Activists in Ferguson, Mo., are looking for 250 college students to participate in a week of “community service and civic engagement” for Ferguson Alternative Spring Break. Volunteer initiatives include registering new voters, manning food banks, planting gardens and helping clean the streets.
“Maybe there were some people who had planned to go down to Miami or Acapulco, and now see that there is something bigger,” Patricia Bynes, a co-founder of the Ferguson alternative spring break program, told The Guardian. “The movement needs to be more than die-ins, more than ‘shutting it down.’”
The alternative spring break is running for five week-long sessions from March 7 to April 11. Registration opened on Feb. 6 and ends on Feb. 25. Students are asked to fund their own travel and pay $100, and will receive food, accommodations and transportation throughout the week.
“This is not ‘come party in St Louis and take a selfie at the Mike Brown memorial,'” said Bynes. “This is about giving back to the community. Should people decide not to engage, they’ll forfeit the benefits.”
The announcement of the alternative spring break comes six months after the death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.
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