Pilgrimage for Justice

Saturday, sept. 21, 2019

September 21st marks two years that Alex Garcia has been living in sanctuary at Christ Church UCC in Maplewood. Alex, his family, the congregation and the community remain committed to justice. When the rights of some in America are threatened, all of our rights are threatened. We will stand with Alex until he is able to return to his daily life and a life of dignity with his family.

Join us on Saturday, September 21, as Alex’s wife, Carly, and this family's supporters walk from the Robert A. Young Federal building, where the office of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is located, to Christ Church, where Alex Garcia is desperately waiting for those in power to do what is right and set him free.

8:00am   Prayer vigil outside of the Robert A Young Federal Building
8:30am   Walk begins!
11:30am Pilgrims arrive at CCUCC, welcoming ceremony, celebration of joyful resistance
1:00pm   Event concludes

We anticipate the 7-mile pilgrimage will take about 2-3 hours. We will be walking on sidewalks and encourage all participants to be mindful of traffic signals. As the walkers arrive, we will gather with Alex and others, who will wait for our arrival at the church and end with a blessing. Food and celebration will follow as we recommit ourselves to liberation, justice and dignity.

Those unable to make the pilgrimage are invited to participate in the following ways:

  • Help shuttle folks between CCUCC and ICE, in the morning (7-7:45am) or afternoon (12:30-1:30pm)

  • Sponsor a Step: make a financial commitment to support someone who will walk - $10 a mile? A penny a step (roughly 14,000 steps)?

  • Adopt-a-Mile: Limited! There are 7 opportunities to "adopt-a-mile" - which means your congregation/organization will gather at an assigned mile-marker during the pilgrimage and cheer, welcome, greet, feed/water, and otherwise encourage those walking!

  • Welcome Committee: Join in for the last 1/4 mile (from the corner of Manchester and Bellevue to the church), where you could stand along the side of the road, be part of the welcome team at the church parking lot, or join the pilgrims and walk for the final leg of the journey.

  • Roadside Assistance: We need 1-2 vehicles to travel slowly with the pilgrimage, to be on hand for whatever responses may arise.

If your congregation/organization will participate in the pilgrimage, we’d love to invite you to create a banner to be carried during the walk. Click here for some ideas and inspiration. 

Funds raised during this event will be used to continue supporting the Garcia Family directly, as well as to support the ongoing advocacy for Alex’s liberation, including at least two upcoming delegations to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress (specifically those who have a role in moving Alex’s Law through the House). The next trip is scheduled for the week of September 23; details coming soon.