A group of Texas teens have launched their social media platforms in preparation for a 5,000 mile road trip through the eastern US and Canada in collaboration with Activism On the Road to explore the challenges of “Traveling While Disabled” and producing as little trash and waste as possible over the 12 day journey.
In contrast to the “Road to Change” events held by A March for Our Lives, Activism On the Road instigates small interactions in common, liminal places. In 2018, AOTR traveled “13 states in 7 days” to connect Texas and Kentucky college students and discuss how Middle America really feels about Trump and the Republican Party.
Though AOTR prefers to keep encounters casual, the public can still support and sponsor the trip through donations, and engaging with the traveling team in the form of dares, roadside recommendations, and social media. When leaving a donation to their Supportful page, be sure to include a message about where you’re from, and something you’d like to see the travelers take part in.
The 2019 team includes three members of the Esoteric Sloths, LB “Elbie,” Aurora “AB,” and Jacob “JS,” as well as pre-determined “special guests” they will meet along the route in Wichita, KS, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, Washington, DC, Nolin Lake State Park, KY, Nashville, TN, and Dallas, GA. In all, the planned route passes through TX, OK, KS, MO, IL, IN, MI, Ontario CA, NY, MA, CT, PN, NJ, MD, VA, WV, KY, TN, GA, AL, and AR, includes stops at the Smithsonian Zoo, National Museum of Natural History, Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, and the iconic St Louis Arch and Chicago Bean.
Talk of a West Coast 2020 tour are floating about the AOTR community, but it is unclear yet if the national organization would plan yet another trip before their next opportunity for wide publicity. The 2019 trip will largely be promoted at this summer’s United Fates Fest in Austin, Texas, but 2020’s UF won’t be until the Fall.
For now, get your merch, subscribe on YouTube, follow on Instagram and Twitter, make a donation, and start thinking about what things you think the team should see and do on this excessively long drive.