Friday August 13, 2010
Forty College Students Walk over 10,000 Miles in Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This Saturday, August 14, over 40 young people walking across the country with the group Crossroads will meet in Washington, D.C. to mark the conclusion of their 3 simultaneous pro-life treks across America.
Crossroads has sponsored these pro-life walks across America every summer since 1995. Passing through 36 states and thousands of towns and cities, they have witnessed 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 Martha Nolan, National Director of Crossroads Pro-Life.
The reality, she said, “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.,” said Nolan.
The three walks started on May 24th on the West Coast and conclude in Washington, D.C. tomorrow on August 14th with a rally at noon at the Capitol’s Upper Senate Park.
Walking night and day, through rain or shine, the young people have spent the last 12 weeks witnessing to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Wearing shirts that are emblazoned with the words “PRO-LIFE” in big letters on the front, these dedicated walkers say they have had an amazing summer.
“The youth of America are rejecting the lies of previous generations and are the real future of the pro-life movement,” stated Nolan. “We’ve seen this each year as we conduct these cross-country pilgrimages – each summer more and more young people are taking a stand for life and being a voice for the voiceless.”
Since 1995, Crossroads has organized 12-week-long walks across America from the West Coast to Washington, D.C., to take part in dynamically rebuilding a Culture of Life in the United States. 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.
This summer, Crossroads is also sponsoring their 3rd Annual Pro-Life walk across Canada. Made up of volunteer colleges students from throughout Canada, this walk started in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24th and ends tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario.