"With each step of your 100 mile pilgrimage, you tell the world that human dignity matters, regardless of your immigration status or your gender." Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California shares a message of support for the 100 women walking 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and echo his message of dignity for migrants.
Today we recognize that although we are focusing on the suffering of immigrants, we also know that our African-American brothers and sisters are suffering and struggling for justice. On our fifth day of this Pilgrimage we are spending the night in Baltimore and using this opportunity to fortify bonds between the movement for migrant justice and the movement for racial justice. It is an opportunity for us to learn from one another and share our common hopes and dreams. In this spirit, we asked people to reflect on their experiences with law enforcement:
When Trayvon Martin was killed, it wasn't just his mother who mourned his death, it was every mother.
Elections are about leadership. Leaders influence and shape the world around them. So far, the election conversation about immigration has caused us great alarm.
Many of you have engaged in rhetoric that is feeding a rising tide of hatred toward migrants in the United States and globally. This is precisely the type of rhetoric that seeds and promotes hate violence, and emboldens the most hateful among us.
Day 2 of the 100 Women 100 Miles Pilgrimage is now complete and although many miles have been walked, the energy and motivation of the group continues to reach new heights.