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Father and Daughter to Pedal for Justice

This Saturday, Al Gerhardstein, local civil rights attorney and founder of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, and daughter Jessica Gingold, Michigan Law 2L and juvenile justice advocate, will lead Pedaling Justice, a 1350-mile tandem bike ride through the heart of the county to raise funds for two Midwest criminal justice reform organizations, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center and the Children’s Law Center.  
 
Ohio Justice and Policy Center aims to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal-justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education.  
 
Children’s Law Center is a non-profit legal service center protecting the rights of children and youth to help them overcome barriers and transition into adulthood, better advocate for their needs, and successfully contribute to society. It provides individual legal advocacy to children and youth, and through public policy work, training and education, impact litigation, and juvenile defender support services, seeks to improve the systems that serve them.
 
Al Gerhardstein has been deeply involved with the police reform efforts in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio. Gerhardstein and Gingold, both avid cyclists, will travel from Cincinnati to Ferguson, MO to listen and connect and share some of Cincinnati’s challenges and successes so that the two cities might be able to learn from one another. They will then travel south along the Mississippi river to New Orleans by way of Memphis to deliver Gingold to her new summer job at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and meet with those implementing the DOJ police reform decree in New Orleans. You can follow along on their journey through their blog and Facebook page.  
 
Gerhardstein and Gingold will depart on Saturday, May 2 from Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. Breakfast and conversation will be held from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Community members are encouraged to bring their own bikes and ride along for up to seven miles starting at 9:30 a.m. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and his bike officers will escort the group out of Cincinnati.
 
Staff report/Photo: Gerhardstein and Gingold (Pedaling Justice blog)