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On Saturday, April 13th, a team of local cyclists will set out to ride from Northampton to the Statue of Liberty to raise funds to defend the safety of immigrants and refugees.

The Liberty Bike Ride will arrive in New York City on Monday, April 15th at the Statue of Liberty, a welcoming symbol of hope that has greeted so many of our parents and grandparents for over a century. We believe that new arrivals in America should be treated with dignity, kindness, and open hearts. In support of that belief, all funds raised by the ride will be donated to the Pioneer Valley Workers Center to protect immigrant workers here in our community and throughout the United States.

Local teacher Katie Joyce decided to organize the Liberty Bike Ride after hearing about families who had traveled thousands of miles to the U.S. border only to be harassed and detained in prisons and to be separated from their children. This highly visible biking event aims to bring attention and funding to this cause on a national scale, while directing donations toward immigrants here in Western Massachusetts who suffer from the same oppressive policies as asylum seekers on the Southern Border.

The ride will be at a relaxed pace and cyclists of all abilities are welcome to join.  We will be riding 60 miles a day and there will be a support vehicle if riders would like help.  We are encouraging friends who are not doing the ride to drive to meet us at the Statue of Liberty!  There will be potential to get a ride back to Northampton with friends or take the train.

For information about joining the ride and/or contributing funds, contact Katie Joyce at kjoyce1104@gmail.com or visit the Liberty Bike Ride Facebook page.  Donations can be made directly to the Pioneer Valley Workers Center.