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Remember Bliss? (Anniversary of first automobile killing in North America)

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  • Jason Meggs
    Hello, Almost ten years ago the 100th anniversary of what s widely believed to be the first recorded death by automobile (in North America) was commemorated
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 10, 2009
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      Hello,

      Almost ten years ago the 100th anniversary of what's widely believed
      to be the first recorded death by automobile (in North America) was
      commemorated with vigils across the continent. Sept. 13 of this year
      will be the 110th.

      The idea was, in particular, to bring a spotlight on the regional
      planning agencies (MPOs) which make the decision to keep expanding and
      intensifying car culture, something that's little understood by the
      general public.

      There's still a website online about this, but the campaign hasn't
      been active (despite some organizing around hanging a banner off the
      Golden Gate bridge on the 101st anniversary, particularly as that is
      highway 101).

      It's terribly close to the tenth anniversary, but I wonder if there's
      any interest in holding vigils again. It only takes one person to hold
      a vigil, and at least one (the more the better) to send press
      releases. Oh and of course, someone to maintain the website, which is
      basic HTML (presently I pay for and maintain it; used to also have the
      .org).

      http://rememberbliss.net/

      Jason

      p.s. Of course, there may be others who were killed earlier not yet
      identified. And North America does include Mexico, which many in the
      U.S. aren't aware of. And the injury and suffering caused by the
      automobile goes far beyond immediate deaths. (Many injuries and even
      fatalities are not recorded even today.)

      p.p.s. Apologies for having a yahoogroup for signing people up;
      riseup.net was not available on short notice. Any other suggestions?
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