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The ride will begin on Friday October 17th at 8am near OPP, outside of the New Orleans Municipal Court at 727 S. Broad, with a brief press conference featuring Councilman Jason Williams, Cornerstone’s founder Leo Jackson, and representatives from NOLA to Angola and from the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition.

Come join us at the press conference, and accompany us out of the city! A Facebook invite is here.

You can read some coverage of this year’s ride here and here.

Thanks for your support!

Registration is now CLOSED! Click here to to be added to the wait list. We WILL NOT refund registration fees, so please do NOT pay the $50 if you are signing up for the wait list. You can pay when we take you off the list.

Missed registration but still interested in riding? You can still help Nola to Angola by donating to our riders, driving a support vehicle, or helping to prepare food. Contact info@nolatoangola.org if you are interested in volunteering in this capacity!

 

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An e-mail from a formerly incarcerated gentleman which explains how important the project is.

“Hi Duane,

No, I’m not sponsoring a particular rider. A friend of mine shared a link about it on facebook and I just wanted to contribute. As someone who’s spent a decent bit of time in jail, I know how important having a visit is. I was fortunate to never have to do real time in prison and was only incarcerated in New Orleans, where my family and friends all live. Seeing those from other parts of the state who’d been in OPP for years awaiting trial with no one able to visit because it was too far away, I support what you’re doing on a personal level. There is nothing more soul crushing than hoping to see someone you love while behind bars only to have your name go uncalled for visitation.
The fact that the majority of people in this country don’t give a shit about inmates and a lot of those same people think they should all just be exterminated altogether makes me want to move to Antarctica.
I could go on and on about this, but I’m sure you probably feel the same and therefore don’t need to hear it from me.
Thanks for doing something that can actually make a difference for these people because not many people will or care to.
Mark

 

 
 
 
 

He who forgets will be destined to remember.”

 

 

NOLA to Angola is a bicycle fundraiser established in 2011 to benefit the Cornerstone Builders Bus Project. Cornerstone provides free bus trips for families in New Orleans to visit their incarcerated loved ones.  For information about the bus project, please visit our page about Cornerstone.

In 2011, 25 riders cycled the 160 miles to Angola Prison over a three-day period.  The riders raised approximately $7,000 for Corner Stone, which covered the cost of six months worth of bus trips. This effort allowed roughly 400 people to travel from New Orleans to five state prisons in southeastern Louisiana.

In 2012, 34 riders biked over 168 miles to Angola over a weekend.  We raised over $14,000 for Cornerstone which covered an entire year of bus trips and has helped to increase the number of buses visiting each prison.

Here are selected photos from the 2011 ride:

 

 

8 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hello!

    I think this is a great fundraiser. Congratulations on doubling your funds between 2011 and 2012! I am interested in attending an information session later this summer. Please keep me updated at the email agrosslein2007@gmail.com for information sessions. Fair Grinds Cafe is highly convenient for me if there are any plans to have them there again.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Abby

    • Hello!

      Thank you very much. We had one at the park there last year due to a scheduling conflict, and we may actually go with the park again for at least one session. Do you mind if we add you to our list?

      • Yes, please add me to the list. I realized the other day that it’s August, and if I’m going to do this I need to start seriously training. Is there an information session coming up?

        Thank you!

  2. Hi I donated but it didn’t ask for which rider, not sure if it matters but wanted him to know that we support him and this rad cause.

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