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UWFox To Host ‘Pedals for Peace and Justice’ Cycling Group

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Pedals for Peace photo The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a very special group of bicyclists this coming Monday, July 30, when the "Pedals for Peace and Justice" group makes a stop in the Fox Cities during its cross-country, west-to-east excursion across the United States. The group of riders, and its support team, are making the effort as part of their mission to talk to others "about the need to end conflict in the world and focus on the economic needs of the 99%". Dr. John Beaver, associate professor of physics at UWFox, will host an informal reception for the group and its support team in the campus Student Union, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Members of the cycling group include Ron Van Norstrand, a civil rights attorney; Jody Tarallo, a psychiatric nurse practioner; and Bill Dennison, a retired union officer. The support vehicle team has volunteers Val Thonger and Ken Sperber for the first part of the trip, and Ann Jamison for the latter portion. The group set out from the Pacific Northwest on June 21, 2012 to begin its 3,000 mile journey.

The group’s mission is to raise funds for the “Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers [AYPV], described as "a small group of young people in the Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan, who about a year ago began sharing their call for understanding in order that they might someday experience peace in their country".

According to Van Norstrand, "I expect to give [the audience at the UWFox reception] a general explanation of the reasons for our ride and the AYPV inspiration".

"This is an opportunity for residents of the Fox Cities to meet and talk with a small group of American citizens who are trying to call attention to major issues that impact the entire world, and eventually filter down to communities like ours", Dr. Beaver said. "In addition, local cycling enthusiasts may find interest in discussing the group’s experiences and adventures during its trip from Washington state to Wisconsin, as well as hearing their thoughts about the rest of their journey. We're hoping for a nice community turn-out to extend a Fox Cities welcome to the group."

Interested readers can view the group’s plans, adventures and blogs by visiting http://www.pedalforpeace-justice.com/2012/02/planning.html.

The reception for the "Pedals for Peace and Justice" is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating. This discussion is designed to be informal and mutually informative. For more information about the reception, contact Dr. Beaver at (920) 733-1750, or email him at john.beaver@uwc.edu.

Posted 7/26/2012