We will be riding in honor of Tooker on March 26th at the Critical Mass ride, hopefully Halifax's biggest ever. While others are wearing black, I think that we shall all wear something green, green for greenspiration, green for spring and green for the hope that Tooker embodied.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:51 am Post subject: the importance of support and reaching out Reply with quote
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories of Tooker in Halifax.
His death brings home, all too poignantly, the importance
of support and reaching out - when we are all busy with protests,
policy comments, public meetings, bike rides, letter writing,
whatever vehicle each of us has chosen to effect social change.
Whether or not Tooker could have been helped by stronger community, I feel strongly that there are many if not all of us who would benefit, as well as the "movement" as a whole.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:14 am Post subject: EXCELLENT TRIBUTE ARTICLES in Now, Eye, elsewhere... Reply with quote
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:14 am Post subject: Tooker Gomberg - A Memorial and Celebration in Toronto Reply with quote
TOOKER GOMBERG - A Memorial and Celebration in Toronto
~ Tooker Gomberg Memorial and Celebration: March 21st
~ Critical Mass bike ride in honour of Tooker: March 26th
~ Online community, mutual support, links, print resources, more...
TORONTO MEMORIAL & CELEBRATION, Sun Mar 21
~ an evening to remember a friend ~
The sudden passing of Tooker Gomberg leaves us saddened
and contemplative. One of Canada's most daring and
courageous political figures, Tooker was a friend, co-
conspirator and guiding light to so many of us. A selfless
trailblazer, Tooker's absence will be felt in Canada's
environmental, labour, social justice, human rights, arts
and music communities - and around the world.
We invite you to join in reflection, mourning and
celebration of such an exemplary writer, activist, politician,
videographer and comedian. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to Tooker's family and to Angela, his soulmate
of 17 years.
Sunday March 21st (the first day of Spring)
Church of the Holy Trinity
10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton's Center, off Bay Street)
The Church will be open at 5:30, for catching up with
friends, posting photos and contributing to the
The Memorial will begin at 6pm.
Tooker was a man of props, so we need you to bring stuff!
Bring a candle (preferably made from bees wax), please
bring a bicycle bell, bring a photo of Tooker (that you can
Book (8.5 x 11), feel free to bring finger foods to share
with others (vegetarian, organic please), and if you think
you might be comfortable sitting on the floor, bring a
pillow! There won’t be enough seats for everyone.
Shannon Thompson ~ email@example.com
Dave Meslin ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to help set-up before the memorial, please
arrive at 5pm. thanks.
There will be a gathering after the memorial.
Tooker & Angela's Website: http://www.greenspiration.org
ONLINE DISCUSSION, COMMUNITY, LINKS
Whether or not you can attend the memorial, you can join
the many others whose lives were touched by Tooker,
A memorial discussion and announcements forum has been
created on the web. It's a place where you can read about
Tooker, his life and the many people he inspired.
You can also find links to Tooker's writings; hear about
upcoming memorials and events; and share your own
feelings and memories.
To visit the forum, go to http://www.planetfriendly.net and
click "Tooker Gomberg Discussion", near top right.
(Direct link: http://www.planetfriendly.net/gomberg )
Two funds have been created, to support grassroots
ecological work in Canada, true to Tooker's ideals.
Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund (charitable receipts
issued) or Tooker Gomberg Activist Fund (non-charitable)
If you cannot attend the Toronto Memorial, you can mail
contributions to: P.O. Box 1242 Place du Parc Station,
Montreal, Quebec, H2X 4A7
CRITICAL MASS - FRIDAY MARCH 26th - 6pm
On the last Friday of every month, cyclists around the
world gather in groups of dozens, hundreds, or thousands
and take to the streets for a casual ride, with the motto
"We Aren’t Blocking Traffic, We ARE Traffic."
The March 2004 Critical Mass ride, in many cities, has
been dedicated to our two-wheeled friend Tooker. On
March 26th, please join us as we carry on this vibrant
tradition that Tooker loved dearly.
The meeting spot is at 6pm, at Yonge & Temperance
(between Richmond & Adelaide)
Activists across Canada have requested that people wear
black for this bike ride. We all know, however, that Tooker
rarely wore black and would probably want us to dress up
in costumes, as he did so often! SO, for those who want to
respect both wishes, we’ve come up with a list of black
costumes for you! Zorro, a penguin, Darth Vader, a nun,
the Shadow, Dracula, Cat Woman or some goth dude.
Let’s make this the biggest Mass Ride Toronto has ever seen!
for more info, contact Geoff: email@example.com
Links to Critical Mass rides worldwide:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:16 pm Post subject: a couple of days in Tooker's life Reply with quote
Just a couple of days in Tooker's life . . .
Hello from NYC, where the activist community was also touched by Tooker over the years -- he was here about a year ago, on the trail of Ralph Klein.
I went along to tape the scene as Tooker prepared to give Klein back his own energy study that pointed out the benefits of harnessing and exporting renewable energy in Alberta. Though we were not permitted into the Yacht Club where Klein was speaking, Klein mentioned from the podium that his activist shadow had arrived. Although his speech was not over, suddenly several reporters came to get the real story from Tooker, who was ready with sound bites and copies of the document for all.
Tooker next helped NYC bicycling activists brainstorm ways to make hay from the threatened mass transit strike. NYC's mayor had just bought a bike, we all decided to get him a suit of long underwear to go with it, etc.
The strike was averted at the last moment, and Tooker went on to the next action, which was for Human Rights Day at the United Nations. He was arrested, along with about 150 spiritual and luminary social activists, in what he later described as one of his favorite arrests: both Daniel Ellsberg and his son were among the arrestees. Using his unconfiscated cell phone from jail, Tooker was able to do a live radio interview with Ellsberg over the CBC.
Released in 4 hours, he came for dinner about our house, leaving us a big grasshopper as a gift. Now perched in a rubber tree, Tooker's grasshopper reminds us to keep making forward progress, with antenna up to gather distant signals and eyes focused on the path ahead.
Thank you for everything, Tooker!
– Wendy Brawer of Green Map System
[Planet-Friendly Editor adds...
How to be an Activist
by Tooker & Angela: www.greenspiration.org/Article/TenCommandments.html
by Elizabeth May: www.sierraclub.ca/national/activist.html
Become the Media! www.planetfriendly.net/voices.html#become
More: http://dmoz.org/Society/Activism/ www.planetfriendly.net/enviro.html
Renewable Energy Links, Organizations www.planetfriendly.net/energy.html
Cycling & Sustainable Transport www.planetfriendly.net/living.html#transport
Human Rights www.dmoz.org/Society/Issues/Human_Rights_and_Liberties/
Green Map System www.planetfriendly.net/ecoportal.html#maps www.greenmap.org
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:15 am Post subject: MONTREAL MEMORIALS & EVENTS Reply with quote
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED:
There will be a memorial for Tooker at Paperman's funeral home on Jean Talon in Montreal on weds march 10th at 3:15.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 1:59 pm Post subject: More Montreal & Quebec gatherings and events Reply with quote
Montreal & Quebec gatherings & events
Thanks for letting us know.
If you hear about other related events in Montreal or
elsewhere in Quebec, please post them as a reply to
For more Quebec activist and environmental calendars,
see the Quebec section of our "Directory of Calendars"
- Peter Blanchard
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:45 am Post subject: Montreal Gazette obit. and where to send donations Reply with quote
Montreal Gazette: obituary and where to send donations
As printed in Montreal Gazette, Tues March 9:
GOMBERG, Tooker Richard Daniel. On Wednesday, March 3, 2004.
Dearly loved husband and companion of Angela Bischoff. Cherished son of Dr. Charles L. Gomberg and Bayla Rosen Gomberg. Loving, caring and inspiring brother of Frank, Ben, and Avi. Dearly loved uncle of Noah and Jessie and many nieces and nephews.
A creative pioneer for the welfare of the environment, who had great hopes and dreams to better the world.
A memorial service will be held at Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon W, on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:15 p.m. Shiva at 42 Terrasse Les Hautvilliers, Outremont.
Donations may be made to the Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund, c/o The Montreal Bicycle Education Society, (514) 843-0077. We have lost a unique human being.
Hugs to all who knew or were inspired by him,
- Peter Blanchard
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:50 am Post subject: funeral and upcoming memorial in about two weeks Reply with quote
I just attended the funeral ceremony for Tooker today and the love, emotion and respect for Tooker was overwhelming. There were at least 400 people from mainly family, friends and a few familar activists. I spoke to Angela afterwards and she said that there will be another memorial with the Montreal activist community in about 2 weeks, with more details to be posted in their Greenspiration website.
Inspiration, humour and insight were the themes so eloquently attributed to Tooker by his brothers, Frank, Ben and Avi. Finally, Angela's tribute to Tooker was heart-rendering and courageous.
Although I only knew Tooker through his family members and from the time of his arrest at the 2001 Quebec Summit (I was one of the probono lawyers who manned the help phonelines for detainees and their families), the loss of Tooker moved me to tears, and reminded me all too painfully of the fragile existence of those who struggle daily for social justice.
Take care of yourself and of others.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:28 pm Post subject: Montreal Public Memorial Reply with quote
Montreal Public Memorial
Thursday March 25, Cyclo Nord Sud, 7235 St. Urbain. Montreal.
Further details will be posted here and/or www.greenspiration.org
- Peter Blanchard
[topical links: Cyclo Nord Sud www.cyclonordsud.org
PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:22 pm Post subject: creating stronger community Reply with quote
Creating Stronger Community
I am very concerned about the effect Tooker's passing could have on people and the spirit of the movement – if we don't do something to build stronger community.
I have long felt that we lack community and mutual support. I think that talking circles and other community-building structures are direly needed – to support and connect activists new and old – and everyone else who cares about creating a healthier, saner world.