This new year brings us many anniversaries worth celebrating: it's been 150 years since emancipation began and the Homestead and Pacific Railway Acts were signed into law. It has also been 100 years since Woody Guthrie was born. Guthrie, an iconic American folk singer, was a wanderer whose experiences closely related to the growth of the frontier and railroad (sparked by those aforementioned Acts). He was also an anti-racist activist who believed that there was still a long way to go on the road to equality. Using his story as a sort of compass, I will take to the road in spring to cycle cross-country and chronicle major persons, places and events in American labor, industrial and music history.
No trip in honor of Woody Guthrie would be complete without good works. That's why I have decided to raise visibility for bicycle cooperatives around the US and money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA). This organization was founded by Woody's widow, Marjorie Guthrie, to eradicate the disease that laid her husband low. As I wend my way across the American landscape I plan to stop at Centers of Excellence run by the HDSA and to meet with individuals and families who live with the realities of Huntington's. By sharing their stories and bringing attention to this vastly under-recognized disease, I can do my part to help make it a thing of the past.
You can join me in this effort by donating to the HDSA. 100% of donations go directly to the organization. May you always find the wind at your back and the road under your feet,