A PILGRIMAGE, walking from Church of the Assumption in Bellingham to the detention center in Tacoma.
The PURPOSE: to pray for comprehensive immigration reform.
JOIN US! for an hour, for a day, for the entire walk. Starting August 1, 2009, God willing.
leaves St. Charles Catholic Church at 9AM ( DONE )
16- Stanwood to Marysville
Mary's Catholic Church 4200 88th
St NE, Marysville, WA98270( DONE )
17- From Church Saint Mary (St Mary's Catholic Church 4200 88th St NE, Marysville, WA
Everett( DONE )
DAY 18- Everett
19- Everett MALL at ( 9: 30 AM) to Seattle Cathedral
20- Seattle Cathedral to Immigration Reform Rally 11AM FederalBuilding
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FROM St. Charles Church in Burlington at 9AM Saturday May 15th
through May 20 th
Will end the trek by
joining hundreds of others in Washington State
for the May 20th Immigration Reform Rally at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle at 11AM.
ØThe time to act is short and URGENT! Keep
families together! Protect Workers Rights! Respect Civil and Human Rights! And…
trek for the 12 million undocumented people to step out of the shadows!
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6 DIAS, 76 MILLAS, 1 MES PARA ACTUAR!
Burlington to Seattle,
Y Únase con líder Juan Jose Maldonado y Skagit OneAmerica en la caminata por la
justicia y la reforma migratoria!
apoye, y sea parte de la caminata Comunitaria QUE YA salio de la iglesia San
Carlos en Burlington, WA, DESDE EL 15 AL
esperandote durante el recorrido HASTA llegar a Seattle con una manifestación
el 20 de mayo en 11AM EN EL Federal
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DAY 15- Burlington,
leaves St. Charles Catholic Church at 9AM
DAY 16- Stanwood to Marysville
(St Mary's Catholic Church 4200
88th St NE, Marysville, WA 98270) DAY 17- Church Saint Mary (St Mary's Catholic Church 4200 88th
St NE, Marysville, WA ) to Everett
DAY 18- Everett
19- Everett MALL at ( 9: 30 AM) to Seattle Cathedral
DAY 20- Seattle Cathedral to Immigration Reform Rally 11AM FederalBuilding
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I just got this in my email and I would like to join them on Sunday, Day 2, walking from Stanwood to Arlington. I thought I’d leave around 9 am from Bellingham and return around 3 pm. It would be fun to do it together. Any takers on this late notice?
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STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOWS!!!
76 Miles for Justice!
Burlington to Seattle, WA!!!!
Si se puede! 6 DAYS, 76 MILES, 1 MONTH TO ACT!
DAY 1- Burlington, leaves St. Charles Catholic Church at 9AM
DAY 2- Stanwood to Arlington
DAY 3- Arlington to Marysville
DAY 4- Marysville to Everett
DAY 5- Everett to Mountlake Terrace
DAY 6- Mountlake Terrace to Seattle! Immigration Reform Rally 11AM Federal Building Downtown Seattle
Join leader Juan Jose Maldonado and Skagit OneAmerica will WE leave St. Charles Church in Burlington at 9AM Saturday May 15th through May 20 thwill end the trek by joining hundreds of others in Washington State for the May 20th Immigration Reform Rally at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle at 11AM. The time to act is short and URGENT! Keep families together! Protect Workers Rights! Respect Civil and Human Rights! And… trek for the 12 million undocumented people to step out of the shadows!
To sign up to join Juan Jose/ Skagit One America for the journey, please contact
Jose Ortiz at email@example.com or 360.333.5015.
SAL DE ENTRE LAS SOMBRAS!!
! 6 DIAS, 76 MILLAS, 1 MES PARA ACTUAR!
! 76 MILLAS PARA LA JUSTICIA !
Burlington to Seattle, WA
¡Únase con líder Juan Jose Maldonado y Skagit OneAmerica en la caminata por la justicia y la reforma migratoria!
Venga, apoye, y sea parte de la caminata Comunitaria QUE YA salio de la iglesia San Carlos en Burlington, WA,
DESDE EL 15 AL 20 DE mayo 15
Estaremos esperandote durante el recorrido HASTA llegar a Seattle con una manifestación el 20 de mayo en downtown Seattle a las 11AM para la reforma migratoria.
Tenemos que mantener anuestra Familias Unidas !!
Por el Respeto los derechos civiles y humanos!
Y… únase al movimiento para que los 12 millones de personas ndocumentadas pueden salir de las sombras!!!
DIA 1- Burlington, salen la iglesia San Carlos a las 9AM
DIA 2- Stanwood a Arlington
DIA 3- Arlington a Marysville
DIA 4- Marysville a Everett
DIA 5- Everett a Mountlake Terrace
DIA 6- Mountlake Terrace a Seattle! Immigration Reform Rally 11AM Federal Building Downtown Seattle
Para registrarse en el camino con Juan Jose/Skagit One America, por favor contacta a Miguel Gaitan al 360.630.9742 o firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Ortiz at email@example.com or 360.333.5015.
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May is a nationwide period of rallies and demonstrations to push for movement toward immigration reform. There is a major rally at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle on Thursday, May 20, as well as a pilgrimage/walk beginning Saturday, May 15 at St. Charles in Burlington. More information on the rally is on the OneAmerica website: HTTP: weareoneamerica.org. The walk is still being organized so if you are interested in helping call Kendar Anderson of OneAmerica at 206-723-2203, ext. 205 or 206-452-8413 (cell)
I just heard that a group of people from the Skagit Valley are going to begin a pilgrimage on Saturday, May 15, 2010, starting at St. Charles Church. They will walk to St. James Cathedral in Seattle and then to the courthouse! This is short notice for organizing to accompany them, but I will post here anything I hear. They plan to walk from the Skagit to Seattle in 5 days and to stay at any church which will open their doors!
Nick Mele and Lee Langdon met with our pastor, Fr. Scott Connolly and pastoral associate, Dr. Kathy Ernst, to present a report on the pilgrimage, which you can Download Pilgrimage report Sept 09. Their support made this pilgrimage possible and we are grateful. (posted by Mary Mele)
As we walked closer to our goal, more and more people asked us what we would do next. One answer is that all of us, walkers and non-walkers, have each to take the next step to welcome our sisters and brothers, although each of us must discern what that step might be for us. For we who walked, the pilgrimage changed us and opened our eyes wider to the hardships and hostility that immigrants from all over the world tell us they experience. We are still digesting the things we have experienced and heard, and trying to clarify for ourselves how we have changed.
Which is to say that the next steps are not crystal clear. We have been invited to come to churches, schools and local diversity commissions to talk about our walk, and we will do some of that. We may write articles and opinion pieces about our pilgrimage and justice for immigrants. We may do more prayer vigils, perhaps more pilgrimages for immigration reform. The one sure thing is that we will continue to work for justice until the five elements of immigration reform are made into law:
a path to permanent residency for undocumented persons; protections for all workers, U.S. or foreign born; reduced waiting times for family reunification (which currently can take decades); restoration of due process protection for immigrants; and policies that address the root causes of migration.
We continue to pray, to inform ourselves and others, and to advocate on behalf of the strangers among us as we welcome them.
Yesterday morning, a bit later than usual, about 56 people joined
us to walk the last miles from St. Martin of Tours to the Northwest
Detention Center. There were newcomers, some from Tacoma, some
from much farther away than Bellingham; some had walked on other
days, welcome companions who jogged my memories of each day of the
When we arrived at the Detention Center, another 30 or so people
joined us so that 80 people prayed the Stations of the Cross of the
Migrant Jesus and then a lovely call-and-response set of prayers that
Lee, who has been such a stalwart since we began planning, had
created from various sources. We prayed in both English and
Spanish, and in the background were private security people watching
warily, and families of people detained within kept coming out after
visiting their loved ones. The landscape around the center is
stark, freight spurs, a propane depot, anonymous buildings with
indecipherable names like CODEL, which I learned from its
website is a maker of "entry systems," better known as
May the doors of the Detention Center in Tacoma, and of all the
Detention Centers, open soon to release all those held within.
And may our hearts also be opened to welcome those who want to build
new lives in the United States!
At 10 AM, at St. Martin of Tours, we
began with introductions—and home churches—from the group of 50
people. Jim Bloss, who sent out press advisories and coordinated his
parish's participation, was there; Jim Thomas and JL Drouhard from
the archdiocese with their wives were there; Danny and I drove Miguel
and his grandson Kevin from Mt. Vernon; the Unitarians; some of the
unchurched. Recent immigrants joined with those of us who immigrated
a generation or four ago; there were people from St. Leo’s parish,
nuns from various places, and a contingent from St. Patrick’s,
supporting Sami Malkandi, the Iraqi detainee whose wife Mali we have
all met and loved.
The walk was a gentle one…leaving
Fife, walking by Costco and a Mercedes dealership, across the I-5 and
into the very industrial Port of Tacoma.
We began our prayer vigil with the
Stations of the
Cross of the Migrant Jesus…alternating English and Spanish
reflections, with James from St. Leo’s leading us in singing “The
Lord Hears The Cry Of The Poor.” Jose Ortiz brought the 14 wooden
crosses, each with a traditional picture of Christ’s last hours as
well as a modern photo of immigrants living through the challenges of
their lives. Fourteen pilgrims took turns reading the reflections and
prayers…Jose’s daughter Kati introduced each station. The crosses
were made by a young man as a part of his Eagle Boy Scout Project,
after participating in the Youth Migrant Project in middle school.
It is hard to capture the deep emotion
of following a Catholic Good Friday ritual on a grassy field in front
of the Northwest
Detention Center, whichis a private immigration
prison located on the tide flats of the Port
of Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington.
The detention center opened in 2004 by Correctional Services
Corporation (CSC) under a contract with the US Department of
Homeland Security and in 2005
CSC was purchased by the GEO
Group, another private
organization. A contract with Immigration
and Customs Enforcement
crowded the facility's housing capacity to 1,000 detainees, making it
the largest detention center owned by GEO Group on the West
Coast...and thus highly profitable to them, paid for by our
We paused a while, chatted with some of
the families coming to visit their loved ones, networked with
JustFaith graduates, or got to know pilgrims we had met along the way
a little more. The last hour we spent together praying litanies,
prayers, and scripture, put together with help from Celeste and
JustFaith, using antiphons and responsorials in English and Spanish.
Cesar Chavez’s Meditation for Farm Workers, with alternating
Spanish and English, followed by “We Shall Overcome” closed our
vigil at the Detention Center praying for Comprehensive Immigration
Some might think that we had enough
prayer, but at 5 PM more than 20 pilgrims attended St. Leo’s 5 PM
Mass. We took white crosses that the Youth Migrant Project had
painted and written on to remind us all of the death toll that
migration takes on peoples everywhere. Fr. Jim introduced the
pilgrims to the church; we brought the artifacts we had carried with
us from church to church to remind us of the reason for the
pilgrimage and placed them before the ambo.
But the homily, which set the great
challenges of our time in the context of our faith, served as a high
point for me. While Father Jim related personal stories from a death
penalty sit-in, and the controversies surrounding health care, he
made all so simple: we, as Christians, must stand for life. And
that is why we walked this pilgrimage…to support life in our United
States, to ensure the right to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness, to reduce the deaths of people so desperate for work
that they risk their lives to come to our country. We need a
life-supporting immigration system…we need a miracle.
There was a lovely meal prepared by the
very welcoming parishioners of St. Leo’s…but I’ll let another
writer address those final hours of the Pilgrimage for Comprehensive