April 21, 2009



Mycol Stevens

I determined that my posture, within the community and before life, should
be that of, in a humble way, taking sides. I decided this when I saw so
many honorable misfortunes, lone victories and splendid defeats. In the
midst of the arena of the Americas’ struggles, I saw that my human task was
none other then to join the extensive forces of the organized masses of the
people, to join with life and soul, with suffering and hope, because it is
only from this great popular stream that the necessary changes can arise.

~ Pablo Neruda (Towards the Splendid City, 1971 Nobel Lecture)

Do you love bikes? I do. I bicycle commute whenever possible. And, I ride bikes just for fun. Niles runs Recycled Cycles in Gainesville, FL. He told me I’d probably like reading about bikes at the Rivendell website when he saw my old Dawes Galaxy bike I’ve had since college.

I was browsing the Rivendell website today and noticed that today is the last day that the Rivendell folks will match funds you donate to SOIL with credit at their bike store. Here’s the background: SOIL is an organization that helps Haitians by converting human waste into compost.

Here’s a NYTimes article that goes into detail about founders Sasha Kramer and Sarah Brownell, who run the aid group called SOIL.

If you donate to SOIL, Rivendell will match your donation up to $100 as a credit you can use at their bike shop. Details here. They have other matching programs. This one ends today!

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