"I am a believer in that portion of the Declaration of American Independence in which it is set forth, as among self-evident truths, "that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Hence, I am an abolitionist."
- William Lloyd Garrison.
On July 4th 1854, the Anti-Slavery Society met in a small grove in Framingham, Massachusetts to protest the hypocrisy of celebrating America’s independence while participating in the practice of American Slavery. After a series of passionate speeches from noted abolitionists including Sojourner Truth and Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, burned a copy of the U.S. Constitution and galvanized the abolitionist movement.
Today, our fight is against the revolving door of the criminal justice system approximately 76.6% of all released prisoners will be rearrested within 5 years of their release. Such recidivism often contributes to crime, mass incarceration, homelessness and generational poverty.
We seek to do more than just make quality products. We want to make a difference.
By the Fall of 2018, we will move into our new facility where we plan to hire, train, certify and provide living wage employment to more than two dozen people, including the formerly incarcerated. There, we will begin to design, build, and repair a fleet of handcrafted electric bicycles, here in America.
Your purchases will help us to achieve that goal.
It’s our heritage as abolitionists.
The 1854 Cycling Company. Freedom & Power.