We walked on. It rained on and off but not much and not for long. Gor the most part everyone had ponchos so we were ready for the rain. Halfway done with the day on our way to Walmart we have barely taken a break yet I am hungry. The plan had been to take a bathroom break at the Burger King I ran ahead to beat the lone The 2nd one and no line bu the time I got out a line and the manager telling everyone they couldn’t use the bathroom if they didn’t purchase anything. She asked who is going to purchase something They they wanted us off their property Not even able to sit on the grass but there was a park across the street, which is where we should have been anyway, so we moved. We didn’t really take a break even then just a few minutes No snacks or lunch or anything handed out. Jorge had said that the organizers said all we needed was a sleeping bag and a tent, but no matter we got up and walked and the spirit was good the organizers kept singing chanting and preaching the entire march. The guitarmy also sang a few songs. WE helped open the march singing this land is your land. Also of course we sang one day. Even though Jorge wasn’t playing the guitar because he was broken, he could still sing.
Our next stop was Walmart which when we showed up many many police cars were there 6, 8, 10, 12, it was hard to count them all because they were at all different spots of the parking lot and they were blocking the way to the parking lot we couldn’t step onto Walmarts property It was private property We would have to stand on the sidewalk out in front of Walmart where the public sidewalk is. The organizers were trying to get the march to turn around but some people started waking around and through the police line, I followed. I wanted to get at the front of the store. They tried intimidating us trying to push us back with their bodies and try to stare us down, Whatever we walked around at each attempt to stop us we got up to the front. The line of cops side by side alongside the smiling store managers. Which side are you on, which side are you on, which side are you on, which side are you on.They wouldn’t let us in. We picketed outside and chanted the police though were almost ready to go to the next level. I didn’t know what these cops next level was but I knew it somehow involved pushing, beating, arresting, on or all they were massing up and walking us off the property so we only lasted a few minutes, a rowdy 10 to 15, until they started to push us out which they did and we didn’t decide to all do anything different from slowly walk out we weren’t planning on staying there. They just wanted to stop by to say hi and we did. We showed our presence and agitated just a little, but we walked on.
We stopped for a few minutes in a lot across from Walmart to regroup and then we were back on the road and the next time we stopped was in yet another lot on the side of the road to decide about lunch. apparently the subway was another 6 miles to go should they get sandwiches and bring them back or should we walk there or should we take the support vehicles and go to subway what ended up happening was one group drove in support vehicles, one group walked but it turned out to be a mile away so the walkers were there in no time and a long rest eating at subway was the end of the march for most. There was a rally at the college in College park and most people were headed on their way The told us we could keep walking if we wanted to but it was another 20 miles, so because of the rally and the number of miles still left to go most went on to the rally and some stayed to keep walking. So this is where I will end this day since I wrote a blog from this point on The mighty mighty 13.
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