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Smoke-In in the Park

Saturday, May 28 · 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location Brighton Beach - On the Boardwalk at Brighton 6th St., Brooklyn Created By NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.), Audrey Silk More Info (Otherwise known as the Riegelmann Boardwalk or Brighton Beach/Coney Island Boardwalk)

NO RSVP Necessary

(RAIN DATE MAY 29th)
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As unenforceable as this law is, we'd be remiss if we didn't convey a message to the rogue City Council and Mayor who enact laws that have no sound scientific or social basis. No, the message is not a "protest" or "rally" per se. It's not the intent on THIS day to call for repeal or to simply demonstrate that we are angry (and then fall into line). This will be a Gathering to illustrate that this law will be paid the respect it deserves. We smoked at these outdoor locations before May 23rd and we'll damn well smoke there after May 23rd. When a law is just so wrong and enacted on the whim of the biased with the power to do so who cannot be reasoned with then it calls for civil disobedience. Sealing the sentiment is when the NY Times itself -- historically a proponent of anti-smokerism -- editorializes "All of this takes the mayor's nannying too far..."!

The reason we will hold this Gathering on the 28th instead of the exact enactment date is because the 23rd is a Monday. Unlike the professional anti-smokers who are on the clock during their activism, we're mostly regular working folk. So we'll wait until the first Saturday in order to give everyone a fair chance to attend. Though it is also Memorial Day weekend we hope you'll remain in town. It actually lends the right note that we stand for freedom while everyone is commemorating U.S. soldiers who died while serving to preserve that way of life.

Note that the venue is still currently tentative and subject to change (but not likely). C.L.A.S.H. will send out another notice confirming the details a few days to a week prior to the 28th.

I'm sure a number of you are wondering "Why not Central Park or Times Square?!" Aside from the fact that NYC is greater than just Manhattan (that begs to be demonstrated to Manhattan-centric Bloomberg) and certain other (trust me) weighed logistics, I was also inspired by this letter to the editor of the NY Daily News:

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Brooklyn: Brighton Beach, Little Odessa, is where we drink vodka, eat Russian food, swim with the polar bears and smoke. No one is bothered in the wide open air by a little cigarette smoke that is blown away by gusty ocean winds. Good luck telling Russians who fled a communist regime that they now can't enjoy a cigarette on our beach while our little dictator mayor is off in Bermuda!

Svetlana Putin

And when the NY Times recognizes Brighton Beach ("Instead of smoking on Brighton Beach, what does a smoker do — take a boat out 12 nautical miles into international waters?") as equal in value to Central Park it's clear it'd be unfair to diminish its place in this scene.

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  • Surveillance_Sux

    I would like to show my support for this cause but I myself do not smoke. I would like to show my disapproval to the nanny-state mayor though because I believe in the U.S. Constitution and being left alone to my own affairs without interference.

    May 16, 2011

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