Temperatures stay in the 90s in Houma, Louisiana, this time of year. Malik Rahim, a 62-year-oldformer Black Panther, founder of the post-Katrina Common Ground Collective and a 2008 Green candidate for Congress from Louisiana, says he's training to bike from Houma to Washington, D.C.
Rahim plans to advocate along the way for wetlands restoration and protection. His hopes to cover 35 miles a day for 45 days.
"Don't let your children or your grandchildren ask how did you sit by and watch life as you knew it be destroyed," he says on the video announcing his latest mission. "Some say I'm crazy. Some say my time could be better used doing other things, I'm too old. That's why I'm out there, for future generations. So that they can say that if life is destroyed as we know it, that at least there was one old man that tried to wake up this nation."
Rahim looks to be a Southern feeder for a cross-country ride that sets out from San Francisco for D.C. on July 24. (The website he gives for his project, Bike for the Gulf, isn't up yet, but as you'll see he's inviting people to join him.)