THE DIRTY HANDS CARAVAN
SETS SAIL FOR NEW ORLEANS
Caravan of Activists to Travel from the Coachella Festival to the
Jazz Fest from April 28-May 5th
Los Angeles, CA - April 29, 2008 - Three bio-diesel buses transporting more than 150 activists, otherwise known as The Dirty Hands Caravan, departed the grounds of the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA at approximately 2:30PM PST on Monday, April 28. The buses will travel 1800 miles stopping in numerous cities over the next week until they reach New Orleans on Friday, May 2nd. The caravan, which was entirely conceived and organized over the past two weeks, is the coming together of individuals encouraged to “get involved” in any way they feel compelled, whether its by cleaning up parks or neighborhoods, caring for the sick or needy, or speaking out on behalf of issues such as immigration reform. The project is the brainchild of Sean Penn, who yesterday appeared on the festival mainstage inviting the audience to spontaneously join the caravan. Minutes after his speech, dozens of concert goers signed up for the week long mission.
“Revolution is a job for the young,” Penn continued. “This is the smartest, most technologically proficient generation of all time. This idea that I had was based on no experience necessary.' What we're gonna do is get on biodiesel buses, and I want you to go over to a booth today and go with us to New Orleans.”
Participants in the caravan will have their food, water, transportation and campground accommodations paid for in exchange for their service. The mission of The Dirty Hands Caravan is to get people engaged, active and to “encourage individuals to take individual actions.” Musicians, activists, artists, filmmakers and guest speakers will be on hand at campgrounds to offer insight and inspiration.
"Young people today have access to communication technology that was science fiction when I was young,” Cleve Jones, activist and founder of the AIDS memorial quilt. “But despite the technology, we see a generation that is increasingly isolated, disconnected, and numb. Of course we want young people to register and vote, but we want them to understand that none of these candidates can save our country. Only the people can save this country, and the young people must lead that fight."
The Dirty Hands Caravan has teamed up with the organization, Do Something, to help introduce ideas on how members of the caravan can get involved. Below is a tentative itinerary for the Dirty Hands Caravan. Volunteers are encouraged to join the caravan at any point along the way. The itinerary will be continuously updated on www.thedirtyhandscaravan.com.
Monday April 28th Tuesday, April 29th
Caravan departs Coachella Festival for Crazy Horse RV Park & Campground in Tucson, AZ. Participants can elect to work with Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (AIDS march) & No More Deaths (organized rally outside of deportation court case). Depart Tucson and spend the night at a campground in Las Cruces, NM .
Wednesday April 30th
Participants can learn about non-profit organizations including Driving for Donors and Team Revolution.
Participants can attend meeting with representative from the Alamo Tribe who will describe how the Native American population faces tremendous injustice. Depart Las Cruces for Austin, TX.
Thursday May 1st
Participants can elect to work with Environmental Conservation Society and join an Immigrant Rights Rally to honor International Workers' Day. Depart Austin for Houston, TX.
Friday May 2nd
Participants have opportunity to work with TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Activists Society) by laying sidewalk, cleaning up yards in a community surrounded by rail road tracks, power plants, and where there are very few public services. Depart Houston for New Orleans. Reside at Noah's Ark Church.
Saturday, May 3rd Tuesday, May 6th
In New Orleans, participants can elect to work in a health clinic and partake in a tree planting effort; work with Common Ground, on a wetlands restoration project or participate in an effort laying baseball fields at parks destroyed by the flooding. On May 6th, The Dirty Hands Caravan will depart New Orleans to return to California.
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A MOVEMENT DESIGNED TO “INSPIRE INDIVIDUALS TO TAKE INDIVIDUAL ACTION”
Caravan of Activists to Travel from the Coachella Festival to
Jazz Fest from April 28-May 5th
Los Angeles, CA, April 23, 2008 - The morning after the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA, a string of bio-diesel buses transporting up to 300 people will caravan 1800 miles in an effort designed to engage a new generation of activists. The Dirty Hands Caravan is the coming together of individuals who will be encouraged to get involved by building houses for the homeless, protesting the War in Iraq while supporting the needs of veterans and their families, caring for the sick or needy, cleaning up parks or neighborhoods across America, taking part in clean water initiatives for foreign lands or engaging in whatever way they feel compelled to help others. The caravan, which is the brainchild of Sean Penn, will make stops in numerous cities until it arrives at its final destination, New Orleans, where the spirit of Coachella will join the close of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. On Sunday, May 4th, members of The Dirty Hands Caravan will descend on New Orleans to help better the Big Easy through their good works.
"I see this as a reckoning," said Sean Penn, who is scheduled to appear at Coachella. "My generation and those that came before have to recognize the numbing of incentive that we've passed on to the change-hungry, imaginative, smarter than us youth of today. We're providing the wheels, and they're going to show us how to take the ride. I believe they are capable of engaging independently of their friends, their political party, or an established coalition. The Dirty Hands Caravan seeks to empower young people to stand up for what they believe in, with its longevity based on inspired individuality and pride."
Participants in the caravan will have their food, water, transportation and campground accommodations paid for in exchange for their service. As the bio-diesel buses make their way across U.S. cities, members of the caravan will be offered opportunities to volunteer on behalf of established local organizations. However, members of the caravan are free to choose whatever cause or do whatever good they feel inspired to do, whether it is officially organized or not. The goal of The Dirty Hands Caravan is to get people engaged and active in their world. Good works will be done, but the caravan's overall mission is to “encourage individuals to take individual actions.” To offer inspiration, the caravan will stop at campgrounds where individuals will have the chance to hear from musicians, activists, artists, filmmakers and guest speakers who will offer ideas on how to stand up for what you believe in and then effectively implement those ideas.
Those individuals seeking to join The Dirty Hands Caravan will need to fill out an application in advance. To fill out the application click on the register link below. The buses will depart the Coachella Festival parking lot at Noon on Monday, April 28th. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and should plan on being away from their homes and families for at least ten days. Buses will depart New Orleans for the Coachella grounds at Midnight, May 5th and will return to Los Angeles by May 7th. Up to 300 people may be traveling on The Dirty Hands Caravan bio-diesel buses, but organizers hope many more will follow by any means they can, and encourage their friends and family to join them in New Orleans.
“I invited Sean to speak at Coachella and he took it one step further and came back to me with this idea,” said Coachella's Paul Tollett. “The entire Coachella team is excited to launch this journey at this year's festival.”
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