On October 5th, 2013 the co-founders of Friend Movement, Elliot London and Ronnie Kroell, embarked upon a 921 mile and 37 day journey across the country, starting in Chicago and ending in NYC with a candlelight vigil on November 10th. It is a journey to celebrate friendship that was inspired by and is dedicated to, Tyler Clementi, who was a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the victim of bullying. He took his own life by jumping from The George Washington Bridge.
On November 10th, the three year anniversary of Clementi's death, Kroell and crew, joined by Jane and James Clementi, will celebrate Tyler's life and the lives of all victims of bullying by applying 16,000 yards of purple ribbon to the 4,757 foot-long bridge. All in attendance at the event are encouraged to wear purple as well.
“Tyler may have been a young gay man, but bullying does not discriminate. It affects people of all races, ages, religions, genders, sexualities, socio-economic backgrounds and more,” said London. “And the impact of bullying is profound. It can lead to a plethora of physical and psychological problems that can be life-long, in addition to suicide—which, by the way, is the number one cause of death among school and college students in the U.S.”
Friend Movement is partnering with The Tyler Clementi Foundation, GLSEN and GLAAD for the walk and to take a stand against bullying. Friend Movement also has the support of the NGLCC and dot429.
If you're in the New York or New Jersey area, Kroell invites you to walk across the bridge with the Clementi's and Friend Movement.
Meet at the Fort Lee Historic Park (NJ Side) at 10:00 am on November 10th, with the crossing to begin at noon.
You can also show your support by donating to the indigogo campaign or purchasing a ribbon in remembrance. More information about the event and donations can be found here.
Read more about Ronnie Kroell and Elliot London's Friend Movement, including info on their edgy photo project, "The New F Word," their various initiatives and the Friend Film on their website here, and an exclusive interview with Kroell and dot429 about the making of the film here.