Friday, October 21, 2005

Paving The Way

Maries Walk Blog 2

Marie’s Walk: Blog 2

Friday, October 21 _ Day 7 since we left NYC thru the Lincoln Tunnel and for me a big return to the Campaign after a quick trip back to Brooklyn.  I reconnected in Trenton, NJ and after a rally at the State Capitol we stepped off _ about 40 of us!

The empowerment is reinforced with my return.  For anyone who is HIV or living with AIDS I cannot think of anything that would be more empowering than being on this walk. Being able to stand up and say who you are and demand respect and treatment and to join in giving other information to prevent infection.

We look very different today because it is pouring and Derrick has produced these $1.99 rain suits bought on Willoughby street – the bizarre sizing explain the price. We are all white plastic & subject to a random group of descriptions – from walking condoms to KKK rain suits!

The moment of the day for me was crossing the bridge over the Delaware River – marked by the ceremonial addition of the Pennsylvania State flag. Our N.J. hosts and many of the AIDS activists from around the state escorted us to the bridge & the teary eyes as we hugged goodbye to them all lined up along the walkway.

If I can’t make each of the 21 days it will be very special to be there at each state crossing…

We ended the days walk in Bensalem, PA…and then took our vehicle caravan into Center City Philadelphia where we are staying in the shadows of City Hall in the basement of the historic United Methodist Church. For me…a special way to return to Philadelphia…a moment of silence and salute to Steve… I am pretty excited about seeing Kitty – one of my oldest friends and largely responsible for my move to Philadelphia.

-Marie Nahikian


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