RECAP: Thursday May 26th
Wappingers Falls to Highland: 12.3 miles
Day 12 began with a hearty breakfast of pizza and eggs, as marchers continued their trek to Albany. Lunch prepared by the Culinary Institute of America was a treat, and as marchers approached the Walkway Over the Hudson (Poughkeepsie), a good-sized crowd of roughly 60 marchers had assembled. Among the supporters were the Night Owls, an all-women jazz a cappella group from Vassar, and former State Sen. Terry Gipson, who promised to support the Farmworker Fair Labor Act if re-elected to the Senate.
RMM staffer Ruth Faircloth showed marchers the site of a former labor camp in Highland, where her farmworker uncle died on the job.
That evening, farmer-educator-community organizer Lorrie Clevenger of Rise & Root Farm spoke of the great triple bottom line benefits in her presentation, “Emerging Models of Farmworker Equity.”
Some marchers slept that night in the Holy Cross Monastery, where an “evening of silence” offered a chance to reflect on how far they had come – and how far we all have to go.
Coverage in Times Herald Record
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Starting Point: 8:30am-12pm Zion Episcopal Church Wappingers Falls (12 Saterlee Place, Wappingers Falls) to Christ Episcopal Church (20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie) 7.3 miles
LUNCH 12pm-1pm Christ Episcopal Church (20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie)
Segment B: 1pm-2pm Christ Episcopal Church (20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie) to Walkway Over the Hudson (Washington Street Entrance, 130 Washington St, Poughkeepsie) 1.5 miles
Segment C: 2pm-5pm Walkway Over the Hudson to Highland Park & Ride (Route 9W and 299, Highland) 3.5 miles
EVENING dinner and discussion: 6pm-8pm
Fair Farms, Good Food and Dignity for All: Emerging Models of Farm Businesses Developed on the Principles of Fair and Just Labor Practices and Social and Financial Equity for Farmworkers and Farmers
Speaker: Lorrie Clevenger, Rise & Root Farm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main Street, New Paltz, New York
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