On Tues. Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. Charleston Moves, East Cooper Land Trust, Lowcountry Local First, Bike Law, and One80 Place will hold a discussion about the importance of biking and walking in Charleston, called Bridging Equity. Held at 477 Mathis Ferry Road, this discussion is part of Gathering for Good’s Ideas Into Action, a “service-oriented civic group that educates and empowers participants.”
“People take for granted biking and walking in this city,” says Ideas Into Action’s founder, Jessica Boylston-Fagonde. Speakers at Bridging Equity will touch on how their organizations work to change people’s perceptions of biking and walking in Charleston. These speakers include One80 Place’s director of community engagement, Brad Cashman; Bike Law’s attorney Timmy Finch; Lowcountry Local First’s community development director Lauren Gellatly; East Cooper Land Trust’s executive director Catherine Main; and Charleston Moves’ executive director Katie Zimmerman. Bridging Equity will feature presentations from each organization in which they share information about how the community can get involved in their various causes, from volunteering to donating. “It’s very action-oriented,” says Boylston-Fagonde. “Every voice gives actionable items.”
The meeting itself serves as more than just a call to action, too — each Ideas Into Action gathering raises funds for the smallest nonprofit participating that day, in this case, Charleston Moves. Ideas Into Action hopes to raise $1,500 for the Mitch Hollon Memorial Bike Safety Fund, a fund created in memory of Dr. Mitch Hollon, who was killed in 2011 while riding his bike on the James Island Connector. This fund is reserved for implementing on-street bike facilities in Charleston.
Gathering for Good was founded in 2015 after the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy; Meghan Alexander Trezies emerged as a leader of a grassroots movement which came to be known as Gun Sense SC, joined by local facilitator and speaker Boylston-Fagonde, who served as executive director of Gun Sense SC.
An offshoot of Gathering for Good, Ideas Into Action was created in 2016 by Boylston-Fagonde, and is held every three weeks on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. “Thought leaders talk about their causes,” says Boylston-Fagonde of the talks, with past topics ranging from environmental justice to women’s rights. “It’s a collaboration,” says Boylston-Fagonde. “But it’s also dissecting and juxtaposing information to broaden our horizons.”
Learn more about Ideas Into Actions — and sign up to receive info on upcoming events — at ideasintoactionchs.com.