Jill Feldstein and Jeni Mattingly were on their bikes when the idea for the Change Ride was born. They wanted to organize a bike ride that brought people together to raise money for social justice. Bread & Roses quickly came to mind.
“Bread & Roses’ clear focus on racial and economic justice and supporting movement building is very important to me, and that’s what made me want to be a donor initially,” Feldstein said. After nearly 10 years as a Bread & Roses donor, Feldstein increased her involvement by joining the board in 2015.
Feldstein and Mattingly are planning the Change Ride, which will take place Sept. 17, to be a “cycling adventure” through Philadelphia. The goals are to raise funds for Bread & Roses and to increase the visibility of social justice organizing. Riders will visit locations throughout the city that have significance to Bread & Roses’ grantees and their movements for change. Organizers and activists from each grantee group will be on site to share the history of that place throughout the morning. Mattingly, an artist, is creating a map that will link the stories into a larger picture of how organizing and resistance have shaped the city.
Feldstein sees the Change Ride as a good fit with Bread & Roses’ expertise in convening: “Building community feels important because social change work is often done in silos. Bread & Roses is a really strong convener of people and organizations in the city.”
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