Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 6, 2011.


Live Real's Food & Freedom Rides will expose food-related injustices and innovations in urban and rural communities across the country.

UPDATE: After reaching our first goal within 24 hours, and doubling down within 5 days, we're closing out the last few days of our fundraiser with a call for Fives for Food & Freedom Rides. If you haven't donated yet, now is the time--pledge $5 for the Food & Freedom Rides! Every new donation will get us closer to our final goal of purchasing (instead of renting) as much of our film equipment as possible so we can continue to use video to bolster our activities and campaigns into the future! 

Meanwhile, we want to gather 500 "Likes" on Facebook and 500 "Followers" on Twitter by the time the rubber hits the road in Alabama. Be one of the 500 to ride with us from across the country!! Like us HERE, and Follow us HERE. And don't forget to invite your friends!


In 1961, twenty-four young Blacks and Whites put their lives on the line for what they knew was right.  They rode together on buses through the segregated South and exposed racial injustice in a way that rocked the nation.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Live Real--a new national initiative working to make real food the norm, not the exception--has organized two Food & Freedom Rides.

This summer's two Rideswill bring together youth and adult allies from diverse backgrounds to investigate how people on the frontlines of the food system are surviving in its dark side, and thriving in the light of their own alternatives. 

The first ride, from August 7-18, will begin at the pivotal point of the original Freedom Rides: Birmingham, Alabama. It will end at a beacon for the future of America's food: Detroit, Michigan.

The second ride, from August 26-September 2, will travel through the nation's salad bowl: the agricultural giant that is California. 


Originally, the Food & Freedom Rides were about building relationships between the riders and the people they visit along the way. But then we realized: America needs to know the people who are most impacted by the food system, and who are building the alternatives that benefit us all. 

So we are going to use film for two purposes: 1) to encourage people to ride with us online by following our daily blog/vlog posts, and 2) to create a short documentary bringing together the entire experience of both rides.

This is where YOU come in: We've got money for the ride, but we need just a little bit more to document it with film.

Your generous donations will ensure we have the equipment, gear, software and expertise needed to document this journey and make it look good along the way!

Thank you for taking the time to check us out!

For more information about the Food & Freedom Rides and Live Real, please visit our temporary site, and link up on Twitter @liverealnoworg, Facebook, and YouTube. You can reach us directly at Look out: our official website launches in September!


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    ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE: We'll add you to our e-update list for the Ride, and send you a heartfelt thanks!

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    TURBO BOOST: We'll post a photo and virtual greeting from one stop of the Ride on your Facebook wall, or e-mail it to you if you're not on the Facebook!

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    FREEDOM LOVER: We'll send you a postcard from one stop on the Ride and list you as a supporter on our homepage!

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    FREEDOM FIGHTER: We'll send you a thank you song recorded especially for you from the road and list you as a supporter on our homepage!

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    NATURAL NAVIGATOR: We'll send you a postcard from EVERY stop on the road and list you as a supporter on our homepage!

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    REAL FOOD RIDER: We'll send you a handmade photo album of the ride!

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    REAL FOOD DRIVER: All of the above AND we'll send you a handmade, limited edition Live Real T-Shirt, and list you as a supporter in the credits of our film!

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    REAL FOOD NINJA: All of the above AND we'll include a handmade, limited edition Live Real Poster, too!

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    REAL FOOD FREAK: You will get all of the above AND an in-person presentation on the Food & Freedom Rides by a Live Real representative near you!!

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