With the support and welcoming of many, I am walking to detention centers throughout the United States. The trip begins in the geological womb of Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, New York. As Valarie Kaur, civil rights activist, spoke in her visionary address to the country:
“Yes, the future is dark. I close my eyes and I see the darkness of my grandfather’s jail cell. And the mother in me asks, what if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?...What does the wisdom of the midwife tell us: breathe and push!”
From New York the push continues on foot to visit different prisons serving as ICE detention centers to bear witness, be in community, and continue to bridge the gap from inside and out. Along the way we will meet with communities to share stories from people being detained, to practice and remember that what happens at the border, inside the prisons, and in camps happens inside each one of us. We are practicing and remembering, together, a trust that there is enough and that everyone belongs.
Monday, September 30th the journey launches with a Foundation Walk to the Strafford County House of Correction in Dover, NH. This facility functions, in part, as an immigrant detention center. This 79-mile journey will take place over the course of three weeks, concluding on October 23rd. There will be two more Foundation Walks held over the winter - one to the Franklin, MA County House of Correction and one to the Boston, MA Suffolk County House of Correction. I invite fellow walkers to join me for any or all (or any segment) of these trips.
“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action toward your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
My progress can be monitored via Instagram.
We walk to envision a world where all life is unconditionally cared for and thriving.
As You Start to Walk Out on the Way, the Way Appears.
Who We Are
Originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts, Grace Aldrich moved to southern New Hampshire in 2009, where she lives with her son, Calvin, husband, Ian, Weezie the cat, and two handsome turtles, Larry and Gary. She is a mother, massage therapist, performer, and facilitator. Grace is primarily interested in encouraging change that leads to joy and liberation. She enjoys collaborating with like-minded facilitators to create spaces for conversation, healing, and art that build bridges of belonging in community. She's co-facilitated programs at events such as The 2018 Parliament of World religions in Toronto, and for retreat centers such as the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. In the past year she was so grateful to co-create a popular regional library series called "Talking About Race: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution.” Grace weaves storytelling and singing into her public speaking to connect with audiences and address complicated topics. In one recent talk at the Amos Fortune Forum in New Hampshire she used these skills in her presentation, Exploring Stories of Race, Trauma, and Belonging. She looks forward to weaving together more threads of community with people she meets on the walk to Texas. One step at a time!