30th Annual Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace


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North Carolina, March 20-25, 2016

Every Holy Week since 1986, Witness for Peace volunteers have walked across North Carolina to lift up our longing for justice and shine the light and hope for peace. As we prepare for our 30th Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace, we invite you to journey with us. In 2016, we would like to have 10 core walkers throughout the week, as well as at least 50 local people walking with us at each event. The need for witnesses to the vision of a just world for all has never been greater.

We first walked in 1986 in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. Thirty years later, we continue to walk.

We walk to demand a stop to free trade agreements, the drug war, and militarization.
We walk to welcome refugees and immigrants to our country.
We walk in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
We walk so that the farmworkers and other working people are heard.
We walk to fight for climate justice and a healthy planet for our children.
We walk for peace, justice, and most importantly for change.
We ask: how will you seek peace and justice? Will you walk with us?

Please consider joining our Pilgrimage this year in one or more of these ways:20150329_150408

  • Make a financial contribution by clicking on the donate button on our website, or mailing a check to WFPSE, PO Box 12123, Raleigh, NC 27605. Support this critical work and talk with a leader at your faith-based institution, business or organization to ask them to support the Pilgrimage, we are aiming to raise $3,000 this year with your contributions (Click on this link for sponsorship levels and benefits.)
  • Walk with us for a day or commit to being a core walker, and invite others to walk alongside you. We walk between 3 to 8 miles each day, and you can participate in as many or as little of these walks as you are able to join. Our goal is to have 10 core walkers throughout the week, we already have 6 people committed for this years’ Pilgrimage.
  • Include a notice about our Economic Justice Way of the Cross in your faith-based bulletin or organizational newsletter. Here is a sample message: Participate in the Economic Justice Way of the Cross on Good Friday, March 25th, 2016 at noon at the North Carolina State Capitol, 1 E. Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601. This year we highlight Workers’ Rights, Black Lives Matter, Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees, and Climate Justice. For more information, visit us at www.wfpse.org/pilgrimage or contact Ron Garcia-Fogarty at ron@witnessforpeace.org or at 919-951-5961.

20150403_091509Join us this year as we walk during Holy Week - from Palm Sunday to Good Friday – as we are voicing our Welcome to Immigrants & Refugees, standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, demanding respect for Workers’ Rights, and calling for Climate Justice and care for our planet. Witness for Peace Southeast will represent one part of a diverse coalition of faith-based and human rights organizations in solidarity for social justice. The Pilgrimage is also part of the National Farmworker Awareness Week (#NFAW2016), a week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues.

Click here to access the 2016 Pilgrimage flyer in English. RSVP at our Pilgrimage Facebook page.20150403_092236

Schedule by Day and City:*

Sunday, March 20: Asheville & Morganton
Monday, March 21: Morganton & Charlotte
Tuesday, March 22: Greensboro
Wednesday, March 23: Burlington & Graham
Thursday, March 24: Durham
Friday, March 25: Raleigh

*A detailed schedule can be found at this link.

Thank you to our organizational & faith-based co-sponsors:

And thanks as well as well to our individual sponsors for your support!

  • Dan & Debbie Biesack
  • David Cecelski
  • Sandy Irving
  • Edmund Klemmer
  • Rod & Sylvia O’Connor
  • John Paar
  • Bob & Gail Phares
  • William Ruppert
  • Richard Slatta
  • Alice Stanford

Support our 30th Annual Pilgrimage for Justice & Peace by making a donation at our website, or mailing a check to WFPSE, PO Box 12123, Raleigh, NC 27605. Make sure to write “Pilgrimage” in the memo. Click on this link for sponsorship levels and benefits.