After walking 12,000 miles, 40 pro-life college students converge on D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC, August 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Saturday, August 11, over 40 young people from colleges around the country met in Washington, D.C. to mark the conclusion of their four simultaneous Crossroads pro-life walks across America.
Since 1995, Crossroads has organized 12-week-long walks across America from the west coast to Washington, D.C. Walking day and night through rain or shine, and this summer through scorching heat and drought, these young people, wearing shirts that are emblazoned with the words “PRO-LIFE” in big letters on the front, have spent the last 12 weeks witnessing to Americans that they are “taking steps to save lives.”
Starting from Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose & Los Angeles on May 19th, the four groups of pro-life college students each covered over 3,000 miles for a total of more than 12,000 miles of pro-life witness and outreach to hundreds of thousands of people along the way.
Altogether the walkers passed through 40 states and thousands of towns and cities, where they said they found the reality that the overwhelming majority of Americans identify themselves as pro-life.
“The mainstream media may tell you different, but we can say with authority and through actual experience at the grass-roots level, that America is truly a pro-life country,” observed Jim Nolan, National Director of Crossroads Pro-Life.
“The reality is that the Obama Administration is sadly out of touch with the values of mainstream America. We know because what we experience firsthand from the hundreds of thousands of people we meet along the way is in stark contrast to the strident stances now coming from the leadership in Washington, D.C.”
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During the journey, each walker averages over 1,000 miles and takes an active role in the organization’s mission by speaking to churches and youth groups as well as doing radio and newspaper interviews. Crossroads walkers also engage local communities through peaceful, prayerful protests and sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics in the cities they travel through.
In their final event for this summer’s Crossroads pro-life walk, the four groups, meeting all together for the first time, held a noon rally at Upper Senate Park on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building.
“With the recent attacks by the Obama administration on religious liberty and conscience rights of pro-life Americans, the witness of these young people is needed more now than ever,” stated Nolan.
“The dignity and value of human life is under unprecedented assault in our country - we need to take a stand and let our elected representatives that America is a pro-life country. The polls show what we’ve been seeing for many years - the majority of Americans are pro-life and the ultra-left in our country is out of touch,” Nolan concluded.
Read blogs, some amazing poetry, and see photos of this year’s US Crossroads walk here.
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