[IMC-Boston-Dispatch] 08/05: The Longest Walk: Boston to New Haven in Solidarity with the Undocumented
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Fri Aug 1 08:32:12 PDT 2008
--- On Fri, 8/1/08, Elena Letona <mletona at cpresente.org> wrote:
From: Elena Letona <mletona at cpresente.org>
Subject: The Longest Walk: Boston to New Haven in Solidarity with the Undocumented
To: sofiajt at yahoo.com
Date: Friday, August 1, 2008, 6:05 AM
The Longest Walk:
Boston to New Haven
in Solidarity with the Undocumented
wmgmcgrane at comcast.net
Centro Presente (617) 959 3108
Who: Centro Presente, Organization Maya K'iche, United
for a Fair Economy, Center to Support Immigrant Organizing.
When: Tuesday, August 5th,
Where: In front of the Massachusetts State House
What: Press Event
On Monday, August 4th, Jim Harney will begin a walk from Boston to New
Haven via New Bedford, site of the region's largest immigration raid in March
2007 to highlight the plight of immigrants. Planning to be on the road for six
weeks, the 68 year-old Maine activist will be stopping in towns along the way,
speaking in churches and schools about the global economy and why migrants
continue to make the dangerous journey north, risking life and limb.
For the past 20 years, Harney has traveled the Americas, documenting the
conditions of poverty and misery in which millions of poor peasants and migrant
workers live, sharing in story and photographs their dreams and hopes of a
dignified life. This time, however, Harney will share the life-and-death drama
of the poor in a more personal way. He has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
This walk may be his last.
"Our walk is paradise in comparison to those who leave their families and
walk treacherous trails into a world of robbery, rape and murder. The North
American Dream has life threatening difficulties attached to it, ask those
who've fallen off trains and lost limbs. More than a thousand Salvadorans head
north daily. Starvation stalks the half million Mexicans who pass into the US
"Undocumented people are declaring they 'exist,'" Harney says. "They're here in the middle of our society.
We don't know them. They are invisible. Yet they do the backbreaking work of
providing our food, maintaining our infrastructure, cleaning our homes,
grooming our lawns. We invite churches
and groups in solidarity with the undocumented to journey with us, provide
hospitality and space where we might converse about the challenge of creating
possibilities for those with no tomorrow."
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