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ABILENE, TEXAS – Today, on MLK Jr. Day of Service, a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative, Soulfource – a non-profit organization committed to the freedom of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people from political and spiritual oppression – announced a renewed, additional focus on community service projects to its fifth EqualUnited we Serveity Ride tour.

In conjunction with today’s Day of Service, Soulforce’s Equality Ride announced the addition of community service projects in each city along the two-month long bus route from Philadelphia to San Francisco in order to increase its efforts to build community support and provide support systems for young people.

A team of 15 “Riders” and two co-directors will couple the new focus on community outreach efforts with visits to campuses across the country to confront the oppression of students and faculty at colleges with policies that discriminate against LGBTQ people. Service projects will be planned individually by the Equality Riders managing each city stop and will cover a wide spectrum of community needs – from issues of homelessness to public space beautification projects.

“It is important for us to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – from whose teachings Soulforce has taken so much – by joining the President’s call to give service on this day and throughout the year,” said Jason Conner, Co-director of the 2012 Soulforce Equality Ride.

“In every city we visit, we will be spending five days collaborating with groups that may not typically get a chance to work with each other. A huge component of these visits will be incorporating service projects. We are excited to do this work with so many wonderful supporters and people that value cross-community dialogues,” added J. Mason, Co-director of the 2012 Soulforce Equality Ride.

The Equality Riders met their co-directors in Florida last week for nonviolent resistance and community service training. Soulforce will announce more details on the 2012 Equality Ride, including the types and locations of community service projects they will be involved in on this year’s Equality Ride, in the coming weeks.

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Soulforce’s purpose is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. For more information, go to www.equalityride.com or www.soulforce.org . “Like” Soulforce on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SoulforceOrganization, or follow the organization on Twitter @soulforceorg.

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