Immigration is a human story. The We The People Ride is a story-telling effort.
Thank you for financially supporting the Cross-Country “We The People For Common Good Immigration & Border Practices Ride” from September 10 - November 14, 2021!
Your contribution will feed our bodies, fuel our support vehicles, and fix our flats!
Your donation is key to the success of our 3,200-mile story-telling journey from San Diego, California, along the US/Mexico border and the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean at Saint Augustine, Florida.
We are riding across the country to hear the stories of people impacted by the United States border and immigration practices.
We want to be close to the people who live on the border, serve one another on the border, work along the border, and have come to the border as refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.
We will share these stories around the country in “real-time” on social media and in long-form through a documentary scheduled for release in 2022.
Why We Ride: We are biking across the country from San Diego, California to Saint Augustine, Florida meeting the people who live on the border, serve one another on the border, work along the border, and have come to the border as refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.
We believe our entire nation is better when we hear the voices of those closest to the border and understand the best way forward for our immigration and border practices.
The United States is a country made up of people who come from many places.
Some of us can trace our roots to the indigenous communities of this land.
Some of our ancestors were brought here for the slave trade.
Some of our ancestors came here willingly to pursue freedom, success, or a new chance at life.
Some of us were born here, and others of us were born in other lands.
Some of us speak English while others do not.
Our different backgrounds, experiences, languages, and cultures make us who we are as a nation. We, The People, are a multitude.
Immigration is a foundation of America. No other nation has as large an immigrant population as does the United States—and this remains our greatest strength.
While immigration is foundational, it remains one of the most fraught social and political issues in our country.
Who can enter this country, work here, create a family here, and become Americans are questions that continue to roil our politics.
We need a Common Good approach to immigration and border management.
The Common Good means setting the right policies leading to the inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a clear, fair, accessible path of migration to United States.
A Common Good approach also means advocating for the best practices of border management. We believe that means moving away from a militarized approach to our border.
We are riding because we want to know what the people closest to the situation think and experience.
Will you help us along this journey with a per mile donation?
One week ago today, we completed the We The People For Common Good Immigration & Border Practices Cross-Country Bike Ride.
In the nine and half weeks and over 3,159 miles that we rode, we met so many wonderful people doing great work for the neediest people impacted by our country's border policies and practices.
This ride was a story-telling effort, and I want to tell you a bit of the back story of how it came about and let you know where the story will go from here.
Would you please read on and join me in giving thanks for all the people who made this effort a beautiful reality?
Two truths became clear to us on the ride: There is so much work to do: and it is going to take us all to build a new coalition of action to get that work done.
In the coming months, we will continue to invite people across the United States to care about the issues facing those seeking to become part of this country's collective "We." And, we will invite people to express that commitment when they vote in 2022 and 2024.
Immigration has not always been and need not be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, the current expression of Trump-infused Republicanism is still committed to a war on immigrants and a fixation with an immoral use of militarization on our Southern border. So, we do all we can to call voters of faith and conscience to vote so that Republican policies do not again become the law of the land.
This ride took a large and ever-growing group of people to become a reality. I am so encouraged by the commitment and effort of the team that came together around this ride. The impact of this work was only possible because of their incredible work and dedication.
Thank you for being one of the hundreds of donors who believed in our efforts and indeed kept us on the road.
Thank you to the awe-inspiring team of partners we met along the border who are doing first-hand work. Please follow and support the work of these incredible people and groups.
Jon Huckins with Global Immersion - https://globalimmerse.org/donate/recurring/
Maria Singleton with the Ajo Samaritans - http://www.ajosamaritans.com/support-our-work.html
Dora Rodriguez with Salvavision - https://www.salvavision.org
Sister Lika and Randy Mayer with La Casa Misericordia - https://fronteras.azdiocese.org
Mark Adams and Febe Moldonado Escobar with Frontera de Cristo - http://fronteradecristo.org/donate/
Sami DiPasquale and Nate Ledbetter with Abara Borderlands Connections - https://www.abarafrontiers.org
Tiffany Burrow with Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition - https://vvbhcoalition.com
Alma Ruth with Practice Mercy - http://practicemercy.org/donate/
This ride was also made possible by the incredible team that worked to design and execute the tour. Thank you to Bing Huo and Mary Beth Kennedy for their outstanding planning and organizing before and during the tour.
Thank you to Jennifer Pavlovitz, Britain Miethe, Dan Dietrich for all of our website, social media, and video work that told this story.
Special thanks to the dedicated and tireless road team of Mario Andreoni, Tim Gillman, Brandon Pfeiffer, Ruben Pagitt, Robb Ryerse for driving and caring for our vehicles and bikes (and Tim, thanks for our "daily bread" in the form of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches).
Thank you to Kim Sullivan and Clayton Brown for documenting the ride for the forthcoming full-length documentary!
Thank you to all the riders who gave your time, energy, and legs to share these stories.
Wanda Tekell, Ruben Pagitt, Mario Andreoni, Anthony Flora, Dan Dietrich, Danny Strong, Adam Glickman, Shane Claiborne, Dave Gibbons, Anna Galladay, Bryan Kim, Carol Frazier, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Vanessa Ryerse, Joel Simpson, Shelley Pagitt, Brian McLaren, Alicia Mannes, Cliff Chenfeld, Abe Bonowitz, Charles Keith, SueZann Bosler, Joe Carson, Brandon Pfeiffer, Meghan Tepas.
May we, together, find a way of faith, hope, and love that leads us beyond our walls and borders.
This Sunday we finish the We The People ride - a 3,200 mile bike ride along the entire U.S. / Mexico border and along the U.S. coastline. In this 67 day journey, we've listened and learned, and we want to share some of the lessons we've learned with you.
Will you financially support our work and our ride so that we can continue to make a difference for Immigration policy? This need is urgent and life-changing.
Without further ado, here are some of the lessons we've learned.
1) We learned that the U.S. / Mexico border is safe - on both sides.
"People have the impression that [this area] is lawless, that there are shootings all the time," said the Mayor of Douglas, TX. "Nothing could be further from the truth."
The media and politicians dredge up fear that the border is a war zone. It simply is not.
2) Unfortunately, the second lesson we learned is that the people for whom the border IS unsafe are migrants.
The policies of the U.S. government has put migrants at incredible risk. The migrants coming into our nation are vulnerable - there is constant danger of sexual assault, death, and starvation.
3) We learned that non-profits are doing MORE than their fair share.
The United States government is just not doing everything that needs to be done to help migrants - not even close. Non-profits have had to step in to fill this gap and provide life-saving services, or else the already horrible death toll of immigration would only exponentially grow.
Want to learn more about the heroes we met on this journey, the lessons we learned, and the next steps for what needs to be done? Click on the photo above to watch our full video about these lessons and the We The People ride.
This Sunday we finish our ride, but our immigration work is just beginning. Will you chip in and help us make a change? Unless we take immigration seriously as a battleground issue in 2022 and 2024, we will lose our ability to do something about these critical policy decisions, and as a result, many more will lose their hope, their chance at the American dream, and ultimately their lives.
we crossed 3,000 miles!!! Will you help us celebrate by inviting your contacts and assisting us in raising $3,000?
We’ve learned lessons to last a lifetime over our border ride, and now, as we come to the final 500 miles, we know what we need to do.
Border policy will be a battleground issue for 2022/24, and it’s time to prepare.
Will you help us continue the work?
This weekend, we saw a sign - literally and metaphorically.
We saw a sign on our ride of a nation that urgently needs help. A nation that is heading into 2022 and 2024 still wrestling for its very soul. A nation that will decide the future of its immigration policies, and one that is quick to hate rather than to welcome.
2022 and 24 will see immigration be a key battleground issue, and that's why we're already on the ground, speaking with lawmakers, migrants, and border communities.
We're sowing seeds for substantial change, and we're learning about which policies would make an immediate impact for these communities.
Will you help us make an immediate impact? Invite 5 friends to chip in today - even $10 gets us closer to our goal as we celebrate our final 500 miles on our ride, and plan for the next chapter of work to come.
Jason Daniels donated $50
Donating to support Wanda Tekell on her ride. Great job Wanda!
2 weeks ago
Lisa W Shirley donated $65
This is in support of Wanda Tekell's 630 miles (.10/mile). Great cause!
2 weeks ago
Joseph P Carson donated $250
It was so life-giving to participate in the ride from 11/11-14!
3 weeks ago
Lori Galperin donated $25
3 weeks ago
the Schirbers donated $100
We are riding with you here in Minnesota. So grateful for your for your first hand account and to hear the real stories along the border.
3 weeks ago
We The People Ride
Immigration is a human story. The We The People Ride is a story-telling effort. We will meet the people who live on the border, serve one another on the border, those who work along the border, and those who have the best way forward for our immigration and border practices.
Through our Border, Community, and Virtual rides, we will tell the stories of people all across the United States who have come as refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. These stories will inspire and shape our understanding of who we are as a nation and who we can be.
Join us for a ride into the life-changing stories of these amazing people.