Pilgrimage, Day One

June 15, 2009

The Sojourners of Abolition and Reconciliation have completed day one of their march across North Carolina.  You can read a summary of the day’s events here.  There is also an interesting reaction piece here to this divisive WRAL article about the march.

“We walk to remember murder victims, people on death row, the executed, the exonerated and the families of all these persons and we walk to call for an end to the death penalty,” said Pilgrimage organizer Scott Bass. The Pilgrimage remembers those wrongfully convicted of murder as well as people who commit violent acts, “Our faith calls on us to remember that we are all children of God, even those among us who have caused the greatest harm,” Bass said. “It’s about remembering that there is no right way to do the wrong thing, and executing human beings is wrong, an unnecessary evil that does not make us safer and cannot deliver on its false promise of helping murder victim families heal.”

Over the next two weeks, walkers will travel from Raleigh to the coast and back, stopping in towns including Zebulon, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Bethel, Robersonville, Williamston, Greenville, Winterville, Ayden, Kinston, New Bern, Emerald Isle, Jacksonville, Swansboro, Goldsboro, Smithfield, Selma, Clayton, and Garner.

Today the pilgrims travel from Knightdale to Middlesex.  Learn how you can help here.


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