About the Walk
At the end of May 2018 I first learned of the family separation policy at the US southern border. For the next three nights I had dreams of searching for the right pair of shoes to wear in order to walk down to Texas to protect the children. The images of children behind the chain link fence haunted me. They looked like my 8-year-old son.
That weekend I traveled to Widow Jane Mine in Upstate NY. It is an old abandoned rock quarry. Years ago the stone extracted there was used to build several national monuments as well as the foundation of the Statue of Liberty. When I walked out of that cave, I thought, “This is the start of my walk to the children.”
At each stop we envision community events and gatherings hosted by you and your neighbors in libraries, churches, back yards, living rooms. From a simple shared meal to a practice of prayer and meditation, to a night of singing and storytelling to large community events featuring local voices, artists, teachers, healers and leaders. Where two or more gather.
This walk is moved and influenced by many of our teachers and leaders who’ve walked as a practice of liberation before us. A few of these teachers are: Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Peace Pilgrim, Dorris “Granny D” Haddock, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, adrienne maree brown, Casey Gerald, Leah Penniman, Resmaa Menakem, ALisa Starkweather, Pat Mccabe Woman Stands Shining, Calvin Aldrich and many other family members, friends and teachers that shape our lives.
In preparation we’ll be hosting fundraisers and walks. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook and of course, on WalkingwithGrace.net. We’ll post updates along the walk and ways you can get involved in organizing your local community to host and welcome.