Sunday, October 30, 2005

Paving The Way

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From: Nahikian, Marie
Sent: Sun 10/30/2005 10:33 PM
To: c2ea@post.blogger.com
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Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 4:18 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: Marching along
All,
16 people showed up to join the marchers yesterday, including myself, so it was a nice sized pack of folks walking through Maryland. The experience was unbelievable.

I'd like to make a specific push to those of you who are on the fence about going - GO!!! I could only go one day, but it was one of the more memorable days of my life, and many others I've spoken to agree.

The marchers are busting their butts and some are feeling a lot of pain. They continue on, but their spirits are heavily lifted by the morning appearance of more walkers. They understand that everyone has scheduling difficulties, and they are extremely grateful to see you for a day or a few. At the same time they know Housing Works has 400+ staff people and tons of them have not arrived yet.

Marching is sometimes fun, and sometimes difficult. The group is functioning like a smooth machine now. Not everyday is the same, but yesterday the van ride was comfortable (including a visit by the New Jersey police!) and the weather was perfect. There were breaks every hour or two with granola bars, drinks, and some little sandwiches, and lunch was some delicious fried chicken. People who got too tired to walk are free to ride in the bus or van that follows the trip. We got back to 13th st around 9pm, even after running into some traffic at Holland tunnel.

If you are on the fence, or if you are considering going and are not sure whether to go for just one day or more, I highly recommend it, and I know the marchers would appreciate it.

Jason


I need to add my voice to Jason's --

- for both staff + clients - marching for a day is the most empowering thing any of us can do - don't let this experience escape your participation. It will change your perspective + leave your heart full + feet sore - particularly anyone who is HIV+ or cares about folks impacted by this disease. Walking the tunnel or going to Washington for a day is important but not like "walking a mile (or 15) in their shoes."

-Marie Nahikian

Jason:

I could not agree with you more. I would really encourage folks to pick at least a day.

-Andrew Coamey

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