fiction and comedy.

Those that get arrested always declare that they are innocent. Their misguided idea of innocence goes against the laws of this great nation. Keep the humor coming!
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
07 Dec 2005
Not sure of the exact numbers but quite a few were dismissed. Not for lack of a crime or evidence but because the adults have better things to worry about than an unruly child or two. Is it really worth anyone's time to try, convict and sentence some idiot who probably abuses drugs, has a criminal record and has nothing better to do than be a general pain in the butt? Nope!
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
07 Dec 2005
Most people (including myself) were given ACD's. Charges were vague at best (mine was a couple letters and a series of numbers), and of them, those that chose to fight the charges were overwhelmingly found innocent.
Bloomberg told the NYPD to be extra hard on demonstrators, and that's exactly what happened. The goal wasn't to make arrests that would lead to heavy jail time, but rather to get/keep protesters off the street, and try to break their spirits.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
07 Dec 2005
i saw the film at tonight's screening at lucy parsons. i think it is a great film. it is neither overly propagandistic nor romantic. any of us who at some point have expressed our first amendment right to speech know that radical dissent is only barely tolerated in this country. critical mass, with its offer of an alternative to the automobile-centered wasteful congestion that we have to deal with every day, presents a direct challenge to the monotonous lives we're taught to lead. as someone who rides his bike in boston a lot, critical mass is a celebration of my right to take ownership of the streets - if only for a few hours a month.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
07 Dec 2005
Excellent documentary for a "no budget" film. Drama, action, and even some humor helped get its message across, and hopefully will manage to get some folks to at least bike more, if not join a Critical Mass.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
08 Dec 2005
If we are so serious about riding, how come we dont ride down blue hill ave and show solidarity with our oppressed neighbors? who cares about newbury st, thats safe.
Re: Still We Ride // Dec 7
09 Dec 2005
rider, i completely agree with you. it would be great in so many different ways to head into roxbury, dorchester, mattapan, southie, eastie, and other neighborhoods where people of color and poor people live. however, keep in mind that the cm ride goes where ever the person or people in front take it. if we want to leave the back bay/harvard square route we just need to head to the front of the mass and go in whatever direction we choose.