RECAP: Saturday May 21st – Brooklyn Bridge to Washington Heights
Brooklyn Bridge to 178th Street (Washington Heights): 11.2 miles
The stars shined brightly for Day 7 of the March for Farmworker Justice, as up to 200 marchers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.
During a rally at City Hall, speakers included Carlos Menchaca, the first Mexican-American elected to the NY City Council, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, "the daughter of a shop steward," and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American elected to a state legislature. Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, spoke with great passion on behalf of farmworkers who haven’t had a day of rest in 10 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan said farmworker justice is as American as apple pie. "By the way, we couldn’t get the apples if these guys weren’t picking them."
Of course, the real stars, as always, were the workers – people like Bertha, Antonio, Boris, Pablo and Heriberto – who tolerate often-intolerable conditions so they can feed their families – and ours.
The symbolism of seeing Lady Liberty as we walked over the bridge struck a chord for many folks. Later, as marchers left St. Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery to continue uptown, two musicians serenaded the group with Pete Seeger’s "If I Had a Hammer."
"I'd sing out love between
My brothers and my sisters
All over this land."
Starting Point: 8:45am-10am Caldman Plaza Park (172 Cadman Plaza E) to City Hall Plaza (Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Station) 1.5 miles
RALLY 10am-10:30am City Hall Plaza
Speakers: Cardinal Dolan, Kerry Kennedy, Senator Espaillat, Assemblywoman Nolan
Segment B: 10:30am-11am City Hall Plaza to St. Mark’s in the Bowery (131 East 10th St) 1.7 miles
LUNCH 11am-11:30am at St. Mark’s in the Bowery (131 East 10th St) with musical guests the St. Mark's Choir and Ensemble
Segment C: 11:30am-12pm St. Mark’s in the Bowery (131 East 10th St) to Union Square (14th & Broadway) .5 miles
RALLY 12pm-1pm Union Square (14th & Broadway)
Segment D: 1pm-3:30pm Union Square to B’nai Jeshurun Community House (270 West 89th Street) 4 miles
BREAK 3:30pm-4:15pm B’nai Jeshurun (270 West 89th Street)
Segment E: 4:15pm-6pm B’nai Jeshurun to Holyrood Episcopal Church (715 West 179th Street) 4.7 miles
Washington Heights residents, local elected officials and neighborhood organizations will cheer farmworkers marching for justice as they reach the end the day's march.
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