On June 14, thirteen volunteers will commit to an epic bicycle journey across America, as they venture 3,400 miles coast-to-coast from Oregon to New Jersey for the LVs Ride. They have committed to this ride because they want to put the spotlight on the severe barriers to opportunity that exist within America.
Many people (and especially all of us here at BTC) love finding new reasons to be inspired, and one way we do that is by learning about great people who are doing amazing things. That’s why we were excited to see the 2011 TIME 100 – a list of 100 people who TIME’s editors have chosen as the world’s most influential.
Every night in America, at least 107,000 veterans sleep on the streets. Very few Americans know that one out of every three homeless adults has served in our military -- often during times of war. This means those who have served in defense of our country make up a disproportionate share of those who fall into homelessness.
For the past few weeks, I have been spending a lot of my spare time working to organize my friends, peers, and community to save service in America. When it comes down to it, my motivation for saving service is to save the programs that make America a better place for the people who need it the most. It’s to ensure the opportunity these programs create - the jobs, the community building, the human compassion - continues.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, twelve Springfield teens came together at an event sponsored by several local organizations, including the Springfield Institute, to discuss violence–the insidious forms it takes, the root causes, and what can be done. The teens articulated an everyday culture of violence, unengaged parents and schools, and how Facebook is used to bully and perpetuate violence.