Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Images from the Pilgrimage

Better late than never... images from Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 2008.

At the entrance to Virginia's Greensville Correctional Center, where Virginia conducts its executions.

The Greensville Correctional Center, from Corrections Way.

Vigil and prayer service at the entrance to the GCC. We were joined on Saturday by Vivian and Jeff who drove up from Asheboro, NC to be with us, walk with us, show support, and to buy us lunch. It was nice meeting them. Vivian writes to death row inmates in 32 states in the US.

Remembering victims of violence.

On Saturday and Sunday, we were also joined by Abe Bonowitz, Beth Wood, and their son Isaac. Abe is from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and came out to support our pilgrimage by providing a meal and lodging. Beth from Durham also came up Saturday morning to walk with us. On Sunday, we were joined by Steve and Daniel from the Norfolk (VA) Catholic Worker.

Many of us marched 12.8 miles on Sunday, to arrive south of Petersburg before lunch. Left to right are:

Issac, Abe, David, Beth, Roberta, Steve, Scott, Debbie, Grant, Ellen, Daniel, and (in front) Beth with Lance.

As Scott wrote in Bittersweet Day, it was sad to say goodbye.

1 comment:

Vicki said...

I've often wondered how I would feel if someone whom I love were brutally murdered. I've been through an ugly divorce and cannot get the father of my children to see that hatred, distance, and anger, which are all descriptions of vengence, do not pay. I believe in healing. Vengence does not pay well at all. In fact it always demands more payment. It can give a shallow sense of satisfaction, but never the peace that God gives. Blessings to you. Note that I am writing this shortly after 9 PM Wednesday.