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Jermell Akins Recovery Fund

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Jermell Akins Recovery Fund

A few readers have sent this over, including our good friend Bailey here in Santa Fe. Bailey first met Jermell when he was a 16-year-old kid working at @blackstonebikes, a community and youth-focused non-profit bike shop in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. As an adult, he’s continued to work within the bicycle industry, most recently working for Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program. He also lent a helping hand here in New Mexico in the start-up of @silverstallionbicyclecoffee in Gallup.

On November 30th, Jermell was shot 3 times while taking groceries from his car to his mother’s apartment. After time in the hospital, he has staggering bills. I know this time of year is tight for everyone, but if you’re able to, kick some extra dollars his way at Jermell’s GoFundMe.

Halo Wheels Designs Gravel Tires: RXR, GXR, GXC

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Halo Wheels Designs Gravel Tires: RXR, GXR, GXC

Halo, makers of various wheels and components, have entered the gravel market with three new models of tires. Their RXR (650b x 47mm) is an all-road/hardpack tire, GXR (650b x 47mm) is an all-surface tire, and the GXC (650b x 47mm or 700 x 38mm) is a gravel tire with lots of grip for the roughest days out on backcountry roads. Each tire comes in black or gumwall and you can find out more at Halo Wheels.

L39ION of Los Angeles: Pride of the People – Raised Over $50k to Help Bring Diversity to Cycling

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L39ION of Los Angeles: Pride of the People – Raised Over $50k to Help Bring Diversity to Cycling

We’ve been reading, watching, and listening, as the world’s largest push for civil rights has unfolded in front of us this week and in that time, fundraisers have smashed expectations, surpassing their goals. L39ION, a road racing team, based in Los Angeles, and founded by Justin Williams has raised over $50k to help bring diversity to cycling in LA and beyond. This fundraiser is still going, so let’s do our best to keep pushing it! Donate to their GoFundMe if you have the means and give the team a follow on Instagram!

A Moment of Silence for the BIPOC Community

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A Moment of Silence for the BIPOC Community

We are pausing today’s content to make a statement. As a community of people who share the love of cycling and the outdoors, we need to listen to the voices of the oppressed and I feel that we can respectfully put the day-to-day content on hold to encourage each and every one of you to reach out to your communities, reach out to your BIPOC friends, and listen.

Without putting aside our daily distractions, we cannot do this.

The injustice being documented on social media right now is heart-breaking. Protests pave the way for reform. Or at least they have in the past. From the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War, this country has bound together in the past to fight for the voices unheard.

George Floyd was the tipping point for what has happened to the Black American community since slavery. His face has become the icon for Black freedom. Breonna Taylor’s brutal killing by police and Ahmaud Arbery lynching by members of his community all paint the grim reality our country needs to overcome. These names are added to the hundreds of Black Americans killed by cops.

Black Lives Matter. Say it. Say their names. No Justice, no peace.

This is a pattern that has arisen in this country and what we’re seeing today represents the last straw for our BIPOC brothers and sisters. We need to demand accountability for the police, our legislature, our city officials, our national officials, and our own communities.

The following organizations need your eyes and support:
Campaign Zero
Reclaim the Block
-Please read their  petition
-George Floyd’s family has a GoFundMe
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Brooklyn Bail Fund
-ActBlue allows you to make multiple donations between 38 community bail funds
The Bail Project
National Bail Fund Network
Black Visions Collective
Gas Mask Fund
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Northstar Health Collective
Free Them All for Public Health
The Atlanta Solidarity Fund
Know Your Rights Camp
Fair Fight

The Radavist has donated money from its funding to support a number of these organizations this week. If you have the means to do so, we’d like to encourage you to do the same. If you don’t have the means to, don’t feel pressured. Do what you can within your community.

To make a difference within the cycling community, Bikepacking Roots has just announced a new grant program to help address racial inequalities related to access to outdoor experiences. The BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant will provide funding to recipients for an empowering bike adventure of their choosing and will help elevate the recipients’ voices. It’s a small step forward, but seeing as most of the outdoor industry has remained silent, we’re hoping that this will spur additional action.

The comments are closed for a few reasons, most importantly, you should be reading, learning, and listening elsewhere today. We’ll be back with content but right now, this needs to be addressed.

And as always join a protest if you feel that it is safe. Walk with your BIPOC community. Listen.