why I am riding

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I was asked yesterday by a reporter, “Why was I riding in this Tour Against Trafficking?”

My quick response was from my ‘counselor/social worker’ viewpoint, and I said the usual – ‘we need to end this atrocity’ etc… But my second thought is a wee bit more, and personal. AND, just so you know, it’s not because I am married to the Bishop – I love him dearly, but these are my thoughts. : )

12106990_10205167123717201_8435600566220787675_nI am a woman. This ‘atrocity’ primarily victimizes women. And, unfortunately, the perpetrators are predominately men. So, for me, it has to be a women’s issue. I think we need to empower women and girls, by being powerful women with powerful girls – so we need to speak up! In this case, we need females on Bikes!! No matter how fast, no matter how slow. Thank you to the riders who have slowed their pace for others to catch up. Thank you to the women who have ridden so far. You may not even know it, but you are very important.

Secondly, I adore the Episcopal Church. As a young girl and teen, I found some of the strongest women at my church, and they shaped my spiritual life – without me even knowing it. The Episcopal Church today lovingly and proudly represents many social justice issues. She (the church) strives to seek out and support the marginalized on every edge, every corner. I am proud of that. To me, and many others, that is ‘who we are’. And I fall in love again.

Thank you for your support – everywhere! Big Strong Hugs and Sloppy Kisses!

Tracy Cappel Rice