MANCHESTER – The 12th annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty tour will kick off from St. Bridget Church at 9 a.m. June 21.
Fifteen bicyclists and team members will pedal approximately 250 miles around Connecticut over the following five days to raise awareness of poverty in Connecticut.
During the trip, the team members will talk with faith-based groups about antipoverty advocacy issues; challenge elected officials at the local, state and federal levels to work toward the elimination of the causes of poverty; listen to and learn from impoverished people in the state; and provide a voice for those who live in poverty.
Stops are planned in Litchfield, North Cornwall, West Hartford, Middletown, Hartford, Rocky Hill, Bristol and Stratford.
The local group began with a Brake the Cycle ride to Washington, D.C., in 2003, to join like-minded cyclists who rode from San Francisco under the auspices of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Now, the Connecticut group operates under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry. The group changed the focus to poverty in Connecticut in 2004 and it has remained that way since.
Information about the group is available at www.brakethecycleofpoverty.org.