Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What Remains

This evening we're resting in Ashland. A sign today read, "Washington 90." It was a strange moment. Excitement that our geographical goal is that near. Sadness that this very special inner and outer journey is coming to a close so soon. Sober awareness that our larger goals require so much more work and time: Abolition of the death penalty and Reconciliation through support and compassion and healing for families of victims and perpetrators and the wrongly accused.

Tomorrow we will walk a shorter day and drive back down our route to participate in vigils in Richmond and at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. At those vigils we will join Virginians opposed to the execution of Robert Yarbrough, which is scheduled for 9 PM tomorrow. We will pray, as we have all week, for the surviving family and friends of Cyril Hamby and for Robert and his family. We will offer public witness against his execution and pray for a commutation of his sentence.

On Thursday, we continue walking up US1 from Ladysmith to Fredericksburg. On Friday, from Fredericksburg to Triangle. On Saturday from Triangle to just south of Alexandria. On Sunday, joined by Raleigh-area friends who will rejoin us and Abolitionists from around the country, we will walk into Washington to join the 15th Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in front of the Supreme Court.

We invite any of you who can to join us, especially for the Sunday walk into Washington and/or for part of the fast and vigil which runs through midnight on July 2nd.

More posts will follow, Internet access willing...

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