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Vaping Civil Disobedience Protest in Central Park

Vaping Civil Disobedience Protest in Central Park

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Published by Russ Wishtart
Vapers will meet up in Central Park at the Arsenal on Saturday May 10th in an act of civil disobedience over the Bloomberg vaping ban.
Vapers will meet up in Central Park at the Arsenal on Saturday May 10th in an act of civil disobedience over the Bloomberg vaping ban.

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Published by: Russ Wishtart on May 06, 2014
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Vaping Civil Disobedience Protest in Central Park:  A Vape-In at The Arsenal on Saturday May 10
th
 at 2PM
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” 
 
 
Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Other politicians are riding Bloomberg’s coat tails and have
introduced new legislation in NY, including a ban on the sale of e-liquid.  We need to take public action to show these politicians that they are picking a fight with the wrong citizens. These politicians think that vapers are going to just roll over and obey their ridiculous ban on vaping in outdoor public places, which includes parks and beaches. They are wrong.
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." 
 
 
 Thomas Jefferson
 On Saturday May 10
th
 there will be a vape meetup in Central Park at The Arsenal. The purpose of this meetup is to show NYC that vapers will not obey their immoral, unjust, and downright stupid ban on
outdoor 
 vaping. The last thing that NYC wants to do is write tickets to individual vapers. They want bar and restaurant owners to do their dirty work for them, just like they did with the smoking ban. We are not going to let them get off that easily. If they want to enforce this vaping ban, they will have to write tickets to individuals, and we are going to force them to do so in their own backyard. We are literally taking this protest to their house, right at the headquarters of the NYC Parks and Recreation Department: The Arsenal in Central Park . 
“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.” 
 
 
Mahatma Gandhi
 
Here’
s the plan: We will meet at the benches behind the Arsenal at 2PM on Saturday, May 10
th
. The Arsenal is located right at the entrance to the park at 65
th
 St. and 5
th
 Avenue. The easiest way to get to The Arsenal is to take the Subway. Just take the F train to the Lexington Ave/63
rd
 St. Stop or the 6 train to the 68
th
 St./Hunter College stop. If you are driving into Manhattan, there is a parking garage at 860 5
th
 Avenue (corner of 67
th
 St. and 5
th
 Avenue).
 
 This is the front of the Arsenal, you will see it as soon as you enter the park: Just walk around to the left and you will arrive at the back of the building. You will see the benches behind The Arsenal. This is the location for our protest: The NYC Parks Department and the NYPD will be notified in advance exactly where we will be and exactly what we are doing. Additionally, there will be a complaint made by a citizen to both the Parks Department and the NYPD to the fact that we are illegally vaping while we in the act of doing so. This will all be documented by a professional photojournalist. Our story, whatever the outcome, will be shared with the media who have taken great interest in this issue lately.  At that point they will have to cite us for violating the law. They knew about this in advance, a citizen has made an official complaint, and there is press coverage.
If they don’t cite us, their
lack of action will prove
 publicly
 that this ban is so heinous that even the employees of The City of New York are unwilling to do their sworn civic duty to enforce the law. If they do cite us, it will draw the attention to the general public that writing tickets to individuals for vaping in an outdoor area is completely ridiculous.

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