One walk ends, another begins. As the “Journey for Justice” walk from Selma ended last week, 100 women began a 100 mile pilgrimage from a detention center in York, PA to DC to share their stories and hopes for migrant women, families, and communities with Pope Francis in DC this week. The women are immigrants, domestic workers, faith and movement leaders, the majority of whom have their own immigration story to tell and hope that their sacrifice will inspire the Pope to put immigration at the center of his meetings and address in DC. Local and national labor leaders will show their solidarity along the way. When the 100 women reach DC tomorrow, they will be greeted by a group of women labor leaders, notably AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. “We want to send the message that our struggles for migrant justice, gender justice, and worker’s rights are all intertwined,” says Sheva Diagne of the national AFL-CIO, which is one of the co-sponsors of the walk along with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Members of the community are invited to join a closing vigil on September 22, at 4 pm, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Following the vigil, all will walk the final miles of the pilgrimage into DC in a candlelight procession. For more information, contact Sheva Diagne at [email protected].
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