SOULCYCLE CHARITY RIDE
November 13th - 8:30pm at SoulCycle NoMad
Taught by SYB Founder Mantas Zvinas and organized by SYB partner and lawyer Miguel Lopez.
We are hosting a SYB charity ride to help not-for profit organizations that are assisting migrants on the US-Mexico border. As we have all been hearing in the news, the migrant crisis on the US-Mexico border is reaching critical mass. For some time now US authorities have been deporting migrants to the border region, without regard to where the migrants are from, how they will survive immediately after deportation and how they will get back home. As a result the poorest migrants that are without resources find themselves trapped on the Mexican border with no access to basic necessities: food, water, clean clothes, places to take shelter and without the means to return home.
Add to this a growing number of migrants that have been traveling north to seek asylum only to be held on the Mexican side of the border and made to wait months to present their claim. The result is a mass of people trapped at the border and in need of basic assistance. These groups include families, children and elderly fleeing violence and prosecution in their home countries.
The Kino Border Initiative (https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org) (KBI) is a not-for profit organization working on the Mexico border. They run a daily kitchen providing two meals a day to migrant men, women and children. In 2017 they served 40K+ meals to those in need. They also distribute clothing and personal care items that are in short supply and administer basic medical services and first aid. They also shelter approx. 360 women and children/year in safe spaces where they can bathe, sleep, eat and call their families. KBI is run by the Jesuit order and depends 100% on donations for the services that they provide.
In addition to humanitarian aid KBI provides advocacy assistance to migrants, making them aware of their rights and orienting them toward private and government organizations that can assist in asylum cases and repatriation to their homes, depending on the case.
Proceeds from the ride will be made to KBI as a restricted gift to be used specifically for food, clothing and medical aid.
KBI is a 501(c) and its equivalent in Mexico, all donations are a tax deductible charitable gift.