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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, GA –
A Michigan woman was among four young adults arrested April 2 for walking onto the campus of Covenant College to engage students in dialogue. Part of the 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride, they came to speak with students at the university about its discriminatory policy towards LGBT students.
Rachel Loskill, 21, from East Lansing was arrested and held overnight, along with Jarrett Lucas, 21, from Philadelphia, PA, Adam Britt, 20, from Little Rock, AR and Bronwen Tomb, 23, from New London, CT. Bail was set for $1,000 per Equality Rider.
“I’m so proud of her that she believes in something as strongly that she is willing to go to such extremes,” said Loskill’s mother, Margie, of Southfield. “She is amazing – she is just amazing. But I will be glad when she gets home. It is a big worry for me.”
Margie said that this is the third time her daughter has been arrested on the Equality Ride, but the first time she was held overnight. Rachel is to return home to Southfield May 1.
“I talked to her today, and she’s fine,” said Margie. “It’s the holiday and the other kids had a Passover Seder for her when she got out of jail this morning.”
Covenant College is one of 32 Christian colleges and universities that Soulforce will visit as part of its second annual Soulforce Equality Ride. The 2007 Equality Ride is a two month journey by bus taking 50 young adults on 2 distinct routes to schools that actively discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.