Public action to close out Walk the Walk 2020
WASHINGTON – On Friday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET Faith in Action, the nation’s largest grassroots faith-based organizing network, will close out the final day of Walk the Walk 2020, a nine-day Faith Pilgrimage of Reckoning, Resolve, and Love, with a public action at Lafayette Park in front of St. John’s Church/Black Lives Matter Plaza. Faith leaders and participants will speak about the mission of the pilgrimage and discuss what lies ahead for our country’s future as we reckon with the narrative of anti-Blackness that colors our nation as well as faith institutions. Joining the event will be leaders, clergy, and community members with Congregation Action Network, Faith in Action’s campaign focused on immigrant rights in D.C., Maryland, and Virgina, as well as the DC Unity & Justice Fellowship, all of whom have been a part of the Pilgrimage.
As well, on Thursday August 27, the groups will host a prayer and public action at African American Heritage Park in Alexandria, VA, where speakers will address Alexandria’s historical role in supporting white supremacy and anti-Blackness through its slave market and the need for white people of faith to work for systemic and institutional change to uproot racial injustice.
The pilgrimage began on August 20 with a sanctuary solidarity prayer event at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville for Maria Chavalan Sut, an Indigenous Guatemalan woman who came to the United States in 2015 seeking asylum. She has been in sanctuary now for two years to avoid deportation.
Friday’s walk will begin at 7:00 a.m. ET at Rivergate City Park, 819 Rivergate Pl, Alexandria, VA 22314 for an eight mile walk along the Mt. Vernon Trail to Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. This event will be followed by the National Action Network Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks at the Lincoln Memorial.
Those interested in participating can register at www.walkthewalk2020.us.
For more information, contact Manisha Sunil at 202-417-0171, firstname.lastname@example.org; Troy Jackson at 614-359-2475, email@example.com ; and Erin Williams at 202-748-0699, firstname.lastname@example.org.