saracycle | 1 Apr 05:08 2003
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News from Portland - thanks etc.

hi everybody,

I made it back to Portland just in time for Critical Mass on 
Friday. After a week of anti-war actions - including a peace march that 
blocked a central intersection for 8 hours and a Critical Mass ride 
that briefly blocked traffic on two freeways - the police had entirely 
lost their patience. About 350 riders gathered in the park before the 
ride for food and music. When we finally rolled out onto the street 
people were immediately roughly arrested for no apparent reason. The 
ride splintered into about 10 different rides -- lots of people were 
arrested - but we weathered the storm and rode for hours any way.

While I was gone two bills were introduced into the Oregon 
legislature. If passed, one would allow cyclists to treat stops signs 
like a yield sign. The other would classify participating in an event 
where anyone involved has intention of blocking traffic, a terrorist 
act - punishable with up to life in prison. That's Oregon - progressive 
on some fronts - but equally backwards on others.

I spent some time this weekend editting a piece for the radio 
about Critical Mass in Prague. I still can't get enough of the car-
burning ritual that was performed. I believe anyone anywhere could 
listen on the web  <at>  www.kboo.fm. I'll report on the conference and air 
the Prague C.M. piece this Wednesday at about 9:35 our time - that's 
6:35p.m. Prague time (or does time even matter on web radio?). 
Unfortunately its pledge drive this month so a big part of the show 
will be devoted to begging for money. 

I'm slowly adjusting to not being surrounded by Car-Free 
advocates. It was so great to meet everyone, hear your stories and 
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TCFC Conference | 1 Apr 16:13 2003

Re: [carfree_conf3] car-free village: what about a discussion group on this topic??

Hello everyone, and salut Francois,
I'm very interested in this car-free eco-village idea as well. I 
would like the place to be somewhere more central in Europe, so that 
it can eventually serve as a car-free network hub and would be 
generally more accessible. The coast of Croatia is quite central, has 
beautiful scenery and of course sea and warm weather -- and is within 
easy reach of Venice. In any case, given that we don't know where the 
village will be, or whether there will eventually be more than one, 
it seems that the listserve shouldn't specify the country. Colin's 
suggestion of CarfreeEcovillage@... seems good to me, but 
riseup.com seems like a better host as he also said. Soif, can you 
set up this listserve? Then we could announce it in our next bulletin 
and magazine. That means you have four days!
Best,
Randy
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TCFC Conference | 1 Apr 17:42 2003

Re: [carfree_conf3] Carfree Cities: From Vision to Reality

Hello Joel and everyone,

Thanks for posting that list of to-do items. Here are a few comments:

ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The next European Youth Foundation deadline is October 1st. That's 
for projects in the second half of 2004. So the next conference could 
not be before July next year. We have until October to come up with 
the location and partners, etc. Possibilities mentioned so far 
include Berlin (with Markus) and Hungary (with Ferenc). I would 
propose that other people write up their conference hosting proposals 
in a few paragraphs and send them to this list. Also, I think that 
rather than start a new listserve, the name of THIS list could be 
changed in some months to carfree_conf4.

WEBSITE FOR BUREAUCRATS / ACTIVISTS
While we at CB Central would like to have a second name for this 
org/network besides Car Busters, we feel we don't have the capacity 
to produce and maintain a second website. Carfree.com seems like a 
fine place to refer bureaucrats.
We are happy with carbusters.org being the website for 
activists/campaigners/whomever else. We might see how the content 
could be made more general-public-friendly without harming its 
purpose or toning down the message, but we'll have to leave it at 
that for now.

WORLD CAR-FREE DAY(S)
I think we need to wait and see how things develop with the EU and 
UN. Oscar reported that his meetings in Brussels went well, and 
yesterday he was meeting with the UN in New York. I don't think we 
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J.H. Crawford | 1 Apr 20:36 2003

Re: [carfree_conf3] Carfree Cities: From Vision to Reality


Randy said:

>ANNUAL CONFERENCE
>The next European Youth Foundation deadline is October 1st. That's 
>for projects in the second half of 2004. So the next conference could 
>not be before July next year. 

OK, I vote for Berlin, 1 July 2004, because it's close to me,
and the weather is decent in July, and because I've never
been there. If it's Budapest, I'll have to fly. :-(

But, really, there's more to it than weather. Maybe we should wait
until September, and it could be anywhere. I do have a preference
for avoiding conferences when/where it's cold outside. 

Randy, you're coordinating this conference via Car Busters, right?

>I would 
>propose that other people write up their conference hosting proposals 
>in a few paragraphs and send them to this list. 

Before formal proposals, could we bat it around here for few rounds?

>Also, I think that 
>rather than start a new listserve, the name of THIS list could be 
>changed in some months to carfree_conf4.

Yes, sure. Where ARE we hosting our lists? Does it want all to
be the same? (See other mail)
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Francois Schneider | 2 Apr 09:59 2003
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RE: [carfree_conf3] car-free village: what about a discussion group on this topic??

This is great Randy!

croatia could be great, i am exploring possibilities in Spain.

Right now i am still working, and solving health problems, but in the future
i really want to dedicate myself fully with this. This is really motivating
me

I tried to open the web riseup.com but it said in construction. Do you know
something about this? For the name, i would actually suggest
carfreeEcovillages@... with an s to keep open for several projects
(or yahoo).

But well who is setting it up, Colin? or am doing it? I guess it should not
be so complicated but i have never tried

Abracos
Francois

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Randy Ghent | 2 Apr 16:34 2003
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Location of TCFC IV

Note: You'll all receive the participants' contact list from Ivana today.

Joel said:

> OK, I vote for Berlin, 1 July 2004, because it's close to me,
> and the weather is decent in July, and because I've never
> been there. If it's Budapest, I'll have to fly. :-(

The disadvantage is that everything in Berlin would be at Western prices,
even though it's close to CEE. If Berlin doesn't end up being affordable, I
like the idea of Krakow or Zagreb... Anytime between July and September seems
okay. Would just need to keep in mind other events such as the VeloCity
conference and Ecotopia.

> Randy, you're coordinating this conference via Car Busters, right?

I think our preference would be for a local group to present themselves as
the main organisers, and then we would assist as needed with outreach, finding
conference staff, preparing funding applications, providing web space,
setting the programme, etc.

> Before formal proposals, could we bat it around here for few rounds?

Sure, and I will ask Ferenc to present his idea for hosting it in Hungary.

Sound good?
Randy

PS - For those of you in the San Francisco area, I'll be there from April
8-26.
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Colin Leath | 2 Apr 17:03 2003

RE: [carfree_conf3] car-free village: what about a discussion group on this topic??

I submitted a request to have
carfreeecovillages@...

created

with the description:
We are discussing and organizing the creation of one or more explicitly
car-free ecovillages.

if anyone wants to use it right away, tell the folks at
list@...

otherwise in a couple of days it should be visible.

It is currently set to allow anyone to join, only members can post without
approval, and anyone can view archives.

I placed it in the creating community category
and the "cooperative economics" category

You can subscribe at:
http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/carfreeecovillages

but we won't be able to send messages until it is approved.

!
Colin

On Wed, 2 Apr 2003, Francois Schneider wrote:

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Randy Ghent | 2 Apr 16:54 2003
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CarfreeEcovillages listserve is set up

Hello again everyone,
I just set up CarfreeEcovillages@... It took only a couple
minutes, so if anyone wants it to be on Riseup instead, just set it up and it can
be there instead. Personally I don't care what list host or multiple list
hosts we use. And if anyone wants to be the "list owner" and discussion
facilitator (Francois?), I can happily pass that task over to you.

Post message: CarfreeEcovillages@...
Subscribe: CarfreeEcovillages-subscribe@... 
Unsubscribe: CarfreeEcovillages-unsubscribe@... 
List owner: CarfreeEcovillages-owner@... 

Cheers,
Randy

> This is great Randy!
> 
> croatia could be great, i am exploring possibilities in Spain.
> 
> Right now i am still working, and solving health problems, but in the
> future
> i really want to dedicate myself fully with this. This is really
> motivating
> me
> 
> I tried to open the web riseup.com but it said in construction. Do you
> know
> something about this? For the name, i would actually suggest
> carfreeEcovillages@... with an s to keep open for several projects
> (or yahoo).
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liddl green riding hood | 2 Apr 18:09 2003
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Re: [carfree_conf3] Location of TCFC IV


G'day All,

Regarding location, apart from the obvious (and very significant) financialadvantages for most
participants (leaving aside travel expenses) of locating the conference in Central/Eastern Europe,
there are a few others that spring to mind. Something Joel remarked on really struck me. We were all pretty
tired at one (!) point, I felt like nothing was going in and he said "it’s not so much what you achieve at
these things as the relationships thatare established during them". I believe that’s very true;
personally, a lot of myths were blown out of the water during the week in Prague. PerhapsI’m wrong and the
‘distant cousins’ attitude towards E.E is not so prevalent on Continental Europe. From my
perspective, out here, on the extreme west of Europe, there seems to be a cultural wall between Eastern &
Western Europe that really needs to be sledge-hammered. Here in Ireland, like almost everywhere else, we
are saturated with American *culture*, and to a lesser degree Western European, but there is little, if
any, exposure to Eastern Europe beyond reference to war or asylum seekers. Actually staging these events
in E.E is a significant way (amongst others) of building bridges,far greater than inviting
participation. I’ve never been to Berlin either and I’d love to, but I think the broader potential
social and cultural implications of this Conference would be better served if it were located East of
Germany. And Fernec put a pretty strong argument for Hungary. 

The timing of this next conference is also significant, the big hungry E.U.is eager to gobble up a few more
nations, sending everyone down the car-dependant path. We should get there before they get their teeth
in!! 

I would think the fact that Ecotopia is in the Ukraine (I don’t know anything about velocity) in summer
could be of huge benefit to us.

Cathie

P.S. I’m keen to know who attended the public day. Was there a ‘Comments’ book at the door? I don’t
remember. I’m just curious to know the age & occupation (if any) of the attendees and how they heard about
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| 3 Apr 10:51 2003
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update from poland, and thanks!

hi all

well, back in poland and spring is not quite coming
through yet! no leaves on the trees!!
but still, things are hotting up with the bike
campaign. we are starting mask and costume making
workshops today, in preparation for a summer full of
bike actions to accompany the building of the new bike
paths , all as part of the gdansk bike campaign that
marcin presented at the conference.

i will send diary dates and more details soon. but
basically the last sunday of april, may and june will
all feature a mass action. especially big will be the
may and june ones. i cant wait!

anyone who wants to come along and be a special guest
of honour at any of the actions is more than welcome!!
it would be great! you can stay at my place anytime.

theres also an alternative film festival coming up
which i am co-organising. i will send more on that
soon too...

thankyou everyone who came to the conference. it was
an homour to meet you all, and i look forward to
working together in the future,
love ell xxxxxx

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Gmane