On Saturday, May 13th, over 100 diverse youth and adults from Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and Sacramento, California will unite their voices in song and travel together on BART, stopping to sing in schools and public places along the way, and projecting a vision of unity and a quest for social justice for all. These youth and their families and teachers have been rehearsing for weeks to get ready for this inspirational experience. They are committed to doing this because they feel that the world will be a better place if all people are treated equally and fairly regardless of race, religion, class, gender, identity and nationality. The organizers, families and children strongly believe that this is the right thing to do at the right time. We need your support to make this important event happen.
The Peace Train in the Bay Area is modeled on the success of The Peace Train 2016 USA Tour which united youth from all over the USA for a tour on the East Coast. Long before that, The Peace Train had enormous success uniting youth at the ending of Apartheid in South Africa. This is a 25 year old project with a track record for doing the impossible and giving youth hope and love in their hearts. Those who ride on The Peace Train are impacted forever in positive ways! An award-winning documentary called "When Voices Meet" has documented the success of The Peace Train Project. In fact, the reason the project has been invited to come to California is because the documentary was seen by a teacher in Oakland who is spearheading The Peace Train Bay Area!
Our needs for May 13th are simple. We need to fly 3 of The Peace Train crew to Oakland from their base in Philadelphia; rent an economy car so that all organizers can travel together for 2 weeks to train the choir members in each location and put all of the logistics in place; feed the children on May 13th; purchase T-shirts for the children; and hire sound systems in 2 places. All of our work is voluntary, and we already have home stays and meals offered free of charge.
Risks and challenges
We would ideally like food to be sponsored for the children, but if we cannot find a sponsor we are ready to make 100 sandwiches ourselves.
We are not the kind of organizers who take no for an answer. Like Nelson Mandela who inspired us to commit ourselves to working for change in South Africa, we have to do something about the divisiveness and inequalities in the USA. We are committed to making this project happen for the sake of the children.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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