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Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

The various drum circle communities practicing in Central Park (NYC) have had the same problem with the police for the last 50 years. Since Giuliani's Quality of Life however, the weekly confrontations resulted in the prohibition of the historical Summer rumba for two years, until Giuliani's term ended. For more info see:
A fundamental concept that has to be untangle is: why is the sound of the drum "noise" ? Once we understand drums as musical instruments, then we can talk at a level of equal rights. As long as drums are not consider musical instruments under the law, then drums remain to be noise artifacts. Plants and birds respond positively to music, why not to drums?
Also, there is a precedent in Oakland already in the 1970s when drummers won the case based on freedom of speech, but with current Zero Tolerance ordinances, the required “permits” and disorderly conduct charges, the struggle unfolds into different methods. However, if there is no amplification, the law is not applicable. Central Park rumba continues! Good luck and don't stop! As el Goyo stated “The sound of the Drum is Omnipresent”

Posted by berta jottar on 10/01/2015 at 7:02 AM

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