Friday, November 26, 2010

Women of WOBO Ride- Blinded by the (Holiday) Lights


Yay! Am very excited this is happening. I've gotten to have nice chats with some of the folks at WOBO, and I know their Women of WOBO ride has been a bit sporadic cuz they have a lot on their plate, so let's show up and support! I look forward to seein' ya there! Facebook invite

DETAILS: Thursday, December 9 from 6-9pm. Start: Jack London Square, end: Fruitvale BART. Route map available at http://tinyurl.com/WOBORide2010-12-09. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 6th to shannon@wobo.org.



Just across the estuary, there’s a little street by the name of Thompson Ave that just goes WILD for the holidays. Lights, music, trees, reindeer -- these folks go all out! Last year, visitors to one yard were encouraged to step on up to a homemade stage for karaoke, and another family handed out mulled cider to passersby. If you’ve got holiday spirit, this is the place for you.

Our winter Women of WOBO ride will take us across t
he bridge to Alameda to explore the craziest stretch of holiday decorations in the East Bay. And, as a holiday bonus, one lucky rider will head home with "bike lingerie" courtesy of our friends at Pedal Panties. (One name will be selected at random from the list of ride attendees.) All female-identified people with bikes are welcome, though helmets and lights will be required for this nighttime ride. Won't you join us for December's island getaway?




Saturday, November 20, 2010

Trans Day of Remembrance Ride Reportback



The Trans Day of Remembrance Bike Ride was powerful, for me. It was amazing to see 15 folks gather together in the cold and pouring rain to ride in solidarity on a night like this. A number of folks wanted to join us just for the ride, as a place to be with each other, on a day that is so hard for our community. It felt that space was created for folks to come together doing something we love, which is sometimes the most important action we can take.

We shortened the ride cuz of the weather, but even doing the loop around the lake felt deep- all of us on bikes, passing out flyers to folks to raise awareness about the meaning of this day, and how violence against trans people is related to police violence and its affects on community here in oakland.

We ended at the Alameda County Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony, where some of us went in. I personally had a lot of mixed feelings being there- it is always so hard to hear the names of everyone we have lost to violence in a year, to hold them in my heart, and have space to grieve. I am grateful to everyone who held the space together, and I would like to have a more intimate gathering next year where we can have more room to grieve- I think the event was trying to strike a balance of honoring loss while celebrating life, but it is a delicate balance, and there is so much pain in how violently so many lives are taken from our community each year...

A lot of folks who spoke at the ceremony kept saying there should be an annual event where we get together and celebrate trans community, instead of only gathering when we lose each other. We plan on organizing a ride next month that will be a big queer celebration... cuz we do need it, so much. We will let you know for sure, and if you want to plan it with us, please send us an email: oaklandbikery@gmail.com

Below is the language we used in creating this event, written by Anna Martine Whitehead. Thank you for reading:

The violent system that killed Derrick Jones, Fred Collins, and Oscar Grant is the same system that makes transgender lives expendable. Violently incompetent police, under-resourced schools that don't protect our young people against bullying, and an (in)justice system that upholds violence against trans people - through arguments like the "gay panic defense" - work together to decimate and isolate our communities.

We bike on thi
s day to acknowledge that trans lives - all lives - matter. We are here to celebrate being together, to reflect on the past year, and to honor those taken from us. We bike on this day against system that says our lives do not have value. We bike on this day to say: All Lives Matter.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Benefit for Breast Cancer!


Check it out this Saturday, November 13th! Hosted by Stalk Bicycles. You don't want to miss it, cuz there will be a raffle drawing for a bamboo bike! That's right, handpainted by the artists featured at this event. Details below.

Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery presents
Femininity

An Art Exhibition and Benefit Raffle for Keep a Breast.org
featuring
...
JOSH MAYS
JORDAN QUINTERO
AMANDA LYNN
AMINAH SLOR

Hosted by Stalk Bamboo Bicycles

Get ready for a beautiful evening of art and charity.
Brought to you by Stalk Bamboo Bicycles and Keep A Breast.org
Femininity is a conceptual art and sculpture exhibition focusing on feminine form and the female essence. Femininity will feature hand painted Bamboo Bicycle Frames painted by Philip Milic, Amanda Lynn, Josh Mays and Jordan Quintero. One of these beautiful frames fabricated by Stalk Bicycles will be raffled off on evening of the opening with the proceeds to benefit Keep A Breast.org.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance to contribute to a great cause and win a limited edition bamboo bike frame. If you cant attend the opening raffle ticket's can be purchased at the Stalk Bicycles Website (www.stalkbicycles.com)
Black Diamond Shining Collective will be painting live all evening.

Additional Info about our sponsors
Keep A Breast
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fund raising efforts, we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.

Stalk Bicycles
Stalk Bicycles is a team of passionate builders dedicated to fostering the collaboration of art, industry, and earth. In our pursuit of the perfect bike we choose to build with bamboo-- a versatile material that can be appreciated anywhere. Whether industrial trade shows or environmental awareness expos, bike repair shops or art galleries, San Francisco alleyways or the African countryside, our creations speak volumes. This is because our custom bicycles harness nature’s beauty and strength using
quality design.

fine print
We'll be holding the raffle @ 11pm ticket holder's do not need to be present to win prize's.
All winner's will be contacted following the raffle if not present.
If contact with winner isn't made within 2 business days, A redrawing will be scheduled and winner's will be contacted by phone