August 31, 2016
BENEFITING: East Central Ministries, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Aug 20, 2016
I am walking because this 150 mile journey is a concrete statement to my neighbors and community that I love them and I am with them in their painful wait for comprehensive immigration reform. Every day I see the fear and uncertainty in my hardworking friends who are trying just like I am to make a better future. I walk with them, for them and because of them. Will you partner with me on this journey? -John, Director of ECM
Ten days (Aug 20-30) prior to the annual CCDA conference, three of us from East Central Ministries will join hundreds of others to walk approximately 150 miles, from the U.S. Mexico border into the heart of downtown Los Angeles. This walk is being called El Camino del Inmigrante (or "The Way of the Immigrant").
The goal of the Camino is to make a public stand in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, bring awareness to the struggles they face, and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. Along the way, we will be sharing and hearing the stories of friends and neighbors and others who have walked this journey ahead of us.
After the Camino (Aug 21-Sept 4), about 15 additional people from the ECM community will be heading to LA to meet up with the walkers to attend the 2016 Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) National conference in LA. ECM is a part of this larger network of organizations, and each year this conference is a fantastic opportunity for the professional development, educational growth, and spiritual refreshment of our community members who attend. It deepens their understanding and rekindles their passion for the work we do here at ECM. Since the conference is within driving distance, we are able to take many of our staff as well as 4 young people with us; these youth are our future! We are thrilled that so many people from our community are able to attend this year's conference.
Will you partner with us in both the Camino and conference costs? CCDA does a great job keeping the cost of attending the conference affordable, but it does add up with so many people attending. We will all be staying together in a large Airbnb house during the conference, and the walkers on the Camino will be sleeping on floors and grass for free.
Funds raised will be used as follows:
- Camino registration fee for John, Morgan, and Christy ($750)
- Gas money for transportation to California for Camino/conference participants ($400)
- CCDA conference registration fee for 9 ECM staff, board members, and volunteers ($1,625)
- Scholarships to cover CCDA conference registration fee for 4 students ($525)
- Airbnb lodging for 5 nights for all 16 ECM participants ($2150)
Please join us!
I am walking in the Camino to publicly demonstrate my support for my friends and neighbors who are immigrants and to voice my support for comprehensive immigration reform. As a white, native-born U.S. citizen, I will never know what it’s like to leave my home behind and make a long and dangerous journey to another country—my participation in the Camino will not change that. Instead, I participate in the Camino as an act of spiritual discipline, a temporary fast from the relative comfort and security that my privilege has given me, to draw me deeper in relationship with God, sharpen my commitment to fight for my immigrant friends and neighbors, and publicly add my voice to our movement’s collective cry for immigration reform. -Christy, Communications and Development Coordinator
I am choosing to walk because many of my neighbors, as well as millions around the world, have already made this journey. Theirs was one of survival, fear, hope, desperation. I walk because I love them. I walk because I want to see change in our immigration system and in our responses to refugees and immigrants on a personal level. And I walk inspired by Christ of the gospels, who cared and advocated for those on the margins. -Morgan, Urban Farm Manager
You can read more about the Camino (route included) by clicking here, and check out the fundraising efforts of other Camino participants here. Learn more about ECM at our website.