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Episcopalians join 40-mile solidarity walk for immigrants

Posted on: August 21, 2018 10:31 AM
People gather outside the Norris Cotton Federal Building in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Aug. 7 for one of the regular prayer vigils for immigrants checking in with federal authorities.
Photo Credit: New Hampshire Council of Churches

Episcopalians in the US-based Episcopal Church will join an interreligious group for a four-day walk across part of New Hampshire, raising awareness for the injustice facing immigrants. The Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice begins tomorrow [Wednesday] at the Norris Cotton Federal Building in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices are located. Over the next four days, walkers will journey the 40 miles to the Strafford County Jail in Dover, New Hampshire, which holds detained immigrants.

The walk has been organized by several different groups, including the Granite State Organizing Project, the American Friends Service Committee, and the New Hampshire Council of Churches.

The Revd Sarah Rockwell, president of the Granite State Organizing Project Executive Council and a priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manchester explained that this walk is a way of living the Gospel. “I think that the Gospel imperative is to work for the poor, the marginalized, to really point out injustice and work for justice.”

President of the New Hampshire Council of Churches and Episcopal priest Revd Jason Well explained the importance of raising awareness in the region. “Among all of us there is a desire to keep this awareness in the front of New Hampshire,” he said. “A lot of news on immigration tends to focus on the border with Mexico, and we lose sight of the fact that these are New Hampshire families.”

You can read the full story by the Episcopal News Service here