WTFs- let your voice be heard by participating in the democratic process.
November 2 is today. Polls are open until 8.
Peer pressure your friends, walk to the polls with your neighbors, and urge your coworkers to vote!
Even if you're not passionate about politics, something amazing could happen while you're out at the polls...
From JenNastix, via Mplsbikelove.com:
A guy at my polling place said to me as I was putting on my helmet, flinging my scarf over my shoulder, fastening my bag, and mounting my bike, "You look like a super hero!" So, I asked him, "How 'bout some music as I valiantly ride away?" And he totally started humming the superman theme song. THIS REALLY HAPPENED. I don't give a fuck who wins, that is BY FAR the best thing about going to vote this morning.
Our good friend and Grease Rag founder Dr. Durkee has moved out to San Francisco, where she continues to ride, wrench, and blog. Her blog, Woman in Chains, is starting to develop with posts about safety, beauty, and competitive spirit.
From Woman in Chains:
Cycling, chains, women- the pun is obvious. Being a woman in the world of bicycles is a challenge of balancing gender roles and determination, society’s assertions of equality with the truth, of crashing the patriarchal hegemony that is ‘the norm’ in the ways and means of superior knowledge. Woman in Chains is a blog, foremost, to examine the ways in which the cycling world and women find each other both fantastic and exasperating.
I've been enjoying Dr. D's posts, and her latest is really great. I hope you'll check it out.
Grease Rag will be on Thursday, October 21st
(This event takes place the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)
Group ride at 6PM ends at the shop- starting from the S. end of the Stone Arch Bridge
Meet at Sunrise Cyclery (901 W. Lake St. at Bryant Ave.) at 7PM, wrenching ends at 9PM!
- This will be the LAST group ride of the season! Come out and make it count!
- Organizing meeting this Saturday, 10/23 at 11AM at the Seward Cafe.
- The Minneapolis Presents Calendar project's release party is November 12! More info to be posted on the blog next week! (You do NOT want to miss this..)
- Our second annual winter maintenance shop is coming up at the beginning of November, more info on the blog soon!
- (Apologies for being so late with the reminder this week. I had way too much fun with my parents in town!)
My mom wanted me to let you all know that she had a really fun time at the Grease Rag, and she thinks what we are doing is really cool. She told me over and over how capable and powerful you all are, and I couldn't agree more! She took a ton of photos that I will post very very soon- Moms are so awesome, right?
At the last Grease Rag Natalie used some muscle to get her seat adjusted, even though it did NOT want to move, Maria installed some hot white cable housing, Jennifer changed out her pedals, and Lydia got ready for a ride to Chi-town (good luck out there!). WTFs, you inspire me. Big thanks to Shayne for her mechanical advice!
Hope to see you!!
From the blog, myfaultimfemale.wordpress.com:
Do you sometimes feel that you're female, and it's all your fault?
MFIF (My fault, I'm female) is a blog that shares stories of women who've been made to feel it's their fault that they are female at work, at home, or wherever.
Basically it's FML, but with sexist bosses, stone age attitudes, pay gap stories, and plenty of ranting.
40 years after the Equal Pay Act in Britain, women still earn 17% less than men for full-time and 36% less for part-time work. This blog also seeks to expose sexism with accounts of discrimination, lack of respect for maternity rights, employers who don't care about work-life balance, and disparity in pay.
We want to highlight what is still an entrenched problem in our workplaces, streets, and homes, while sharing stories on a non-judgmental platform.
Send your story with the hashtag #MFIF at the end, and your initials/alias and country using this form
Facebook is here: MFIF
Ainsley Judge, a local WTF friend, is conducting a survey on gender and biking.
Take 10 - 15 minutes to fill out the survey and pass the link along to family and friends.
My name is Ainsley Judge and I am a senior Geography Major at Macalester College.
Please take this survey on Cycling Route Preferences! The survey is part of a senior Honors Project in Geography at Macalester College titled: Designing More Inclusive Streets: The Bicycle, Gender, & Infrastructure. The project focuses on how gender relates to the ways cyclists perceive the streets in the Twin Cities. Understanding the varying perspectives and preferences cyclists may have can hopefully lead to designing streets that are more inclusive and welcoming to new and increasing numbers of cyclists.
Ainsley Judge volunteers at Sibley bike depot, is a community activist, cyclist, and student at Macalester College in St. Paul. After completing her project, Ainsley will be presenting her results at the Sibley Bike Depot, and has also promised to share her conclusions with us here!
If you have questions, are interested in the final outcome of the project, or would like to participate in a follow up component of this project, please contact Ainsley Judge: email@example.com.