ACTION: Pilgrimage for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

From our partners at Washington CAN:

Tomorrow, August 11th, advocates will be walking from Bellingham, WA (the site of an immigration raid earlier this year) to the Tacoma, WA immigrant detention center.

The walk from Bellingham to Tacoma is to bring attention to the need for a fair, just, family-centered approach to US Immigration Law by traveling from Catholic Church to Catholic Church, using the Urban Trail (freeways will be avoided as often as possible).

Walking will be an average of 9 miles a day, broken up into three shorter treks daily with prayer, food, and rest after each section. Rest the end of each day in a Church for an overnight stay. If you cannot walk, you can support the Pilgrimage by bringing supplies, making meals, praying and supporting the walkers. Sign up on the blog for whatever you can do! Organizations are welcome to publicize, support and walk.

End the Pilgrimage at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma on Saturday, August 15, with a Prayer Service, asking for a sane, humane way to treat the 12 million immigrants in our country. For more information on the Pilgrimage, visit and for more information on comprehensive immigration reform and the U.S. & Mexican Catholic Bishops’ Letter, “Strangers No More” visit To register for the SU delegation, email

Tuesday, August 11 – Wednesday, August 12, 2009 North Seattle to Seattle (Tues.) / Seattle to Tukwila (Wed.) Join an SU delegation and pilgrims walking for immigration reform! Meet at SU to carpool to Christ the King and walk to St. James Cathedral on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, walk from Seattle’s St. Mary’s to St. Thomas in Tukwila. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 11, North Seattle to Seattle Christ the King to St. James Cathedral at 8:00 a.m. (8.1 miles) est. arrival at 1:00 p.m. Mass at 5:30 p.m.  St. James Cathedral St. James Cathedral to St. Mary's (1.8)

Wednesday, August 12, Seattle to Tukwila

St. Mary's to St. Thomas  (9.5 miles)

Sponsored by the Church of the Assumption (Bellingham) Whatcom Pax Christi and Bellingham JustFaith Community

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