Yesterday, members of Visual Resistance and Time's Up installed two ghost bikes for 23-year old filmmaker Derek Lake, killed June 26 on Houston St, and Dr. Carl Nacht, killed June 22 by a NYPD tow truck that cut him off on the West Side bike path. Transportation Alternatives writes:
In the past three weeks there were four serious bike crashes in New York City, three of them resulting in the deaths of individual cyclists, Donna Goodson, Dr. Carl Nacht and Derek Lake.
On June 5, Donna Goodson was killed by a truck on Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. On Monday June 19, a taxicab driver opened his door and knocked a cyclist into the path of a passing bus on 10th Avenue in Manhattan. On Thursday June 22, an NYPD tow truck driver crossing the Hudson River Greenway hit Dr. Carl Nacht as he was riding with his wife northbound on the bike path. Dr. Nacht died Monday, June 26. On Monday June 26, Derek Lake was killed by a truck when his bike slid out of control and he fell beneath the truck on Houston Street at LaGuardia Place.
All four recent crashes were caused by dangerous conditions that are commonplace on New York City streets but should not be: drivers and passengers opening car doors into the path of cyclists; drivers failing to yield to cyclists and hazardous street conditions that can send bikes out of control.
The phenomenal Argentinean street art collective Vomito Attack is putting together a show in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn this weekend:
Attack to the State Empire
June 23, Friday, 7-10 PM
724 Myrtle Ave
Myrtle-Willoughby stop on the G
Vomito Attack is a condition. At the violent threshold of a recognizable world, the well fed delights of gluttony, there meet two
strangers. One has an easy going smile and knows the time on his wrist, the other has lost control of her intestines, prostrate street.
Come and buy Vomito's work. He has been sick all over this fucking city. Now make him better with neglect. This Argentinean artist will exhibit on 3 walls, an installation, aerosol, and a sculpture across the street on the fence of the abandoned lot.
The Midwest Social Forum is an annual gathering of grassroots organizations, community activists, workers, educators, students, and others committed to making a better, more just world possible. The Midwest Social Forum provides an open space for exchanging experiences and information, strengthening alliances and networks, and developing effective strategies for progressive social, economic, and political change. This year the Midwest Social Forum will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 6th-9th.
There will be a number of sessions relating to visual art and social change at this year's Midwest Social Forum. So far the confirmed sessions include:
•Images Matter: Lessons from the Art and the Graphic Campaign of the Abolitionist Movement
Hosted by Nicolas Lampert, co-editor of Peace Signs: The Anti-War Movement Illustrated.
•Graffiti Art Workshop
Hosted by T.R.U.E. Skool, Inc., a group promoting hip-hop culture and positive social change based in Milwaukee.
•Ants and Economics in the Americas: The Beehives Popular Education Graphics Campaigns
A workshop hosted by the Beehive Design Collective.
Along with these offerings the Midwest Social Forum will have workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and strategy sessions relating to a wide variety of topics involving social change and activism. Please visit the website for more information.
Sustainable Eating is an online zine exploring the connections between the food we eat and our personal, community and environmental health. Currently, Sustainable Eating is seeking submissions from writers, artists, activists, cooks, and gardeners for issues #4 & #5.
**Issue #4 (Fall/Winter 2006): Roots
Issue #4 will explore how food connects us to the land and to each other. How are you rooted to place by food? In what ways is your community connected through the production, harvest and sharing of food? What is the role of food in your personal, family, or ancestral roots? What root foods do you enjoy? What are the root causes of hunger, the exploitation of land, labor and animals, or other food injustices.
Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2006
Issue Available Online: Fall/Winter 2006
**Issue #5 (Spring/Summer 2007): Unnatural Eating
Factory farms, GMOs, irradiated foods, hormones, seasonal foods available year-round, regional crops available world-wide, fast food diets, no-carb diets, microwaves, lunch breaks in front of your computer... in so many ways modern food production and eating patterns are far from natural. Analysis, critiques and alternatives to today's unnatural food systems and diets are all welcome for this issue.
Deadline for Submissions: February 1, 2007
Issue Available Online: Spring/Summer 2007
All kinds of submissions are welcome, including: personal essays; news articles; feature stories; interviews; profiles of people, organizations and projects; artwork; and fiction. Sustainable Eating encourages you to interpret this theme in any way you wish, so please do not feel restricted to traditional concepts of the topic. If you are unsure about how your idea might fit with these themes, please feel free to contact Sustainable Eating with a proposal.
Please send your submissions, suggestions, feedback, and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.