This weekend two of us from occupy bus tour took a van along with others from the NYC area to attend the poor people’s campaign march from Baltimore to Washington DC. Ed stayed with the bus in the city and me and Durty took a van. We decided we were not ready to leave NY entirely yet and once we went to DC we didn’t want to drive back to NY, once we started we were not coming back so we found another way besides our bus. We met at union square along with others, Jorge, Shangry, Chara, Daphne, Danielle, Appolo,Prince, these were some of the people who met up to meet the van. From Union we walked down a few streets and avenues to meet up with the van and it’s driver, loaded up our bags and were on our way. We were all excited about the march and it’s significance. It was the 45th anniversary of the poor people’s campaign, which was started by Martin Luther King, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s march and we would be walking all along route 1 where during the civil rights movement the lunch counter sit ins took place.
So we drove towards Baltimore and when we got there at about midnight we were welcomed into another walkers house who lived in Baltimore. She had coffee tea and snacks waiting for us and we soon were sleeping scattered all across her living room floor in our sleeping bags.
The next morning the van came to pick us up to take us to the meeting spot for the start of the march. We started off at an empty lot in Baltimore. The site where one more boy was killed by police. A family from Oakland came for the march, their son also killed by a police officer. Both families spoke and were walking to Washington DC to demand justice for their sons. We rallied and heard different speakers and then we were off into the streets to start our march.
They handed out ponchos, the forecast was for rain. It started to rain even before we left and it rained on and off during parts of the day.
We marched through the streets of Baltimore. The support vehicles followed behind, the police lead the way, closed the streets, and followed behind. Each area we came to the next police cars would show up from that jurisdiction.
We marched through the neighborhoods. Areas where there were just as many houses boarded up as there were houses with people living in them.
and we marched on
to be continued….
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