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2012 IPPNW Bike Tour Participants met with the Mayor of Hiroshima after completing their 600 km journey.
It’s less than 30 days before the IPPNW International Peace Bike Tour and 21st World Congress! Michelle and Kami need your help to get to Kazakhstan. Please donate today!
IPPNW Bike Tour: August 10- 24th, 2014
IPPNW Student Congress: August 25-26, 2014
IPPNW 21st World Congress: August 27-30, 2014
Twenty-four brave, young activists from 10 countries will cycle through Kazakhstan to show their solidarity with those victims and survivors affected or killed by nuclear weapons, nuclear testing, uranium mining, nuclear energy and nuclear accidents over the past 70 years.
Participants will begin the journey in Semey, Kazakhstan – 150 km from the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Weapons Test Site, which was in use for 40 years and where 465 nuclear weapons were tested. The final destination will be Astana. Along the 2-week journey of approximately 500 km, participants will meet with locals, mayors and other elected officials, peace activists and fellow students to voice their concerns and make waves through the worldwide media on the importance of nuclear weapons abolition. Further, participants will engage in street actions and a peace movement outside of Semipalatinsk. Read more about the Bike Tour here.
After the bike tour, the 2014 Student World Congress and 21st World Congress will take place in Astana. Together, they will call for an end to the nuclear arms era. Activists will develop an action plan in Kazakhstan for their respective IPPNW chapters and country. The action plans are intended to alert people of the dangers to their health and to advocate for their right to a healthy life.
Kami Nicole Veltri was born and raised in sunny South Florida, where her love affair with biking began at an early age. After studying Neuroscience at the University of Florida and Spanish in Guatemala, she started medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is currently taking time off from her conventional medical education to explore extracurricular interests, especially integrative medicine and health care justice activism. Kami serves as a National Student Representative for Physicians for Social Responsibility, the U.S. affiliate of IPPNW, and is honored to join the IPPNW Bike Tour. She is excited to bike through Kazakhstan with fellow students who are the future of the fight for a safer, cleaner world.
Michelle has been a part of PSR since 2010, first starting on the coal campaign with Iowa PSR. She is now the PSR National Student Coordinator while she earns her MPH at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Michelle believes that we are all global citizens, not merely citizens of the U.S., China, South Africa, etc. and that we are all share the same environment. She offered this comment at a recent Student PSR gathering in Iowa: “I am honored to be one of the organizers of the 2014 IPPNW International Peace Bike Tour. The Bike Tour will allow me to learn from my peers from around the world so I may bring home various perspectives to share with Student Physicians for Social Responsibility. I have never traveled to Kazakhstan and am looking forward to learning more about the culture and country. I’m thrilled to expand my global network of the next generation of movers and shakers!”
PSR feels a special responsibility to help Kami & Michelle participate in this unique Student Citizen-Ambassador effort. Michelle, being one of the Bike Tour Coordinators has been raising funds for the general Bike Tour Budget for the last year to support participants from developing countries. Most recently both Michelle and Kami have been fundraising for themselves, but still seek your kind assistance. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today through PSR's secure website here.
Financial need for Kami & Michelle include: