Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gwinnett County Sheriff Meeting

Posted on March 3, 2010 by meagan

We've had wonderful success in Atlanta. On Saturday we walked the final 1.5 miles into Atlanta with over 200 people and a marching band from Georgia Tech. We left from Moreland Plaza and arrived to the First Iconium Baptist Church on Moreland Avenue where there were over 300 attendees. At the meeting we had a state representative come out, and we received a letter from the mayor in support of the Trail. Monday night we had dinner at the GLAHR office where high school students such as Rubi from Marietta joined the regular crowd for the community meeting. We stayed in warm, clean beds at Agnes Scott College, where Suzy, Irene, and Kalena met us for breakfast every day.

Today is the first time that we are really leaving the Atlanta perimeter, and potentially starting another dark chapter in the Trail of Dreams like the KKK rally we had before Atlanta, as the walkers attempt to meet with the sheriff of Gwinnett County, R.L. "Butch" Conway. The sheriff is proud of his recently implemented 287-G program, which is the reason that the walkers, if arrested, face deportation in as little as 2 days.

We have many going with us - many leaving their docum ents at home - from organizations such as ABLE, GLAHR, SPLC (the Southern Poverty Law Center), and the ACLU. Gaby, Felipe, Juan, and Carlos only want to talk - to show not only that they as immigrants are human - but also to reaffirm - that they are not afraid.
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