NEW ORLEANS - On Friday, October 13th, cyclists and activists will come together at the New Orleans Municipal Court for a press event to kick off a 170-mile bike ride from New Orleans to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Nola to Angola, a solidarity ride organized by a committee of volunteers, raises funds for the Cornerstone Builders Bus Project. The ride also raises awareness of Louisiana's record-breaking incarceration rates. Speakers at the press conference will include Cornerstone Builders Bus Project's Minister Leo Jackson, exoneree Robert Jones of the Innocence Project, and Mercedes Montagnes, Director of the Promise of Justice Initiative.
WHAT: Send-off and press conference for 7th Annual Nola to Angola ride
WHEN: Friday, October 13, 2017, 8 a.m. CST
WHERE: New Orleans Municipal Court, 727 S. Broad St.
WHO: Nola to Angola Cyclists, Minister Leo Jackson of Cornerstone Builders Bus Project, Robert Jones of the Innocence Project, and Mercedes Montagnes of the Promise of Justice Initiative.
WHY: Each year in October, cyclists trek 170 miles from New Orleans to the Louisiana State Penitentiary ("Angola") to raise funds for Cornerstone Builders Bus Project, a program providing free buses to carry family and friends to visit incarcerated loved ones. The annual bicycle ride provides funding for the entire year of bus trips and raises awareness about incarceration in the state of Louisiana. With the donations made to the ride, Cornerstone has been able to expand the same free bus service to the Shreveport area. As this year's group is the largest yet, organizers have already greatly surpassed previous fundraising totals. Cyclists are welcome to join riders for the first few miles of the ride, departing from the Municipal Court.
Office of Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams