About Our Trip
The outcome of the upcoming election could either be a great victory for progressive policy or a disaster for our country’s people, republic, and international relations. In this high stakes election, the choice is obvious. Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton’s presidency is not guaranteed. In many crucial swing states Hillary needs the support and enthusiasm of young voters to ensure that these states vote blue.
In an effort to increase excitement for Hillary’s campaign, especially amongst our fellow millennials, James Daudon, Meredith Bird, Ben Feldman, Mike Bienkowski, and Nina Mckee (the latter two are not featured in this video) will be departing on a cross country bicycle campaign: Riding Hills for Hillary. During this two month, 3,000 mile bike trip across the country and through some of the most important battleground states including New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada, we will be connecting with local news outlets and Hillary’s campaign offices to volunteer, provide publicity, and fundraise for the campaign. By canvassing, organizing bike parades, sharing our story with local media outlets, and directing as many people as possible toward information about Hillary’s policies and opportunities to volunteer/donate, we intend to secure Hillary’s victory in what is likely the most important presidential election of our lifetime.
Jamie is a 23 year-old lad hailing from the wonderful city of Seattle. He recently graduated from Colorado College in June, 2016, where he explored a variety of interests through his interdisciplinary Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major and Physics minor. After graduating he worked and travelled in Nepal for the summer with two college friends under a Davis Fellowship for Peace. While in the past he has been attracted to local politics, including working on a City Council campaign in Seattle during the summer of 2015, the importance of this national election compelled him to join the Hillary team! He is quite excited to see the country by bike and looks forward to meeting a myriad of new folks on the journey.
Meredith hails from Andover, Massachusetts, where she grew up engaged in local social and environmental justice projects. She graduated from Colorado College in 2015 with a major in Southwest Studies. While at CC she worked in Outdoor Education and co-founded Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a non-profit focused on bike-based food redistribution. Following graduation, she spent a year as a Watson Fellow researching local food systems in nine different countries. She is excited to ride her bike, Moe, across the country and learn what Americans from all different walks of life are thinking about the upcoming election. She is also looking forward to spreading excitement about voting and Hillary Clinton.
Ben Feldman attributes his interest in political activism to his upbringing in Oakland, California. Ben graduated from Colorado College in 2015 with a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences. While in College, he interned for the CC Office of Sustainability, worked in Outdoor Education and co-founded a mobile community soup kitchen. For the past year, Ben has been serving with North Coast Opportunities as an AmeriCorps Service Member building school gardens and teaching kids about food in Clearlake, CA. Ben is excited to meet people in the many states he has not yet visited as he seeks to understand what common values unite us as Americans.
Mike grew up in Lexington, MA and is a 2010 graduate of Colby College, where he studied Environmental Science. He spent the past five years teaching biology, AP biology, and environmental science at the Salisbury School. Mike has been a passionate naturalist since his earliest days and lives to instill the same wonder, appreciation and stewardship ethic that his teachers, parents and grandmother inspired in him. Mike has spent five Summer’s leading adolescents on long-distance bike tours for Overland Summers. He is thrilled to be riding his bike “Frau” for two months while connecting with people from all across this vast and diverse country.
Nina calls Maine home, but grew up moving often–both internationally and along the East Coast. She is proud to be a May 2016 graduate (perfect timing!) of Wellesley College, as she and Hillary share alma maters and will forever be Wellesley sisters. At Wellesley, Nina studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies focusing on her passions of human rights, migration, and the environment. She was also on the rowing team for four years, and in 2016 Wellesley won the National Championships. This past summer she worked for Operation Groundswell leading experiential education “backpacktivism” trips in Guatemala. After having lived and traveled a lot internationally, Nina is excited to get to know more of the grand ol’ US of A. In lieu of a blender, she hopes to figure out how to affix a Hillary bobblehead to her bike, Penny.