RECAP: Saturday May 28th
Day 14 of the March was a great challenge for marchers, who endured record-breaking heat, relentless humidity and scorching sun on a route with very little shade.
We marched for seven hours.
(But farmworkers often work 10- or 12-hour shifts, or longer.)
We were hot, tired and soaked in sweat.
(But we took breaks and stopped for water and snacks – luxuries not available to many farmworkers.)
Many marchers gave up a day of their holiday weekend.
(But New York farmworkers have no guaranteed day of rest or overtime pay.)
The March for Farmworker Justice lasts 18 days.
(But some farmworkers might work months or even years without a single day off.)
In spite of the conditions, Day 14 offered great rewards for those who took part. A Good Samaritan brought cold water in his truck during an especially difficult stretch. “You folks looked thirsty,” the kind stranger said. A ukulele, trumpet and various percussion instruments gave marchers a live soundtrack. Hosts Billy and Doris Easton provided both lunch and a cool place to swim (at their house!). And the exuberance and talent of the Youth Arts Group was on full display as students shared performances and visual arts during daytime and after-dinner events.
That evening, in the shadow of the steeple of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Saugerties, every marcher, every congregant, the drivers, the musicians and the youth group students all joined hands to form a circle and sing “We Shall Overcome.”
And so, we walk hand in hand. On to victory.
Thanks to all marchers and allies!
Special thanks to meal and lodging hosts, including all those listed above, plus Old Dutch Reformed Church, Kingston.
¡Si Se Puede!
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Starting Point: 9:15 AM-12:00 PM New Progressive Baptist Church (8 Hone Street, Kingston) to 204 Katrine Lane, Lake Katrine, 6 miles
LUNCH 12:00-12:45 PM 204 Katrine Lane, Lake Katrine
YOUTH WORKSHOPS: 1pm-3pm Middle School, High School, and College students are invited to participate in Art for Justice activities with members of the Youth Arts Group. Old Dutch Reformed Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Segment B: From Route 9W and Katrine Lane to Trinity Episcopal Church (32 Church Street, Saugerties) 6.75 miles
EVENING dinner and discussion: 6-8pm
Theme: Youth in Action
Trinity Episcopal Church, 32 Church Street, Saugerties
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