Faith leaders and community activists have been doing a six-day trek across New England to fight the United States practice of detaining and deporting people.
The march started at a rally outside U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Boston office and was scheduled to converge Aug. 24 at a New Hampshire facility that Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses as a detention center.
Participants — from groups that include Faith in Action, Essex County Community Organization, Massachusetts Communities Action Network, the New Hampshire Council on Churches and Vermont Interfaith Action — set off at various points from Boston; Concord, New Hampshire; Montpelier, Vermont; and Kittery, Maine. They marched to the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover, New Hampshire.
The Boston segment of the march began outside the JFK Federal Building on New Sudbury Street. Marchers held “a 76-mile funeral procession, carrying a child-size coffin that bears the names of children and others who have died senselessly at the hands of ICE or through unjust United States immigration policies,” organizers said.
On Aug. 20, the Massachusetts contingent marched from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn to the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Society in Danvers.
The marchers were scheduled to travel to Central Congregational Church in Newburyport on Aug. 21, and, over the following three days planned to stop at Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Lee Congregational Church in Lee, New Hampshire, before arriving at the Strafford County jail.
Demonstrators called for Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, “to publicly commit to end all detentions and deportations.”
The organizers are inviting others “to hold symbolic funerals for immigrant children at presidential primary candidate events — demanding that each candidate make the same commitment.”