RECAP: Tuesday May 24th – Croton-on-Hudson to Garrison
Croton-On-Hudson to Garrison: 16.1 miles
Day 10 of the March for Farmworker Justice found marchers covering more than 16 miles of hilly terrain on a warm, humid day. Their bodies were weary, but their spirits were brightened by the support and fellowship they found along the way.
The 6th graders at Peekskill Middle School greeted marchers with signs and cheers. The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement at Graymoor (Garrison) offered their best wishes, too. One of them, Sister Loretta, worked with Cesar Chavez and even taught his children!
At the evening program, hosted by St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Garrison, Heriberto and Pablo spoke movingly about the hardships and indignities farmworkers endure every day.
Finally, David Bernz and Friends played songs of protest and solidarity on traditional instruments, including, appropriately, Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty:”
I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes
I slept on the ground in the light of your moon
On the edge of your city you’ll see us and then
We come with the dust and we go with the wind.
Tuesday’s route: Cold Spring to Wappingers Falls: 14.8 miles
Weather forecast: A mainly sunny sky. High around 90°F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. UV index 8/10.
Thanks to all marchers and allies!
Special thanks to meal and lodging hosts (including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Peekskill) and sponsor: St. John’s Tuckahoe Episcopal Church (Yonkers).
Download the May 24 flyer
Starting Segment: 8:00 - 9:30am ShopRite, 460 S Riverside Drive, Croton-on-Hudson to Food Town, 2005 Albany Post Rd, Croton-on-Hudson. Short break at Food Town. 3.3 Miles
Segment B: 9:30 - 11:30am – 5 Miles
Food Town to Peekskill Middle School, 212 Ringgold Street, Peekskill. Marchers and students will meet from 11:30-11:45am. 5 Miles
Segment C: 11:45am – 12:00pm .6 Miles
Peekskill Middle School to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (137 N Division St, Peekskill) .6 Miles
LUNCH: 12:00-1:00pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Segment D: 1:00 – 2:45 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to Graymoor Retreat Center (1350 Route 9, Garrison) Short break at Graymoor. 3.7 miles
Segment E: 3:15 - 5:00 pm
Graymoor Retreat Center to St. Philips’ Episcopal Church (1101 Route 9D, Garrison) 3.5 miles
EVENING dinner and discussion: 6:00-8:00pm
Theme: Farmworker Stories and Concert
Band: David Bernz and Friends
St. Phillips Episcopal Church
1101 Route 9D Garrison, NY