We met Kyle Dorland, from DeKalb, Illinois, walking along the Bob Bullock Loop 20 on April 18th. By coincidence, he works (or worked, I guess, since he left it all for his mission) at my alma mater, Northern Illinois University. My friend and I were running errands when we spotted his sandwich board message and stopped by for a short chat.
I am not sure if he knew about Laredo’s heat but I do know he knows what he wants – and that is to re-initiate the freedom riders to stop segregation amongst countries.
His website tells us about his hope for world peace and what he wants to see happen:
Calling all Freedom Riders: Young and old, male and female, documented and undocumented, every color, every religion, every sexual orientation. We will unite at the Mexico/U.S. border, forming an unstoppable unarmed army of non violent soldiers with the soul goal of bringing down the unjust border of segregation. Children, elderly and differently abled freedom riders will lead the march against Border Patrol and Homeland Security, who will be forced to stand down or inflict violence on a nonviolent protest in front of the entire world who will be watching on tv.
When: May 5 2012 Where: Major border crossing checkpoints Why: To make history and change the world for the better
REMEMBER NO VIOLENCE!
When: May 5
Location: U.S.-Mexico border Crossing Checkpoints
Requirements: All ages, NO VIOLENCE even if violence is inflicted on you, must be willing to face arrest, extreme violence, or even death.
Everyone has a purpose that drives them. I may not be joining Kyle on his quest but I support that he is at least trying. I’m not sure he has sufficient information to know that there won’t be border patrol on the bridge, but customs agents. I should have told him that thousands of people already cross the border daily because I am not sure he knows the system in place. Regardless, he has set his goal and, you never know, he might actually be starting a new movement. At the very least he is raising awareness for the world he envisions. Catch him walking around Laredo and don’t forget to offer him some water. Best of luck to Kyle and all Freedom Riders!