Michael Clift was a guest a BPC 270 in June 2014. He actually is the one who blazed the original walking trails with the lawnmower! He worked in exchange for a place to stay on his bike trip that year to present Scott Camil with a signed VFP flag for his birthday.
He enjoyed his stay and considered returning to do a writer’s workshop sometime.
It is with sadness that I report that he was killed by a semi truck last week on a second bike journey across America.
Below is the recent Fall VFP newsletter article about Mike…
March Across America Michael Clift
MARCH ACROSS AMERICA (MAA) is U.S. Army veteran and VFP “Nomad” Michael Clift’s ongoing public awareness campaign to promote the Veterans For Peace message as well as reach those veterans who “have fallen through the cracks.” One focus of the MAA is to honor veterans who have dedicated their post deployment lives to activism within the peace and justice movement. The first honoree of Michael’s project was the venerable and controversial Scott Camil, and this year Michael will present a VFP flag to the family of Jacob George, the brother we lost in September 2014, and whose memory and dedication to peace we hope to preserve.
(See my blog from December 2014 about Jacob)
Michael’s journey will take him from the teargas stained streets of Oakland, CA through the deserts of the Southwest where our indigenous brothers and sisters are fighting against mining cor- porations and struggling to preserve and protect their sacred lands and rivers and on through Texas and Oklahoma where he will act as a “force multiplier” in the struggle against tarsands and environmental degradation before arriving in Fayetteville to honor Jacob by presenting the VFP flag to his family on the eve of the new year, a year in which we foresee yet more struggle as we continue to “Wage Peace” against US Imperialism and corporate hegemony within the government and our communities.
You can support the March Across America when it comes to your town, sign the flag and donate, provide lodging, or get on your bike and ride!
Rest In Peace Michael Clift