I'm planning my next trip with The Sign and this campaign will play a big role in how long I stay on the road and how far I can go.
Here's all we have so far—a host in Memphis asked me to come to MLK50 that's being held there April 4-5. Here's where it gets really extended. I would like to stay in Washington DC for two months and do what I did when I was there last June for only six days. I walked all over DC with The Sign and met some great activists who let me know when I was needed at a special event/demonstration. Also on this trip, I would like to stay in New York City for a month and do what I do. And of course, make stops along the way.
I haven't asked in a while so if you would like to host me on my travels, please PM me. All I need is a place to sleep and clean up. You don't have to feed me. I usually stay for about 3 days when I'm on the road so I can stand at intersections and contact local media. If you can or know anyone in the DC and NYC area who can host me longer, that would be great. I don't like spending money on motels/hostels and I like meeting people who are on this journey with me. Oh, and please clear it with your spouse before you offer to host.
Also, please understand that everything is flexible. What that means is if we have made plans for you to host me and something comes up for you, just let me know. I promise, I know how to adjust to the situation. Exchanging phone numbers makes it easier for me to stay current with hosts. One of my previous hosts mentioned she would write a reference for me. Would some of you who have hosted me please write a reference if you think I acted right? And if you think I didn't, just keep it to yourself ;-)
My initial goal is to reach $2,000, which will cover at least a month of travel, and if we get there, we'll keep on going! If we can reach $5,000 total, that will give me several months on the road meeting lots of folks and, depending on how time and money goes, I might make it to Maine or even the west coast!
This is roughly my budget for the trip:
$2k will give me a month in and travel to and from Washington, DC.
$1k will give me another month in Washington, DC.
$1k will give me a month in NYC.
$1k will give me around a month to various places all over, mostly central USA.
My original GoFundMe campaign money lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. Plus people sent me money on their own from $5 to $200. Such generosity! All of it! I still have some t-shirts and buttons left if you want any. Proceeds from those go towards my trips also.
I can add any donations I receive directly to the GoFundMe campaign total. See my Facebook page for more details and to follow my story with The Sign!
I'll close this by asking you to share this with like-minded friends. And also by saying how grateful I am for all the many ways you have supported me on this journey, or as I like to say... while I ride this wave.
You are appreciated!
Gale "Old Man With a Sign" McCray
- Dotty Sharp
- Markus Heyder
- Pat Robinson
- Floyd Taylor
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